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
097 Forest and Fuels Management Specialist
The Forest and Fuels Management Specialist will pursue research and outreach, working closely with family forest owners, professional resource managers, a wide variety of forest interest groups, regulators, and policy makers to address issues in forest ecosystem management, especially those associated with fire risk and forest health. Examples of issues to be addressed include 1) designing and testing more effective arrays of treatments of forest stands to increase resiliency at the individual ownership as well as across multiple ownerships, 2) improving the understanding of the interaction of forest health/fire risk reduction treatments, long term net growth, and the habitat requirements of rare and endangered species such as sufficient snags and down logs. 3) Integrating vegetation management goals with desired aquatic health, wildlife habitat, water quality and quantity, and biodiversity outcomes.
UCB Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management
Proposed Area of Coverage
- Forest and Fuels Management Specialist (docx), uploaded 05/05/2016 by Steven Lindow
UC Extension Cooperative is vital the department's and other agencies efforts. It has always been one of the most effective organizations to bridge natural resource agencies, local government, land owners, and academic researchers. [I have worked with UCCE on oak woodland, native plant, fire, forestry, fisheries restoration, wildland fire, and wildlife topics]. This position is more vital than ever to collaboration and progress on forest and fuel management issues in California.
The press release dated June 22, 2016 by the USDA Forest Service cites the need for urgent restoration of our forests that have been impacted by drought, beetles, and warmer temperatures and the need for an emergency fund like other natural disasters. In this press release, there is no recognition that overstocked forest conditions exist across a large portion of the state. Vast acres of California forestland are chronically overstocked resulting in extreme inter-tree competition for limited soil moisture and nutrients. There is an increasing fire hazard and risk of adverse negative impacts from excessive fuel loading, especially with the increasing population, climate change, unhealthy forest conditions, and ever expanding wildland urban interface. Trees grow and forests accumulate biomass regardless of whether this wood is consumed by fire or harvested as wood products. Wide scale fuel reduction is the most effective tool to restore the health, vitality, and fire resilience of our forests.
It is alarming that agencies attempt to “manage” or forests through fire suppression in lieu of forest and fuel management. This is treating the symptom (wildfire) rather than the problem (fuel loading).
The Forest and Fuels Management Extension Specialist could assist in providing irrefutable scientific information of the benefits of forest and fuels management to forest landowners and the public.
Changes in the dynamic wildland ecosystems necessitate flexibility in the approaches taken to address wildland management. Accordingly, CAL FIRE’s Forest Health Program will target cooperative projects at the landscape scale. The proposed position will focus on landscape scale forest and fuels management in the fire prone forests of California. This landscape approach will be very helpful to inform and guide CAL FIRE’s Forest Health Program when implementing future forest management and fuel reduction activities.
CAL FIRE has enjoyed many productive years of partnership with the University of California and its associated elements such as, the California Fire Science Consortium and UC Cooperative Extension. The research and experimentation proposed for this position would have great value to CAL FIRE. Recent history shows that fires in California are becoming larger and more destructive. As a result, research into fire prevention, fuel reduction and post fire rehabilitation are more important than ever. This position will support research and help CAL FIRE adjust to the social and environmental changes currently taking place.
Please consider staffing the UC Forest and Fuels Management Specialist Position.