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
116 Orchard Systems Specialist - Southern San Joaquin Valley
California is the largest producer of fruit and nut crops in the western world and is almost the sole US producer (>90%) of crops such as plums, prunes, nectarines, clingstone processing peaches, apricots, figs, pomegranates, persimmons, almonds, walnuts and pistachios. California fruit and nut industries face increasing production costs due to land, labor, fertilizer and fuel. Similarly, there are increasing environmental challenges associated with energy, water, fertilizer and pesticide use as well as water, air and soil quality concerns with current management practices. Currently there is no statewide specialists dedicated to working on key crops such as such as fresh plums, cherries, freestone and clingstone peaches, nectarines, apricots, apples, pears, pomegranates, persimmons or kiwifruit. Furthermore, nut crop acreage in the state has exploded in the state, particularly in the Southern San Joaquin Valley. A CE Specialist based at the Kearney Research and Extension Center is critical for supporting recent reinvestments in county advisor positions covering fruit and nut crops in the Southern San Joaquin. The specialist’s program would be expected to help growers and industries assess the impact of current production practices on land, labor, energy and water use as well as overall environmental quality, and focus on the development of more sustainable fruit and nut orchard production systems.
Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, affiliated with the Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
Proposed Area of Coverage
Statewide with emphasis on Southern San Joaquin valley
- Specialist in Orchard Systems - Southern San Joaquin Valley (docx), uploaded 04/29/2016 by Mary Delany
California’s acreage of fruit and nut crops continues to expand, and with that expansion comes the need to diagnose and understand new challenges and opportunities in specific regions. In recent years, extension researchers have developed meaningful and beneficial understandings in the fields of: fertilizer optimization, orchard canopy and light management, and water use efficiency. Without the focus on this important research continuing, as well as the necessary grower outreach provided by extension specialists, the implementation of these practices would not occur. It is only once the practices are implemented that growers, processors, and consumers experience the benefits of the research. As VP of Grower Services at Diamond Foods (large walnut processor) and part of a small, specialty fruit farming operation, I have been involved with the field research, the grower-cooperators and the handling of the resulting crops. I have seen and experienced the positive impact that is generated by the work of extension specialists. These are a few of the many reasons why Diamond has a long history of support and cooperation with extension specialists and why this position is highly worthy of funding. Thank you for your consideration.
Most of the deciduous tree fruit and nut crop industries in California have no commodity focused CE specialist assigned to them and in the case of almonds and walnuts, two of the largest industries in the state, the current arrangement is becoming untenable. Bruce Lampinen, CE Specialist for almonds and walnuts, is simply over taxed and does not have the time nor sufficient human and financial resources to adequately cover all of his responsibilities for these two major crops due to their explosive growth in recent years and widespread geographic distribution from one end of the Central Valley to the other. This situation must be rectified soon if Cooperative Extension Advisors and Specialists and campus departmental AES faculty are to continue to be integral parts of an interactive and interdependent process and part of a continuum which extends from basic research to application. The commodity focused CE Orchard Systems Specialist is the key to this highly interactive technology/information transfer. The position is the critical link between campus-based AES researchers and county-based CE Advisors. This position also provides program support to CE Advisors, serves as a resource for local applied research, and is expected to help mobilize needed resources to do the work.
The California Tree Nut Research and Extension Planning Group recognizes the importance of all three proposed tree fruit and nut crop CE Specialist positions (i.e., 114 Orchard Specialty Crop Horticulture Specialist, 115 Orchard System Specialist -Northern San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys, and 116 Orchard Systems Specialist-Southern San Joaquin Valley) and supports them. However, our highest priority is for filling the position to be located at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center. A CE Orchard Systems Specialist based at the KAC is critical if we are to be able to continue supporting county CE Advisor positions covering tree nut and fruit crops in the Southern San Joaquin Valley.
While the primary focus of this position will be fresh market tree crops, there also is the opportunity to be engaged secondarily with pistachio as well as walnut and almond. This is important from the standpoint that the current specialist Bruce Lampinen must cover 1.4 million acres of almonds and walnuts statewide. Furthermore, Bruce’s workload has increased to the three nut crops because he has just received a pistachio endowment and as noted above, these three crops constitute 1.7 million acres. Having this specialist housed at Kearney is a definite strong point for some collaboration between Bruce Lampinen and the successful candidate. Filling this position and housing it a Kearney would wisely better distribute specialist coverage for these three California tree nut crops.