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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 katherine.webb-martinez@ucop.edu.

 

2016 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2016 cycle.

Position Details

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.

 

Proposed Location/Housing

Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage

Statewide

Contacts

Associated Documents

Comments

21 Comments

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As a plant breeder by training, I know first-hand the damage that birds can do to research and experimental plots. I have also seen the damage that birds can inflict on cereal grain in the field. As the Research Director of KARE, I have also become aware of the damage that is done in other crops, such as blueberries, cherries, stonefruit, and other important specialty crops. To combat birds, I have relied on suggestions from commercial vendors of “bird scare” products, some of which can be effective, other which only seem to be good for a very short period of time. Damage by birds can cause significant economic loss, especially to those farmers relying on small acreage for their living. This is an extremely important position in that it could develop into a research and extension program to help bring good science and technology to a field that require attention and need. I also know that avian species can pose significant conflict issues with humans, but I’m also a bird watcher and know the pleasure of viewing them in natural habitats and my own backyard. There is a need to find suitable solutions that will address the various interests of a wide range of diverse groups, be it agricultural, environmental, or birders. This position can and should serve as an important link between agricultural, environmental and social groups that would all benefit from a sustainable program to not only control bird issues, but help them thrive in a way that benefits all.
Posted Jun 9, 2016 1:39 PM by Jeff Dahlberg, Director
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Bird control is important in most fruit and nut commodities including dried plums. Environmental and regulatory regulations have made it difficult for farmers of these commodities to effectively produce them. There is every indication that these production constraints will continue in the future. Thus the proposed Specialist in Avian Management will be very important to help insure fruit and nut crops can continue to provide consumers with high quality and safe commodities that are cost effective to produce. As a representative of the California Dried Plum Board I want to strongly urge UC to consider funding this position.
Posted Jun 13, 2016 7:49 AM by Gary Obenauf
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The California Specialty Crops Council (CSCC), a 501(c) 5 non-profit organization, is a trusted source of field based information spanning horticultural crop production, pest management, food safety and stewardship activities in fruit, root, vegetable, vine and berry crops (fresh, dried, and processed). Our diverse partnership of ag organizations also includes beekeepers. Combined, CSCC growers generate $4.1 billion annually on approximately 522,000 acres of California farmland. Our membership strongly supports the establishment and filling of this position. Many of the problems and challenges facing growers, such as with pests, water, air, labor, marketing, crop care materials, etc., are beyond their control, but through research solutions can and will be found that will have a positive impact on the CA specialty crops industry. In particular, birds do a tremendous amount of damage each year to specialty crops, while growers have very few tools to use to minimize this impact.
Posted Jun 13, 2016 9:52 AM by Gary W. Van Sickle
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Our industry has struggled to find qualified individuals to offer advice and to conduct practical research on avian-associated crop production problems. Plant breeders and other scientists funded by our organization have lost many leafy greens research trials in recent years because of bird damage. Sustainable avian management practices are sorely needed. We also continue to be concerned about the role birds may play in the transference of foodborne pathogens. Food safety studies, many of which were conducted outside of California, implicate birds as vectors, but the studies have stopped short of proposing implementable solutions. We need a specialist who understands avian behavior in the agricultural landscape and who can develop a robust program to help reduce food safety risk and to reduce crop damage associated with birds.
Posted Jun 13, 2016 3:09 PM by Mary Zischke
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I am a CE Specialist housed at UC Davis. My position focuses on human-wildlife conflict resolution with a principal emphasis on mammals. Currently within UC, as well as almost all state agencies in California (including California Department of Fish and Wildlife), there is no true expertise on managing human-avian conflict situations. Although they may seem similar enough to mammals, they are in fact quite different, yet more damaging to many crops than are rodents and other mammal species. As such, there is a gigantic void that needs to be filled by someone with avian management skills within UC ANR. Furthermore, this position would benefit many, if not most, disciplines within UC ANR given the impact that birds have on these disciplines (e.g., bird damage to fruit and nut crops, bird-strike hazards around airports, raven impacts on desert tortoises and nesting sage grouse). It would also help complete the proposed continuum of Advisors and Specialists required to formulate a state-wide team of human-wildlife conflict experts. As such, I provide my highest level of support for this position. I believe there is no position in greater need among the proposed wildlife positions.
Posted Jun 30, 2016 5:41 PM by Roger Baldwin
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I am the Executive Director for the Coalition for a Balanced Environment (CBE). The CBE was formed in late 2015 with the specific mission of addressing common raven over-population and its devastating effects on wildlife, as well as high impact on agricultural and renewable energy concerns. For a fulsome view of our position on this matter, visit www.cbecalifornia.org to access the CBE's position paper.

