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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 URS Call for Positions
008 Area CE Agronomy and Weed Management Advisor
Develop an extension, education, and research program that addresses grower and industry needs, including variety evaluation, soil and fertilizer management, irrigation, and integrated weed management programs to optimize agronomic cropping systems in Merced and Madera Counties. Primary crops include irrigated forage crops, cotton, small grains, dry beans, corn, and alfalfa. The general focus of the agronomic work will be on soil salinity, soil fertility and plant nutrition, irrigation management, improved varieties, pest management (weeds, insects, and disease) and economics. The focus on weed science will address emerging issues with herbicide evaluation, general weed management, and herbicide resistant crops and weeds both within crop seasons and as part of a multi-year rotation of various crops. Key clientele includes growers, farm managers, PCAs, allied industry, and UC farm advisors and Specialists.
Education and professional requirements: MSc or PhD degree in disciplines such as plant science, agronomy, pest management, and crop production with specific emphasis on weed science. Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communications skills are required, and a demonstrated ability in applied agriculture research and extension preferred.
The CE advisor is administratively responsible to the UCCE Merced County Director with input from the County Director of the Fresno-Madera MCA. This advisor will address core concerns of the Sustainable Food Systems and Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases ANR strategic initiatives.
Proposed Area of Coverage
Merced and Madera Counties
- C. Scott Stoddard - Main Contact
- Shannon Mueller - Additional Contact
- Steven Wright - Collaborator
- John Roncoroni - Collaborator
- Merced-Madera Agronomy Weeds Advisor (docx), uploaded 04/29/2016 by C. Scott Stoddard
I give this proposal a high ranking.
East San Joaquin Water Quality Coalition
Merced County Farm Bureau
Merced County has been without an Agronomy and Weed Management Advisor since 2002. If this position were reinstituted, it would provide a significant asset to those who grow some of our main crops in the County – cotton, corn, alfalfa and wheat. This has been identified as an area of critical importance for our region as it would also provide valuable research and education into agricultural needs in the Central Valley.
Again, the inclusion of this advisor would be of substantial benefit to Merced County and the surrounding region. The Merced County Board of Supervisors respectfully requests the approval of this position.
I hope you will strongly consider approving this position as it will benefit our area in many ways. Thank you.
Although more individuals ranked this position medium than high, it is a critical position for the region.
Managing organic nitrogen in cropping systems while minimizing deep percolation of nitrate to groundwater continues to be a challenge. ANR is uniquely positioned to conduct research to better understand nitrogen use options in our various soil types and irrigation methods including variety evaluation, soil and fertilizer management, irrigation, and integrated weed management programs to optimize agronomic cropping systems in Merced and Madera Counties. This individual would likely collaborate with Nutrient Management, Irrigation Management and Dairy Advisors, Specialists in Plant and Environmental Sciences and Land, Air, and Water Resources (Davis), as well as Researchers and Specialists at Kearney REC and West Side. Our Program Team sees value in a team approach involving ANR agronomy, dairy, nutrient and water management Advisors and Specialists working in the general geographic area.