Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor (Applied Research and Extension)


The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), a statewide program with local development and delivery, is seeking the following UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Advisor.


The Livestock and Natural Resources Area Advisor will implement an innovative extension education and applied research program to address issues related to livestock production and marketing.

Research and extension will address high-priority issues related to livestock production systems and marketing with attention paid to livestock and range management impacts on water quality and quantity as well as pursuing strategies to reduce the carbon impact of livestock management. Specifically, the advisor will address production, animal health, food safety, meat processing and marketing, water quality, soil quality, and ecosystem health. Species that will be emphasized will be cattle, sheep, goats, and small-scale poultry.

This is an exciting opportunity to do research and provide research-based education on livestock management practices to enhance production efficiency and ranch profitability and to help minimize any negative impacts associated with livestock production. Opportunities abound to build partnerships with livestock producers, public resource management agencies (NRCS, California Fish and Wildlife, US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, and RCDs), nonprofit conservation organizations (such as The Nature Conservancy, fire-safe councils, local watershed councils, land trusts, and other non-government organizations) and a number of youth groups (4-H, FFA, and Grange).

The advisor joins a team of highly motivated UCCE colleagues who are passionate about their work and are dedicated to making a difference within the communities and throughout California. The potential for collaborative projects within the UC ANR system is nearly limitless.


This position will be strategically located at the UC ANR Calaveras office and provide support for El Dorado, Amador, and Tuolumne Counties.


The CE Advisor serves under the administrative guidance of the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Central Sierra Multi-County Partnership (MCP) Director.


Education: A minimum of a Master’s degree in animal science, range management or closely related field is required at the time of appointment.

Additional Requirements
• Valid driver’s license.
• Expectation to be available to work onsite on any day.
• Be able to develop and integrate all aspects of livestock production to promote sustainability, profitability, food safety, and environmental stewardship.

Desired Experience
• Course work to be a Certified Rangeland Manager within 5 years of hire. (http://casrm.rangelands.org/HTML/certified.html)
• Experience in conducting field research in agriculture; planning and implementation of broad, large-scale research and extension programs;
• An understanding of how public policy impacts agricultural management and producer decision-making.
• Passion and desire to pursue a career in Cooperative Extension
• Experience in building partnerships and with multidisciplinary teams
• Demonstrated ability to effectively plan projects, manage teams and implement an applied research and outreach program, including setting measurable goals and objectives

Skills Required

To be successful, the CE Advisor requires skills in the following area:

The candidate should have a deep understanding of livestock and rangeland management and be able to design and implement a program that leads to positive changes and impact within the community and beyond. There is an expectation that advisors evolve and grow across their career and respond to changes in the industry and by clientele.

Demonstrated excellence in written, oral, and interpersonal and information technology communication skills. Public speaking to stakeholders is a routine part of this position.

Demonstrated ability to share complex information in a manner tailored to the audience.

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with industry and other stakeholders. Able to adapt as circumstances warranted.

Aware and willing to actively promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Demonstrated commitment to ongoing self-improvement - both professionally and as a person. Ability to shift program focus as times and organizational needs change.