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
049 Area Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Advisor
The Advisor will work in the general disciplinary area of management of urban forests and forested and woodland systems in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Southern California contains significant urban forest in parklands, municipal grounds such as schools, and at private residences as well as forest and woodland resources in high altitude areas.
The critical issues to be addressed by this advisor include the value of urban forests for ecological functions such as habitat, water yield, and air pollution and climate mitigation goals and values to human communities such as aesthetics, recreation, and food provisioning (i.e. public orchards); wildland/urban interface issues and the impacts of changing land use on forest ecosystems, including habitat connectivity; forest and woodland pests and diseases (PSHB, GSOB, bark beetle, and emerging pests); wildland fire – prevention, management, and response in forests and woodlands; woody biomass utilization and co-generation; and science literacy related to forest and woodland ecosystems (e.g. Forest Institute for Teachers, Project Learning Tree, California Naturalist).
Research questions include measures to improve the performance of urban forests for various goals such as water conservation, carbon sequestration, and mitigation of increasing temperatures; techniques to manage invasive pests; increasing the success of pre-fire management and post-fire habitat restoration; the impact of access to nature, etc.
Los Angeles County
Proposed Area of Coverage
Proposed to be based in Los Angeles County, primarily responsible for Los Angeles and Orange Counties, with occasional service to urban needs in Ventura, San Bernardino and San Diego counties in concert with other Natural Resources and Environmental Horticulture academics in those counties.
- Keith Nathaniel - Main Contact
- Urban Forestry Advisor - Southern CA (doc), uploaded 05/11/2016 by Katherine Webb-Martinez
Prior to my appointment as Deputy Chief, I worked for the Department's Forestry Division for 24 years. During my tenure in Los Angeles County, I have been involved in mitigating the Mediterranean Fruit Fly, the Red Gum Lerp Psyllid, the Ash White Fly and other pests that targeted specific urban trees. However, only recently, have I seen such a widespread impact from so many devastating pests and diseases. The Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer and the Kuroshio Shot Hole Borer do not discriminate and they attack a wide variety of tree species. In addition, the Goldspotted Oak Borer (GSOB) has now established itself in the northern LA County community of Green Valley. If not stopped, it could threaten our significant population of oaks, which are the signature tree in many Southern California communities. Added to all this misery is the fact that Los Angeles just recorded it driest five years in recorded history, giving even additional leverage to the pests and diseases that are impacting our forests.
Given these challenges, I cannot speak highly enough for the need to fund an additional UCCE Forestry and Natural Resources Advisor dedicated to Southern California. To date, staff from UCCE has been invaluable in combatting the GSOB and in getting the word out to foresters, arborists and other natural resources professionals about additional pests and diseases that are impacting the forests of Southern California.
I worked for CAL FIRE's Urban and Community Forestry program for 14 years prior to my recent appointment as Staff Chief. During that time, CAL FIRE's Urban and Community Forestry staff have worked throughout the region to assist municipalities, non-profits, and special districts develop urban forestry programs or enhance their existing programs. These projects included tree planting, inventories, management plans, and education programs on many urban forestry subjects. Staff has seen tree mortality increase because of pests and diseases. Many of these pests are not species specific and attack myriad tree species. Recently, the Goldspotted Oak Borer (GSOB) and Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB) have been found in Los Angeles County. If not stopped, they threaten the significant oak population and many ornamental species in Southern California. Pests, diseases, and record-breaking drought, continue to exacerbate urban forestry resources.
To combat pests, diseases, and other urban forestry issues affecting Los Angeles County, I strongly support the funding and appointment of an Urban Forestry Advisor dedicated to Southern California. This position is vital for continued education and information dissemination. Current UCCE staff has proven themselves to be pivotal in distributing information to arborists, foresters, other natural resource professionals, and the public about pests and diseases impacting Southern California forests. Maintaining an Urban Forestry Advisor will continue to provide a valuable service to all of Southern California.