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
035 Area Plant Science & Local Food Systems Advisor - Central Sierra MCP
The advisor will serve clientele in the Central Sierra Multi-County Partnership (El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne counties) with a disciplinary focus on horticultural crops including; tree crops, vegetables, fruits, berries and ornamentals. The advisor is responsible for the assessment, development, implementation, and evaluation of educational and research programs that will have significant impacts to the agricultural economy contributing to the sustainability and competitiveness of local agriculture. This position will assist farmers, processors, and marketers to make a profit in local agriculture while promoting sustainable practices. The advisor will collaboratively develop and disseminate science-based practices for farm innovation and adoption, including niche and organic production, marketing, resource sustainability, and appropriate-scale equipment and technology. The advisor will also work with producers to expand their role and contribution as foundational members of the area’s food system and community. The position includes providing academic oversight of the five Master Gardener (MG) programs consisting of 300 volunteers throughout the region, educating home gardeners.
The Central Sierra region consists of over 2,800 farms (2012 USDA Ag Census) that range in size from a sub-acre to a few hundred acres. Farmers grow a multitude of crops year-round with the majority sold at farmers markets, roadside stands, community supported agricultural programs, grocers, restaurants and other retailers. Over the past 15 years there has been a significant increase in the number of small farms throughout the region. Clientele include paraprofessionals lacking agricultural experience that have relocated to the region to start a new agricultural enterprise, while others are young beginning farmers. Often both groups lack horticultural or agricultural training and rely heavily on the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) for expertise in determining what is appropriate to grow profitably. Another significant issue facing Central Sierra small scale farmers is access to reliable pest management information. Nearly all the farms are owner operated and apply their own pest control products. There is a lack of local professional agronomy and pest control advisor services, making the demand for scientifically accurate pest management information from UCCE crucial.
The area has also seen a significant increase in niche food production, such as apple cider, craft beer, distilled spirits, and other value added products. As a result, there has been interest in further expanding agriculture crops needed for these products. These crops are more economically viable and as a result, farmers not being familiar with them, are asking cooperative extension for cultural advice to grow them. With the adoption of the California Cottage Food law in 2013, individuals can now prepare and/or package certain non-potentially hazardous foods in private-home kitchens referred to as “cottage food operations” (CFOs). Local farmers as well as non-farmers have shown great interest in cottage food products and the advisor would be the conduit for expanding this enterprise.
This position will also work in the area of Food, Human Nutrition and Health. Throughout the nation, state and region, consumers are becoming more aware of our food system and are demanding greater access to local food. The advisor will work closely with local farmers, agricultural marketing programs including El Dorado County Farm Trails, Farms of Amador, CalaverasGROWN, Farms of Tuolumne County, and the numerous Farmers Market organizations in the region to assist producers and consumers in supporting local and regional food systems. The advisor will reinforce the vision of a California agriculture in which small farms remain dynamic, viable components of their communities. A key factor in keeping local farmers sustainable is keeping them profitable. The advisor will work with local growers and agricultural groups to help develop more market channels, diversify cropping systems and evaluate value added products.
For the full Position Justification (2 pages) see the below link under Associated Documents.
Central Sierra MCP - serving El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne counties. Position will be housed in Amador or Calaveras.
Proposed Area of Coverage
Central Sierra MCP - serving El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne counties.
- Scott Oneto - Main Contact
- Area Plant Science & Local Food Systems Advisor, Central Sierra Multi-County Partnership (pdf), uploaded 05/05/2016 by Scott Oneto
Not only that, the advisors have become part of a symbiotic team within and without the agricultural industry--a very valuable service which helps to ensure thriving crops and the economic and social benefits that ag provides.
The demand on the advisors has increased, along with the complexities of crop management due to drought conditions, pesticide use and other factors that agriculturists must keep apprised of. Having the appropriate ratio of coverage is critical to ensuring healthy crop growth.
El Dorado County Farm Bureau appreciates the work and ensuing benefits derived from all Central Sierra UCCE advisors and their supporting entities.
The El Dorado Winery Association representing over 40 wineries in El Dorado County strongly supports filling the position of Fruit Plant Science/Food Systems Advisor for the Central Sierra region.
As the renaissance of the grape and wine industry in our county has built into a major contributor to our region’s agri-tourism success, we as growers have relied heavily on the expertise delivered by the UCCE. Currently, however, the Central Sierra region, where we all farm, is underrepresented in UCCE positions.
By having a UCCE Specialist in Plant Science/Food Systems, our industry can continue to succeed and grow. This position is critical to our members’ abilities to meet the challenges we face in emerging issues, agricultural productivity, and sustainable production of our crops.
As new growers and established vineyard owners alike search for up-to-date information on everything from water conservation techniques to appropriately battling a new pest, having a UCCE Specialist familiar with our region and its unique aspects is paramount to the continued success of our agriculture. And with the ever-present risk of losing prime agricultural land to construction, the health of our agricultural community maintains our region’s rural identity.
We fully support the position of a UCCE Specialist Plant Science/Food Systems Advisor in our region, and we look forward to working with the individuals hired.
Sincerely, Carey Skinner
President, El Dorado Winery Association
Thank you, Greg Boeger