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Job Announcement – CRB Canine Project Manager

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Interested Parties should email a resume to jobs@citrusresearch.org

DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 2, 2019

CALIFORNIA CITRUS RESEARCH BOARD JOB DESCRIPTION

JOB TITLE: CRB Canine Project Manager

REPORTS TO: CRB President

CLASSIFICATION: Regular – 12 month, exempt, at-will or Independent Contractor

LOCATION: Riverside, CA or Remote

WORK HOURS: Typically Monday through Friday; frequent extended hours and weekends, travel subject to operational demands

SUMMARY: The Citrus Research Board Canine Project Manager provides important support to the CRB for follow-through and implementation of a strategic plan developed by citrus HLB diagnostic stakeholders to transition canines for use and commercialization in California. Problem-solving, communications, writing, priority setting, time management and business development skills are necessary.

The Citrus Research Program(a.k.a. Citrus Research Board) is a grower-funded and grower-directed program established in 1968 under the California Marketing Act as a mechanism for enabling the California citrus growers to sponsor and support needed scientific and technical research to further the goals of the California citrus industry. The program is administered by the Citrus Research Board, which is commonly referred to as the CRB.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:

  • Serve as the lead support staff for the implementation of the strategic plan described in the summary above.
  • Work as a liaison with the detector canine owners (USDA-APHIS), trainers (F1 K9), researchers and California citrus HLB diagnostic stakeholders (CRB, Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program/Committee, California Citrus Mutual and others) to communicate progress in implementation of the plan.
  • Serve as a member of the CRB staff, unless established and designated as an independent contractor.
  • Under the direction of the President and/or the Chief Research Scientist, write “white papers”, reports, concept documents and other canine detector-related documents.
  • Provide staff and organizational assistance to the HLB Detector Canine Transition Team. This involves working with representatives of the various stakeholder groups, researchers, government officials and others.
  • Draft transition team meeting notices and agendas. Prepare and submit minutes in a timely, correct and professional manner.
  • Provide vision, ownership, accountability and leadership for project management. Details include involvement in strategic planning, follow-through on the subsequent strategic plan, reporting to the CRB and other stakeholder groups, negotiating contract terms with vendors and commercialization of the canine detector teams.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Chief Research Scientist and/or the President.

 

DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Clear, effective written and oral communication.
  • Self-starter and can-do spirit with pride in the outcome of the final project.
  • Leadership, thoroughness, accuracy, objectivity and integrity.
  • Knowledge, experience and ability to relate the science of HLB detector canines to the citrus industry and the public in order to establish their credibility and gain confidence in them as an early detection technology.
  • Ethical conduct and the ability to exercise confidentiality.
  • Ability to create, organize and publish data.
  • Ability to meet deadlines and organizational goals.

 

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION:

B.A. or B.S. in a relevant science field is required. PhD preferred. Industry experience in science communication, entrepreneurial commercialization, and/or research project management may be substituted. Solid experience and knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, DropBox, Office 365, PowerPoint and Excel is strongly advised. Must have legal authorization to work in the U. S.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License and clean driving record.
  • Frequent out-of-town, multi-day business trips will be necessary.
  • Preparing and delivering oral presentations and written progress reports.
  • Ability to work both independently and in group settings for problem-solving, coordination and collaboration.
  • Competent use of standard office equipment such as computers, scanners, database management software, telephones and photocopiers.
  • Lifting of boxes and other field materials weighing up to 35 pounds.
  • Ability to spend significant time in citrus orchards and training facilities, including the observation of canine detector teams during extended periods of heat and cold.

 

EOE STATEMENT:

The Citrus Research Board is an equal employment opportunity employer without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, age, marital status, religion, disability, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or veteran status or other characteristics protected by the law.

REGISTER TODAY: Joint Conference of the IOCV XXI and IRCHLB VI Coming to Riverside, CA

CONFERENCE REGISTRATION WEBSITE NOW OPEN!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

 

Abstract Submission Deadline Extended:

November 30, 2018 | 11:59 PM PT

CLICK HERE to learn more about abstract submission. 

