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Viticulture Advisor
Applied Research and Extension
Serving the Northern San Joaquin Valley of California
Position Overview
The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), a statewide program with local development and delivery, is seeking the following UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Advisor.


Location Headquarters.  San Joaquin County, CA


Purpose. The Viticulture Advisor will implement an innovative extension education and applied research program to address high priority production issues in wine and table grapes including pest, disease and water management.


The advisor will support entry-level growers who require an intensive educational effort on basic viticulture and pest management practices while experienced growers need information on new technologies to remain competitive. All producers face mounting pressures from increased regulatory and environmental compliance requirements as well as cost-competitiveness in an increasingly glo bal marketplace. Secondary responsibilities will include providing support for cane berries and blue berries, although the major program emphases will be on wine grape production.

This is an exciting opportunity to have meaningful impacts in the viticulture communities of the northern Central Valley and throughout California. The advisor will work closely with growers, industry and with more than 100 pest control advisors, a large and important secondary clientele group.

Opportunities abound for research and extension partnerships that link consumers and resource professionals across multi-sectors with relevant science-based information and promote effective problem solving.  The advisor 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 throughout California.  The potential for collaborative projects within the UC ANR system is nearly limitless.

Counties of Responsibility. This position will be headquartered in San Joaquin with regional responsibilities in southern Sacramento (including the Lodi Appellation in southern Sacramento) and Stanislaus counties.


Reporting Relationship: The CE Advisor serves under the administrative guidance of the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) County Director for San Joaquin County with input from the other UCCE County Directors in the coverage area.

Qualifications and Skills Required
Required Qualifications
Education:   A minimum of a Master’s degree in viticulture, crop science, soil science, pest management, or a closely related field is required at the time of appointment.


Additional Requirements

·   Valid driver license.

·   Live within a commutable distance of the position headquarters during period of appointment.

·   The CE Advisor must possess or obtain within one year of hire a Qualified Pesticide Applicator Certificate (QAC) prior to applying pesticides or supervising the application of any pesticide.

Desired Experience
·         Experience with vineyard or orchard crops.

·         Passion and desire to pursue a career in Cooperative Extension and community development.

·         Experience in successful Cooperative Extension programming or community development,

·         Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, manage teams and implement a research program, including setting measurable goals and objectives.

Skills Required
To be successful, the CE Advisor requires skills in the following area:


Technical Competence and Impact


The candidate should have a deep understanding of key concepts related to vineyard production systems and agronomic research design and be able to design and implement a program that leads to positive changes and impact within the community and beyond. There is an expectation that advisors evolve and grow across their career and respond to changes in the industry and by clientele.



Demonstrated excellence in written, oral and interpersonal and information technology communication skills.  Public speaking is a routine part of this position.


Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility


Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with others.  Able to adapt as circumstances warranted.


Aware and willing to actively promote diversity, equity and inclusion.


Lifelong Learning


Demonstrated commitment to ongoing self-improvement – both professionally and as a person. Ability to shift program focus as times and organizational needs change.


Learn more about Skills and Areas of Programmatic Review (including Professional Competence, University and Public Service and Affirmative Action and DEI) at: https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/319460.pdf



About UC ANR


The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) consists of a network of scientists and educators working in partnership across the California.  We are committed to developing and supporting healthy food systems, healthy environments, healthy communities, and healthy Californians.  UC ANR administers UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE), which is responsible for program development and delivery in the counties throughout the state of California.


Learn more about


·         UC ANR at https://UCANR.edu

·         UC ANR in San Joaquin https://cesanjoaquin.ucanr.edu/

·         UC ANR in counties: https://ucanr.edu/sites/ucanr/County_Offices/

·         UC ANR Fruit & Nuts RIC http://fruitsandnuts.ucdavis.edu/

·         Our Strategic Initiatives http://ucanr.edu/sites/StrategicInitiatives/

·         Our Public Value statements at  https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/2016-2020_Strategic_Plan/Goal_5__Prioritize_programs_and_services/Public_values_statement/

·         DEI: Further to the above, advisors are expected to share and exhibit UC ANR’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion https://ucanr.edu/sites/Professional_Development/Office_-_Team_Management/Diversity_Equity_Inclusion_Belonging/

·         Affirmative: Further to the above, advisors are expected to share and exhibit UC ANR’s commitment to affirmative action. Learn more of UC ANR Affirmative Action policy: http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Diversity/Affirmative_Action/

Salary & Benefits
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/358478.pdf

This position is eligible for indefinite status following three successful reviews and subject to terms noted in UC ANR Policy and Procedure Manual, Section 315 https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/118501.pdf


Benefits: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including vacation, sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year. This position is eligible for sabbatical leave privileges as per the terms of University policy.


For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at: https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

How to Apply
If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #21-35)


Closing Date:  To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by

July 1, 2022 – (open until filled)

Contact Tatiana Avoce (HR) email: tavoce@ucanr.edu


Applicants may wish to explore the UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars web page at https://siss.ucdavis.edu/ as a resource.


University of California Cooperative Extension
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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.


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.