Grower Outreach & Extension Specialist

California Strawberry Commission

About the organization

The California Strawberry Commission represents more than 400 strawberry farmers, shippers and processors, proudly working together to advance strawberry farming for the future of our land and people. Commission programs create opportunities for success through groundbreaking programs focused on workforce training, strawberry production research, and nutrition research. Through science-based information and education, we deliver the good news about sustainable farming practices that benefit the health of people, farms, and communities.

CSC is an equal opportunity employer and complies with U.S. federal law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation or marital, family or parental status.

For more information, please visit www.calstrawberry.com

Duties

District Outreach:

•Survey and maintain professional interactions with district growers and industry stakeholders.
•Assess growers’ needs and identify resources to address those needs.
•Assist with coordination of meetings on priority topics, often on an ad‐hoc basis.
•Connect CSC staff to growers and industry members to promote cross‐departmental initiatives.
•Work with CSC staff to monitor relevant issues that affect growers, in particular issues around production practices, regulatory affairs and labor management.

Extension:
•Facilitate interactive training modules in English and Spanish to industry members in topics such as food safety, supervisor development, production practices and regulatory compliance relevant to strawberry growers, their employees and other industry stakeholders.
•Develop new education programs in technical areas that improve strawberry production practices for growers and their employees.
•Develop didactic materials, resources and guidelines for growers and field level employees.

Qualifications

Required:

•Professional fluency in oral and written Spanish and English.
•Live within or be willing to relocate to Oxnard strawberry production area.
•BS with 2+ years of extension experience in agricultural production or equivalent experience that provides specialized knowledge relevant to the strawberry industry.
•Strong skills with basic Microsoft programs such as Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
•Must be a self-starter and have initiative to network with various stakeholders.
•Overnight travel within California.
•Ability to lift equipment and supplies in various training settings including field demonstrations, conference spaces or.
•Valid driver’s license and clean driving record.

Desired:

•Peace Corps service or other cross-cultural immersion, extension, agricultural development experience.
•Strong commitment to working with growers and farm employees.
•MS in a field relevant to agricultural education, production, research or another relevant field.
•Experience developing and delivering bilingual, education programs in agriculture.
•Comfortable with in-person or online group facilitation.
•Technical knowledge of agricultural production, agribusiness, human resources, labor. management, labor policy, regulatory affairs or farm‐level management are highly desirable.
•Multimedia communication skills to interact with diverse audiences.

Salary

Competitive and commensurate with experience

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Submission: E‐mail resume and cover letter to with “Grower Outreach & Extension Specialist” in the subject line. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

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