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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 katherine.webb-martinez@ucop.edu.

 

2016 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2016 cycle.

Position Details

024 Area Human-Wildlife Conflict Advisor - North State

The CE Advisor will serve as an expert on wildlife species that conflict with, or are impacted by, human activities in northern California. Requirements include a Master’s Degree in wildlife management, natural resources management, or a closely related field, with an emphasis on wildlife management of vertebrate species. Field experience and/or course work in rodent/ungulate/predator/avian management, human-wildlife conflict, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), and/or wildlife conservation are desirable.

Proposed Location/Housing

UC Hopland Research and Extension Center. Mendocino County

Proposed Area of Coverage

North Coast and north state counties.

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Comments

14 Comments

1
I have a small-scale commercial sheep operation. Predator protection is a substantial part of my operating costs and predator interactions are increasingly challenging for many livestock producers. As urban and suburban development increase, predators are pushed into grazing lands - and conflicts are inevitable. In addition, as wolves become re-established in CA, producers in northern CA will face additional conflicts. This position would help identify research and education needs and would help producers proactively address predator issues.
Posted May 23, 2016 2:06 PM by Dan Macon
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Having served in the Ag Industry for nearly 50 years, I've seen vertebrate pest control drop in priority. However, the damage and health safety risks they create continue to pressure both producers and the public at large, not to mention the environment in general. I whole heartily support this needed position.
Thank you,
Dennis Bray, Chair
Vertebrate Pest Control Research Advisory Committee
Posted Jun 1, 2016 3:00 PM by Dennis Bray
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The California Specialty Crops Council (CSCC), a 501(c) 5 non-profit organization, is a trusted source of field based information spanning horticultural crop production, pest management, food safety and stewardship activities in fruit, root, vegetable, vine and berry crops (fresh, dried, and processed). Our diverse partnership of ag organizations also includes beekeepers. Combined, CSCC growers generate $4.1 billion annually on approximately 522,000 acres of California farmland. Our membership strongly supports the establishment and filling of this position. Many of the problems and challenges facing growers, such as with pest issues (including vertebrate pest issues), water, air, labor, marketing, crop care materials, etc., are beyond their control, but through research solutions can and will be found that will have a positive impact on the CA specialty crop industry.
Posted Jun 13, 2016 9:22 AM by Gary W. Van Sickle
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We are seeing increasing conflict between wildlife and human uses of natural areas. For example, wolves are moving into CA and will cause substantial concern to livestock producers. Additionally, wild pigs cause substantial damage to rangelands and native ecosystems, and their presence can cause substantial water quality issues, as well as zoonotic disease concerns. These are just a couple examples out of many that could be highlighted. The proposed position would be situated in an ideal location at HREC given the multitude of similar problems observed at this location. Furthermore, this proposed position will be integral to the completion of a continuum of Advisors spread throughout the state that will focus on all disciplines of human-wildlife conflict (i.e., southern CA = urban focus, central = agricultural focus, northern = natural resource focus). As such, I strongly support this position.
Posted Jul 1, 2016 6:11 PM by Roger Baldwin
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As a member of the Vertebrate Pest Control Research Advisory Committee, and having worked on a variety of vector-borne diseases in California for nearly 20 years, I am aware of the many economic and public health issues that human-wildlife interactions can present throughout the state. For example, rodents not only are responsible for significant agricultural and structural damage, they are reservoirs for a variety of human diseases such as hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, plague, and Lyme disease. New or alternative management methods are needed to address these and other vertebrate pest issues, particularly when pesticides or other lethal control methods are facing increasing scrutiny and regulation. Funding this CE Advisor position would be a constructive step in the development of additional, effective control measures, and the integrated approach and networking requirements in the position statement are congruent with a One Health approach, which promotes a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to protecting animal, environmental, and human health.
Posted Jul 6, 2016 4:25 PM by Mark Novak, Ph.D., CDPH Vector-Borne Disease Section
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With increasing urbanization and population growth throughout California, human-wildlife conflicts of all sorts are on the rise. Our department receives frequent requests for guidance and support in managing pest and wildlife damage issues from urban, interface, and rural communities alike. As conventional management tools become increasingly limited, and with changing public sentiment about conventional pest control practices, there is ever increasing need for academic leadership and research to develop novel tools and strategies for managing human-wildlife conflicts where they arise. The University of California Cooperative Extension Advisors play a pivotal role in developing these tools and methods and provide invaluable technical and professional support to our various communities.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 9:19 AM by Edmund Duarte, Alameda County Dept. of Agriculture/WM
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California’s livestock producers face continual challenges in protecting their livestock from numerous predators. In 2009, 13,800 sheep and lambs, worth nearly $1.4 million, were lost to predators in California . California’s cattle producers lost 9,600 cattle and calves, worth more than $4.1 million, to predators in 2010 . It is also important to recognize that predator death losses in cattle have been on the increase since 1991. According to USDA figures, predator losses have more than doubled over that time . Of known predators, coyotes accounted for the highest percentage of cattle and calf death losses nationally ; contributing to over half of all predator caused losses. Coyotes are the number one predator of sheep and lambs. In California, coyotes kill nearly 73 percent of all cattle and calves lost to predators . These figures illustrate the need for valid scientific information on tools and management techniques to help livestock producers address threats from predators. Having an advisor to help test effective methods of predator management and assist livestock producers in implementing proven tools would be invaluable. Further, there is significant public pressure to manage wildlife damage in ways that are least damaging to wildlife. Regulatory agencies have shown specific interest in reviewing management practices of coyotes and other predators and having additional scientific understanding of the impacts management decisions will have on the species and on damage to agriculture and natural resources would be very valuable.

