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
107 International Agricultural Extension Specialist
While an important component in supporting California’s agriculture, agricultural extension is receiving increased attention globally, as national extension services in developing countries have largely disappeared. With ANR’s rich history of extension (based on the land grant system), there has been increasing interest in the agricultural extension model of California and ANR. The International Agricultural Extension Specialist position is sought to pursue research and outreach in International Agricultural Extension – making a solid link between ANR Extension and developing countries around the world. The position would be expected to provide input into project design and preparation, collate and develop best practices of extension and training materials, design and implement extension training and project activities overseas and share lessons learned through a multitude of communication channels within ANR. This extension position will interact closely with staff of the International Programs Office (IPO) of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis, and partner with CE specialists and county farm advisors throughout the state. The end result will be a stronger more globally engaged ANR playing a stronger role in developing models of Agricultural Extension, worldwide.
Department TBD, in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis
Proposed Area of Coverage
Statewide and international
- Specialist in International Agricultural Extension (docx), uploaded 04/28/2016 by Mary Delany
Additionally the optics of placing a position focused on international agriculture within UCCE are not good for us at the local level. The commodity board of one of the crops I am assigned to regularly questions the value of our organization, even blasting UCCE in public as “having turned its back on California growers.” A position oriented to growers overseas will only aggravate these attitudes towards us.
Mark Bolda, Farm Advisor, Strawberries and Caneberries
1. My read of the description is that the main focus will be helping others in ANR with international activity. Are ANR advisors and specialists not already engaged in this kind of activity? This position would increase the efficiency of some activity that ANR is already doing.
2. Does the definition of ‘developing’ include Mexico? At least a few California-based companies are continually expanding their operations in Mexico.
3. If this position will do some food safety work on crops imported to the U.S. I believe that alone is sufficient justification for this position.
4. Breeding programs could benefit from increased access to germplasm or from locations at which to evaluate germplasm.
5. Organisms invasive or potentially invasive to California could be detected or identified early. Additionally, this position could increase capacity to conduct research on invasive organisms in their native range. But this person should be sure to decontaminate when crossing borders :).
6. Export issues, such as pesticide residue or pest/pathogen infestation of shipment, could be directly or indirectly addressed by this position. As developing countries develop over the long-term, new export markets could be more easily accessible due to activities of this position.
7. To add to what Amber stated: a) granting agencies are a potential consumer of increased publicity; and b) potential influxes include intelligent and motivated people that would make direct contributions to California, even if they do not permanently relocate here.
Asst CE Specialist, Vegetables and Strawberry
Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology
University of California, Riverside