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Junior Specialist in Irrigation Management

Junior Specialist in Irrigation Management


University of California, Davis

Davis, CA, United States


Relevant divisions
Hydrological Sciences (HS)
Soil System Sciences (SSS)

Full time

Entry level

Step I - $39,500 annually or Step II - $42,100 annually, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Preferred education
Undergraduate degree

Application deadline
1 April 2019

10 March 2019

Job description

The Department of Land, Air and Water Resources (LAWR) at the University of California, Davis invites applications for a qualified Junior Specialist to work under the direction of Dr. Isaya Kisekka (LAWR) and Dr. Patrick Brown (Department of Plant Sciences).

The Junior Specialist will be involved in several research projects e.g., salinity management in almond and precision irrigation management in almond projects as well as other projects as need arises. The successful candidate will participate in field activities such as setting up and maintaining a lysimeter experiment with 54 almond trees. Other responsibilities will include measurement of stem water potential using pressure chamber, soil water measurement using neutron probe or cosmic ray, preparation of nutrient solutions, maintenance of irrigation system, record keeping of irrigation and fertilizer applications, and installation of sensors and data loggers, field data collection and preprocessing of data. Training new student assistants will also be part of the position. The ideal candidate will have strong hands-on skills in implementation of experimental protocols, interpersonal, communication, and decision-making skills; as well as the ability to work well independently and as part of a team.

Basic Qualifications: Bachelor degree in Agricultural Engineering, Environmental Sciences, Hydrology, Soil Science, Plant Sciences or related field with prior field work experience. Must exhibit professional approach to work and attention to detail.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience working with tools like drills and electric saws. Good problem solving skills. Course work in soil science, soil physics, hydrology, agronomy, plant sciences, environmental sciences, agricultural engineering, irrigation or related coursework.

How to apply

To apply, please go to the following link: Applicants should submit the following:

  1. Cover letter outlining your interest in the position as well as your experience relevant to this position (please include a diversity statement,
  2. Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  3. Transcripts (optional)
  4. References: contact information for 2-4 recent references.
    All letters of recommendation, if requested, will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Documents/materials must be submitted as PDF files.