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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


2016 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2016 cycle.

Position Details

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. 

Proposed Location/Housing

UCB Department of Environmental Science Policy and Management

Proposed Area of Coverage



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UC-ANR should have a professional Silviculturalist on staff because that position is an essential - and obvious -- component of any good forestry program. Forest management must engage the skills of someone trained in silviculture, unless we want to go backwards after over 100 years of scientific progress. As a watershed management professional, I appreciate the knowledge brought by such an applied specialist in working with others to improve the quality of California's working landscapes and waters. We cannot solve the problems created by excessive fuel loadings and high fire risks without understanding the ecological interactions on a watershed scale - a process that needs applied forestry specialists to help. We cannot plan for improved water yields without understanding the role that forest management plays in that process. A person with a statewide view - and vision - for designing and implementing silvicultural practices as one of the important tools for protecting and improving California's forest landscape is vitally needed.
Posted Jun 23, 2016 4:05 PM by Sari Sommarstrom
W. M. Beaty & Associates, Inc., established in 1969, provides forestland management, timber inventories, reforestation, and wildlife assessments to landowners to facilitate the maintenance of healthy, well-managed forests. W. M. Beaty & Associates, Inc. unconditionally supports the Applied Forest Ecology/Silviculture Cooperative Extension Specialist position with the University of California.

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.
Posted Jun 27, 2016 7:52 AM by Scott P Carnegie
The California Forestry Association is the State's non-profit trade association representing more than 4 million acres of private forests, +90% of the state's primary manufactures of all types of forest products, as well as much of the state's biomass energy production. We believe the Applied Forest Ecologist/Silviculture Specialist is a key Cooperative Extension position given the fact that approximately 1/3rd of the state is forestland, with over 100,000 different forest owners in need of professional forestry expertise to help manage their forests, as well as to providing cooperative expertise on the management of our 20 million acres of public forests in CA. Proper guidance for responsible forest stewardship provides sustainable ecosystems, sustainable communities, and sustainable products that all California's want and need.
Posted Jun 27, 2016 4:01 PM by David Bischel, pres/CEO of the California Forestry Association
The need for an Ecology/Silviculture cooperative extension specialist is important for the University of California Berkeley and the public interests that it serves. The principles of Silviculture and Ecology are the foundation from which forest management strategies can be developed.
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.
Posted Jun 28, 2016 2:24 PM by Cedric Twight, RPF #2469 Regulatory Affairs Manager Sierra Pacific Industries.
As forest land managers with over 1.6million acres of California forests, we view this position and the leadership that UC Cooperative Extension can provide as critical to ensuring long-term viability of California's forests. In the face of increasing urbanization, climate change, and fire and drought-induced tree mortality, developing silvicultural prescriptions to help make these forests more resilient and ensure their sustainability should be a very high priority for involvement by the UC system. A significant percentage of California's water also flows from these forests. UC Coop Extension has a high degree of credibility with all the stakeholders that have a voice in California's future forests. Its a complex undertaking that requires scientific and technical expertise, but also requires a high degree of collaborative and communication skills. We at Sierra Pacific Industries urge you to this proposed position become reality. We stand ready to assist in any way we can including joint research, providing funding, and offering our forests as potential research sites on which to conduct this important work.
Posted Jun 28, 2016 3:31 PM by Dan Tomascheski for Sierra Pacific Industries
The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is working to protect and restore resilient forests in California's North Coast and Sierra Nevada with an emphasis on understanding and communicating the ecological, economic and social benefits of healthy forests. As two organizations rooted in science, TNC and the UC Cooperative Extension have partnered effectively, on multiple occasions over the last 10+ years, to inform some of the most pressing questions and issues facing public and privately held forests.

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.
Posted Jul 6, 2016 3:55 PM by Daniel Porter, California Forests Director The Nature Conservancy, RPF #2783
California’s forest landowners are arguably the highest regulated forest owners in the world. These regulations add significant costs to those managing forest lands in the state. In addition to the current regulations, there is ongoing public pressure to add new regulations to further restrict forest management practices. Having science based management recommendations, as identified in the position description for the Applied Forest Ecology/Silviculture Specialist will be helpful for both forest landowners as well as regulators. Further, there are continuing questions surrounding management of forests and the resulting water supply availability based on forest practices. Additional research into this area will be valuable not only to forest landowners, but to all of California’s water users. The California Farm Bureau Federation appreciates UCCE’s consideration of a CE Applied Forest Ecology/Silviculture Specialist and respectfully requests that this position be created and filled.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 3:43 PM by California Farm Bureau Federation
Collins Pine Company has been sustainably managing multi-age forestlands in California since 1941 and is in full support of the Forest Ecology/Silviculture Cooperative Extension Specialist position with the University of California. More research is needed on multi-aged forestry in the mixed conifer, east-side pine and true fir forests in our region and that research would greatly benefit our company and other forestry ownerships that use this silvicultural system. Californians have always demanded a lot from their forests including sustainably managed wood products, clean water, carbon sequestration, recreation, aesthetics, wildlife habitat and overall forest health. Today our forests are also facing other challenges related to drought and catastrophic wildfire. These stressors contribute to increased mortality, habitat degradation and an overall decrease in water yields and as a direct result of drought, insect populations have caused tree mortality increases of 400% between 2014 and 2015 on Collins lands. In order to continue to manage our forests in a healthy and sustainable way we need the support of new research and the opportunity to collaborate on forest treatments that are sustainable, produce products and revenues and create fire-safe stand conditions. Family-owned companies often don’t have the resources to do research in-house and continue to look for chances to cooperate on innovative projects. Extension Specialists from UCANR fill this role well as they are not burdened by agency budgets or agendas and they are not bound by any financial expectations. These experts have a unique opportunity to provide unbiased research and expert opinion to forest managers that works in the best interest of the resource, the landowner and the people of the state.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 9:48 AM by Andrew Juska
Forest Landowners of California is a statewide organization of nonindustrial lowlanders focused on educational activities for its members and the effective regulation of private forest lands for long-term sustainability. The organization currently has approximately 250 members that own and manage approximately 350,000 acres of forested lands in the state. We strongly support the applied forest ecology/silviculture specialist position. This position can provide effective policy insights at the legislative and regulatory levels to maintain and enhance working forest landscapes on the 25% of the state forest lands owned by nonindustrial owners.
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.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 10:15 AM by Lawrence Camp Legislative Committee Chairman Forst Landowners of California

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