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
015 Area Diversified, Tree Crops and Organic Farming Systems Advisor
A Diversified, Tree Crops and Organic Farming Systems Advisor will perform a robust and innovative research and extension program to support and build the capacity of the area’s farms. The program would address current and emerging issues that are critical to the sustainability and profitability of both diversified and organic farms, along with attention given to the area's thriving tree crop production.
Santa Cruz County
Proposed Area of Coverage
Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties
- Mark Bolda - Main Contact
- santa cruz farm bureau letter of support (pdf), uploaded 07/19/2016 by Vanessa Murua
- California Certified Organic Farmers support letter (pdf), uploaded 06/30/2016 by Katherine Webb-Martinez
- Watonsville City Councilor Hurst support letter (pdf), uploaded 06/30/2016 by Katherine Webb-Martinez
- Watonsville City Councilor Hernandez support letter (pdf), uploaded 06/30/2016 by Katherine Webb-Martinez
- Letter of Support from Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors (pdf), uploaded 06/21/2016 by Katherine Webb-Martinez
- Area Diversified, Tree Crops and Organic Farming Systems Advisor (pdf), uploaded 04/28/2016 by Mark Bolda
With the diversity of vegetables, fruits and
Flowers that I grow. I constantly have the need of having
Some one to advise me and help finding
solutions to my farming issues.
It would be great if the UC extension would offer that to me.
Respectfully submitted by the Monterey-Santa Cruz-San Mateo County Farm Service Agency Committee (a farmer elected committee). Members: Nita Gizdich, Janet Louie, Betty Barrington, Bill Roth, Tony Serrano.
To provide a specific example on the benefit of a Central Coast Farm Advisor--Bruce Lampinen has done significant research on pruning walnuts in the Central Valley. However, when using his guidelines in the Central Coast, our results are significantly different. With sizeable new plantings of walnuts in the Central Coast, this disparity can have a major affect on tree growth and vigor which will affect the economic viability of the orchards.
The Central Coast has sizeable acreage of tree fruits and walnuts that will greatly benefit from a locally domiciled farm advisor.
A Diversified, Tree Crops and Organic Farming Systems Advisor would be a community resource to help growers with integrated pest management tooled to fit the growers needs in the central California climate with the extremes of low to moderate water availability, variable temperatures, and fog.
When Santa Cruz County was hit with the LBAM infestation it was a very polarizing issue between urban residents and growers over proposed pest controls. Widespread adaptation of IPM may reduce future use of pesticides.
Agricultural water use is lower in orchard trees over row crops and strawberries. The advisor could help growers with best agricultural practices to improve tree crop yields to make them more attractive than converting orchards to berries.
We have created a new farming company and have begun to plant new conventional and organic apple orchards, and one of our greatest challenges will be managing soil disease and pest control, particularly in our new organically farmed parcels. We are currently sponsoring test plots in existing mature apple orchards, that have dead zones caused by oak root fungus, in the hopes of controlling the adverse effects of this devastating soil disease with microbes and new root stocks. Additionally, high land and labor costs in our area create the need to develop the most efficient and productive farming systems and practices possible, and we simply cannot do this without help from the UC Extension services.
I strongly believe now is THE time to chart the course for the next few decades. Joint ventures between our public and private enterprises has the most potential to bring the best minds and resources together to create a viable and sustainable long-term farming industry in our bucolic central coastal area for the next generation of graduates from California Colleges and Universities seeking careers in agriculture.
Thank you for your support.
S. John Martinelli