 

Citrus Research Board and UC create a $1 million endowment for citrus research

                                                                                                                       

For more information, contact:

Carolina Evangelo

559.738.0246

carolina@citrusresearch.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Citrus Research Board and UC create a $1 million endowment for citrus research

VISALIA, CALIF. – October 22, 2018The Citrus Research Board and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources have established a $1 million endowment to fund the Presidential Researcher for Sustainable Citrus Clonal Protection at the UC Lindcove Research and Extension Center. The endowed researcher will provide a UC Cooperative Extension scientist a dedicated source of funds to support scholarly activities focused on the long-term sustainability of the citrus industry.

“I wish to thank the Citrus Research Board for establishing the Presidential Researcher for Sustainable Citrus Clonal Protection at LREC endowment,” said UC ANR vice president Glenda Humiston. “This gift, coupled with the $500,000 match from the UC Office of the President, will help to ensure the long-term success of exemplary research focused on the California citrus industry.”

UC President Janet Napolitano provided half the funds for the endowed researcher; the CRB donated the other half.

“We are gratified that President Napolitano has selected the CRB for this prestigious match program,” said CRB Chairman Dan Dreyer. “It will be invaluable in helping us to pursue critical research that will yield beneficial findings to support the sustainability of the California citrus industry.”

The new endowment supports the UC Citrus Clonal Protection Program, which distributes pathogen-tested, true-to-type citrus budwood to nurseries, farmers and the public to propagate citrus trees for commercial and personal use. The CCPP maintains blocks of trees that serve as the primary source of budwood for all important fruit and rootstock varieties for California’s citrus industry and researchers.

The CCPP is a cooperative program between UC ANR, CRB, the California Citrus Nursery Board and the California Department of Food and Agriculture. CCPP director Georgios Vidalakis, UC Cooperative Extension specialist in plant pathology at UC Riverside, shared his appreciation for the efforts that led to the creation of the new endowed researcher position.

“My thanks to the citrus growers for their decades-long support, especially the members of the CCPP committee of the CRB for their vision, and UC’s Greg Gibbs for coordinating all of the efforts,” he said. Vidalakis also praised Lindcove director Elizabeth Grafton-Cardwell “for making the case to our growers about the importance of this endowment and for making plans to house the UC ANR endowment at the LREC.”

A selection committee will award the endowment to a distinguished UC ANR academic. An annual payout will be used to provide salary, graduate student and/or program support. The researcher will be named for a five-year term. At the end of that period, the appointment will be reviewed and either renewed or taken back to a selection committee to choose another UC ANR academic.

“I would like to thank the CRB for this generous gift and their continued support of our research for CCPP at the LREC,” said UC ANR Director of Major Gifts Greg Gibbs.

The CRB administers the California Citrus Research Program, the grower-funded and grower-directed program established in 1968 under the California Marketing Act as the mechanism enabling the state’s citrus producers to sponsor and support needed research. More information about the Citrus Research Board may be found at www.citrusresearch.org.

The Presidential Researcher for Sustainable Citrus Clonal Protection is the fifth $1 million UC ANR endowment to support California agriculture. The other endowments are:

 

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The Citrus Research Board presented the $500,000 endowment to the University of California on October 10, 2018 at the 2018 California Citrus Conference. Pictured are (left to right): Dan Dreyer, Chairman, Citrus Research Board; Beth Grafton-Cardwell, Ph.D., Director of Lindcove Research and Extension Center and Research Entomologist, University of California, Riverside; Tu Tran, Associate Vice President, Business Operations, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Greg Gibbs, Director of Major Gifts, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Georgios Vidalakis, Ph.D., Professor and UC Extension Specialist in Plant Pathology, University of California, Riverside and Director, Citrus Clonal Protection Program.

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CLICK HERE to download full press release. 

Citrus Research Board Announces Interim President

VISALIA, CALIF. – October 8, 2018 – The Citrus Research Board (CRB) is pleased to announce Franco Bernardi will serve as the organizations interim president. As of October 15, Bernardi will lead daily staff operations and management.

Bernardi’s leadership will guide the CRB during the next several months as it celebrates its 50th anniversary and continues to invest in solutions to huanglongbing (HLB), the deadly citrus disease that has devastated other citrus-growing regions worldwide.

