Jobs and Internships at ASI

Positions available at the Agricultural Sustainability Institute and its affiliated programs are posted on this page.  UC Davis positions can be found at

Staff and Academic Positions


UCD Grad Student Research Position in almond processing and distribution



The candidate will contribute to research under the project entitled “A Baseline Life Cycle Assessment of Greenhouse Gas Emissions for Almond Processing and Distribution”.  The candidate will be a graduate student in good standing at UC Davis (exceptional candidates who have recently graduated from UC Davis with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree will also be considered for appointment as a Junior Specialist).



The researcher will be a key contributor to a project funded by the Almond Board of California to conduct a life cycle assessment (LCA) of almond processing and transport.  LCA is a method that quantifies environmental impacts “from cradle to grave.”  This project will build on previous research that has characterized the life cycle air emissions and energy use from orchard cultivation through hulling and shelling operations. 



The preferred applicant will have knowledge of some or all of the following: (1) spatial modelling of transportation systems (GIS, transport network analysis, etc.) to support modeling of domestic and international shipping of almonds, (2) spreadsheet-based modeling and analysis, and (3) food processing facilities/technologies/practices. Other desired qualifications include experience or knowledge of survey development, knowledge of energy systems and transportation fuels and their emissions, and life cycle assessment or carbon/energy footprinting.



The position is expected to support a GSR for 3 quarters at 50% (or a Junior Specialist at 100%).  If a student is hired who does not have knowledge of LCA, the student will be expected to enroll in ECI244 – Life Cycle Assessment for Sustainable Engineering in the fall of 2014.


How To Apply: 

Send a current CV, a cover letter summarizing your interest in this position and your most relevant background and skills, and 2 references who will be contacted if you are interviewed for the position.  Please send to Dr. Alissa Kendall, at, and cc Dr. Sonja Brodt (, with the subject line “Application for Almond Processing and Distribution Position.”


Application review will begin Sept. 1 and the position will remain open until filled. Applications received after Sept 1 will be considered if the position is not yet filled.


Wells Fargo Water Irrigation Post-doctoral Fellow


We seek a post-doctoral fellow in the area of irrigation dynamics and water use monitoring. The goal of this research, funded by Wells Fargo, is to improve irrigation management practices at Russell Ranch through adequate design and operation of field irrigation systems (surface and micro-irrigation) as well as  installation of multi-user electro-mechanic hydro-valves (Hydropass), water meters, water-front advance sensors, soil moisture sensors and other water-status monitoring devices for improving and automating irrigation water delivery, as well as for systematic data gathering, analysis and record-keeping that are functional to pre-season irrigation planning, in-season scheduling and post-season performance evaluations. The post-doctoral fellow will also be responsible for: conducting outreach of project rationale and achievements through targeted meetings with growers and water-related agencies, workshops and websites, project-reporting and proposal writing to continue the Wells Fargo Water and Irrigation Initiative and peer-review publication writing on research findings and extension/outreach outcomes. The initial appointment is for one year, full-time, with additional year(s) contingent upon funding and mutual agreement. The position includes health insurance and other benefits. 

The University of California, Davis, is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect for differences.

The candidate must have a PhD in Hydrology, Soil Science, Irrigation Science, Irrigation Engineering, Water Resources, Agronomy or a related field, with a preference for research experience in irrigation science and engineering, and soil moisture monitoring and management. Candidates are desired to have knowledge of agricultural systems, irrigation dynamics (e.g., pressurized delivery networks, and different field irrigation methods) irrigation performance analysis, modeling and evaluation, and water monitoring (e.g., automatic, semi-automatic irrigation scheduling systems) and the ability to design solutions enabling irrigation monitoring. A pro-active communicator is desired, as well as strong writing abilities, outreach skills and experience with statistical analysis. 

How To Apply:
Interested individuals should send a CV, graduate transcripts, date of availability, and the contact information of three references to Daniele Zaccaria ( by August 31st. More information on the Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility is at


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

Student Positions

We have no positions available at this time.

Student Internships

Interested in our Internship Program? Please visit the Student Farm Internship page and the Russell Ranch Internship page for more information about on-campus internships with the Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis.

The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service's internship page is a good resource to search for and find off-campus internships.