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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

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.

Proposed Location/Housing

Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center (KARE)

Proposed Area of Coverage

San Joaquin Valley and surrounding counties

Contacts

Associated Documents

Comments

17 Comments

1
Having served in the Ag Industry for nearly 50 years, I've seen vertebrate pest control continue to drop in priority. However, the pressures and health safety risks they cause continue to increase to both producers and the public at large, not to mention the environment in general. I whole heartily support the filling of this position.
Thank you,
Dennis Bray, Chair
Vertebrate Pest Control Research Advisory Committee
Posted Jun 1, 2016 3:07 PM by Dennis Bray
2
KARE is surrounded by some of the most productive and diverse agricultural lands in the world and the challenges of dealing with vertebrate pest are increasing, especially with the adoption of more drip irrigation technologies. 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. Valley farmers are in needed of effective tools to deal with vertebrate pests and KARE offers opportunities for the development of a robust program that reaches not only the farming community, but also rural communities in need of strategies for controlling vertebrate pests that pose health and safety risks.
Posted Jun 7, 2016 10:05 AM by Jeff Dahlberg, Director
3
Vertebrate pest 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 7:51 AM by Gary Obenauf
4
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 (including vertebrates), 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 cause a tremendous amount of damage to many specialty crops.
Posted Jun 13, 2016 9:41 AM by Gary W. Van Sickle
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I am a CE Specialist housed at UC Davis. My position focuses on human-wildlife conflict resolution. I was previously employed as a UCCE Area IPM Advisor at KREC (2008-2013) whose focus was on vertebrate pest management. Although my current position does focus some on vertebrate pest damage in agriculture, my program is shifting its focus somewhat toward natural resource areas given my need to cover all realms of human-wildlife conflict in the state. This means there will be somewhat of a void in research that focuses on vertebrate damage in agricultural crops. Furthermore, this position will support our statewide goal of three Advisors spread throughout the different regions of the state each focusing on one of three principal areas of need: agriculture = KREC, natural resource = HREC, urban = SCREC. As such, I strongly support this position to ensure that California producers have the most up-to-date and comprehensive information needed to manage these damaging species.
Posted Jun 30, 2016 5:28 PM by Roger Baldwin
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As a member of the Vertebrate Pest Control Research Advisory Committee, and having worked on a variety of vector-borne diseases in California for nearly 20 years, I am aware of the many economic and public health issues that human-wildlife interactions can present throughout the state. For example, rodents not only are responsible for significant agricultural and structural damage, they are reservoirs for a variety of human diseases such as hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, plague, and Lyme disease. New or alternative vertebrate pest management methods are needed to address these issues, particularly when pesticides or other lethal control methods are facing increasing scrutiny and regulation. Funding this CE Advisor position would be a constructive step in the development of additional, effective control measures, and the integrated approach and networking requirements in the position statement are congruent with a One Health approach, which promotes a multidisciplinary, collaborative approach to protecting animal, environmental, and human health.
Posted Jul 6, 2016 4:19 PM by Mark Novak, Ph.D., CDPH Vector-Borne Disease Section
7
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 9:20 AM by Edmund Duarte, Alameda County Dept. of Agriculture/WM
8
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. Regulatory agencies have shown specific interest in reviewing management practices of coyotes and wild pigs and having additional scientific understanding of the impacts management decisions will have on the species and on damage to agriculture would be very valuable. Providing tools to help reduce losses from these pests will be valuable to California Farm Bureau Federation’s (Farm Bureau) members. The Farm Bureau appreciates UCCE’s consideration of a CE Area Advisor on IPM Vertebrate Pest Management and respectfully requests that this position be created and filled.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 3:37 PM by California Farm Bureau Federation
9
This is a very high priority position as there are less tools available today to help control damages caused to agricultural crops and infrastructure that supports crop production in addition to the public. This UCCE position would provide for independent study of new evolving technologies for use in controlling/preventing damages. This position will be an invaluable resource to contribute to the preservation of a sustainable agricultural environment, while protecting food safety, and our public infrastructure that is also vulnerable to rodent damages.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 6:52 PM by Tim Niswander
10
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 1:45 PM by John D. Eisemann
11
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.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 5:38 AM by Jim Hartman
12
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 in the San Joaquin Valley and surrounding counties.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 10:04 AM by Marc Kenyon, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Human-Wildlife Conflict Program
13
The field of vertebrate pest management has largely been underrepresented in the Ag. industry. Current control strategies for common vertebrate pests can be effective, but are limited. Our Ag. industry needs better understanding of the vertebrate pest and human interaction for economically and environmentally sound control strategies. Furthermore, threats of invasive pests will continue to grow as farms becomes closer together and global trade increases. Agriculture needs to have people knowledgeable in these specific areas of pests in order to quickly react to the threats agriculture will continue to face in the future.
Stuart Spencer
Program Manager
Lodi Winegrape Commission
Posted Jul 11, 2016 10:56 AM by Stuart Spencer
14
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 11:28 AM by Lien Banh, CAPCA
15
Vertebrate pests continue to be a major problem in agricultural production. Ground squirrels in particular cause significant problems, particularly in nut crops such as almonds. When I started as CE wildlife specialist in 1979, growers were using anything they could to control squirrels, including spread compound 1080 treated grain via aircraft. Nothing worked! In collaboration with then Farm Advisor Walt Bently, we tested and, with the manufacturer, registered Aluminum phosphide for burrowing rodent control. This control method allowed growers to eliminate squirrels that were living in burrows in the orchards. Anticoagulant baits were also used to control squirrels in surrounding areas to prevent re-invasion. Generally this method worked and squirrels were controllable in and around almond orchards. Throughout my career these mentors were used and effective. Now, aluminum phosphide and anticoagulants are under heavy pressure and are, or soon, will not be available for dealing with squirrels and other rodent pests. I am sure that, without new control methods and strategies, squirrels will once again become the pest that reduces or eliminates nut production in the much of the central valley.

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.

Terry Salmon
CE Wildlife Specialist Emeritus
Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology
UC Davia
Posted Jul 11, 2016 2:44 PM by Terrell P Salmon
16
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 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.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 4:31 PM by Bob Curtis, Almond Board of California and the CA Tree Nut Research & Extension Planning Group
17
Vertebrate pest management issues are particularly challenging for the pest management community. I believe that this CE Area Advisor on IPM Vertebrate Pest Management position is critical to address important and emerging issues as well as new strategies related to vertebrate pest control. I think this position is crucial for continued sustainable agricultural production in the state while also protecting food safety and our public infrastructure. Someone dedicated to addressing IPM vertebrate pest 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 pest 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 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.

Cathi Boze
Posted Jul 12, 2016 11:13 AM by Cathi Boze

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