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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


2016 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2016 cycle.

Position Details

048 Area Urban Backyard and Community Poultry Advisor - Bay Area

The Bay Area Urban Backyard & Community Poultry Advisor will develop and conduct an innovative applied research and broad based extension program on backyard (BY) poultry flock husbandry in the San Francisco Bay Area. These San Francisco Bay Area counties have large and growing populations of BY poultry with minimal resources to address issues related to husbandry, food safety, welfare, nuisance issues and disease management.

Proposed Location/Housing

Alameda County

Proposed Area of Coverage

The Bay Area Urban Backyard & Community Poultry Advisor will serve Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Mateo and San Francisco counties, also serving as a Northern California backyard and 4-H/FFA/Master Gardener/Composter/Preserver volunteer poultry resource.


Associated Documents



On behalf of the California Poultry Federation (CPF) and the California Poultry Health Board (CPHB), we support the need to fill additional urban backyard poultry advisors in the proposed area of coverage in the position details. CPF represents all meat-type commercial poultry producers in the state to ensure our producers put out the safest product available for consumers. In addition, we are concerned with the the protection, biosecurity and animal welfare of these meat-type birds. The CPHB manages the National Poultry Improvement Plan in the state, and this includes operations from larger commercial producers down to backyard flocks owners. Backyard flock owners are hungry for information on how to raise healthy birds, including disease management, animal welfare and more. We hold about two workshops per year around the state. In March 2016, the first workshop in an urban area was held in Oakland and was a great success, not only in the number of attendees, but the many questions and interest in the raising of birds. Backyard Biosecurity education is a high priority message we always emphasize, as the majority of small flock owners do not understand the relationship between their birds and the commercial industry. I have worked with UC Davis Poultry Extension vets extensively in the planning of the backyard workshops. Also, UCANR is a great help with reaching out to the public, and those groups they work with, to promote workshops. I have a small flock NPIP program which has quadrupled in size in just the last 2-3 years. More and more people are raising chickens for table-eggs primarily, but also for breeding purposes. The number of members in the CPHB program is only a teeny-tiny tip of the iceberg of those backyarders we know are out there. And they need help. It is my hope you seriously consider fulfilling this position for a poultry advisor in the Bay Area.
Monica Della Maggiore
CA Poultry Federation
CA Poultry Health Board/NPIP Administrator
Posted Jul 5, 2016 11:25 AM by Monica Della Maggiore
the interest in raising back yard chickens has grown significantly with more and more folks giving it a try. Many folks don't realize all that is involved and don't know much about chicken behavior and welfare. We advise citizens as time allows but it would be fantastic to have an expert that we could refer people to as needed.
Posted Jul 5, 2016 12:30 PM by Amelia Funghi - Manager, Berkeley Animal Care Services
The number of urban families raising chickens has grown significantly. Many of these small flock farmers have little information about poultry diseases, proper housing for poultry, breed selections and sanitation. These family farmers sell eggs to neighbors, give away or trade birds with friends and butcher birds at home. Public information on these topics is needed to help manage these birds. I have not seen any surveys detailing the growth of the increase of urban poultry farming, but my observation of anecdotal information suggests it is significant, and may be as high as a chicken house on every four urban residential blocks. That could be a lot of birds. Let's count them.
Posted Jul 9, 2016 4:53 PM by Theresa Halula
As a horticulture professor and long-term, suburban backyard poultry owner, I am very aware of the recent dramatic upswing in interest in backyard poultry. There are local challenges that are very different from those faced by agricultural operations that require expertise, including soil and water management, pest control, diet, predator barriers and harvesting.

Backyard hens have become very popular, without much oversight or access to research-based resources. Questions are frequently posted on local social media, with answers based on say-so, and frequently incorrect. An advisor who can provide accurate information and minimize concerns would be a tremendous asset to the Bay Area community.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 10:25 AM by Bethallyn Black
As a farmer, lawyer, and urban farmer working with underserved youth, I urge you to fill the Bay Area Urban Backyard & Community Poultry Advisor position. I know that we would seek their advice and information, and I know at least several dozen other backyard farmers and enthusiasts that feel the same way. Raising poultry is an important step in engaging our youth and local community into the larger food movement and developing a deeper appreciation and understanding about where our food comes from and the importance of healthy, good food to our communities. I urge you to please fill this position.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 11:31 AM by James Conger
There is a tremendous amount of energy around urban agriculture in the Bay Area, including around animal husbandry. A UC Extension staff person could provide valuable technical assistance to city farmers and gardeners who are raising poultry without much previous experience. Such a position would help connect residents with UC Extension's extensive experience and knowledge in this area of agriculture.

