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
070 Animal Welfare for Communities and Production Systems Specialist
This specialist position will develop and extend science-based information on animal welfare issues that impact California’s livestock industries and associated agricultural communities, along with addressing the many concerns of welfare organizations and the lay public. California has been on the forefront of animal welfare issues that impact livestock industries nationwide. For example, demands to increase housing space for egg-layers, veal calves and sows; the selling of horses for slaughter for human consumption; the prohibition of tail docking in dairy cattle and sheep; and inhumane handling of non-ambulatory dairy cattle. The specialist will maintain and build strong partnerships within the ANR network, between the School of Veterinary Medicine and the large welfare program in the Department of Animal Science at UC Davis, and non-UC welfare and governmental organizations in order to develop and implement comprehensive animal welfare programs for livestock producers, agricultural activists, agribusiness, technical service providers, lay public, governmental officials, and representatives of non-governmental organizations. This position will be located in Veterinary Medicine Extension, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis.
Veterinary Medicine Extension, Department of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis.
Proposed Area of Coverage
Statewide (throughout California).
- Edward Atwill - Main Contact
- Specialist in Animal Welfare for Communities and Production Systems (pdf), uploaded 05/05/2016 by Edward Atwill
Food animal agriculture is a very important industry in the state of California. It has a large impact on the California economy and provides Californians with healthy food animal products that they enjoy from our local farmers. The average consumer is now 5 generations removed from the farm and knowledge of how their food is grown. Even in a large agricultural state like California, people that live in urban areas are not familiar with animal production. Consumers want to know where their food comes from, this is important to them and they deserve to know that the life animals had a life worth living before harvest.
The proposed position would help bridge the gap between consumers and farmers. People want to eat animal protein while having confidence in how that animal was raised. California is a unique state because of the large amount of animal agriculture, number one dairy state, in addition to having large trend setting urban areas.
Please support this proposed position to support animal agriculture by involving UC Davis research and outreach.
Elizabeth Cox, MS DVM
Executive Board Northern San Joaquin Veterinary Medical Association
Animal agriculture is constantly questioned about animal welfare from its consumers, and rightfully so. Producers and veterinarians often find it difficult to convey to the public how and why certain things are done the way they are. This position is essential to help bridge that gap.
Producers and veterinarians in California need common sense, practical, and lawful ways of caring for animals appropriately. For example, food animal producers and veterinarians have limited legal pharmaceuticals for reducing pain and inflammation in sick animals. These types of issues need to be addressed, and California is the state to make this happen. We are always on the forefront of issues relating to people and animals, and we are the number one agriculture state in the nation.
Distribution of scientific information to individuals involved in all facets of production agriculture is a core mission of University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE).
Personally, I see this position as step in the right direction for UCCE, as many other extension positions have become overshadowed by private industry and its research. This is one of the few positions UCCE can quickly emerge as a leader in the field and truly make a difference for veterinary medicine and production agriculture in California.
NMPF has heavily relied on the animal welfare expertise at UC Davis to support the Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) Animal Care Program. As a part of this program, we routinely have university and veterinary experts serve on various advisory committees that guide our program towards its goals of the continuous improvement of sound animal care practices grounded in science.
The FARM Program represents over 95% of the milk supply in the United States and we have found the expertise of positions similar to the one proposed to be invaluable.
With California as the top dairy state in the country, we feel that its influence will have the greatest impact on sharing dairy’s welfare message throughout the industry.
NMPF and the FARM Program are just two of the many stakeholders that would greatly benefit from this position and we feel it warrants full support.