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Plant Pathology Advisor (Applied Research and Extension) AP 21-15

County Locations: Monterey County, San Benito County, Santa Cruz County

Date Posted: August 4, 2021
Closing Date: October 18, 2021

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Location Headquarters. Cooperative Extension Santa Cruz County, Watsonville, California

Purpose.  The Plant Pathology Advisor will implement an extension education and applied problem-solving research program in plant pathology for the agricultural clientele of Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties.

The Advisor will provide leadership, information transfer, and technical help in the diagnosis, prevention, and alleviation of plant diseases for a wide range of primary clientele including producers, associated agribusiness individuals and agencies, and other support personnel; providing information and advice to those who need to make sound disease management decisions.

The Advisor will participate in other research areas dealing with microorganisms, such as fungal ecology and food borne pathogens.

The position will work to address native and invasive diseases affecting the agriculture and natural ecosystems in the tri-county area; addressing these issues which are substantial hurdles for economic sustainability of agriculture and natural systems. The position should do further field and laboratory research to help avoid outbreaks of foodborne illnesses caused by human microbial pathogens.

This is an exciting opportunity to have meaningful impacts in the communities in the target counties and throughout California.  Opportunities abound for research and extension partnerships that link consumers and resource professionals with relevant science-based information and promote effective problem solving.  You will also join a team of highly motivated UCCE colleagues who are passionate about their work and are dedicated to making a difference within the communities and working landscapes of California. The potential for collaborative projects within the UC ANR system is nearly limitless.

Counties of Responsibility. This position focuses on the Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. There is opportunity and expectation to work collaboratively across counties.

Education:  A minimum of a master's degree in plant pathology or closely related fields is required at time of appointment.

Salary: The beginning salary will be in the Assistant CE Advisor Rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications.  For information regarding CE advisor series salary scales, please refer to:  https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/353916.pdf

How to Apply

If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #21-15).

Closing Date: 

To assure full consideration, complete application packets must be received by October 18, 2021; or open until filled.