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
113 One Health Specialist
This specialist will work with California livestock producers and human communities to mitigate threats and conduct targeted outreach and research on wildlife diseases important to livestock and public health. A significant proportion of infectious diseases in people are of animal origin and the majority of recent emerging infectious diseases impacting human and animal health are of wildlife origin. The specialist will work with diverse stakeholders to document wildlife disease threats, explore and develop measures to mitigate those threats, and engage in a high level of information sharing with key clientele such as livestock producers (in particular ranchers with grazing allotments and small to mid-sized producers), wildlife managers, wardens, county public health officers, park superintendents, and CA Dept of Food and Agriculture officers. The specialist will contribute to several ANR Strategic Initiatives: 1) focusing on known and novel diseases of wildlife will contribute to objectives surrounding Endemic and Invasive Pests and Diseases; 2) helping large and small producers better protect livestock from wildlife pathogen spillover will create more Sustainable Food Systems; and 3) improving management of wildlife in balance with livestock and public health will promote Sustainable Natural Ecosystems, especially with regard to land use and biodiversity in the face of climate change. This position will be in the Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center within the Department of Epidemiology and Medicine, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis.
Karen C. Drayer Wildlife Health Center, Department of Medicine and Epidemiology, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis.
Proposed Area of Coverage
Statewide (throughout California).
- Edward Atwill - Main Contact
- Specialist in One Health (pdf), uploaded 05/05/2016 by Edward Atwill
Wild / feral pig interactions with domestic livestock - risk of disease transmission to and from livestock.
Point Reyes National Seashore currently has tule elk sympatric with beef and dairy cattle. Johne's disease is present in elk and probably in cattle. National Park Service seeking solutions to growing population of elk, including potential translocation outside of park. Risks to domestic livestock as well as wild ungulates needs to be assessed.
California is among the world’s most ecologically diverse geographic areas, and its unique landscape is now home to 40 million people as well as hundreds of endemic, rare and endangered species amidst some of the world’s most productive farmland.
Dealing successfully with this matrix of competing needs is a daunting, and vital task. State and regional goals will need to be determined and addressed in many areas eg.: pan-species transmission of a long list of diseases to humans, livestock and wildlife is critical, as are other factors such as drought (& long term weather change) predation, urbanization and pollution.
My vision of the One Health Specialist position is that it will include the dissemination & stimulation of interdisciplinary science, truly innovative and effective strategies that address problems in a balanced manner, and regional focuses to refine & maximize
improvements that serve, people, wildlife, domestic stock and the environment.
I believe the needs of livestock and wildlife often come into conflict that could be avoided with education. I know from first-hand experience that predator-proof fencing can enable small ruminants to be successfully raised in mountain lion country.
I’ve raised South American camelids for 40 years and worked as journalist/author covering many livestock and wildlife issues in North and South America, Europe and Australasia for three decades. I also have worked in quarantines throughout the world and am familiar with the creation of protocols between countries aimed at preventing disease transmission to humans, wildlife & domestic species.
Cooperative strategies between professionals can be hindered by budget restraints, political shenanigans, and narrow job descriptions that do not allow comprehensive approaches. It is essential to address diverse variables such as regional zoning for appropriate land use, the support of anadromous fisheries, disease prevention, and the protection of wildlife, poultry and livestock in a way that addresses the needs of all.
Creating a position that allows the development of proactive rather than piecemeal responses to problems will provide a valuable resource for all parties interested in the health of California’s natural resources and animal inhabitants.
The HSWRI Ocean Health Program studies the factors that influence the health of marine animals and systems near our headquarters in California and in coastal regions around the world. Wildlife diseases, once considered of minor importance to conservation efforts, have become the focus of increased attention following an increase in morbidity and mortality events associated with specific agents (e.g., pathogens or toxins) or a general decrease in population health. Wildlife populations also can influence human and domestic animal health by spreading or serving as a reservoir for diseases such as leptospirosis, toxoplasmosis and brucellosis. The need for an extension specialist is great now, and can be expected to increase as the urban-rural interface in California expands.
Another unmet need is service to the developing aquaculture industry in California. Seafood is the world’s most important single source of high-quality protein, currently providing 16% of all animal protein in the human diet; globally, it is the world’s fastest growing food producing sector (FAO 2014). NOAA Fisheries’ recently-released Marine Aquaculture Strategic Plan (FY2016-2020) establishes a target of expanding sustainable U.S. marine aquaculture by at least 50% by the year 2020. California’s aquaculture industry is among the most diverse in the nation, varying from small family-run operations to large, sophisticated, research-and-production facilities, and production can be expected to increase as the demand for farmed seafood grows.