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
040 Area Small Farm Advisor - Sonoma
The Small Farm Advisor will be responsible for developing and conducting a rigorous and innovative research and extension program in Sonoma, Napa, and Marin counties focused on high value specialty fruits, vegetables, olives, specialty grains, and cut flower production contributing to food security and viable local economies. These counties are home to pioneering, progressive, and successful small organic operations. There are 800 small-scale commercial farmers using approximately 10,000 acres in Sonoma County for crop production. Similarly, there are 53 farmers on approximately 95 acres in Napa County and 25 farmers on approximately 425 acres in Marin County. These rural and peri-urban farmers grow olives, tree fruits, nuts, berries, vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, and other specialty crops. This farming footprint is complimented by a burgeoning new and beginning farmer demographic and active participation in direct marketing channels such as Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), farmer’s markets, institutional purchasers, grocery stores and farm-to-school programs. This position will assist farmers, processors, and marketers to make a profit in local agriculture while promoting sustainable practices. The Advisor will collaboratively develop opportunities for innovation and adaption of niche and organic production, marketing, resource sustainability, and appropriate-scale equipment and technology. The Advisor will also work with these producers to expand their role and contribution as foundational members of the area’s food system and community. The position will also manage the Sonoma County Master Gardeners program with over 300 volunteers, educating home gardeners.
Proposed Area of Coverage
Sonoma, Napa, and Marin Counties
- Stephanie Larson - Main Contact
- Area Small Farm Advisor for Sonoma, Napa, and Marin Counties (doc), uploaded 05/02/2016 by Stephanie Larson
The market for specialty crops in these counties and surrounding Bay Area is enormous and many producers are looking for niche crops for these markets. A Small Farm Advisor is needed to assist the many producers on small parcels with diverse crops. Information on more unusual crops is not as readily available, and there are new pests and diseases that require current information on monitoring and controls.
This position is needed to work in concert with the Ag Program at SRJC, the Ag Commissioner, Resource Conservation Districts, the very popular and active Master Gardener Program, and other local agencies and organizations.
I look forward to the Small Farm Advisor position being approved and working with this person.
I support the Small Farm position but would like some clarification on why the Master Gardener piece is included.
Although Marin has been called "the epicenter of organic agriculture", the county is really just beginning to see the possibilities of organic sustainable production. Much acreage is available, and the community wants Marin to have a stronger sustainable food base. A Small Farm Advisor working with our new Agricultural Ombudsman will make an effective Extension team for our next generation of farmers and ranchers.
Local, fresh, organically grown products on the north coast are in high demand and this trend will only increase over time. This position will fill in a missing link in Marin, Napa, and Sonoma by providing much needed support for our small farmers.
Farmers in our region are widely separated and too busy to meet and share information. The regional advisor is key link, spreading the word on new trends in corp production and offering workshops on crop diversification. There is a constant and wonderful influx of aspiring new farmers, young and old, who greatly benefit from the guidance of our farm advisor. The numerous farms and ranches that are diversifying their old commodity operations with specialty and organic production also benefit from our regional advisor. If we are to sustain this renaissance of family scale farming in our region, there is no doubt we will need a well situated farm advisor.
Sonoma County has always been a leader when it comes to specialty crops thanks to research and outreach by Paul Vossen. What's more, the Small Farm Advisor position has already had a specialty crop program of outreach with the other member of the Cannabaceae family, Humulus lupus or hops. Agribusiness and corporate growers will want a piece of the action and developing a small-scale organic approach to cannabis that will be ingested for medicinal purposes requires purity from seed to delivery. I strongly support the UCCE Small Farm Advisor position to achieve a sustainable farming and food system in Sonoma County.