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Small Farms Staff Research Associate 2 – Fresno, CA, Job ID 67740 (Internal to ANR employees only)

County Locations: Fresno County, Madera County

Date Posted: April 23, 2024
Closing Date: Until Filled

Internal to ANR employees only

The Small Farms Sustainable Agricultural Production Staff Research Associate will assist in conducting research in sustainable production practices including integrated pest management, irrigation and groundwater management, water and energy conservation, nutrient management, and soil conservation practices to support sustainable agricultural production on small-scale and diversified farms in Fresno and Madera Counties. The Research Associate will work across multiple grant funded projects under the supervision of the Small Farms Soil and Water Conservation Staff Research Associate III and will collaborate closely with the Small Farms Advisor and the Small Farms Water Conservation Academic Coordinator in Fresno County. The Research Associate will manage research plots on participating farms and at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension (KARE) Center.

Research duties include data collection, organization, and analysis, soil, water, plant, and insect sample collection, preparation, and shipping, preparing and organizing datasets, setup and maintenance of field research plots and infrastructure, maintenance and transportation of equipment for research, bilingual technical assistance, extension demonstrations, presenting results of research at extension meetings, and participating in local research collaborations with partner institutions. The Staff Research Associate will assist UC ANR academics and staff in communication with farmers participating in on-farm research trials, the extension of applied research results, and the development, delivery, and evaluation of Spanish bilingual, culturally appropriate, research-based educational materials and extension programming to support small-scale, diversified, and historically underserved farmers. The Associate will develop and conduct effective methods to increase outreach and participate in program evaluation, needs assessments, and strategic planning for outreach and extension efforts in the assigned county or counties. Applied research duties include assisting with survey development and translation, recruitment of farmer participants, and data analysis to inform needs assessment and evaluation for outreach, educational programming, and applied research projects.

This position is a career appointment that is 100% fixed.

Pay Scale: $28.04/hour to $36.27/hour

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.

The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check. This is a designated position requiring a background check and may require fingerprinting due to the nature of the job responsibilities. UC ANR does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs, as may be amended or revised from time to time.  Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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