The RCD seeks an Agricultural Technical Specialist to join a dynamic team of conservation and agriculture professionals. The Agricultural Technical Specialist will work closely with RCD Agricultural Program staff and with outside partners including University of California Cooperative Extension and the NRCS to provide irrigation water management assistance to agricultural water users in Santa Cruz County, primarily the Pajaro Valley. The Agricultural Technical Specialist will provide growers and irrigators with education, technical assistance, tools and information to evaluate and improve water use efficiency on farms, and will report on program outcomes to funders and stakeholders. They will also apply their skills with irrigation water management to help growers improve nutrient use efficiency, and assist with erosion control and conservation planning on farms. Most of the work is in the Pajaro Valley, where an over $600 million agriculture industry is heavily dependent on an overdrafted groundwater basin. Watersheds in the region drain into the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, and many surface waters are impaired for pollutants such as sediment, nutrients and pesticides. This position supports agriculture’s efforts to reduce groundwater pumping on a basin-wide scale, and protect our watersheds.
The ideal candidate is comfortable communicating in English and Spanish, enjoys field work, has advanced data management and analysis skills, and several years professional experience working with growers and/or irrigators. The successful candidate must have knowledge of agronomy (or agricultural engineering), irrigation water management, soil science, and crop production. Experience installing, troubleshooting, and adaptively managing field equipment (such as flow meters, soil sensors, data loggers and telemetry units) is desired, as is a demonstrated ability to work within a collaborative team. Opportunities for professional development and training will be available. Click here for full job announcement.
TO APPLY: Please email a resume, letter of interest, and names and phone numbers of at least three references to Tangi Chapman at noting “Agricultural Technical Specialist Application” in the subject line. If you would like additional information, pleasecontact .
DEADLINE FOR APPLICANTS: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. We will begin interviewing strong candidates on February 22, 2021.
The RCD is an equal opportunity employer.