Eli Zigas
Food and Agriculture Policy Director
Posted Jul 11, 2016 12:07 PM by Eli Zigas
The Pacific Egg & Poultry Association (PEPA), representing "egg farmers" throughout California would like to comment on the need to hire a Bay Area Urban Backyard & Community Poultry Advisor. The California Department of Food and Agriculture has registered over 877 egg farms in California. Of the 877 farms approximately 777 are small backyard flocks. Providing backyard flock farmers with animal husbandry expertise in the areas of welfare, production, biosecurity and disease control helps to decrease the possibility of food pathogen issues (Salmonella) arising, in addition to, helping to protect all chickens from exposure to highly pathogenic diseases such as avian influenza. The general populace of California is the number one consumer of eggs in the United States. Hiring a backyard advisor is a win win for the egg and poultry consuming public as well as all egg and poultry farmers. Thank you for your consideration of PEPA's request. Best regards, Debbie Murdock/Executive Director
Posted Jul 11, 2016 3:33 PM by Debbie Murdock
I am writing in regards to the Farm Advisor position that is being looked at by the UC Cooperative Extension Agriculture. We have been part of the urban farm movement for the past 15 years here in the lower Alameda County unincorporated region. Through programs initiated by the community and local supervisors we have created the need for more management and guidance of the urban farming operations. The Farm Advisor position would create opportunity for administrative support. Urban Farming is growing at a large pace in the ways of educational farms, community gardens, CSA's and food based incubator business'.

Please consider the importance of the Farm Advisor position. We also wanted to comment and support the creation of the below positions.

1. Specialty Crops Farm Advisor
2. Landscape Horticulture Advisor
3. Controlled Environment (greenhouse) Advisor
4. Area Urban Backyard and Community Poultry Advisor

Thank You for your consideration.

Rick Hatcher
Posted Jul 11, 2016 4:19 PM by Rick Hatcher DBA EDEN| URBAN FARMS
I am writing in support of the Bay Area Urban Backyard & Community Poultry Advisor. Over the last several years there has been an upswing in backyard poultry keeping. Having research-based information via the Poultry Advisor made widely available to local keepers is imperative to the health and well being of both the animals and the community at large.

Dawn Kooyumjian
Master Gardener Program Coordinator
Alameda and Contra Costa Counties
Posted Jul 11, 2016 4:54 PM by Dawn Kooyumjian
The number of urban families raising chickens has grown significantly significantly in California and the nation. The rise has been driven by desire to know where you food comes from. Many of these families have little information about poultry diseases, proper housing for poultry, breed selections and sanitation. Public information on these topics is needed to help manage these birds in a proper, safe and humane way.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 4:54 PM by Humberto Izquierdo
There is a growing interest in keeping egg-laying birds in backyards and as part of commercial operations, either through selling chickens directly or through including the eggs in meals. There are no resources within our county to advise operations on safe practices, but there is a huge amount of interest. This needs gap represents a potential public health issue. This may be the most important suggested role on this list. I am personally approached for information on egg laying birds weekly, but do not have the expertise to help. This is a very high priority role for our county!
Posted Jul 11, 2016 5:05 PM by Mei Ling Hui
As District Conservationist for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Contra Costa County I work closely with agricultural producers in Contra Costa. I rely heavily on the partnership and expertise the UCCE employees provide to this counties agricultural community. An Area Urban Backyard and Community Poultry Advisor is necessary to address the increasing demand for current and scientifically sound information for poultry operators. We need continued access to that expertise in order to survive and be competitive with other regions/growers.

I am optimistic this position will be regarded as necessary for Contra Costa and Alameda Counties.

Hilary Phillips, District Conservationist
Posted Jul 12, 2016 6:36 AM by Hilary Phillips

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