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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.

2016 approved CE 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:

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.

Relevant documents:

If you have any questions, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez at (510) 987-0029 or


2016 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2016 cycle.

Position Details

022 Area Forestry Advisor

The Forestry Advisor will be expected to run a program of research and extension excellence addressing the challenges facing local landowners, companies and land trusts in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Proposed Location/Housing

Santa Cruz County UCCE

Proposed Area of Coverage

Santa Cruz Mountains - counties of Santa Cruz, San Mateo and Santa Clara.


Associated Documents



As a person who is active in forestry issues in the area I am in full support of this proposal. The forests of the Santa Cruz mountains are a unique ecosystem that presents many challenges to landowners. It is an ecosystem that is changing with climate, drought, WUI, and wildlife patterns, to name a few. An independent resource to provide education, outreach and support to forest owners and others would be very valuable.
Posted May 20, 2016 10:07 AM by Chuck HENDERSON
There is a desperate need for this position. Many of the parcels in the area are too small to justify hiring a Forester, yet the home owners are hungry for information. Furthermore there is a greater level of trust from the public for UCCE vs. enforcement agencies. That information will be used. There is also a need for education about Rx fire, when it is appropriate and when it is not.
Posted May 21, 2016 8:01 PM by Eric Moore
I have 160 acres in Santa Cruz County which I manage for timber and habitat. The area I live in is highly polarized between "environmentalists" and "loggers" with far too few bridges forged between the camps. An amazing number of people still believe it is a mortal sin to cut a tree, which is not helping the rest of us work on reducing the area's fire hazard and drought mortality. We desperately need a spokesman who is trained in forest science who is not perceived as just another mouthpiece for those evil, money-grubbing loggers to explain the biology to those environmentalists who have their heart in the right place but really need some education in how our ecosystems work.

