University of California
Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources
North Coast & Mountain Region
POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT
HEADQUARTERS: NAPA COUNTY, NAPA, CALIFORNIA
PROGRAM ASSIGNMENT: NAPA COUNTY
CLOSING DATE: To assure full consideration, application packet must be
received by December 5, 2008.
Napa County is located approximately 40 miles northeast of San Francisco and approximately 60 miles
southwest of the University of California, Davis. Premium wine grapes are the primary crop. Wine
grapes are also a major perennial crop in neighboring counties, along with walnuts, pears, apples and
olives. Viticulture research done in Napa County benefits the industry well beyond the county’s borders.
In 2007, there were over 42,000 producing acres of wine grapes with a farm gate value of $472 million,
which represents 97.5% of the total farm gate value for all agricultural products in Napa County. The
diversity of wine grape growers in Napa County ranges from highly education viticulturists with highly
technical needs, to hobbyists needing basic viticulture assistance.
NATURE AND PURPOSE:
The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) invites applications from qualified
candidates for a career-track position. Rank and step are in the CE Advisor series, and commensurate
with the candidate’s experience and education. The position will be located in the Napa County
Cooperative Extension Office in the City of Napa. The Viticulture Farm Advisor in Napa County will
conduct Extension education and problem solving research programs for the local wine grape industry,
and provide information and support to producers of other fruit and nut crops. The primary clientele
served by the Viticulture Farm Advisor is the local commercial producers of wine grapes; support is also
provided to producers of other fruit and nut crops. Information and advice is provided to existing and
prospective growers to help them make sound production and management decisions. The Advisor
identifies and describes local production problems and brings in appropriate educational and research
resources towards their resolution. The close proximity to the UC Davis Viticulture and Enology
Department, as well as the Oakville Research facilities offers extraordinary opportunities for a productive
research and extension program.
MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Viticulture Advisor is responsible for extending knowledge and information in wine grape
production, for engaging in applied research and creative activity, for demonstrating professional
competence and activity, and for performing University and Public Service. Specifically:
Extending Information – Designs, develops and implements a highly visible county extension
education program relating to the needs of local commercial producers of wine grapes, based on
assessed needs and responses of clientele. This position is important to guide the industry and
community on environmental concerns such as land use, water quality and other issues that affect
the Napa County landscape. An understanding of conventional as well as alternative farming
practices, or sustainable agriculture and viticulture is desirable. Uses a variety of educational
methods including newsletters, educational publications, meetings, personal contacts and other
Research – Develops new information by conducting local problem-solving field research with
the support of appropriate specialists and grower clientele. Research results are made available to
clientele through appropriate publications, conferences and industry meetings.
Professional Development – Develops and carries out an active plan for professional growth.
Stays informed of the latest crop production information and research techniques. Attends and
participates in training opportunities provided by the University and others. Participates in
professional societies, industry organizations and in operational and organizational activities
within the Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR).
For candidates with a strong interest in administration, there would be an opportunity for the position to
include a 30% administration assignment as County Director of the Cooperative Extension Program in
The County Director is responsible for administrative management of all UC Cooperative Extension
programs in Napa County and is responsible to both UC and Napa County for effective management of
the department. Specifically, the County Director:
Represents Napa County UCCE to UC ANR Regional Directors and other levels of UC
administration, and to the Napa County Board of Supervisors and County Executive Officer.
Provides leadership, managerial oversight and supervision for UC Cooperative Extension
Advisors and support staff in Napa County.
Provides UC and county policy interpretations and guidance to Advisors and staff.
Negotiates and administers budgets for UC and County support.
Supervised by and reports to the Cooperative Extension North Coast and Mountain Regional Director.
Maintains communication and a working relationship with CE Specialists, Agricultural Experimental
Station faculty and researchers, advisors and other co-workers. Interacts with UCCE County Directors,
UC Department Chairs and Program Leaders, UC faculty and Specialists, and other UC and Napa County
Administrators including the County Agricultural Commissioner.
Develops and maintains relationships with industry support groups such as the Napa Valley Vintners,
Napa Valley Grapegrowers, Napa County Farm Bureau and the Napa Valley Vineyard Technical Group
to help identify local needs, provide educational opportunities and foster program support.
Implement outreach efforts to ensure nondiscrimination in program identification and delivery. Promote
and encourage maximum participation of minorities, women and other underserved groups.
The Advisor will promote, in all ways consistent with other responsibilities of the position, the
affirmative action goals established by the Division. This will include outreach objectives as a
component in planning, implementation, and evaluating program efforts. Establish and update statistical
data pertaining to females and minority populations to be served by programs. Record, document, and
report outreach plans, goals, activities, progress and results, and submit required activity reports as
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
A minimum of a Master’s degree with a background in biological, agricultural, or plant sciences,
specializing in viticulture and pest management is preferred. Candidate showing a demonstrated
familiarity in the fields of small fruit production, post-harvest handling of fruit and wine making
practices is also desirable.
Applicants for senior level positions will also be required to have a publication record that demonstrates
outstanding research and a demonstrated potential for administrative and programmatic leadership. The
hire will be expected to develop an extramurally-funded research program, forge strong interactions with
local county partners and clientele, as well as UC colleagues, contribute to core research and extension
goals established within ANR and assist in establishing an innovative multidisciplinary program in the
field of viticulture.
A background investigation may be required for the successful candidate, including fingerprinting and a
criminal history clearance by the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
SALARY: Beginning salary will be in the UC Cooperative Extension Assistant-Associate Advisor
rank, salary commensurate with experience and education.
The Advisor position is an academic career-track appointment. Prior to the completion of the initial
appointment, the position and the incumbent’s performance will be reviewed. If the review reflects a
continuing need for the position and the incumbent’s performance is judged to be of high quality, our
intention is to offer a second definite term appointment of two years, subject to renewal based on the
same criteria. After a maximum of three such consecutive definite term appointments, based on the
above criteria, a decision will be made whether to offer an indefinite appointment.
If the successful candidate is currently a UCCE Advisor, the candidate will be offered the position as a
lateral transfer, retaining their current rank, step, salary, and definite or indefinite status.
For information regarding merit and promotion procedures, see the ANR Administrative Handbook,
Series 300, and Section 315 at: http://danr.ucop.edu/admin-handbook/300.
BENEFITS: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including two days per
month paid vacation, one day per month paid sick leave, and thirteen paid holidays per year. A variety of
health and dental insurance plans are available, with employer contributions to the premiums. In
addition, the University provides basic life and disability insurance, which may be supplemented at group
rates. Workers’ Compensation Insurance is provided. An excellent UC Retirement System is
coordinated with Social Security and optional annuity plans may supplement retirement. Sabbatical and
study leaves are also available. For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at:
INTERVIEWS: A search committee will review all applications and associated materials, interview
candidates, and recommend individuals most suitable for the position. Selected candidates will be asked
to come to Napa, California for an interview and seminar presentation. Travel expenses for interviews
will be reimbursed according to the University of California policy.
HOW TO APPLY: To be considered, applicants must submit the following four components of the
1. Cover Letter
2. UC-ANR Academic Application Form—which can be downloaded in PDF or Word format from
the ANR website (http://ucanr.org/jobs.shtml), including a list of six (5) references
4. College Level Transcripts (Original transcripts preferred, however, legible photocopies of
original transcripts will be accepted.)
To request additional information
and/or to return completed application materials:
ANR—North Coast & Mountain Region
University of California, One Shields Avenue
Davis California 95616-8575
Fax (530) 754-8540; Email:email@example.com
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