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Principal Agricultural Technician – South Coast REC – Irvine, CA, Job ID 65027

County Location: Orange County

Date Posted: February 15, 2024
Closing Date: Until Filled

Department Summary:
South Coast Research and Extension Center was established by the University in 1956 as a representative site for agricultural and horticultural research in California’s south coastal plain-temperate climatic zone. Located on 200 acres of deep, moderately sloped, alluvial fan soil, the Center and its mild winter climate are conducive to farming a wide range of crops including subtropicals as well as ornamentals for the urban landscape. South Coast REC serves as a regional field laboratory for UC scientists to conduct agricultural and natural resources management research and extend research-based information to a wide spectrum of audiences. The Center provides land, irrigation water, labor, equipment, and other facilities, and it serves as a repository for germplasm collections of many subtropical plants. From 1918 to the Present a unique partnership between the University of California, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the County of Orange, Cooperative Extension was originally created to provide vital research-based information to growers and their families in this agriculturally rich community. Today, over 80 years later, Orange County has changed from a wide expanse of citrus groves and walnut trees to an industrial and residential megalopolis. However, while the economy and lifestyles throughout the South Coast region have changed, the need for education and training has not. With a direct link to the research base of the University of California, Cooperative Extension continues to meet the dynamic needs of Orange County.

Position Summary:
Under direction of the Principal Superintendent of Agriculture, manage all aspects of the production of agricultural row and orchard crops utilized for research and extension purposes. Act as a lead for seasonal labor and center staff activities; perform general farming tasks, pest control activities, calculations and calibrations; and operate a variety of agricultural equipment and associated implements. Order supplies including but not limited to fertilizers, pesticides, and irrigation parts. Provide support for regulatory pesticide activities and recordkeeping.

This position is a career appointment that 100% fixed.

Pay Scale: $25.02/hour to $29.89/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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