SPECIALIST, AGRICULTURAL AFFAIRS

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

REPORTS TO:        Senior Manager, Agricultural Research

  DEFINITION:

This position supports the Department of Agricultural Affairs in its efforts to obtain and best utilize relevant research data to further Crop of Choice priorities. Working with the Senior Manager, Agricultural Research and others in the department, this position assists with or facilitates the conduct, coordination, cataloging and presentation of agricultural and environmental research as well as outreach and communication to ABC staff and external stakeholders.  May support efforts on researching environmental regulatory issues as well.

 

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

This professional level position is distinguished by the knowledge/expertise it is expected to develop in the areas of agricultural and environmental research and practices with emphasis in the Strategic Ag Innovation Committee and the following work groups: Pollination & Bee Health, Irrigation Nutrient and Soil Health, Harvest, Orchard Tree Rootstock, and Pest Management. This position will acquire, access, and synthesize agricultural as well as environmental research and regulatory issues and support the Senior Manager, Agricultural Research in engaging with researchers and other external stakeholders and in communicating technical matters related to almond production.

 

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

 

  • Monitor, review, analyze, summarize, and “translate” a range of technical materials related to almond production and environmental practices.  Focus is written materials; however, as appropriate, develop and present (both informal and formal) oral presentations and assist with presentation development for supervisors.
  • Assist in the planning, organization and conduct of committee and work group meetings, department content for the annual almond conference and specific almond board functions.
  • Write summary notes from the work group meetings and assist with the development of meeting minutes from the Strategic Ag. Innovation committee.
  • Review, analyze and edit reports submitted by researchers.
  • Be familiar with, monitor, and maintain relevant data resources internal to the Almond Board as well as work with data resources available from both public and private sources for environmental and international issues, as needed.
  • Write and/or compiles research results and/or issues related summaries of production and environmental research and regulatory matters for a wide array of audiences and venues including internal audiences, ABC publications, ABC website, special events, regulators, media, etc.
  • Understand and compile data as needed data in response to inquiries and/or for preparation of regulatory comments.
  • Support the development and conduct of ABC’s annual pesticide survey, working with ABC staff and consultants to ensure data is collected, analyzed and presented in a timely fashion.
  • Support the maintenance of research archives and retrieval.
  • Participate in research and regulatory oriented meetings as requested.
  • Maintain relations with appropriate experts such as UC farm advisors and specialists, researchers and other stakeholders engaged in agricultural production.
  • Coordinate website content management and updating with ABC communications staff.
  • Assist in the review, analyses and editing of annual research report, research updates, overviews and other summary publications.
  • Manage special projects, as needed, developing timelines, milestones and deliverables.
  • Evolve as a subject matter expert in specified areas within the scope of the Ag Affairs (Production) and Sustainability and Environmental affairs department to both external and internal “customers”, providing technical expertise and background.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Knowledge of:

    • Agricultural/horticultural sciences, ideally pest management, and research with an interest in and understanding of technical topics related to the Production and Environmental department, along with an interest in, and curiosity of, how these relate to public policy and California almonds.
    • Scientific principles of hypothesis testing, experimental design, statistical analysis and results reporting to evaluate studies for credibility/validity.

Skill in:

    • Analyzing, synthesizing, and translating data, scientific research and technical issues for broader audiences into written and oral products.
    • Utilizing multiple data sources and determining regional, state, federal regulations related to ag production issues.
    • Communicating clearly, both in writing and orally.
    • Project management
    • Effectively managing several issues and projects at one time in order to meet personal and departmental work deadlines.
    • Interacting and collaborating with a wide array of internal and external stakeholders and groups.
    • Utilizing Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and ability to learn, use and manage SharePoint, databases, and other software.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS:

    • Ability to attend meetings and/or agricultural field visits, etc.
    • Occasionally requires ability to perform work-related activities outside of normal business hours; i.e., conference calls to other time zones, ag field visits, meetings/conferences, etc.
    • Possession of or ability to obtain and maintain a valid passport for the possibility of occasional international travel.

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

BS degree (Masters preferred) in agricultural/crop/horticultural sciences or related field and 0-3 years related experience.

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

    • Incumbent will be required to work extended periods of time at a video display terminal;
    • 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 key-boards, and to manipulate papers;
    • May lift up to 30 pounds (15 kilos) and manipulate heavier objects using dollies;
    • Occasional field visits with exposure to noise, dust, odors, and compounds commonly used in a farm/food processing setting, and mechanical equipment in the orchard and processing environment

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