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
118 Pathology of Vines and Berries and Fruit Trees Specialist
The general disciplinary focus of this position will be on diseases affecting grapevine, berries and other fruit crops in California. The proposed CE specialist would provide the expertise needed to: 1) properly diagnose disease problems 2) conduct research to identify solutions and 3) extend information to industry clientele. Diagnosis helps to identify new problems, establish the scope of existing problems and identify issues that can be resolved through the extension of information or for which research is required. The CE specialist would: 1) utilize expertise in plant pathology to train and provide information to farm advisors, growers and/or other agricultural industry professionals on the nature and control of diseases of vine and fruit crops, 2) conduct in-service training of farm advisors by various means including meetings, personal contacts, web-based resources, and correspondence, and 3) prepare and evaluate educational materials to extend information on diseases of grapevines and fruit trees in California to county staff and the public sector. The candidate would be expected to engage in research that aims to reduce economic losses to disease, minimize environmental impacts of control measures and enhance the sustainability of crop production. Specific areas of research may include collaboration with breeders to develop genetic resistance, creation and implementation of forecasting models to reduce fungicide applications, and optimizing cultural practices to both control plant disease to achieve more efficient use of water and fertilizer without compromising disease management.
Department of Plant Pathology, UC Davis
Proposed Area of Coverage
- Specialist in Pathology of Vines, Berries, Fruit Trees (docx), uploaded 04/25/2016 by Mary Delany
The California Table Grape Commission strongly supports filling the CE Specialist in Pathology of Vines and Berries and Fruit Trees position as it believes that such position is needed to advance the sustainability of table grape production.
Educating farm advisors, growers and/or other agricultural industry professionals on the nature and control of diseases of vine and fruit crops is an important aspect this position addresses. The commission would hope to work with the new specialist and support research aimed at addressing table grape industry needs in this critically important area.
Kathleen Nave, California Table Grape Commission
This does not need to happen. Let's get more traction on these disease issues in berries by hiring the UCCE Specialist in Pathology with the skill set and focus given in this position proposal.
Regarding the ANR position available at UC Davis, I strongly recommend Dr. Walter Mahaffee at Oregon State. He is a great communicator, educator, and very analytical in the field of plant pathology.
John R. Monnich
President, Caltec Ag, Inc.
President, Owner, Winemaker of Silkwood Wines
Founder-First President, Past Board Member CAPCA
Board Member, San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers
Board Member, Family Wine Makers
Past President, Board Member Petite Sirah Advocacy Group
Therefore, it is vital to fill the position of Plant Pathology Specialist to continue to improve the methods and tools to meet these challenges. Without ongoing research we will loose the tools we have and face a future without new tools and practices to replace them.
Founder, Grapery, Inc.
Co-Founder, International Fruit Genetics
Past Undersecretary, CalEPA
To continue the work that Dr Gubler has been progressing is of vital importance. Please consider this in your decision.
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 commmunity. 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,
Farm Advisors in California represent a critical link between current research and the latest advances in protocol and technology with regard to pest and disease prevention and the industry that uses and needs the information. To that end, expertise in both vine pathology and entymology is vital for our region.
The NVG is also strongly supportive of any progress in expanding UCD’s research and extension efforts. It is our hope that these positions will be filled, in order to support a healthy winegrape industry that contributes to California’s economy and overall way of life.
Our county is experiencing an increase in organic growers to meet the increasing demand for pesticide free produce. Research into organic and natural control of pathogens is essential to continued successful farming practices for our growers. Our growers place a heavy reliance on the expertise provided by the UCCE. We fully support and urge you to fill this position. We look forward to working with the person selected.
The El Dorado Winery Association in El Dorado County strongly supports filling the position of the Specialist in Pathology of Vines and Berries and Fruit Trees for the Central Sierra region.
As the renaissance of the grape and wine industry in our county has built into a major contributor to our region’s agri-tourism success, we as growers have relied heavily on the expertise delivered by the UCCE. Currently, however, the Central Sierra region, where we all farm, is underrepresented in UCCE positions.
By having a UCCE Specialist in Pathology of Vines and Berries and Fruit Trees, our industry can continue to succeed and grow. This position is critical to our members’ abilities to meet the challenges we face in emerging issues, agricultural productivity, and sustainable production of our crops.
As new growers and established vineyard owners alike search for up-to-date information on everything from water conservation technics to appropriately battling a new pest, having a UCCE Specialist familiar with our region and its unique aspects is paramount to the continued success of our agriculture. And with the ever-present risk of losing prime agricultural land to construction, the health of our agricultural community maintains our region’s rural identity.
We fully support the position of a UCCE Specialist in Pathology of Vines and Berries and Fruit Trees in our region, and we look forward to working with the individual hired.
-Carey Skinner, President El Dorado Winery Assc.
A second aspect is control of chronic diseases such as those caused by the family of canker pathogens (Eutypa, Botryosphaeria, Esca, etc,). These chronic diseases are often responsible for reducing the long term economic viability of vineyards. The Lodi Winegrape Commission’s Research and Education Committee recently renewed its list of research priorities and canker disease was ranked the highest priority on the list. Furthermore the Lodi Winegrape Commission would be interested in supporting the position through grower collaboration and financial support of research in the Lodi area. A significant amount of research has been conducted by Dr. Gubler’s lab, but there is a strong need to continue this research and build on the strong foundation created by this position. The Lodi Wine Grape Commission recognizes the importance of this position and recommends that the filling of this position is of the highest priority.
The Lodi District Grape Growers Association (LDGGA) supports the filling of the CE Specialist position in the area of Pathology of Vines and Berries and Fruit Trees. Pathogens and diseases have a tremendous impact on California vineyards and their productivity, profitability, and long-term viability.
The work of Dr. Gubler on problems such as powdery mildew and canker disease has been of great importance to the wine grape industry. It is imperative that this Specialist position is filled and that practical research and education in this area continues.
LDGGA represents growers and associated businesses in California Crush District 11 which includes over 110,000 acres of wine grapes grown in portions of San Joaquin and Sacramento Counties.
I strongly support filling the position of the Specialist in Pathology of Vines and Berries and Fruit Trees for the Central Sierra region.
Over the years, the information we’ve received from Dr. Gubler has provided us with incredible tools and understanding regarding our vines. To this day I use the mildew model with great confidence, spraying less and conserving more. And having chosen to “naturally farm” our vineyards, the need for a UCCE specialist in our area is even more important. I hope that we will continue to make advances on mildew, botrytis, measles and more with the guidance of a UCCE Specialist in Pathology of Vines and Berries and Fruit Trees.
I fully support the position of a UCCE Specialist in Pathology of Vines and Berries and Fruit Trees in my region, and I look forward to working with the individual hired.