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
039 Area Silicon Valley Urban Agriculture/ Food Systems Advisor
This advisor will focus on an emerging rapidly growing food production system- the cultivation, processing and distribution of food in urban areas and related policy. The County of Santa Clara has adopted Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones which could create more than 1000 new urban agricultural parcels (
Proposed Area of Coverage
Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties
- Sheila Barry - Main Contact
- Open Space Authority support letter (pdf), uploaded 07/01/2016 by Katherine Webb-Martinez
- UA silicon valley (docx), uploaded 05/04/2016 by Sheila Barry
Jessica Schweiger, Urban Agriculture Program Manager, UCCE – Santa Clara County
Zach Lewis, Executive Director, Garden to Table (non-profit operating the Taylor St. urban farm in San Jose, as well as food justice/ food systems policy advocates)
Susan Ellsworth, Food Systems Specialist, Alameda County Resource Conservation District
Eli Zigas, Food & Agriculture Policy Director, San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (civic planning organization)
Sheila Golden, Regional Food Systems Manager at Community Alliance with Family Farmers (CAFF)
Lucy Diekmann, USDA NIFA postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Environmental Studies and Sciences, Santa Clara University. (Food systems researcher)
Rebecca Newburn, Cofounder of the Richmond Grows Seed Lending Library
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.
Lien Banh, Northern CA CE Coordinator, California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA)
As an important partner at Martial Cottle Park already, UCCE is providing programming to our visitors primarily with master gardeners, 4-H and composting. Small farm research will soon follow, and we, with our other partners Jacob’s Farm and Our City Forest, are looking for subject matter expertise in urban agriculture applied research in soil quality, integrated pest management, with appropriate cultivars et al.
Additionally, we are looking for this position to assist us in our community and school garden program, and local agriculture promotion as well as provide research advice to guide our department, local decision makers, community organizations and local government to develop and support policies of benefit to urban agriculture and accordingly to social, economic and health benefits to our community.
Stepping away from Martial Cottle Park and looking at the big picture in Santa Clara County, this position would play a significant role in examining the food system in the county as a whole and identify where we should be focusing our efforts in improving the overall health of our community.
While linked with our agrarian past, we’re moving into the future with urban agriculture and need the expertise to maximize the use of our resources. With our park open for a year now, there is no time to waste in getting this started.
Jamie Chen, Program Coordinator La Mesa Verde
- Interest in urban agriculture in the area is escalating.
- Given that Santa Clara is the heart of the tech industry, the Advisor would also be instrumental in aggressively engaging Silicon Valley in support for urban agriculture.
- With demand for housing and services in the South Bay reaching critical levels, there are many competing uses for land in the county currently. More research needs to be done to identify economically viable models for urban ag in the county.
- The success of future urban farming efforts will depend on defining the ideal policy environment to promote urban ag, as well as the economic, social, and political conditions of success. Such research will necessarily be collaborative and need to engage groups outside Santa Clara within the larger Bay area and State.
- Individual urban farms struggle with technical production issues, like pest and soil problems unique to urban areas; with finding the appropriate business model, marketing, distribution; and with complex zoning and regulations at both city and county levels, among other challenges. Many urban farms struggle with all of these issues while also providing education, training, and low-cost produce to some of the region's neediest households. Their value is thus not just measured by yield and income alone, but by social, economic, and health benefits to the community. The University of California can impact the sustainability of urban farming and the long-term presence of urban farms in Santa Clara county communities through research that improves the profitability or urban ag and quantifies the social, economic, and health impacts of urban agriculture for policy makers.
Joseph Deviney, Santa Clara County Agricultural Commissioner
our evolution as an urban agriculture organization in the Bay Area.