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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

004 Area 4-H Youth Development and Animal Science Advisor

The 4-H Youth Development and Animal Science (YD-AS) Advisor will service the diverse and expanding youth Animal Science agricultural education program in San Mateo and San Francisco Counties and UC Elkus Ranch. YD-AS is a specialized field combining Youth Development and Animal Science to develop and deliver innovative urban-based extension and applied research focused around Youth Animal Science-based projects. This person will also serve as a resource to clientele inquiries in other Bay Area Counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, and Santa Clara, including other academics. A YD-AS Advisor will integrate key 4-H Youth Development principles of hands-on learning, positive youth-adult partnerships, developing life skills that enable youth to focus passion and energy on service to the community and environment while developing program that ensures best management practices for animal nutrition; promoting animal welfare; advancing pre-harvest food safety and bio-security; enhancing sustainable animal production; and ensuring sustainable use and management of environmental resources.

Proposed Location/Housing

UCCE San Mateo County at UC Elkus Ranch

Proposed Area of Coverage

San Mateo and San Francisco Counties primarily, with support to Santa Clara, Alameda, and Contra Costa

Contacts

Associated Documents

Comments

13 Comments

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Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC) strongly supports the proposed position of CE Advisor for 4-H Youth Development and Animal Science in the San Francisco Bay Area. SSMC is a grassroots nonprofit organization founded in 1992 and dedicated to the long-term health of our county. Our vision, mission and values are strongly oriented towards research, fact-based objectivity, balancing the "three E's: Economy, Equity, Environment" and making long-term sustainable decisions.

For over 100 years, 4-H has made a difference and changed lives through innovative programming building upon Cooperative Extension’s experience in agricultural and natural resource education. Through hands-on projects, 4-H youth and families learn scientific methods, develop resiliency, and foster the discipline and persistence that comes with hard work. Developing youth and families with these skills is essential for workforce and life development, and a critical aspect of supporting long-term sustainability. 4-H prepares future leaders for tackling the challenges of adapting to climate change, preserving working agricultural lands, and feeding a growing population.

4-H has built upon its agricultural research heritage and developed many Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math (S.T.E.M) projects - merging the unique assets in the Bay Area. Exceptional to San Mateo County are 5 urban, communal 4-H Farms and UC Elkus Ranch Environmental Education Center that provide unique learning laboratories for youth and families to engage in animal science projects, and learn about natural resource management. The new CE Advisor would support these unique learning opportunities by providing research-based expertise in the above areas, as well as in health, welfare, waste management and urban ag implementation.

We look forward to working the UCCE San Mateo/SF 4-H Youth Development and Animal Science Advisor to help educate stakeholders and future generations, and ensure a sustainable future.
Posted Jun 23, 2016 3:42 PM by Adrienne Etherton
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Peninsula Open Space Trust supports the addition of a CE Advisor for 4-H Youth Development and Animal Science. By providing hands-on educational programs, youth develop critical skills and gain knowledge that will help them in any future career, and gain a greater appreciation for the many benefits that local agriculture and the environment bring to the community.
Posted Jun 29, 2016 10:38 AM by Peninsula Open Space Trust
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On behalf of the County of San Mateo, I strongly support the proposed position of CE Advisor for 4-H Youth Development and Animal Science in the San Francisco Bay Area. I represent the Health Department for the county and consider this position critical to the success of our mission to promote health in San Mateo County.
For over 100 years, 4-H has made a difference and changed lives through innovative programming building upon Cooperative Extension’s experience in agricultural and natural resource education. Through hands-on projects, 4-H youth and families learn begin to understand how the world is put together, their place in it, and how their choices and decisions either improve or harm the earth and either improve or harm their health
Developing youth and families with these skills – is a critical aspect of supporting health in San Mateo County, and is essential for workforce and life development. 4-H programming prepares future leaders for making those important decisions about the stewardship of our planet.
4-H has built upon its agricultural research heritage and dedication to service learning by developing many Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math (S.T.E.M) projects merging the unique assets in the Bay Area. Exceptional to San Mateo County are 5 urban, communal 4-H Farms and the UC Elkus Ranch Environmental Education Center administered by the University of California that provide unique learning laboratories for youth and families to engage in animal science projects, horticulture, teamwork, and learn about how humans and nature interact, how to keep the environment healthy, how to keep plant and animal communities healthy, and how to keep themselves healthy. The new Advisor would be critically valuable because she/he could help us address the challenge of developing a future workforce and innovative leaders ready to face the serious issues of our time, one of them being keeping our remaining productive agricultural lands in production.
I look forward to working the UCCE San Mateo/SF 4-H Youth Development and Animal Science Advisor to enhance the viability and sustainability of this important segment of the San Mateo County economy.

