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Small Farms Extension & Research Associate 2 (Bilingual in English and Spanish, lu-Mienh or Hmong) – Sacramento/Yolo Counties, CA, Job ID 62590

County Locations: Sacramento County, Yolo County

Date Posted: December 12, 2023
Closing Date: Until Filled

Position Summary:

The Small Farms Extension and Research Associate will assist UC ANR Small Farms Advisors in the delivery of technical assistance, training, outreach, and applied research activities to increase extension support for small-scale, diversified, and historically underserved farmers. Areas of focus include on-farm production challenges such as irrigation, nutrient management, and pest management; regulatory compliance; marketing and business support; and incentive program and grant application technical support.

Working under the general direction of a county-based Small Farms Advisor, the Associate assists UC ANR academics, staff, and collaborating growers with collection and analysis of data needed for grower surveys, applied research projects, program development and evaluation, and policy communications. The Associate will also provide expert, bilingual technical assistance to small-scale farmers to enhance on-farm productivity, compliance with local, state, and federal regulatory programs, and access to resources such as grants, incentives programs, and emergency relief programs. The Associate will present presentations in English, as well as Hmong, Iu-Mienh, and/or Spanish. The Associate will assist UC ANR academics in the extension of applied research results and the development, delivery, and evaluation of 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, setup of field experiments, data collection and management, basic data analysis for outreach, educational programming, and research projects. Research, outreach, and extension efforts will also be coordinated with a statewide network of Small Farms Advisors and program staff in multiple counties. The Small Farms Network will work closely with partner agencies and non-profit organizations to coordinate and leverage statewide technical assistance efforts.

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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