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 email@example.com.
2016 URS Call for Positions
120 Postharvest Quality Specialist
California remains the U.S. leader in cash value of horticultural crops. Over a third of the domestic vegetables and two-thirds of the fruits and nuts are produced and marketed from California. As consumer awareness of the health benefits of a diet including a spectrum of phytonutrient and anti-oxidant dense vegetables, fruits, and nuts increases, the marketing chain, from supply to retail, has responded. No longer a trend but a clear strategic initiative, recent years haveseen a major awakening and resurgence of interest in produce quality among the global and regional foodservice and retail sectors. These specifications must be aligned with other emerged or emerging food retailer-driven initiatives, including food waste reduction, campaigns for healthy-life choices and combating obesity, food security, food justice, food safety, and equitable and socially-responsible sourcing. This Specialist position will be responsible for statewide leadership in advanced quality management systems for perishable horticultural foods. This high impact program is expected to evolve from the broad and innovative integration of principles of horticultural production and postharvest biology and systems management. Engagement around preharvest determinants of postharvest quality has high potential, under this leadership and catalyzing position, to bring multidisciplinary involvement across the UC and ANR continuum from basic to highly-applied programs. It is fully expected that with position maturity, the program will transect scales-of-production, import and export markets, and international initiatives to address quality management and critical issues of food waste, food security, and food justice which have risen to global initiatives among the foodservice and retail sector.
Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
Proposed Area of Coverage
- Specialist in Postharvest Quality (docx), uploaded 04/26/2016 by Mary Delany
The University of California has a long history of partnering with industry in providing consumers worldwide with safe, wholesome, fresh fruits and vegetables.
Future research provided by this new position would directly address three priority issues within the Fresh Produce Industry; Food Safety, Product Quality and Food Waste. Every sector is increasingly challenged by both retailers and consumers to improve our efforts on each of these three fronts.
In light of the recent loss of several members within the UC Postharvest Research Team, the selection of a new UCCE Specialist in Postharvest Quality is critical.
As a fresh-cut produce industry professional I depend on the collaboration with a Postharvest CE Specialist for solving emerging problems, transferring information and novel technologies and continuing education. Therefore, I strongly urge UCANR to fund this position.
The implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act puts an extraordinary increased demand on the research, communication, and industry and farmer interaction needed from the UC Postharvest Center.
Their work is at the core of the mission of the Land Grant college system in the leading agricultural state that is "the salad bowl of the country." It also is at the core of the nutritional mission of increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables that are safe, nutritious and appealing.
I have worked with small and sustainable farmers for decades, as well as large and conventional farmers. The work of the Postharvest Extension Specialists on food quality and safety has been essential.
We have been partnering with Will Allen from Growing Power to bring safe, local healthy food grown in hoophouses on our urban property to food deserts in the central Milwaukee neighborhoods. With the opportunity to share best practices and leverage the brainpower found within the UC system, we would be able to provide more food with less waste.
The opportunity for industry to partner with academia will undoubtedly provide a positive impact on the quality and availability of fresh food through urban-ag programs. The increased awareness and promotion of food safety practices and protocols will also benefit producers and consumers alike.
We strongly support the funding for this Postharvest Quality position. As an industry partner, we have already demonstrated our commitment to UC Davis and the work being done by the Postharvest team; having this position created would strengthen that commitment.
Our Association is a voluntary public policy organization that works on behalf of our members – growers, shippers, marketers and associates – on issues that specifically affect member commodities: fresh grapes, kiwis, pomegranates, cherries, blueberries, peaches, pears, apricots, nectarines, interspecific varieties, plums, apples and persimmons.
The University of California has a long history of partnering with industry in providing consumers worldwide with safe, nutritious, fresh produce through innovative practices.
Research provided by this position would directly address three priority issues within the fresh produce industry; Food Safety, Product Quality and Food Waste. These three areas have been the primary focus of both retailers and consumers, only escalating the need for meaningful research and solutions.
In addition, the UC Postharvest Research Team’s recent staffing losses only lends itself to the obvious need in selecting a new UCCE Specialist in Postharvest Quality.
The Citrus Research Program is the grower-funded and grower-directed program established in 1968 under the California Marketing Act that enables the state’s citrus producers to sponsor and support needed research. We provide over $7 million annually to fund needed research for the California citrus industry. Just last year we spent over $500,000 to study postharvest and export issues in California citrus. Our research efforts need the additional research and extension support provided by a Postharvest Quality Specialist. Growers, cooperatives, packing houses and shippers are all interested in producing the highest quality fruit in a sustainable manner. We currently have a number of ongoing research projects based at UC Davis and would be interested in supporting additional work to improve postharvest practices and citrus quality.
The hiring of a Postharvest Quality Extension Specialist would be valuable to address the many facets of postharvest biology and production and would be of great benefit to fresh market production in California, including the citrus fresh market. Reducing waste in the food production chain and ensuring produce is safe from food borne pathogens and toxins are important goals. The Citrus Research Board supports efforts to improve sustainability and expand the overall supply of nutritious fresh market citrus and strongly supports the establishment and filling of this position.