Tuesday, March 10, 2015

UCCE Job Announcement

TITLE: Agricultural Field Assistant

EMPLOYER: University of California Cooperative Extension
                         (An equal opportunity/affirmative action employer)

DESCRIPTION:
This is an excellent opportunity for someone interested in gaining practical field experience in sustainable pest management, applied research, or careers in Cooperative Extension.  This position will assist the county Farm Advisor with a variety of research and information extension activities. Duties include but are not limited to:
                        Field Activities (in Brentwood):
·       Check and service insect traps
·       Help to establish, maintain and harvest research plots
·       Assist with field demonstrations and meetings
Office Activities (in  Pleasant Hill or Knightsen):
·       Maintain records of data collected, as directed
·       Perform routine data entry and analysis on computer
·       Compile data and research records for reports
·       Perform routine office maintenance procedures, as needed
·       Collect weather information and calculate degree days

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE:
                        At least 2 years of education, training or experience in an agricultural field (pest management, pomology, plant science, horticulture, etc.) and field experience is preferred. Pest identification skills are desirable. Basic knowledge of computers, familiarity with spreadsheets (Excel), and word-processing (Word) programs is needed. Ability to work flexible hours when needed. Ability to perform physically strenuous field activities (lifting, carrying, harvesting, etc.) in the summer heat. Ability to perform repetitive tasks (counting insects, recording plant damage, etc.) quickly, carefully, and accurately. Must have ability and means to travel to field sites in Brentwood on a flexible schedule (to be reimbursed on a mileage basis). Proof of Liability and Property Damage Insurance on the car to be used is necessary.

TIME:              This is a part time, temporary position for approximately 6-7 months beginning in mid to late March and ending in mid to late September or even into Oct. It will require approximately 8-24 hours per week. Hours are flexible.

SALARY:        Starting at $16.30 per hour plus mileage reimbursement at $0.575/mile

APPLY:                https://jobs.ucop.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=58156

LOCATION:  Central & Eastern Contra Costa County (Pleasant Hill to Brentwood area)

MORE             Janet Caprile, Farm Advisor
INFO:             University of California Cooperative Extension
                        75 Santa Barbara Rd., 2nd Floor
                        Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
                        (925) 646-6540
                        jlcaprile@ucdavis.edu


POSTED:        March 2, 2015