Institution: University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Location: Orange, Los Angeles & San Diego Counties, California
Closing date: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by April 30, 2014 (open until filled)
The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR), a statewide program with local development and delivery, is seeking a Cooperative Extension academic advisor to conduct a multi-county-based extension, education and applied research program. The focus is on both native and introduced wildlife (principally mammals and birds) that come into conflict with human activities, as well as resource protection (residential, public health and safety, natural resource areas, and specialty agricultural).
Nature and Purpose:
The UC Cooperative Extension Area Vertebrate Pest Advisor will facilitate interactions and information exchange among campus based academics, CE advisors and community stakeholders. Focus is expected to be directed on the coordination of Cooperative Extension programming regarding human-wildlife conflicts, particularly within the residential and industrial areas within Southern California where significant human-wildlife conflicts are occurring, with concentration in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego Counties. Human-wildlife conflicts include increasingly critical issues such as negative impacts of wild or feral mammals and birds in agricultural production, food safety, public health and safety, forestry, and natural resource conservation. Recent studies have shown wildlife damage to be of substantially greater impact than previously realized, affecting such diverse situations as air travel safety (airport bird strikes), food safety and water quality (e.g., rodent damage to horticultural plantings and landscapes, water pollution by overabundant Canada geese), endangered species conservation (e.g., predation by invasive red fox), human safety (human-habituated predators demonstrating aggression toward people and pets in suburbia), and public health (West Nile virus and other wildlife-reservoired diseases).
Education and Experience:
A minimum of a Master's Degree is required, though other advanced degrees are encouraged, in disciplines such as wildlife management, natural resources, or a closely related field. The ability to address sensitive human-wildlife situations both orally and in writing, and in public policy conflict resolution and the human dimensions of wildlife management, are required. Experience in wildlife management involving rodents, predators, or birds is preferred. Knowledge of toxicology, animal behavior, and wildlife damage management is highly desirable. A demonstrated ability in applied agricultural research and extension of information is desirable (or Extension experience is desirable). Skills to communicate effectively in a second language are desirable.
Beginning salary will be in the Cooperative Extension Assistant Advisor Rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications. For information regarding Cooperative Extension Advisor salary scales, please refer to the University of California's Salary Scale
How to Apply:
Please visit the ANR Jobs website to view the full job description and application instructions. To be considered, applicants must electronically submit the following four components of the Application Packet to ANRacademicsearch [at] ucop [dot] edu (PDFs preferred). Closing date is 4/30/14.
- Cover Letter
- ANR Academic Application Form— from the ANR website at: ucanr.edu/academicapplication. Please include a list of potential references. If you are selected for an interview, the search committee will contact the references you listed on the UC ANR application form (a minimum of four (4) and a maximum of six (6) names, current addresses, phone numbers and email addresses). Please do not send letters of reference.
- CV or Resume
- College Level Transcripts: Only electronic transcripts or legible photocopies of original transcripts will be accepted.
Download a full job description
Questions should be directed to Julie Woodworth at ANRacademicsearch [at] ucop [dot] edu. Please refer to position number AP #14-03 in all correspondences.