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Junior Specialist - Almond Orchards Agroecology

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 10th, 2018
Last review date: October 26th, 2018
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: December 31st, 2018
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Agroecology Lab ( at the University of California Davis is seeking a Junior Specialist to join the team starting in November 2018. The successful candidate will help on projects related to cover cropping and soil health in Almond orchard production systems. The Junior Specialist will work closely with graduate students, extension specialists and growers to support our investigation of the benefits and tradeoffs of winter cover crops on soil health and resource use efficiency in Almond orchards across a soil-climate gradient in California. The successful candidate will assist with: 1) plant and soil sampling, processing and archiving, 2) lab analysis of soil health indicators, 3) outreach activities to growers and the scientific communities 4) writing and presentation of results to scientific community and stakeholders and 5) lab management.

I. Research in specialized areas (85%)
75% work closely with graduate students to sample and monitor experiments in Almond orchards, sample processing and archiving, lab analysis of plant biomass and soil health indicators. Will be actively involved in publishable research activities including participation in discussions on research and the interpretation of research results, as well as appropriate co-authorship or acknowledgement in publications.
10% Lab management
Safety training of new students and volunteer, lab and equipment maintenance, general lab organization.

II. Professional Competence and Activity (5%)
Attend seminars on topics related to fields of interest.
Participate in scientific discussions with peers to enhance confidence.
Participate in training programs to enhance knowledge and skills

III. University and Public Service (10%)
Communicate with our stakeholders; plan and carry out outreach events to growers, extension specialists, the university community and the general public.

Qualifications: B.S. in Life Sciences with interest in ecology, soil and/or plant sciences; Valid driver’s license. Proficiency with Microsoft office is required; The successful candidate must be able to conduct active field work and research, have excellent laboratory/soil science skills and be a good team member and communicator. This is a full time, one-year renewable position based at the Plant and Environmental Science Building -- UC Davis.

Note: The junior specialist rank is an entry level position, accordingly it is inappropriate to hire applicants with advanced degrees in this field, or those with bachelor’s degrees and three years’ relevant work experience. (See APM-UCD 330)

Term of Appointment: Full time for 1 year, with the possibility of extension.
Salary: $ 39,500/yr.

Job location

Davis, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Outlining your interest in the position as well as your experience relevant to this position.

  • Transcripts

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Diversity contributions documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a diversity statement and why one is requested.

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