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
037 Area Rice Farming Systems Advisor - Butte & Glenn Counties
The Area Rice Farming Systems Advisor will focus on the agronomic, pest management, post-harvest, or other closely related fields of rice farming systems in Butte and Glenn counties. The candidate is expected to have a minimum of a Master’s Degree in plant sciences, agronomy, pest management or other closely related discipline and excellent written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated ability in the areas of applied agricultural research and extension are desirable. The Advisor will be headquartered in Butte County and administratively responsible to the Butte County Director.
Butte County CE Oroville, CA
Proposed Area of Coverage
Butte and Glenn Counties
- Randall Mutters - Main Contact
- Bruce Linquist - Additional Contact
- Luis Espino - Additional Contact
- Kassim Al-Khatib - Additional Contact
- Betsy Karle - Additional Contact
- Michelle Leinfelder-Miles - Additional Contact
- Area Rice Farming Systems Advisor - Butte & Glenn Counties (docx), uploaded 04/27/2016 by Randall Mutters
The rice industry in California has been on the forefront on combining agricultural production with environmental service, land stewardship and environmental sustainability. Numerous examples can be mentioned that support this statement such as the integration of wildlife with rice production, the installation of holding ponds to reduce water contamination and the reduction of greenhouse gases, among others. For all these activities, a strong continuum encompassing AES, CE, and the input of Farm Advisors was key to its successes. The input and support of the rice Farm Advisor in Butte and Glenn Counties is crucial to make such proactive activities a success.
The last several years of drought, pest pressure and increases in water quality, water use and climate change regulations make filling this position critical to not only the rice industry but to the State.
As the crucial link between the basic research and the grower, the rice advisory position at UCCE is the first place we turn when the industry has a difficult challenge. In the last several years examples include water use efficiency, arsenic mitigation, greenhouse gas emissions and last year a huge outbreak of army worm that threatened to devastate our crop in Butte and Glenn counties.
Looking forward we are relying heavily on our farm advisors to assist us with combating the spread of red rice, the worst weed pest in U.S. rice production, help control winged-water primrose and improve nitrogen use efficiency in rice.
Any vacancy in this position will leave our growers and the communities of the Sacramento Valley at risk for significant negative impacts that will affect economies and the environment.
I urge you to not delay and fill the position of rice advisor in Butte and Glenn county in 2017-18
President & CEO
CA Rice Commission
The rice industry in California has been successful because of dedicated, future-focused rice producers and a UCCE team that has supported them. Without this support we would not have been able to meet the challenges of the past. Without a skilled, multi-disciplinary team to tackle the cultural, regulatory, environmental and pest problems we face, the industry could be in decline.
As the UC system moves toward more basic research, it is vital to have farm advisors in place to analyze the problems and work out solutions. A vacancy in this position will not only leave Butte and Glenn counties without an essential resource, but it will leave a gap in our rice advisor team. We rely on the specialization of each rice advisor to have sufficient knowledge to deal with industry needs.
In just the last few years the rice advisors have developed recommendations for N, P, and K with supporting on-line tools, revised a leaf color chart for the latest varieties and to assist with regulatory challenges, worked on an unprecedented army worm outbreak, and informed growers about the noxious weed winged-water primrose. Even as I write this, the rice advisor team is formulating a research project to tackle a red rice outbreak.
The bottom line is this. The California Rice industry spends over three million dollars each year on research. We must have the right people in place to carry out the research needs of the industry and transfer the knowledge gained by that research to producers. UCCE rice advisors are the right people. The rice advisor position for Butte and Glenn counties is vital for the rice industry. We have far too many challenges facing us to leave this position vacant. I urge you to fil the position without delay.
Rice Research Board
It is a critical position and the California Cooperative Rice Research Foundation, Inc. and the Rice Experiment Station strongly encourage ANR to fill the rice advisor position with a minimal delay in the 2017-18 cycle.
Kent S. McKenzie
Director & Plant Breeder
Rice Experiment Station