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
098 Forest Ecology/Silviculture Specialist - CNR
TheSilviculture Specialist is expected to work closely with family forest owners, professional resource managers, a wide variety of forest interest groups, and policy makers in the area of silviculture or applied forest ecology. Applied research and extension activities will address issues related to sustained forestry practices such as: 1) Improving the capacity of forest stands and landscapes to reduce the impact of drought-induced mortality (Note: There are currently over 5 billion board feet of dead trees in the Sierra Nevada from the recent drought); 2) Designing silvicultural and restoration tools to reduce catastrophic wildfire risk; 3) Increasing water supply from forest lands through thinning; 4) Developing management systems to produce forest products and sequester carbon.
UCB Department of Environmental Science Policy and Management
Proposed Area of Coverage
- Silviculture Specialist (docx), uploaded 05/05/2016 by Steven Lindow
The practice of silviculture is fundamental to the management of our forestlands. Prudent silviculture practices are essential to restore chronically overstocked and unhealthy forests. Interaction and education of the public by a well-respected UC Extension Specialist is essential to maintain and promote healthy forests and conservative and sustainable forest management.
Silviculture is the basis of forest management and demonstration of and advocacy for sound silviculture practices to restore forest health are essential to the survival of our forests. Ecology and silviculture can be used to explain that when the stand density index is exceeded, the forest health declines due to inter-tree completion for limited light, water, and nutrients.
Much of our public lands are reportedly emitting more carbon through forest decomposition and wildfire than they are sequestering. The USFS is no longer producing a meaningful supply of wood products to meet society’s needs. Well-managed forests are capable of providing clean water, wood products, wildlife habitat, carbon storage, recreation, etc. Forests provide society with products are renewable, carbon neutral, recyclable and should be managed conservatively and sustainably for multiple benefits.
The Applied Forest Ecology/Silviculture Cooperative Extension Specialist could assist in providing irrefutable scientific information of the benefits of forest management to forest landowners and the public.
Forestland in California provides many beneficial functions. Forested watersheds are the source of most of California’s drinking water and they provide vital habitats of hundreds of animal species, including sensitive, threatened, or endangered species. California forests sequester at least 5 million metric tons of carbon annually and provide a source for useful wood products.
California forests are fire adapted however increasingly their beneficial functions are at risk of catastrophic wildfire due to management actions/inactions and a changing climate. Interestingly, securing the benefits these forested watersheds provide and mitigating their primary threat (catastrophic fire) are intertwined.
An Ecology/Silviculture extension specialist at UC Berkeley should play an essential role at providing the research support to lead adaptive forest management strategies that solve simultaneously for a suite of desirable outcomes that are important to society.
UC Berkeley has been a leader in natural resource management for over a century. UC Berkeley’s future contribution to helping Californian’s secure the essential benefits from healthy forested watersheds (clean water, diverse wildlife, green building products, carbon sequestration, cleaner air, and jobs) could in large part depend on supporting the position of Ecology/Silviculture extension specialist at UC Berkeley.
We strongly urge the University of California to hire a Forest Ecology and Silviculture Specialist at this critical moment in the history of California's forests. The incumbent has helped strengthen the forest sciences and improved alignment and coordination among diverse stakeholders on issues such as forest management planning, invasive species, wildfire management and carbon sequestration. In part because of these efforts, the forestry community of California is better positioned than ever to weigh in a broad range of contemporary issues such as watershed health, forest sustainability, and the strategic use of forests to mitigate the impacts of climate change.
Continuation of UCCE's brand open and transparent discourse will be essential if we expect to collectively make progress on the big environmental challenges facing California's forests and human communities that depend on them.
We believe it is important that this specialist allocate time to smaller landowners and the problems they face with a limited amount of economic and technical resources. Many of these owners' properties are intermixed with alternative land uses that threaten continued forest management with a loss of watershed protection, wildlife habitat, carbon sequestration, and employment for local residents.
Given the current trends in the climate change including the drought, the devastating wildfires, and currently unsustainable levels of stocking , many of our members would welcome the opportunity to do applied silvicultural research that can be made available to the public. It would also be very helpful to have the specialist organize and participate in educational activities of our group and other organizations such as the American Tree Farm program. Forest Landowners of California would be glad to assist the extension program in future outreach efforts.