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
053 Area Vertebrate IPM Advisor - San Joaquin Valley
We seek a Vertebrate IPM Advisor that would serve as an expert for human-wildlife conflict issues in the San Joaquin Valley (SJV) and surrounding counties. The Advisor would be a part of the Statewide IPM Program and would be housed at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center. Controlling damage from vertebrate pests in the SJV is imperative, yet quite challenging given the high economic value of California agriculture, combined with the broad diversity of commodities. The long-term goal of this position is to develop ecosystem-based IPM tools that provide effective control and minimal impacts to natural ecosystems. In the short term, the agricultural community desires tools that are efficacious, yet quick and inexpensive to apply. The IPM Advisor would also engage non-agricultural audiences to promote understanding of the complex challenges of managing pests while maintaining food security and safety. This position will be an integral piece to the proposed human-wildlife conflict team within UC ANR, and will regularly interact with CE Specialists and Advisors throughout the state. The Advisor will also network and collaborate with relevant agencies, universities, and NGO’s to develop the most effective program.
Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center (KARE)
Proposed Area of Coverage
San Joaquin Valley and surrounding counties
- Andrew Sutherland - Main Contact
- Jim Farrar - Collaborator
- Jeffery Dahlberg - Collaborator
- Roger Baldwin - Collaborator
- Area Vertebrate IPM Advisor proposal (docx), uploaded 05/02/2016 by Andrew Sutherland
Dennis Bray, Chair
Vertebrate Pest Control Research Advisory Committee
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.
This new advisor position is critical to lead the effort to find these new strategies for rodent control. Dr. Baldwin is excellent but he need collaborators with specific interest and expertise in vertebrate pest control. I think this position is crucial for continued sustainable agricultural production in the central valley.
CE Wildlife Specialist Emeritus
Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology
Currently there is strong need for vertebrate pest control research and extension in our crops. There is a decline in previously provided vertebrate pest management expertise by other state agencies and institutions. But, we continue to have persistent vertebrate pest problems in our crops, some vertebrate pest issues are on the increase and yet poison based management options are on the decline. For instance, there are heightened problems with coyote damage to drip, gophers and wild pigs (particularly at the outer edges of the Central Valley). Overall, the poison-based control options are on the decline because of non-target and endangered species and public health concerns. A strength of the position will be close alignment with the UC Statewide IPM program. Clearly there is a need for additional professional expertise to research and extend ecosystem-based IPM tools that provide effective control with minimal off-target and natural ecosystem impacts.
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 vertebrate pest 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. As conventional management tools become increasingly limited and there is significant public pressure to manage wildlife damage in ways that are least damaging to wildlife, there is ever increasing need for academic leadership and research to develop innovative tools and strategies for managing human-wildlife conflicts where they arise. 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 to meet the ever growing and changing spectrum of damage/conflict situations caused by vertebrate pests.