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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

087 Ecoinformatics/Citizen Science/Adaptive Management Specialist - CNR

Ecoinformatics focuses on developing ways to acquire and integrate big data, structured and unstructured data that is so large that it's difficult to process using traditional techniques. This may involve data management, data mining and manipulation. Data collected by citizen scientists is an emerging form of crowd sourced data, or information solicited from and contributed by a large group of people, either in the field or online. Advances in computer technology have made participating in science possible for groups that previously were not participating in science. These new citizen scientists are providing a fast growing source of crowd source data at fine spatial and temporal resolutions; as well as advancing STEM learning and environmental stewardship on the ground. This CE Specialists will engage in environmental research in the department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management in the College of Natural Resources at UC Berkeley by applying an ecoinformatics approach to agricultural and natural resource management issues and advancing the effectiveness of citizen science for research and extension.

Proposed Location/Housing

UCB Department of Environmental Science Policy and Managment

Proposed Area of Coverage



Associated Documents



'These new citizen scientists are providing a fast growing source of crowd source data at fine spatial and temporal resolutions; as well as advancing STEM learning and environmental stewardship on the ground.'
This effort would be aligned and key to the implementation of the California Blueprint for Environmental Literacy implementation currently shaping environmental education and sustainability education for California.
Posted Jun 27, 2016 9:59 AM by Sandra Derby
Citizen science is only valuable if the data collected can be analyzed and then put to use. The work performed through this position would assist state wildlife managers in their decision making and planning as well as furthering efforts to cultivate an informed and engaged citizenry.
Posted Jun 27, 2016 11:10 AM by Laura Drath
California State Parks greatly values our collaborative working relationship with the University of California. We share goals of public education and outreach as we work together through CEEIN. Citizen science is a high priority. The research and outreach provided by this position will be very valuable.
Posted Jun 27, 2016 1:06 PM by Brian Cahill
Citizen science is an important bridge between what is perceived to be something that can only happen "at the top" in scientific research and the true role the public can play in capturing real time data for use in "heavy science". Citizen science is also an invaluable outreach tool in keeping citizenry up to date on scientific findings that affect their long-term health, comfort, and advancement in other aspects of life - making science tangible keeps it relevant. I look forward to seeing the great work this new position brings to the table in regards to STEM education.
Posted Jun 27, 2016 2:48 PM by Michelle Ramirez
Citizen Science projects are a great venue for experiencing the environment with focus and purpose. However we can connect relevant purposeful work with hands-on outside experiences the better we develop our leaders of tomorrow and ensure a quality environment for all. This created position has great potential in the educational community while helping scientists in the research community.
Posted Jun 28, 2016 10:49 AM by Linda Desai
In times like these, in which people are more disconnected than ever from the outdoors and nature, what better way to connect people to their natural world than for them to be a part of it. The contributions that ordinary people can make in the name of science is endless. Yet, there must also be experts that can manage, interpret and utilize the data collected from citizens to help solve real world problems and to answer important questions. Research positions that have the connection to the volume of data citizens can provide is priceless.
Posted Jun 30, 2016 10:52 AM by Lesa Johnston
This position would provide assistance to the Advisors and Program Coordinators of our Master Gardener and Cal Nat volunteers. An individual who understands the strategies, practices, and statistical analysis of "citizen science" projects is needed to help develop projects that would be able to find conclusions help develop effective policy and change.

If UC ANR wishes to utilize these volunteer groups in this fashion, this position would be critical in doing so.

Posted Jul 1, 2016 4:26 PM by David Doll
We have found citizen science projects to be a effective and engaging way to work with HS and MS students and directly support NGSS practices. We would greatly benefit from more resources and support to use and analyze the data collect in context of the larger data set or subset.
Posted Jul 6, 2016 1:29 PM by Reed Schneider
This position addresses an important emerging area of citizen science that would complement existing strengths in big data at Berkeley and promote new opportunities for environmental & ecological research.
Posted Jul 9, 2016 2:19 PM by Carl Boettiger
Crowd sourced data produced from citizen scientists with today's technology is greatly enhancing our understanding of our environment at resolutions that were previously not possible. The mega data that are being produced on a daily basis requires a new paradigm on how this big data will be processed and made usable. A CE Specialist in ecoinformatics and citizen science is extremely valuable in addressing this need and whose work is very important for people at all levels including, but not limited to, researchers, government officials, educators, students, and the public in managing, protecting, and better understanding our environment.
Posted Jul 13, 2016 1:09 PM by Edward Wong

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