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Assistant in Extension, Spanish Language (Food Safety Education) - Yuma Agricultural Center

The University of Arizona
Job Location:
Yuma, Arizona
Extension and Outreach

Posting Number: req10932

Department: Environmental Science-Res

Location: Yuma

Address: Yuma, AZ USA

Position Highlights

This dynamic position will work with an interdisciplinary team of Cooperative Extension and research faculty from across the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences to develop and implement priority Extension programs for microbiology and food safety statewide. The Assistant in Extension will conduct Produce Safety Rule grower trainings, develop curriculum on food safety specifically for growers, foreman, and harvest workers, work alongside the Arizona Department of Agriculture and support applied research, including laboratory and field research addressing priority environmental quality hazards including non-point source pollution and food safety. We are looking for an individual who is excited to support vital Spanish speaking members of the produce industry across Arizona!

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Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Creatively apply own knowledge, skills, and experience in microbiology and or food safety to solve problems and deliver solutions for a diverse number of stakeholders.
  • Develop and implement learning objectives, curriculum, and training materials related to water quality, microbiology, and food safety for a diverse number of stakeholder groups. Primary focus will be harvest workers conducted in Spanish.
  • Utilize all communication techniques such as mass media, Internet, etc. to disseminate relevant outreach education to clientele. Specific knowledge related to communication styles best for non-reading or low literacy stakeholders.
  • Work with clientele and other stakeholders to identify training needs to inform the team.
  • Work with the team to identify and prioritize work tasks and duties.
  • Prepare and present presentations to colleagues and clientele by using electronic and traditional print materials.
  • Manage and assist in preparing reports regarding food safety research and extension efforts.
  • Represent University of Arizona interests at State, regional, and national venues as appropriate.
  • Communicate food safety and fresh produce information in English and Spanish
  • Communicate FDA Produce Safety Rule, Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement, and or
    produce growing and harvesting practices and procedures.
  • Use MS
    Word, PowerPoint, Excel and or other computer visualization software in daily tasks.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent advanced learning attained through experience required.
  • Up to 1 year of relevant work experience required.
  • Bilingual in English/Spanish
  • Demonstrated experience working with FDA Produce Safety Rule, Arizona Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement, and/or produce growing and harvesting practices and procedures.
  • Previous experience in food safety, microbiology or fresh produce.
  • Ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy.

Preferred Qualifications

  • BS in food safety, microbiology or related field

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Full Time/Part Time: Full Time

Number of Hours Worked per Week: 40

Job FTE: 1.0

Work Calendar: Fiscal

Job Category: Agriculture and Extension

Benefits Eligible: Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay: DOE - see link to pay rate chart in Special Instructions

Compensation Type: hourly rate



Career Stream and Level


Job Family


Job Function

Agriculture & Extension

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Number of Vacancies: 1

Contact Information for Candidates

Linda Heffernan -

Open Until Filled: Yes

Documents Needed to Apply: Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant

We do reference checks. We will request contact information for references later in the process.

This is a bi-lingual position English/Spanish.

Reviews will start 8/11/2022.

This is a pay grad 5 - please use this link to view UA pay ranges:

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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