This position is especially important for producers in the northern region of California who are now dealing with Gray wolves and the increased threats those new predators create for producers in the expanding range of Gray wolves. The California Farm Bureau Federation appreciates UCCE’s consideration of a CE Area Human-Wildlife Conflict Advisor and respectfully requests that this position be created and filled.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 3:35 PM by California Farm Bureau Federation
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Human-wildlife conflicts continue to be a bigger problem every year with very little education and research to handle these situations that arise in urban and ag settings. more needs to be available than currently exists. This is based on 35 years experience dealing with this very controversial topic wildlife conflicts with humans.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 3:29 PM by Dan Fox
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As the incoming Chair of the California Vertebrate Pest Council, I would like to voice my support for this position. For decades, the University of California has been a leader in the field of vertebrate pest management research and associated extension services. Over many decades, UC Extension professionals have provided California farmers and land managers (and other US and international entities) with countless management tools and techniques enabling them to meet the ever growing and changing spectrum of damage/conflict situations caused by vertebrate pests. In addition to direct, hands-on services provided by US Extensionists, they have also been critical to the conduct and professionalism of the California Certified Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Program and the highly regarded Vertebrate Pest Conference.

Vertebrate pest conflicts will only increase in the future and California will continue to experience vertebrate pest problems in agriculture and in the human/agriculture/wildlife interface. This and other UC vertebrate pest extension positions will ensure UC maintains a leadership role in the development and dissemination of new vertebrate pest management techniques available to American farmers, land managers and wildlife professionals.
Posted Jul 10, 2016 1:44 PM by John Eisemann
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As California becomes more urbanized and resources for public agencies become fewer, an independent source for expertise in vertebrate management is essential. At one time CDFA provided support in these areas, but due to budget cuts over the last decade, this infrastructure support has disappeared. It is very important that positions such as this be filled so that science based facts can replace the misinformation that is often encountered regarding vertebrate management and particularly in the area of human/wildlife conflicts.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 5:36 AM by Jim Hartman
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The push to limit wildlife control methods over the years, as well as the ever-increasing urban footprint, is leading to more and more human-wildlife encounters in California. The need for sound science to help balance the equation is needed. The University of California is recognized as a leader in providing such information. With the wolf becoming reestablished in Northern California, it is important to get out in front in dealing with this and other species. A Human-Wildlife Conflict Advisor position in the north state would be vital in fulfilling these needs.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 8:34 AM by Steve Schweizer, Kings County Department of Agriculture/Measurement Standards
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As the stewards of California's wildlife resources, the Department of Fish and Wildlife's mission is to manage California's diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and for their use and enjoyment by the public. In support of this mission, the CDFW has created and is continually supporting a new Human-Wildlife Conflict Program, that will research and implement state-of-the-art methods of mitigating human-wildlife conflicts throughout the state. This CE Advisor position will greatly compliment the efforts of the CDFW, and we eagerly look forward to coordinating efforts with this position. The CDFW believes this great collaborative potential will benefit all of California's constituents.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 10:02 AM by Marc Kenyon, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Human-Wildlife Conflict Program
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The California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) represents more than 75% of the nearly 4,000 California EPA licensed pest control advisers (PCAs) that provide pest management consultation for the production of food, fiber and ornamental industries of this state. CAPCA is dedicated to the professional development and enhancement of our member's education and stewardship, which includes legislative, regulatory, continuing education and public outreach activities.
CAPCA membership covers a broad spectrum of the industry including agricultural consulting firms, U.C. Cooperative Extension Service, city, county and state municipalities, public agencies, privately employed, forensic pest management firms, biological control suppliers, distributors, dealers of farm supplies, seed companies, laboratories, farming companies and manufacturers of pest management products. Research on new and innovative tools to address pest pressures and emerging invasive species while staying compliant with current regulations are key to the ongoing success of this industry.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 11:27 AM by Lien Banh, CAPCA
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I am supporting this position because it is critical to the overall wildlife/human conflict program in cooperative extension. Wildlife issues related to human conflict, especially with predators are important to rural livestock producers, natural resource managers and the general public. This program will also impact urban areas where wildlife, especially predators and other large mammals are interacting with people. This position is critical to natural resource management throughout California. Not only will it impact forestry management but it can play a major role in reducing the negative impacts some wildlife have on resource management, water conveyance and endangered species protection. This position will allow focus on wildlife/human conflicts in rural areas of Northern California and on species that have not been a major part for cooperative extension programming. It will add significantly to the overall statewide program in wildlife/human conflict. I see potential for this position and the work of the advisor to have significance throughout California.

Terry Salmon
CE Wildlife Specialist Emeritus
Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology
UC Davis
Posted Jul 11, 2016 4:59 PM by Terrell P Salmon

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