Junior Specialist

Department of Viticulture & Enology at University of California, Davis
Application period Jan 14, 2016 10:20 AM to
Feb 15, 2016 11:55 PM
Where Department of Viticulture & Enology

The Department of Viticulture & Enology at University of California, Davis is seeking a full time Junior Specialist with background in agricultural science, horticulture, precision agriculture science, viticulture or other related background to join our research team studying spatio-temporal management of vineyard crop load in California. The team is working on understanding and mitigating vineyard variability, by canopy and soil sensing, transferring meta-data into user-friendly precision maps to balance crop load in wine grape and table grape vineyards. This position will help answer questions posed by some of California Agriculture’s biggest players including state regulatory agencies and private industry organizations. The successful candidate will participate in field and laboratory analyses of vineyard variability, application of field treatments using newly developed crop load management equipment and assist in collecting data. A primary focus of the project is in developing innovative methods for progressive viticulturists to manage their vineyards using smart vineyard technologies while fostering economic sustainable yields. The Jr. Specialist will be instructed in the use of state of the art methods for canopy and soil sensors, crop load management equipment, global positioning systems and a wide range of instrumentation used in field scale viticulture experimentation. The successful candidate must have an interest in participating as a team member in a multidisciplinary project, and to travel to research sites on sometimes short notice.


Working long hours in extreme weather conditions.
Travel for periods of time, ex: Napa, Turlock and Madera, Delano. Handling and moving heavy items and equipment.
Be able to lift 80 pounds to chest height.

Work Environment:

Ergonomic hazards including heavy lifting, repetitive motions, awkward motions, crushing or pinching injuries etc.
Exposure to agricultural herbicides and pesticides.
Exposure to hazardous laboratory chemicals.
Climb ladders to work on top of machinery and with equipment in tight, confined areas.
Must have a valid driver’s license and be able to operate motor vehicles.
Must attend safety training courses including the safe use of radioactive substances.


At least 1 year of experience in performing agricultural related field work.
Bachelor’s degree in agricultural science, horticulture, precision agriculture, viticulture or other related background.


  • Agricultural farming operations
  • ArcGIS software proficiency
  • Tractor or field equipment operations course.
  • Equipment procurement systems
  • Keep and maintain inventory of supplies.
  • Communicate orally and in writing.
  • Standard/safe laboratory and field practices.
  • Standard protocols regarding safely working in an agricultural environment.


  • Concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
  • Enter and record data in compliance with Good Laboratory Practice guidelines.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Work with diverse teams/growers
  • Be able to troubleshoot and make new decisions during changing conditions

The position is available immediately. It is a two year appointment, with a salary of $36,432 per year. For full consideration, please apply by 2/15/16 at https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF00819

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:


Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub- contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check. More information is available http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify.

UC Davis is a smoke & tobacco-free campus (http://breathefree.ucdavis.edu/).
If you need accommodation due to a disability, please contact the recruiting department.

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Jan 14, 2016 10:20 AM to
Feb 15, 2016 11:55 PM


Department of Viticulture & Enology

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