Work Hours: Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Percentage of Time: 100%
Organizational Area: ANR: REC - Hansen
Posting Salary: Min: $53,800/yr. Mid: $79,800/yr.
Position Summary: The Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center (HAREC) located in Ventura County provides land, labor and facilities for research that supports the rich and diverse agricultural and natural resources of Ventura County and an extensive education program that promotes the sustainability and benefits of agriculture and natural resources in county communities. The HAREC facility encompasses 27 acres including demonstration gardens, orchards, research fields, a small greenhouse, as well as a historical barn and Queen-Anne Victorian house.
Under the direction of the Center Director, this position is responsible for the management, planning and implementation of field research, farming operations, physical plant operations, grounds and building maintenance, irrigation, and related administrative functions. Responsibilities also include participating in logistical planning and implementation of extension activities. Responsibilities include training and supervising field staff to maintain an orderly, safe, and efficient operation, and is responsible for staff annual performance evaluations. This position will serve as a member of the Center's executive management team and is expected to participate in facilities planning and budgeting, including providing recommendations regarding infrastructure, resources, and staffing needs.
This position includes verbal and written communication to staff, vendors, contractors, and other parties in Spanish.
This position will end after one year. Extension beyond this date is contingent on budgetary and/or operational considerations.
This position will promote, in all ways consistent with the other responsibilities of the position, accomplishment of the Affirmative Action goals established by the Division.
Special Conditions of Employment:
Other Special Conditions of Employment:
Travel to off-site research fields.
As of January 1, 2014, ANR is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment in which smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes), is strictly prohibited.
-Possess and maintain a valid California Driver License. -Participate in the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Pull Notice System Program. -A copy of DMV record will be required as a condition of employment.
Employment is contingent upon successfully clearing the FBI/DOJ background check both from the Department of Justice and the FBI, prior to the first day of UC Employment.
Job Close Date:
- Direct day-to-day agricultural field operations and infrastructure maintenance. - Develop short-term and long-term plans for crop rotations and research support. - Evaluate requests made by researchers to determine course of action and cost estimates; work with researchers to determine their needs and timelines for research projects; determine field allocation and layout; determine allocation of hours (resources) towards projects; advise Center Director and/or Administrative Officer on project needs and available Center resources; verify labor and expenses charged to research projects. - Oversee data collection management and reporting of various utilities including water and electrical meters. - Coordinate soil and water testing at the facility, as needed. - Monitor pest and diseases, and determine appropriate treatment; perform or oversee pesticide, and other chemical applications; responsible for mandated reporting of pesticides, fertilizers, chemical use; maintain permanent records for field pesticide application performed at the Center; review monthly use reports for accuracy while coordinating with EH & S for state and county reporting; responsible for record keeping. - Initiate departmental purchase orders and/or procure supplies and materials needed; maintain inventory of supplies and materials. - Assist with design, implementation, and summary of Center research and operations. - Assist farm staff with performing land preparation and cultural operations, when and as needed. - When needed, coordinate with county and/or state regulatory agencies regarding use and/or changes in use of the facility.
Job Requirements Experience performing farming practices related to field and vegetable crop production, including planting and harvesting operations, pest management, irrigation and crop fertilization. Required
Experience in urban landscape maintenance practices including planting, pest management, irrigation and fertilization. Required
Two years of experience in supervising at least 2 employees in farming operations. Required
Skills to operate farming and landscape equipment; working knowledge of chemical applications. Required
Interpersonal skills to effectively supervise, train, evaluate, and motivate others; skills to communicate with employees, volunteers, contractors, and general public to disseminate or explain information and address complaints; ability to maintain a positive and effective working relationships with a diverse group (researchers, staff, outside agencies, campus departments); ability to exercise tact and diplomacy when dealing with these groups; skills to evaluate issues and identify resolution. Required
Good organizational skills and the ability to effectively manage multiple priorities, delegate work assignments, and evaluate results. Required
Strong math and computer skills including Microsoft Office and Excel. Required
Ability to communicate (written and verbal) in Spanish. Required
Strong English communication skills; both verbally (fluent, conversational) and in writing. Required
Education in agricultural and/or environmental sciences or related field. Preferred
Working knowledge of University of California policies and procedures. Preferred
Working knowledge of Federal and California State pesticide applications and safety procedures; working knowledge of safety regulations. Preferred
Working knowledge of general building codes and regulations applicable to an agricultural operation in California. Preferred
Experience with field GIS mapping and mapping software. Preferred
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