2016 Call for Positions
On December 14, 2016 UC ANR Vice President Humiston announced the the release of 26 CE positions from the 2016 call for a new round of hiring over the next two years. This new release continues the commitment for hiring to exceed projected turnover, thus achieving the goal of academic growth. And, as funding becomes available, UC ANR will consider additional positions.
January 12, 2016 solicited proposals for Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor and specialist positions in the ANR Update. The call identified positions for strengthening and expanding the UC ANR network to address programmatic gaps and emerging needs. Below this public webpage displays all 138 new CE position proposals (there is a search tool to assist in finding proposals).
The online submittal process was open from January 12 – May 5 (5:00 PM) to allow as much time as possible for internal consultation and external input from UC ANR stakeholders in all program areas. Submissions were accepted from the following official submitter groups:
- Strategic Initiative Leaders
- Program Team Leaders
- County and Multicounty Partnership Directors List
- Executive Associate Deans
The Review Phase was completed May 5 – August 1. All proposals were reviewed. The program area and unit reviews were conducted by the Program Teams; geographic groups of County/Multicounty Partnership and Research and Extension Center Directors, and the UC ANR affiliated colleges and school. These groups prioritized and provided rationale for the position proposals under their purview. This input was used to inform UC ANR Program Council’s recommendations and ultimately the UC ANR Vice President’s decisions. More information about the review process is available in the review orientation.
The public comment period was open Jan. 12 through July 11, 2016. Comments can be viewed by clicking the position links below. Comments were reviewed by the review groups, Program Council and the Vice President.
- 2016 Position Proposal Review Template (for use by approved review groups only; others use the public comments feature)
- 2016 CE Position Proposal Criteria
- 2014-2015 CE Advisor and Specialist Hires and 2016 Recruitments
- For CE programmatic footprint information refer to the Taxonomy and Personnel System
- 2016 CE positions flowchart(complete process and timeline)
If you have any questions, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez at (510) 987-0029 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 URS Call for Positions
018 Area Environmental Horticulture Advisor - Ventura and Southern Santa Barbara
The Environmental Horticulture (EH) position will service the diverse and expanding landscape, nursery and floriculture industries in Ventura and southern Santa Barbara counties. This position requires a minimum of a Master’s degree in environmental or ornamental horticulture, or a related agriculture field. Experience working with nursery, landscape industries, and/or small-scale agriculture production is desirable, especially demonstrated technical work, of vegetable, potted plant, and flower greenhouse production systems, and/or entomological issues impacting greenhouse and nursery operations. The ideal candidate will develop and extend research and information in the landscape and nursery industries state-wide, with an emphasis in greenhouse production systems, irrigation/hydroponics, nutrient management, water quality, water/gas recycling, and provide educational support for growers and professional organizations.
This position will also provide academic leadership for the UC Master Gardener program in Ventura County, and collaborate with the UC IPM program, Statewide Master Gardener program, and UC SAREP.
Proposed Area of Coverage
Ventura and Santa Barbara County
- Christopher Smith - Main Contact
- EH_VTA_SB_2016 (pdf), uploaded 05/04/2016 by Christopher Smith
Having an extension person in our area will help us stay in business and battle these challenges. If we lose these battles we will turn our incredible growing area into urban only because nurseries can only stay in business if they can pay their bills. I urge you to find the right person and bring them to our counties and help make a difference.
Winfred Van Wingerden Maximum Nursery Inc.
The Santa Barbara County and Ventura County have both consistently been in the top three in the state for cut flower and nursery production. For the last 3-4 years these two counties have been denied the desperately needed expertise of an Environmental Horticulture Advisor since the retirement of Julie Newman.
Through our commodity group meetings it has been made very clear to the Agricultural Commissioner that the nursery and cut flower growers have put an EH Advisor on the top of their list of needs as a necessity to be able to stay in business. With the increased foreign competition continuing to intensify in these industries and the increased and complex environmental regulations this is the perfect time for an EH to provide the much needed assistance in research, education, outreach & training to our growers and their employees. An EH is critical in providing support to our growers in dealing with invasive pests, diseases, drought, fertilizers/nutrients and ag/ urban interface issues.
Also, ever increasing in popularity are the use of IPM strategies. The Eh would provide the needed support in this area with continued research, updates, education through tailgate sessions and workshops. IPM is complex and changing and the industry needs guidance and support to continue moving forward, staying healthy, vibrant, and competitive. The EH will help maintain our cut flower and nursery industries in our county healthy and growing through providing education, technology, innovation and new techniques in production.