The need for action in this area is acute and the CBE fully supports establishing the proposed Avian Management specialist position outlined above.
Posted Jul 1, 2016 9:26 AM by Lawrence Alioto
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I am the owner of Wildlife Control Technology, Inc., in Fresno, CA. As a private business owner, specializing in urban and agricultural bird control for the last 24 years, I can say with certainty that the Avian Management Specialist is a key position in our state and is much needed and long overdue. Presently, growers are forced to use almost exclusively anecdotal information for their avian control needs or they contact someone such as myself and while we do give out useful, research based information, we are still in a position where we are selling a product and as such are viewed with a certain skepticism by most growers. California is experiencing a number of new avian issues from growing urban and rural crow roosts, numbering in the thousands, to urban non migratory goose problems as well as the well documented crop losses in fruit and nut crops, just to name a few. High value crops such as wine grapes and cherries continue to suffer significant losses with no new research or on going study that may reveal new techniques. Significant losses are also continuing in row crops such as lettuce and cantaloupe, again with no new research or study even possible. It is a key time in California agriculture and as our agricultural production lands and the related ecosystems become more impacted and focused due to water and development, avian depredation issues only become more intense. Birds are adapting to age old techniques and new research and expertise is much needed and critical if we hope to control crop loss, potential disease transmission or crop contamination, bird air strike and human/avian conflicts in urban environments.

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.
Posted Jul 5, 2016 12:09 PM by Mike Taber
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With increasing urbanization and population growth throughout California, human-wildlife conflicts of all sorts are on the rise. Our department receives frequent requests for guidance and support in managing pest and wildlife damage issues from urban, interface, and rural communities alike. As conventional management tools become increasingly limited, and with changing public sentiment about conventional pest control practices, there is ever increasing need for academic leadership and research to develop novel tools and strategies for managing human-wildlife conflicts where they arise. The University of California Cooperative Extension Advisors play a pivotal role in developing these tools and methods and provide invaluable technical and professional support to our various communities.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 9:22 AM by Edmund Duarte, Alameda County Dept. of Agriculture/WM
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As the person responsible for managing the Kings County’s Vertebrate Pest Program for the last 6 ½ years, it is readily apparent that the UC DANR Wildlife Specialists provide a valuable service to both the agricultural industry in California, as well as the public residing here. California’s agriculture, unmatched in diversity and value, is continually challenged in regards to the control of wildlife pests, including birds that damage the various commodities grown and vector foodborne pathogens. The need to develop alternative methods for controlling these pests is paramount, as many of the conventional tools used in the past are no longer available. Leadership in this area in order to help provide innovative solutions to fit in an Integrated Pest Management program is needed. This position can play a vital role in developing these solutions at the local and state level, as well as nationally.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 10:46 AM by Steve Schweizer, Kings County Department of Agriculture/Measurement Standards
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Bird and rodent pests cause significant damage to California agriculture annually. One study pegged the losses at more than $500 million annually for just 22 crops in 10 counties. There is significant public pressure to manage wildlife damage in ways that are least damaging to wildlife. This pressure results in policy changes that restrict allowable control methods for farmers and ranchers facing losses from wildlife. Having scientifically valid tools to reduce conflicts with avian species will be particularly helpful to California Farm Bureau Federation’s (Farm Bureau) members who see regular losses from avian species. The Farm Bureau appreciates UCCE’s consideration of a CE Specialist in Avian Management and respectfully requests that this position be created and filled.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 3:39 PM by California Farm Bureau Federation
11
As President and Biologist of Animal Pest Management Services Inc.for 33 years, I can tell you that there is a great need for an Avian Management Specialists in ag as well as urban areas. There is a great need for this position ASAP with the level of damage that occurs with bird pests.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 3:14 PM by Dan Fox
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As the incoming Chair of the California Vertebrate Pest Council, I would like to voice my support for this position. For decades, the University of California has been a leader in the field of vertebrate pest management research and associated extension services. Over many decades, UC Extension professionals have provided California farmers and land managers (and other US and international entities) with countless management tools and techniques enabling them to meet the ever growing and changing spectrum of damage/conflict situations caused by vertebrate pests. In addition to direct, hands-on services provided by US Extensionists, they have also been critical to the conduct and professionalism of the California Certified Pesticide Applicator Continuing Education Program and the highly regarded Vertebrate Pest Conference.