Sincerely,

Scott Morrow MD, MPH, MBA, FACPM
San Mateo County Health Department
Health Officer
225 W. 37th Ave.
San Mateo, CA 94403
Phone: (650) 573-2519
Fax: (650) 573-2116
E-mail: SMorrow@smcgov.org
Website: www.smchealth.org
Posted Jul 5, 2016 5:43 PM by Scott Morrow
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I strongly support of the proposed position of CE Advisor for 4-H Youth Development and Animal Science in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a former member of 4-H, with dairy animal projects, I consider this position critical to developing the youth in all parts of San Mateo County. My experiences in 4-H led to a career in food processing, agriculture land conservation, and ultimately food acquisition for Second harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. I am a founding member of the San Mateo County Food System Alliance, which supports local sustainable food systems and works with U. C. Cooperative Extension in our County to achieve this objective.
4-H has made a difference and changed lives through innovative programming building upon Cooperative Extension’s experience in agricultural and natural resource education. Through hands-on projects, 4-H youth learn scientific agricultural methods, experience in public speaking, accepting challenging responsibilities, and fostering the discipline and persistence that comes with hard work. Developing youth and families with these skills – is a critical aspect of supporting youth in San Mateo and essential for workforce and life development. 4-H programming prepares future leaders for active participation in our society and successful participation in our economy.
4-H has built upon its agricultural research heritage and dedication to service learning by developing many Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math (S.T.E.M) projects merging the unique assets in the Bay Area. Exceptional to San Mateo County are 5 urban, communal 4-H Farms and UC Elkus Ranch Environmental Education Center administered by the University of California that provide unique learning laboratories for youth and families. The new Cooperative Extension Advisor would support these unique learning opportunities by providing research-based expertise in the above areas, as well as in positive youth development, animal science - health, welfare, waste management, urban ag implementation. The new Advisor would be critically valuable because she/he could help us address the challenge of developing a future workforce and innovative leaders ready to face the serious issues of our time.
Posted Jul 6, 2016 4:45 PM by Terrence P. witzel
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The San Mateo County Fair Livestock Advisory Group strongly supports the need for a 4-H Animal Science Advisor position in our area. The livestock exhibitors at the San Mateo County Fair play a key role in educating the public about raising healthy animals and producing a sound product for buyers at the Junior Livestock Auction.
We believe the addition for a 4-H Animal Science Advisor would enhance the animal projects in the 4-H program and bring the latest practices and knowledge to the youth, leaders and the public. The theme of our Fair is "Where Tradition Meets Innovation" and this is reflective of the challenges of raising animals in a suburban area. The youth in our area are raising animals on five communal farms and on ranches. The need for sound knowledge and guidance in best practices crosses this gamut of participants. This new position would enable us to further educate the thousands of annual visitors to our Fair.
We support the need for this role and believe it will enhance the impact of the livestock program in 4-H and at the San Mateo County Fair.

