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
076 Avian Management Specialist
This Cooperative Extension Specialist will serve as an expert on avian species that conflict with, or are impacted by, human activities. The Specialist will be housed within the Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology at UC Davis. Avian species frequently conflict with humans in a variety of situations. For example, birds cause substantial damage to a variety of agricultural crops, they transmit disease and food-borne pathogens, and they predate on sensitive wildlife species. Conversely, birds also provide valuable services including the use of raptors to reduce or disperse damaging rodent and bird populations, and the use of passerines to manage damaging insect populations. The Specialist will develop a statewide program that will assist in the development of new tools for mitigating human-avian conflict across all environments and land uses while also supporting the conservation of bird species, potentially through beneficial pest control services. This position will serve as an important link between current UC Davis faculty and proposed and current CE Specialists and Advisors to construct a statewide team addressing human-wildlife conflict resolution needs of Californians and beyond. The Specialist will also network and collaborate with relevant agencies, universities, and NGO’s to develop the most effective program.
Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology, UC Davis
Proposed Area of Coverage
- Specialist in Avian Management (docx), uploaded 05/02/2016 by Mary Delany
The need for action in this area is acute and the CBE fully supports establishing the proposed Avian Management specialist position outlined above.
I cannot stress how important this position is and I offer my full support and any available resource I have to assist UC/DANR in filling this much needed Cooperative Extension Specialist vacancy.
Vertebrate pest conflicts will only increase in the future and California will continue to experience vertebrate pest problems in agriculture and in the human/agriculture/wildlife interface. This and other UC vertebrate pest extension positions will ensure UC maintains a leadership role in the development and dissemination of new vertebrate pest management techniques available to American farmers, land managers and wildlife professionals.
Lodi Winegrape Commission
CAPCA membership covers a broad spectrum of the industry including agricultural consulting firms, U.C. Cooperative Extension Service, city, county and state municipalities, public agencies, privately employed, forensic pest management firms, biological control suppliers, distributors, dealers of farm supplies, seed companies, laboratories, farming companies and manufacturers of pest management products. Research on new and innovative tools to address pest pressures and emerging invasive species while staying compliant with current regulations are key to the ongoing success of this industry.
Currently there is a complete lack of expertise in this discipline statewide. Birds are a persistent pest problem in our crops. Current management practices are labor intensive, tend to be piecemeal and reactive by not providing an integrated management approach. An integrated approach is important because bird activity and presence can either be positive or negative, depending on the time of the season and bird species. For instance, crows are the most serious bird pest and invading flocks feed extensively on the nuts once the hulls split prior to harvest as the crop nears or is at maturity. As well, scrub jays are also a concern with pistachios because the naturally split nuts make the nut meat readily available for smaller birds like jays. But, on the other hand, birds are valuable by consuming mummy nuts overwinter and reduce navel orangeworm insect pressure.
Another dimension to an integrated approach needing research and extension expertise is that tree nuts along with other permanent crops provide habitat for birds. The Almond Board is currently cooperating with the Audubon Society to assess and summarize the body of knowledge on habitat provided by almond orchards to birds and the role of birds (beneficial and detrimental) in almond orchards and other nut crop orchards.
CE Wildlife Specialist Emeritus
Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology
CE Wildlife Specialist Emeritus
Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology
California itself provides endless field opportunities in almost every ecosystem type with unique habitats that present a myriad of potential opportunities to find solutions. As California becomes more urbanized and resources for public agencies become fewer, an independent source for expertise in avian management is essential. Vertebrate pest conflicts will only increase in the future and California will continue to experience vertebrate pest problems in agriculture and in the human/agriculture/wildlife interface. This and other UC vertebrate pest extension positions will ensure that UC maintains a leadership role in the development and dissemination of new vertebrate pest management techniques available to farmers, ranchers, land managers, wildlife professionals, and other stakeholders.
Mariposa County Agricultural Commissioner