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
088 Economics of Sustainable Agriculture Management Specialist
Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, UC Davis
Proposed Area of Coverage
- Specialist in Economics of Sustainable Agriculture Management (docx), uploaded 05/04/2016 by Mary Delany
1. Funding agencies like USDA NIFA require economic analysis of project impacts on many funding programs
2. Economic analysis of alternative management systems is extremely important information to add to Extension publications and presentations. Industry members always pay better attention and ask more questions when we present cost data. A common question/comment is "The treatment works, OK. But what does it cost?" We need this position so that we can answer that question.
3. The cost and return studies are extremely important background information for writing papers and proposals and for our own education. For example we might consider suggesting a new soil treatment for strawberry - but we need to consider that we are putting at risk a crop worth $41,000 per acre. We need to keep financial risk to growers in mind always!! The cost and return studies help in this regard.
The job is never finished however as cropping systems change all the time!! Primocane blackberries, new cropping systems for raspberry and who is going to do the complex work of doing a cost and return analysis for strawberries produced in substrates under glass? This position will play a huge role in all of that.
Mark Bolda, Strawberry and Caneberry Farm Advisor
I would like to expand on a point raised by Steve: risk. Advancing technologies have made available new tools for decision making, such as predictive disease models, that are often based on probability. On their own, using formal models of risk probability to make decisions is a challenging task, but it is made more difficult when it needs to be incorporated into a cost-benefit analysis. I envision that the use of prediction and risk will only increase in the future, so a sound understanding of these topics and the availability of tools that implement them will be crucial for growers, industry, and research and extension alike.
In addition to use of predictive models, larger scale shifts in California agriculture that move away from short-term leasing arrangements are possible. For example, options to effectively manage soilborne pathogens are dwindling or are not cost effective depending on crop. It is possible that well-defined, long-term crop rotations that manage soil health are part of the answer to this problem. This position would be valuable in determining if and how such systems would be economically sustainable and in guiding transitions to this system. Regardless of the specific transition, factors including but not limited to climate change, water, labor, and land value are dynamic challenges that this position would be crucial in responding to.
I see this position as complementary to the proposed “CE Specialist in Information Systems & Data Analytics for Agricultural & Food Production” position.
Asst CE Specialist, Vegetables and Strawberry
Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology
University of California, Riverside