Sincerely,

Dana Stoehr,
Chief Operating Officer/ Fair Manager
650-574-3247

Kaitlyn Bailey-Findley
Assistant Fair Manager
650-574-3247
Posted Jul 7, 2016 8:11 AM by Kaitlyn Bailey-Findley
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I support the proposed position of CE Advisor for 4-H Youth Development and Animal Science in the San Francisco Bay Area. In fact, I would recommend more time to be allocated for Alameda County. Programs for Youth and Animal Husbandry were unavailable while my children were of an age to participate with them. We did volunteer at the Tilden Park Little Farm, however the 4-H model for raising livestock was not available. As a result, we provided home training with rabbits and chickens in our urban home. We would have liked our children to have had an opportuitny to raise larger livestock.
Posted Jul 9, 2016 4:46 PM by Theresa Halula
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Our San Mateo/San Francisco 4-H County Council enthusiastically supports funding the YD-AS position for our region. Our program serves about 1000 youth through our 4-H club and affiliated programs and we are aggressively expanding our reach. Unique to our region are five shared 4-H farms that connect our region’s youth, families, and communities to agricultural life. The YD-AS Advisor will support these resources as we extend our educational program.

Our region is a California microcosm, as it includes an economically and racially diverse population spread amongst high-tech hubs (including Menlo Park and San Mateo) and a strong agricultural coastal region. We are proudly building our 21st century program on 4-H's 100 year history of agricultural science. We do so by offering animal science projects (poultry, lambs, goats, swine, and beef) as well as robotics, computer programming, and other SET programs. Of course, we do this work while maintaining our long-term vision of developing youth leadership, citizenship, and life skills.

Animal science is critical for our success. Many of our youth learn things that they will not learn otherwise. Some are strong academic achievers who, uniquely among their peers, muck out stalls and care for livestock while developing a life-long appreciation for agriculture. Others live in agricultural communities and develop a deeper understanding of animal husbandry than they would otherwise. Many potential members live in underserved areas and we are reaching them through our community-garden-based Healthy Living Ambassador program with the goal of bringing them into our full 4-H program.

The YD-AS Advisor will be a great benefit to our extended 4-H program. That person can guide our animal-project leaders, integrate curriculum, help us bring animal science education to new communities, and serve as a liaison to U.C. Davis. We look forward to having this position funded.
Posted Jul 10, 2016 8:17 PM by Bruce Knoth
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I am writing on behalf of the San Mateo County Food System Alliance, who strongly supports the proposed position of CE Advisor for 4-H Youth Development and Animal Science in the San Francisco Bay Area. We represent a diversity of stakeholders across the food system in San Mateo County, and consider this position critical to the success of our food system in San Mateo County.

San Mateo County has 5 urban, communal 4-H Farms and UC Elkus Ranch Environmental Education Center administered by the University of California that provide unique learning laboratories for youth and families to engage in animal science projects, horticulture, teamwork, and learn about natural resource management, facility management, product marketing, and working collectively.

4-H brings us the critical, experiential education with life-changing experiences for children and their families. The new CE Advisor would support these unique learning opportunities by providing research-based expertise in the above areas, as well as in urban ag implementation, production management, and the contributing to the succession of farming in our county – a profession that is endangered when its youth are not interested in succeeding current generations of farmers. The new Advisor would be critically valuable because s/he could help us address the challenge of developing a future workforce and innovative leaders ready to face the serious issues of our time – both growing a viable agricultural enterprise as well as adapting to economic, environmental and societal pressures and demands.

For over 100 years, 4-H has made a difference and changed lives through innovative programming building upon Cooperative Extension’s experience in agricultural and natural resource education. Developing youth and families with these skills – is a critical aspect of supporting our local economy, health, environment, and agricultural base. Please support this position!
Posted Jul 11, 2016 10:17 AM by Genevieve Taylor
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As the coordinator for Elkus Ranch I was so excited to see the proposal for the CE 4-H and Animal Science position. It will be such a huge help to have an expert on hand to help Elkus and 4-H with best practices for livestock raising. The Elkus staff has for years struggled with many areas concerning our livestock and not having someone we could consult with. Many times we have asked for help from Davis vet school with little or no response. Our ranch foreman has the background in livestock, but we have been lacking the advance knowledge needed to keep up to date on best and safest practices. I am confident that 4-H can only benefit from having a local advisor that can fully concentrate on their programs, without having to juggle their time between different positions.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 2:34 PM by Leslie Jensen
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On behalf of the San Mateo County Farm Bureau we strongly support of the proposed position of CE Advisor for 4-H Youth Development and Animal Science in the San Francisco Bay Area. We represent farmers and ranchers in San Mateo County and consider this position critical to the success of our industry in San Mateo County.

