Integrated Pest Management Tip Sheet Helps Keep Gophers Under Control

Gophers are more than simple nuisances. The burrowing rodents that can cause significant damage on agricultural operations.

“Gophers: Vertebrate IPM Tip Sheet” by NCAT Agriculture Specialist Martin Guerena briefly discusses management options, including habitat modification, exclusion, repellents, predators, traps, baiting, and crop rotation. Continue reading

University of California Needs Area Vertebrate Pest Advisor

Location Headquarters: South Coast Research & Extension Center, Irvine, California

CLOSING DATE: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by

April 30, 2014 (open until filled)

BACKGROUND: The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, a statewide program with local development and delivery, is seeking a Cooperative Extension academic advisor to conduct a multi-county-based extension, education and applied research program. The focus is on both native and introduced wildlife (principally mammals and birds) that come into conflict with human activities, as well as resource protection (residential, public health and safety, natural resource areas, and specialty agricultural).

Our Culture:

Working at UC ANR offers a career with a history and a future. Since the first Advisors were hired in California 100 years ago, we have maintained our central purpose as stewards, problem-solvers, catalysts, collaborators, and educators. Academics in UC ANR enjoy a network of colleagues across our system of local offices, statewide programs, 3 colleges and 1 professional school in the UC system. Our culture is characterized by collaboration and entrepreneurship in a vibrant working environment. New academic staff are mentored and supported by this network of colleagues.

The UC ANR vision guides priorities in research, education, service, and resource allocation. ANR envisions a thriving California in 2025 where healthy people and communities, healthy food systems, and healthy environments are strengthened by a close partnership between the University of California and its research and extension programs and the people of the state. The University remains connected and committed to the people of California, who enjoy a high quality of life, a healthy environment, and economic success in a global economy. The full Strategic Vision is available at: http://ucanr.edu/About_ANR/Strategic_Vision/.

South Coast Research and Extension Center (South Coast REC), the headquarters for this position, was established by the University of California in 1956 as a representative site for agricultural and horticultural research in California’s south coastal plain-temperate climatic zone. Located on 200 acres of deep, moderately sloped, alluvial fan soil, the Center and its mild winter climate are conducive to farming a wide range of crops including subtropicals as well as ornamentals for the urban landscape. South Coast REC is located in Irvine, Orange County, which has changed over the decades from a wide expanse of citrus groves and walnut trees to an industrial and residential megalopolis. However, while the economy and lifestyles throughout the South Coast region have changed, the need for education and training has not. With a direct link to the research base of the University of California, Cooperative Extension continues to meet the dynamic needs of Orange County.

For the full announcement, go to http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/Employment_Opportunities/?jobnum=579