UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology is hiring an agroecology program specialist

March 03, 2023

The UC Santa Cruz Center for Agroecology is hiring an agroecology program specialist to support the coordination and delivery of the practical education and training programs at the Center, including undergraduate curricular and co-curricular programming, the Apprenticeship Program, short courses, and community workshops and field days.

The Center for Agroecology is an organization, housed in the UC Santa Cruz Division of Social Sciences, that works to advance agroecology and equitable food systems through research, education, and public service. The Center manages the UCSC Farm and Chadwick Garden on the UC Santa Cruz campus, both internationally known sites for training and research in organic horticulture and agriculture. Students, faculty, and researchers use both the Farm and Garden as research and teaching sites. The 3-acre Chadwick Garden exhibits a diverse collection, including ornamentals, annual and perennial food crops, an extensive planting of fruit trees (including more than 120 apple varieties), and native California species.

The agroecology program specialist is responsible for managing complex public educational programs of diverse scope, serving diverse audiences, with key roles in curriculum development, course logistics and outreach. In collaboration with academic and non-academic Center staff, the incumbent will provide support in the design, development, implementation, coordination, assessment and continuous improvement of the hands-on programs and services. Course design and curriculum delivery will be informed by organic and agroecological methods and be guided by principles of equity and justice in the food system. Extensive knowledge of organic agriculture, food systems change and curriculum design is required. This position will play an integral role in supporting increased access and success of traditionally underrepresented students.

Additionally, the agroecology program specialist will support the Center’s mission to advance agroecology and equitable food systems through experiential education, participatory research, agricultural extension, and public service. The incumbent will support the Center’s efforts to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of the Center’s work and programming.

Visit the job description listing to learn more about this position and apply. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.