For over 100 years, 4-H has made a difference and changed lives through innovative programming building upon Cooperative Extension’s experience in agricultural and natural resource education. Through hands-on projects, 4-H youth and families learn to work as a team, engage in public speaking, develop money management skills, take on challenging responsibilities, and foster the discipline and persistence that comes with hard work. Developing youth and families with these skills – is a critical aspect of supporting agriculture in San Mateo County, and is essential for workforce and life development.

4-H has built upon its agricultural research heritage and dedication to service learning by developing many Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math (S.T.E.M) projects merging the unique assets in the Bay Area. Exceptional to San Mateo County are 5 urban, communal 4-H Farms and UC Elkus Ranch Environmental Education Center administered by the University of California that provide unique learning laboratories for youth and families to engage in animal science projects, horticulture, teamwork, and learn about working collectively and product marketing. The new CE Advisor would support these unique learning opportunities by providing research-based expertise in the above areas, as well as in positive youth development, animal Science and urban ag implementation. The new Advisor would be critically valuable because she/he could help us address the challenge of developing a future workforce and innovative leaders ready to face the serious issues of our time in agriculture.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 2:56 PM by San Mateo County Farm Bureau
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For over 100 years, 4-H has made a difference and changed lives through innovative programming building upon in agricultural and natural resource education. Through hands-on projects, 4-H youth and kids learn to work as a team, engage in public speaking, develop money management skills, take on challenging responsibilities, and foster the discipline and persistence that comes with hard work. Developing youth and families with these skills – is a critical aspect of supporting agriculture in the bay area, and is essential for workforce and life development.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 4:58 PM by Humberto Izquierdo
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• As a Cooperative Extension volunteer, I have heard that there is a significant amount of interest, but need for increased support for urban 4-H programs on a peer-to-peer level. As a city employee, I know of several schools and community gardens that are engaging in animal husbandry activities, but have reported a need for increased support. There are many examples, but here’s one: A newly opened garden called the College Hill Reservoir Living and Learning garden intends to install chickens and rabbits in the garden, though the garden managers have told me that they need advice to ensure these animals are safely cared for. The don’t know where they can access support beyond researching, which may not be adequate to ensure animal safety. A 4-H advisor that can help them work with a youth population may help ensure that this programming becomes a reality.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 5:02 PM by Mei Ling Hui
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As the Environmental Science Educator at UC Elkus Ranch, I strongly support the addition of a CE Advisor for 4-H Youth Development and Animal Science in San Mateo County. Each year, ranch staff provide over 9,000 children and their chaperones with tremendous opportunities to see first hand how livestock are raised for food and fiber. While our staff work hard to present accurate information to the public, we occasionally find our own practices are out of date and/or not aligned with current research. Access to an advisor in this area and the potential research that s/he might conduct at the ranch will improve not only the content of our public education programs but also the management of our stock. We look forward to new professional development opportunities that can be translated into new programs for the public. There is also tremendous potential to engage additional youth through 4-H in all aspects of animal science with this kind of leadership and access to a working ranch. Imagine youngsters helping select replacement ewes for our breeding program and then showing and marketing their lambs at the county fair. Or youth conducting their own research around the nutritional needs of dairy goats in milk and publishing the results of their learning. The possibilities are endless and represent new and innovative ways to engage urban youth and adult volunteers in animal science through 4-H at Elkus Ranch.
As the ranch moves forward with facilities improvements including office space, renovation of the conference center and construction of new learning spaces for youth and adult programming, we also anticipate an opportunity to improve our livestock facilities. There is no better time to have input from an industry expert in how to create safe and accessible stalls, paddocks and pastures that will allow us to demonstrate how small livestock production operations can be run in a humane, sustainable and profitable manner.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 8:52 PM by Kathi Baxter

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