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
125 Small Fruit Production Specialist
California is the largest US producer of strawberry (79%) and the major producer of fresh market caneberries (blackberries and raspberries) in the United States. The value of the California strawberry production in 2015 was over $2 billion; production of caneberries is upwards of $250 million. The California small fruit industry faces mounting challenges due to the impending loss of preplant soil fumigation, higher costs for land, labor, and water. Similarly, there are increasing environmental challenges with regard to energy, water, fertilizer and fumigant use, which affect the viability of current production practices. This CE Specialist position will focus on long term sustainability of production systems for the small fruits strawberry, raspberry and blackberry. The CE specialist is will explore methods to enhance the productivity of small fruit production through suppression of soilborne diseases by means that include both fumigants and non-fumigants. Other work will focus on nutrient management, management of insects, control of soil and foliar pathogens both in fruiting fields and plant nurseries, with a view to the ever increasing importance of organic production to the berry industry of California.
USDA Salinas Facility and affiliated with the Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis.
Proposed Area of Coverage
Statewide with emphasis on the coastal CA small fruit growing regions.
- Specialist in Small Fruit Production (docx), uploaded 04/19/2016 by Mary Delany
On the other side of the ledger, demand for fresh berries is strong as ever. The incentive continues to be very strong for the berry industry to produce and grow, and given the right levels of research and educational support, it can and will adapt to the above challenges.
This Small Fruit Production Specialist position in this proposal is well designed to assist and expand the current UC group already on the ground working in research and extension on this myriad of issues facing the industry. The position has the ability to reach across the state to form and enhance collaborations with other scientists to address specific and areawide needs in caneberries and strawberries, at the same time it offers the industry stand alone capabilities in its own right.
It's a good fit for our group and should be moved forward.
Mark Bolda, UCCE Farm Advisor, Strawberries and Caneberries
UCCE farm advisors and staff are now the principle source of practical, useful research and information for California strawberry producers.The additional position described above in the request for a new position focusing on small fruits and based in the Monterey Bay area is sorely needed
There has been a shift in the research groups that support our agricultural industries over the past decade. The rolls played by UC campus-based researchers have shifted away from the pragmatic. The CSC has become bogged down in politics and shifted its main focus away from research. The involvement of Cal Poly in strawberry research is great news. In a few years time the Cal Poly involvement can become very significant to the small fruit growers. However, now, practical research grower education has fallen to UCCE Farm Advisors and staff.
California strawberry producers will face the loss of tools that are regarded as critical by the industry. The Driscoll organization is the one place where meaningful preparations are being made to address the coming changes. This work is generally not available to those outside of the company. Public sector research is needed to benefit all strawberry and small fruit producers.
The role of UCCE has been education as well as research. Farmers are by nature a conservative lot. I takes a lot of convincing to get them to move on from their comfort zone into new practices that will address the coming changes. The UCCE Farm Advisors for small fruits have done a great job trying to spread the relevant information to growers. However, much more is needed.
Please give thoughtful consideration to adding this position. The returns to the growers will be great.
The University of California has a long history of partnering with small fruit producers in providing consumers worldwide with safe, wholesome, fresh strawberries, raspberries and blackberries.
Future research provided by this new position would directly address two priority issues within Small Fruit Industry; Resource Optimization and Productivity Improvement. The long term viability of our industry will depend on our ability to innovate on both of these fronts. Our consumers, our communities, our employees and our livelihoods all depend in part on the practical applied research provided by UCCE and their team of professionals.
The selection and funding for a new CE Specialist in Small Fruit Production based in Salinas will be critical.
Salinas is an ideal location for this position. Salinas-Watsonville is the largest of the 3 strawberry growing regions in CA. Having other scientists at the USDA and UCCE will provide potential collaboration among disciplines and within the industry. Several recent retirements and near-future retirements increase the need for a UC Specialist.
The Cal Poly Strawberry Center would welcome the addition of more scientists to this exciting area of research at a time of great need.
There is a growing, committed group of diversified, organic farmers in San Mateo County (I hear this county might also be included) in addition to conventional growers who would greatly benefit from a specialist in small fruit production.
I do support to addition of a small fruit production specialists (Farm advisor) to the ANR UCCE. The need is very high. This position will help keep our farmers a tuned to new technics and materials and keep California Strawberry industry Ag leaders in the global farming. And the California Economy flourishing. Agriculture is the foundation of this Country.
Thank you for your concideration of this position for us.
Shinta Kawahara Co,