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.
Posted Jul 10, 2016 1:47 PM by John D. Eisemann
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As California becomes more urbanized and resources for public agencies become fewer, an independent source for expertise in vertebrate management is essential. At one time CDFA provided support in these areas, but due to budget cuts over the last decade, this infrastructure support has disappeared. It is very important that positions such as this be filled so that science based facts can replace the misinformation that is often encountered regarding vertebrate management and particularly in the area of human/wildlife conflicts. An expert in avian pest issues is an area of expertise that would greatly compliment the expanding base of vertebrate management resources that are emerging in UC Cooperative Extension.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 5:44 AM by Jim Hartman
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As the stewards of California's wildlife resources, the Department of Fish and Wildlife's mission is to manage California's diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and for their use and enjoyment by the public. In support of this mission, the CDFW has created and is continually supporting a new Human-Wildlife Conflict Program, that will research and implement state-of-the-art methods of mitigating human-wildlife conflicts throughout the state. This CE Advisor position will greatly compliment the efforts of the CDFW, and we eagerly look forward to coordinating efforts with this position. The CDFW believes this great collaborative potential will benefit all of California's constituents.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 10:05 AM by Marc Kenyon, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Human-Wildlife Conflict Program
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Currently the winegrape industry has no person that it can turn towards for help in the area of avian management. Unfortunately, this is a void that has been around for decades and now seems to be the norm. There is a large need for research and innovation of best management practices in the area of avian management and the interaction between birds and agriculture. Birds can offer many benefits, however they can also be a liability. For example, currently in the Lodi area birds are the ones largely responsible for the spreading of vine mealybug, which is a devastating vineyard pest responsible for crop damage and vectoring virus. Currently no research or outreach is offered for understanding the interaction of birds and the environmental relationship of this pest, but this position would help in bridging the gap.
Stuart Spencer
Program Manager
Lodi Winegrape Commission
Posted Jul 11, 2016 11:00 AM by Stuart Spencer
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The California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) represents more than 75% of the nearly 4,000 California EPA licensed pest control advisers (PCAs) that provide pest management consultation for the production of food, fiber and ornamental industries of this state. CAPCA is dedicated to the professional development and enhancement of our member's education and stewardship, which includes legislative, regulatory, continuing education and public outreach activities.
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.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 11:29 AM by Lien Banh, CAPCA
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The California Tree Nut Research & Extension Planning Group, representing the almond, pistachio and walnut industries (combined 2015 acreage exceeding 1.7 million acres) strongly supports this position and regard it a high priority.

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.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 4:48 PM by Bob Curtis, Almond Board of California and the CA Tree Nut Research & Extension Planning Group
18
I believe this position is critical to address important and emerging issues related to birds and people. The list of potential areas of research and extension programming is almost endless. i am convinced an avian management specialist position at UC Davis would quickly become an international leader in this field. There are other institutions that have solid avian programs dealing with human conflict issues but none with the overall expertise of UC Davis to address these issues within the agricultural and natural resource arena. Collaboration within the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, the Veterinary School, Medical School, Engineering, Law etc. will be key to success. California itself provides endless field opportunities in almost every ecosystem type. The CE advisor network in the state will give the specialist great opportunities to work on local problems, have access to unique private habitats and learn from local experts about avian problems, how they are perceived, and potential opportunities to find solutions.

Terry Salmon
CE Wildlife Specialist Emeritus
Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology
UC Davis
Posted Jul 11, 2016 5:20 PM by Terrell P Salmon
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Avian management issues are challenging for the pest management community. There are very few specialists who can assist in leaning about the biology and behavior of birds. Someone dedicated in state would not only help train our community of professionals and the public but other states. California often leads the industry in innovative management techniques. This focus is a growing area and expertise is needed.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 11:23 PM by Sylvia Kenmuir, Director of Technical Training
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I believe this position is critical to address important and emerging issues related to birds and people. The list of potential areas of research and extension programming is almost endless. i am convinced an avian management specialist position at UC Davis would quickly become an international leader in this field. There are other institutions that have solid avian programs dealing with human conflict issues but none with the overall expertise of UC Davis to address these issues within the agricultural and natural resource arena. Collaboration within the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, the Veterinary School, Medical School, Engineering, Law etc. will be key to success. California itself provides endless field opportunities in almost every ecosystem type. The CE advisor network in the state will give the specialist great opportunities to work on local problems, have access to unique private habitats and learn from local experts about avian problems, how they are perceived, and potential opportunities to find solutions.

Terry Salmon
CE Wildlife Specialist Emeritus
Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology
UC Davis
Posted Jul 12, 2016 9:01 AM by Terrell P Salmon
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Avian management issues are particularly challenging for the pest management community. I believe that this position is critical to address important and emerging issues related to birds and people. An expert in avian pest issues is an area of expertise that would greatly compliment the expanding base of vertebrate management resources that are emerging in UC Cooperative Extension. Someone dedicated to addressing avian management issues in the state would, not only help train our community of professionals and the public, but other states as well as California often leads the industry in innovative management techniques.
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.

Cathi Boze
Mariposa County Agricultural Commissioner
Posted Jul 12, 2016 10:46 AM by Cathi Boze, Mariposa County Agricultural Commissioner

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