“We are extremely fortunate to be able to call on one of the leaders of our industry to steer the helm as our search committee looks for a full-time president,” said CRB Chairman Dan Dreyer, who will announce Bernardi’s appointment formally on October 10 at the annual California Citrus Conference, which is attended by hundreds of citrus growers, researchers and other industry representatives.

Bernardi held a seat on the CRB Board for 27-years, serving as CRB chairman from 1997-99, Bernardi had chaired a number of CRB committees during his nearly three decades on the Board. He also served on the boards of other organizations, such as the Central California Orange Growers Cooperative, California Citrus Advisory Committee, California Citrus Mutual and the California Citrus Quality Council, to name only a few.

Early in Bernardi’s career, he worked at Del Monte Foods in their ag research division and then as a senior research associate for the University of Arizona. For 38 years prior to his retirement, he served in management at a number of citrus operations, including Superior Farming, Paramount Citrus, Sun World, Duda Farm Fresh Foods and Agricultural Capital Management.

The Lucca, Italy native is a 28-year resident of Visalia, who studied agricultural science at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He and his wife Kathy have been married for 52 years and have five children and 11 grandchildren.

The CRB administers the California Citrus Research Program, the grower-funded and grower-directed program established in 1968 enabling the State’s citrus producers to sponsor and support needed research. More information about the Citrus Research Board may be found at www.citrusresearch.org.

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Release of Citrus HLB Research Funders Initial Collaboration Meeting Final Report

On August 7-8, 2018, twenty-one federal and state citrus research funding agency representatives met at the USDA Agriculture Research Service Horticulture Laboratory in Fort Pierce, Florida to discuss the recommendation made by the 2018 National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) study on HLB research for all the HLB research funding agencies “to develop a fresh systems approach to HLB research prioritization and strategic distribution of resources for research leading to effective HLB management.”

The meeting opened with presentations by Dr. Tom Bewick, National Program Leader, USDA NIFA, Dr. Jacqueline Fletcher, Regents Professor Emerita, Oklahoma State University and chairman of the NASEM HLB Research committee and Dr. Jeff Gwyn, Program Director of the International Wheat Yield Partnership. Each of these presenters made the case for a coordinated funding model for HLB research. Dr. Fletcher, in particular, amplified the recommendations that the NASEM committee put forth, calling for greater coordination among the state and federal agencies funding HLB research.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FULL REPORT

2018 California Citrus Conference

Registration is now closed.

Limited on-site registration is available.

For additional information

please call the CRB office at (559) 738-0246. 

 


Continuing Education (CE) Units

3-hours of Continuing Education “Other” Units have been
approved by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.

7-hours of Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) Units
have been approved for the following:
Soil & Water Management: 0.5, Integrated Pest Management: 4.5, 
Crop Management: 0.5, Professional Development: 1.5

We look forward to seeing you on October 10 at the 
California Citrus Conference!

 

CLICK HERE TO VIEW EVENT FLYER

 

 

 

CRB Special Board Meeting Minutes

On Wednesday, October 3, 2018 the Citrus Research Board held a Special Board Meeting.

CLICK HERE to view the meeting minutes.

Citrograph Fall 2018

Citrus Research Board Celebrates 50 Years!

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Request for Proposal (RFP) – Quality Assurance Program Services

Citrus Research Board Request For Proposal

Quality Assurance Program Services Request For Proposal
The Citrus Research Board (CRB) seeks a vendor to comprehensively provide the above-described domestic and international quality assurance program services on a contract basis.

You are invited to review and respond to this Request For Proposal (RFP), entitled:
RFP – Quality Assurance Program Services

The deadline for this proposal is Sunday, September 16, 2018.

Click here to view full request.

Interested in Serving on the Citrus Research Board?

Plan to attend out Board Nomination Meetings 

District 1
Northern California Region
1:00 p.m., Thursday, July 12, 2018
Tulare County Ag Commissioners Conference Room
4437 Laspina Street, Tulare, CA 93274
(559) 684-3350

District 2
Southern California – Coastal Region

1:00 p.m., Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Santa Paula Community Center
530 West Main Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060
(805) 933-4226