Woody Biomass & Forest Management Advisor - Applied Research and Extension

  • University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • Yreka, CA, USA
  • Dec 13, 2022
Full time Agriculture/Horticulture & Aquaculture Engineering & Applied Sciences Environmental Studies Urban Studies & Planning

Job Description

 

Position Overview

The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) offers a unique recruitment opportunity for a UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Woody Biomass & Forest Management Advisor. UC ANR operates a statewide network of researchers and educators dedicated to the development and application of knowledge to address local agricultural, environmental and health issues. Over 150 UC ANR UCCE advisors conduct research, outreach and education from locally based CE offices serving all 58 counties from 70+ locations throughout the state. By working and living among those we serve, UC ANR expands the University of California’s reach to engage all people and communities in California, ensuring equal access to the UC system.

Location Headquarters.  Yreka, Siskiyou County, CA

Purpose. The Woody Biomass & Forest Management Advisor will implement an innovative extension education and applied research program to address high priority needs and problems related to forest health and woody biomass utilization in the region.

The advisor will provide technical assistance for community-scaled forest management with an emphasis on enhancing forest biomass utilization, fuels management, and long-term community resiliency in the face of a changing climate and pressure on keeping communities safe in the face of increased wildfire. 

The advisor is responsible for the assessment, development, implementation, and evaluation of educational and research programs that will have significant impacts on increasing the use of woody biomass in the region, protecting communities from fire risk, strengthening rural economies, and improving water and air resources. This position will assist local forestland owners, processors, rural communities, and indigenous tribes to increase use of forest biomass. The advisor will collaboratively develop and disseminate science-based practices for wood utilization and marketing, fuels management, economic development, and wildfire resilience. 

This is an exciting opportunity to develop and deliver relevant program content to have meaningful impacts in local communities and throughout California.

Opportunities abound for extension and research partnerships that link to work in partnership with the state of California including the Office of Planning and Research, CalFire, and the Joint Institute on Wood Products Innovation. 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 Siskiyou County and also serve Shasta and Trinity Counties.  

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

Salary & Benefits

Salary: The beginning salary will be in the Cooperative Extension Assistant Advisor Rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications.  For information regarding Cooperative Extension Advisor salary scales, please refer to the University of California website: https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/358478.pdf.  If the successful candidate is currently a UCCE Advisor, the candidate will be offered the position without change to the candidate’s current rank, step, salary and/or appointment terms; and if applicable, is eligible to retain indefinite status.

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 health insurance, retirement plans, two days per month paid vacation, one day per month paid sick leave, and paid holidays. This position is eligible for sabbatical leave privileges as per the terms of the University policy. For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at: https://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html

University of California Cooperative Extension

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy.  All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline.   New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines.  (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)  Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.  

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. 

 

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications

Education: A minimum of a Master’s degree in community development, forestry, natural resource management, manufacturing, engineering, or related fields is required at the time of appointment. 

Additional Requirements

·       Valid driver’s license required to fulfill job duties- Employees driving County or University vehicles must possess valid California Driver’s License and participate in the DMV pull notice program.

·       A California license as a Registered Professional Forester is required. (The Advisor would have a grace period of 5 years after hire to achieve this certification). 

Skills Required

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

Technical Competence and Impact 

The candidate should have an understanding of community and economic development 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.  

Communication

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

Demonstrated ability to share complex information in a manner tailored to the audience. 

Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility 

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with industry and other stakeholders. Able to adapt as circumstances warranted.   

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

Lifelong Learning 

Demonstrated commitment to ongoing self-improvement.  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

Desired Experience

·   Educational and professional background in forest management

·   Experience working in woody biomass production systems or economic development associated with forest products

·   Passion and desire to pursue a career in Cooperative Extension

·   Experience in building partnerships and with multidisciplinary teams

·   Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, manage teams and implement an applied research and outreach program, including setting measurable goals and objectives 

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 California.  We are committed to developing and supporting practical, science-based solutions that contribute to 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 counties: https://ucanr.edu/sites/ucanr/County_Offices/

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

·       Our Public Value statements at  https://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Divisionwide_Planning/UC_ANR_Public_Values/

·       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/

·       The University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce and will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. We encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ+ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

Application Details

How to Apply

If interested in this position, please visit: https://recruit.ucanr.edu/ and choose “applicants” (refer to position #21-48) 

Closing Date:  To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by January 23, 2023 – (open until filled)

Questions?

Contact Alma Jackson - email: ajackson@ucanr.edu 

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Application Deadline

January 23, 2023 (open until filled)