SENIOR SPECIALIST, FIELD OUTREACH AND EDUCATION

 

To apply, send your resume to: careers@almondboard.com 

REPORTS TO: Senior Manager, Field Outreach and Education

 

DEFINITION:

This position will be responsible for key components as we implement an integrated approach to grower outreach and education focused on grower adoption of best practices related to the Almond Orchard 2025 Goals. These goals are designed to help growers with the adoption of best management practices to ensure that California almond production remains an economically, environmentally and socially responsible crop in California. Key components are:

  • Increased adoption of Integrated Pest Management
  • Reduced Harvest Dust
  • Continued Improvement of Water Use Efficiency
  • Utilization of Co-Products

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

This senior professional position is distinguished by its focus on the agricultural performance of almond growers; proactively leading the California almond industry in the adoption of innovative solutions to sustainability challenges. The principal focus of this position is outreach and education; accelerating grower adoption of Integrated Pest Management and low dust harvesting techniques.

This position within ABC’s Global Communication Department will deal with the most important crop inputs required by almond growers. Water availability and quality, dust, and pest management will become even larger issues in the future, threatening almond growers right to farm in California.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: The following duties are typical of those performed by employees in this job title; however, employees may perform other related duties.

  • Develop and disseminate science-based information, to growers, using outreach methods that drive adoption and are responsive to grower needs, being appropriate for the intended audiences and situations;
  • Engage one-on-one with growers about key goal-related issues;
  • Coordinate and conduct grower workshops in collaboration with UCCE ANR.
  • Play an active role, along with other staff, in outreach activities of ABC to agricultural, regulatory, and public audiences related to improved irrigation and water management as well as other key issues;
  • Plan outreach activities, and represent ABC at events including field days, seminars, CASP workshops, Almond Leadership Program meetings, food safety workshops, water use efficiency workshops, local community events, agriculture trade shows and others;
  • Coordinate with ABC subject-matter experts to identify appropriate internal and/or external workshop speakers;
  • Identify and obtain Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or similar credits for ABC workshops, as well as The Almond Conference;
  • Track participation at workshops and events; prepare reports, PowerPoint slides and presentations; presents to internal audiences; and
  • Provide technical support for grower programs associated with Almond Quality, Food Safety and Food Safety Modernization Act, Production, Environmental, and Technical and Regulatory Affairs.
  • Other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge of:

    • Basic agricultural systems; understanding of sustainability initiatives, and/or farming in California is ideal;
    • Grower outreach, education, and practice-adoption methodologies and tactics; and
    • Authoritative knowledge of English grammar, spelling, punctuation, and accepted elements of writing style.                                                                                                                       

Skill in:

  • Strong interpersonal skills to engage, motivate, and work effectively with a wide array of clientele and cooperators, to devise and coordinate an effective grower outreach, education, and adoption program with strong communication, teaching, and management skills;
  • Maintaining confidentiality of trade practices as made aware of these practices in the course of dealing with various growers/client groups;
  • Ability to translate technical information and disseminate best management practices related to Almond Orchard 2025 goals: i.e. Integrated Pest Management and Reduction of Harvest Dust, into understandable and useful information for diverse clientele;
  • Ability to translate irrigation technology into understandable and useful information for diverse clientele;
  • Communicating clearly, both in writing and orally;
  • Principles and the effective practice of public speaking;
  • Effectively managing several projects and activities at one time to meet personal and departmental work deadlines;
  • Interacting and collaborating with a wide array of internal and external stakeholders and groups;
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships;
  • Reviewing data and preparing reports, charts, graphs, powerpoint presentations, and other audio-visual accompaniments for speeches, presentations, and written materials using computer software;
  • Writing and/or editing articles, newsletters, brochures, social posts, news releases, important correspondence, learning modules, and other written materials; and
  • Utilizing Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and the ability to learn, use and manage SharePoint, databases, and other software.                                                                                                               

 OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

  • Must possess a valid California driver's license and have a satisfactory driving recordTravel within California and occasionally elsewhere in the United States
  • Attend and participate in industry related activities outside of normal working hours
  • Ability to perform work-related activities outside of normal business hours
  • PCA/CCA certification

ILLUSTRATIVE EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A typical way to obtain the above knowledge and skill is a combination of education and experience equivalent to:

A BA/BS degree in agricultural sciences, communications, or other related field and 3-5 years of professional experience; experience in sales and business development.

Past experience demonstrating interpersonal skills required (e.g., teaching, outreach, customer service, and/or sales).

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS:

  • The physical abilities involved in the performance of essential duties are:

  • Sitting, driving for extended periods of time.

  • Vision sufficient to read handwritten and printed documents and computer screens;
  • Speech and hearing sufficient to communicate by phone and in person;
  • Manual dexterity sufficient to use a variety of office equipment and tools, computer keyboards, and to manipulate papers.
  • May lift up to 30 pounds (15 kilos) and manipulate heavier objects using dollies;
  • Field visits with exposure to noise, dust, odors, allergens, microbiological toxins, pesticide application, and mechanical apparatus in field and processing settings;
  • Travel over 30%; up to 50%; (primarily within almond growing and production region of California with frequent overnight stays)
  • Regularly walking, stooping and climbing to inspect agricultural and handling sites, including climbing ladders and walking aerially such as on catwalks;
  • Regularly bending, stooping and climbing to retrieve or place materials for storage or transport;
  • Exposure to potentially hazardous conditions or safety hazards; i.e. regular inspections of hazardous materials or equipment.

To apply, send your resume to: careers@almondboard.com