Junior Specialist - Integrated Crop Livestock Systems

May 13, 2016 mariroyer
Department of Plant Sciences
Application period May 13, 2016
from 05:10 PM to 05:10 PM
Where Plant Sciences

The Specialist will join an interdisciplinary and dynamic team of farmers, ranchers and researchers and governmental agencies studying the ecosystem service benefits of carbon farming and the degree to which those benefits can be enhanced with livestock integration within cropland and vineyards. This work will lay the foundation for the design and implementation of soil carbon building practices and a certification program that value C sequestration in climate-conscious wool products. Areas of particular interest are: 1) field assessment of C sequestration and optimization of soil sampling protocols across a management gradient, 2) monitoring impact of carbon farming practices on soil quality and ecology and 3) understanding and quantifying potential trade-offs and co-benefits of livestock integration for growers and ranchers through case studies. Within this defined area, the specialist is expected to provide leadership, perform soil carbon measurements, facilitate and process samples from citizen science sampling approaches and develop collaborative relationships with ranchers and shepards to supply input into the planning of research and educational programs.


  • Optimize and implement citizen science protocol with ranchers from the Fibershed network;
  • Perform soil carbon measurements and organize results for 30 cooperating farmers and ranchers in Northern California;
  • Design and conduct on farm research to measure ecological benefits of integrating livestock grazing in cropland and/or vineyard;
  • Review potential benefits and trade-offs of livestock integration in Mediterranean climate;
  • Collaborate and foster collaboration with other research, growers, ranchers and extension specialists involved in carbon farming on rangeland and implementation of integrated crop and livestock systems;
  • Analyze and publish results in scientific and extension journals;
  • Conduct outreach activities and present research at regional/national meetings
  • Participate in writing and coordinating grant proposals.


  • Graduate degree in Soil Sciences, Rangeland Sciences or related field -Excellent skills with Office and Statistical analysis tools
  • Background and experience in soil carbon measurements, analytical chemistry and associated laboratory methods
  • Driver's License and the ability to drive a vehicle -Able to work and conduct soil sampling in the field -Good written and verbal communication skills are required

Please access this link to apply https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/apply/JPF01032

Required documents:

  • CV
  • Statement of Research
  • 3-5 references

Final Filing Date: 05/31/16


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Application period

May 13, 2016
from 05:10 PM to 05:10 PM


Plant Sciences

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