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Junior Specialist in Agriculture, Resources, and the Environment

Full-time, salary range: $36,432 – 38,856 per year, depending on qualifications
Start date: Position is available immediately.
Duration: 1 year, with strong possibility of extension Position

Summary: This position will function as a member of the Agriculture, Resources, and the Environment (ARE) team within the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program (UC SAREP), one of the programs of the Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI) at UC Davis. Under general supervision of the Communications Coordinator and UC SAREP Academic Coordinator for ARE, the incumbent will translate scientific information about sustainable agricultural practices into multiple communications products, develop and implement targeted outreach and stakeholder engagement strategies, and assist with stakeholder interviews and data management for research projects.

Job duties include:

  • Collaborate on design and content development of a Web-based portal and interactive tools that can serve scientists, policymakers and the public looking for information on sustainable nutrient management in agriculture
  • Translate scientific findings on a variety of agricultural topics (especially nutrient management and greenhouse gas emissions) for non-academic audiences including farmers and policy makers and create written, graphical, and multimedia products, including fact sheets and research summaries
  •  Act as liaison between project university partners, growers, Cooperative Extension farm advisors, and other stakeholders to develop workshops, webinars, and web-based outreach on research in nutrient management and greenhouse gas emissions in agricultural production systems
  • Assist in designing and implementing stakeholder interviews and workshop evaluation surveys, collect and tabulate data
  • Assist in preparing manuscripts for publication
  • Support grant proposal preparation
  •  Initial funding for this position is from the Solution Center for Nutrient Management ( a Web-based portal and multi-media outreach effort to organize and enhance access to science-based information on sustainable nutrient management practices in California agriculture. Additional projects that this position will likely work on include the California Nitrogen Assessment ( and a project on life cycle assessment of greenhouse gas emissions and carbon offset potentials in California orchard crops.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in agricultural or soil sciences, environmental sciences, natural resources, geography, or related fields, or international equivalency.
  • Excellent writing skills and experience with editing and proofing. Facility in using language accurately and creatively; recognizing and using correct English grammar, spelling and punctuation.
  • Strong understanding of scientific concepts and skills in translating these concepts, including academic and technical terminology, into lay terms for a wide range of audiences. - Strong oral communication skills.
  • Interpersonal communications skills, including listening skills, to interact with diverse groups of individuals and work effectively on teams.
  •  Ability to adjust work based on constructive feedback, and to provide constructive feedback to other team members.
  • Proficiency operating computer software for report development (including layout and graphical content).
  • Proficiency in social media and electronic communication technologies and skills.
  •  Familiarity with Microsoft Office software, especially Word, Excel, and Powerpoint, e-mail and web browsers.
  •  Ability to work independently and prioritize tasks across multiple projects at once and meet critical deadlines.
  • Strong motivation to serve agricultural stakeholders with applied science and science communication.
  • Valid California’s driver’s license and ability to drive to occasional interviews and outreach events around northern and central California.

Desired Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in agricultural or soil sciences, environmental sciences, natural resources, geography or related fields.
  •  Detailed understanding of agricultural systems, especially crops and farming practices common to California. Familiarity with key issues in California agriculture, such as nutrient management, water quality, air quality, and climate change.
  •  Prior experience with graphics software and/or website development software.
  • Experience with participatory research including group facilitation.
  • Experience with survey enumeration and data analysis.
  • Experience working in an applied research and outreach setting, such as with Cooperative Extension, agricultural or environmental nonprofits, or similar.

About the Agricultural Sustainability Institute: As part of the UC Davis College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA&ES), the Agricultural Sustainability Institute (ASI) provides a hub that links initiatives in sustainable agriculture and food systems across all departments and units of the CA&ES, the UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and with other state, national, and international partners. ASI is directly responsible for the statewide UC Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program (SAREP) and other units.

To apply: Send cover letter summarizing relevant background and interest, resume/curriculum vitae, and short science writing sample (1-3 pp preferred) to Bev Ransom at Applications submitted by August 11, 2014 will be considered first. For more information about the position, contact Sonja Brodt, Academic Coordinator, at


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