Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
University of California
Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center

Local Foods System Advisor (Applied Research and Extension) AP 21-39

County Locations: Amador County, Calaveras County, El Dorado County, Tuolumne County

Date Posted: December 2, 2021
Closing Date: February 4, 2022

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Location Headquarters:  Calaveras County, CA

Purpose: The local Food Systems Advisor will implement an extension education and applied research program to maximize environmental and community benefits related to sustainability and competitiveness of local agriculture.

The advisor will serve clientele in commercial agricultural crops including; tree crops, vegetables, fruits and berries. The advisor will collaboratively develop and disseminate science-based practices for farm innovation and adoption, including niche and organic production, marketing, resource sustainability, and appropriate-scale equipment and technology. The advisor will also work with producers to expand their role and contribution as foundational members of the area’s food system and community.

The advisor will provide materials and academic oversight of the five Master Gardener (MG) programs currently consisting of 300 volunteers throughout the region, educating home gardeners.

The Advisor will develop and deliver research-based information using a range of communication options to create positive community impact.

Counties of Responsibility. This position will be headquartered in Calaveras and have responsibilities across the Central Sierra Multi-County Partnership (El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras, and Tuolumne counties).

Qualifications and Skills Required

Required Qualifications

 Education: A minimum of a Master’s degree in horticulture, agricultural science, agricultural production systems or a closely related field at the time of appointment.

Additional Requirements

  • Valid driver license.
  • Live within a commutable distance of the position headquarters during period of appointment.
  • If relevant, the Advisor must possess or obtain a Qualified Pesticide Applicator Certificate (QAC) or License prior to applying or supervising the application of any pesticide.

Desired Experience

  • Experience working in multiple cropping systems, organic farming practices, small farm production systems, integrated pest management, and marketing methods.
  • Knowledge, leadership, and research expertise in volunteer management.
  • Passion and desire to pursue a career in Cooperative Extension and community development.
  • Experience in successful Cooperative Extension programming or community development,
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, manage teams and implement a research program, including setting measurable goals and objectives.

Salary: The beginning salary will be in the Assistant CE Advisor Rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications.  For information regarding CE advisor series salary scales, please refer to:

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

Benefits: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including vacation, sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year. This position is eligible for sabbatical leave privileges as per the terms of University policy.  

How to Apply

If interested in this position, please visit: and choose “applicants” (refer to position #21-39)

Closing Date:  To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by February 4, 2022– (open until filled)


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