On a personal basis, I would like help on learning how to improve my oak woodland, what stocking levels would help my trees survive continued drought and what stocking would keep water flowing in our streams without causing erosion in heavy storms. I also want advice on how to encourage my wildflower population.
Posted May 22, 2016 6:18 PM by Catherine Moore
My Forest land in San Mateo County is mostly Redwoods, including some old growth. I am very much concerned about Fire and evacuation in case of fire, invasive growth. of French Broom, creek bank erosion control and drought conditions. I would welcome a much needed local resource to advise and assist in our area.
Posted May 23, 2016 7:20 AM by Marty McCormick
This region has high fire risk due to the ecosystems and wildland urban interface. Therefore I strongly support a new cooperative extension position for this region to help mitigate these risks through science informed management of private and public property.
Posted May 23, 2016 11:50 AM by Kate wilkin
I strongly support a new CE position for this region to help private and public property owners and managers reduce their fire risk and maintain/improve ecosystem health.
Posted May 23, 2016 8:38 PM by Danny Fry
The Santa Cruz Mountains are a unique system with overlays of three major ecotypes including several distinct forest types. It also faces the sustained challenge of hosting suburban habitation, while suffering from a long history of weed intrusion and fire exclusion. Some areas have gone so long since native species have expressed that their seed is going bad. Yet the area is so erosive and the capital assets are so valuable, the disturbance necessary to re-establish all successional levels with an adequate forage base for insect and wildlife becomes problematic. Fire hazards are so varied and so high that to say anybody knows exactly what is best to do in every situation is simply ridiculous.
Meanwhile, a public generally enamored for predator mediated competition has suppressed herbivory to the point that the forage no rarely expresses palatable food except where residents constitute the source of disturbance. As predators follow the ungulates an eventual tragedy becomes inevitable.
Further, vegetative moisture competition and streams incised because of removal of large woody debris and counterproductive canopy regulations have degraded both water retention and salmonid spawning and rearing habitat.
As such, the region is ideally suited to experimental forestry, with which to develop new processes both at the WUI and in more remote locations that because of the vegetative variety here are more applicable Statewide than elsewhere. These would include projects to reduce fuel accumulations, augment forage production, stimulate post-disturbance vegetation, reverse stream incision, introduce managed herbivory, and diversify the spatial array of successional stages. This is a multidisciplinary demand to which forestry is key to educating the public at large on the necessity of both management and the latitude to experiment with which develop the knowledge bases to reverse these historically negligent trends.
Posted May 24, 2016 11:32 PM by Mark Vande Pol
When inherit the family timberland, I ma going to need all the help I can get. I am in support of this.
Posted May 25, 2016 8:10 AM by Clare Moore
I support this position. The proposed area has a very large number of small parcels with homes in the Wildland Urban Interface and a critical fuels problem. Any wild fire in the area will destroy houses.
Our schools and our landowners need forestry education. We are critically underserved and this position would make a big difference.
Posted May 25, 2016 12:00 PM by Sasha Berleman
I support this position. The proposed area has a very large number of small parcels with homes in the Wildland Urban Interface and a critical fuels problem. Any wild fire in the area will destroy houses.
Our schools and our landowners need forestry education. We are critically underserved and this position would make a big difference.
Posted May 25, 2016 4:21 PM by Anu Kramer
I fully support the creation of this new position. Santa Cruz is a world of its own, with a unique ecosystem and set of challenges. UCCE is in a perfect position to provide education and conduct research in a place where the public wants to learn and needs to learn.
Posted May 26, 2016 10:26 AM by Diane Dealey Neill
Extension is a well-known and trusted resource throughout the country that can provide science-based and unbiased research to the community through education and outreach. The Santa Cruz region needs a Forestry Advisor whom focuses specifically on wildland fire because this region has a high fire risk due to the types ecosystems found here, has a large wildland urban interface, and contains ecosystems which are fire adapted and could benefit from increased prescribed fire use. Therefore, I strongly support a new UC Cooperative Extension position to provide needed education and outreach to both private and public landowners in the region.
Posted May 26, 2016 10:41 AM by Jennifer Evans
As a local high school science educator I am highly supportive of this proposed position. With so many people living in forests and so many issues ranging from watershed preservation and wildfire to logging and cannabis culture--an advocate is sorely needed. It would solve many of the above issues to get forestry education into local schools by creating this position.
Posted May 26, 2016 11:35 AM by Jane Orbuch
I am also a high school teacher teaching AP Environmental Science in San Mateo County. There seem to be many, many arguments for creating this position; We would certainly benefit from local educational outreach related to forests/forest management..
Posted May 26, 2016 11:58 AM by Ann Akey
I support this position. My land is too small to harvest timber, but I still need help making my land safer from wildfire, for me and my neighbors since there are no good evacuation routes if there is a fire. I want to know what I can do to keep my plants from dying of drought stress. I have problems with exotics like French Broom and want to know more about effective removal methods. Sudden Oak Death is in my area and I want to know what I can do save my oaks.
Posted May 26, 2016 12:30 PM by Lowell Webb
I support this position as it will extend the research and scientific inquiry into an area that is fire prone. This opportunity will better allot environmental scholarship towards one of the most understudied avenues in land stewardship.
Posted May 27, 2016 2:07 PM by Jameson Karns
Having a local expert that can help disseminate the science and outreach to the people on such areas of concern as forestry and fire is essential in shaping well-adapted future communities. There are numerous success stories of similar positions adding great value to cooperative extension programs and the communities they serve.
Posted May 31, 2016 2:02 PM by Stacey Frederick
There is great for demand for small landowner advising regarding forestry and natural resource management issues in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The regulations in Santa Cruz, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties are complex and difficult for private landowners to navigate. The forestlands are diverse and responsible stewardship inherently involves a wide array of management options. Research and communication regarding best available science on topics such as forest health, fuels management, prescribed burning, invasive species control, and wildlife habitat enhancement are desperately needed.

Thank you for your consideration.
Posted Jun 6, 2016 11:23 AM by Nadia Hamey
This region has a mosaic of urban, farmland, and forest lands and will have many complex environmental management decisions to navigate now and in the future. People in the region face many issues related to their forest ecosystems, from risk management at the wildland-urban interface to protection of wooded watersheds for communities big (San Jose) and small (Pescadero). Building on a century of Extension expertise by hosting a Forestry Advisor in the region makes sense for UCCE and will serve the public interest.
Posted Jul 10, 2016 10:01 PM by Stella Cousins

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