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
122 Ruminant Animal Nutrition & Behavior Specialist
This position will develop an applied research and extension program that discovers how to link ruminant animal nutrition and foraging behavior to conserve and enhance the provision of ecosystem services in California’s grasslands, shrublands and forested systems including managing fuel loads, biodiversity, soil carbon, invasive plants and sensitive wildlife habitat. This position also will identify how agricultural by-products can be incorporated into land management to optimize how grazing animals can benefit ecosystem function and how livestock producers can incorporate agricultural by-products from California’s diverse commodity-base to buffer effects of extensive drought, wildfire and land-use change on the availability of critical forage.
This position will create essential knowledge and provide urgently needed academic expertise to UCCE livestock and natural resource advisors throughout the state, the beef cattle, sheep and goat industries, as well as the array of conservation groups, land management agencies, fire safe councils, state and national agricultural agency leaders focused on protecting ecosystem function and using ruminants as tools to mitigate ongoing environmental change.
Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
Proposed Area of Coverage
The position would be housed at the Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center. Primary research and extension efforts would occur at the Center. The geographic focus would be statewide with other livestock and natural resource advisors and specialists. The issues defined in the project summary are relevant on a statewide bases. The position would offer research and extension opportunities across the state as well.
- Roger Ingram - Main Contact
- SFREC Ruminant Animal Nutrition & Behavior Specialist (pdf), uploaded 04/25/2016 by Roger Ingram
Over the years Glenn Nader and I have lamented that in California the UC Extension Service has not yet been able to fill a position with a person with similar discipline and philosophy as Fred. The effort to finally establish this position is greatly needed and appreciated.
The various systems in which I graze my animals are very complex, and the work to perfect various grazing strategies requires a broad knowledge of multiple disciplines. A person with the ability to link the various disciplines with both specific intensive core knowledge as well as extensive wisdom to grasp multiple disciplines is paramount to what we might achieve going forward. We need someone who can grasp and articulate the information as this area of animal husbandry continues to gain strength. The UC has an opportunity to participate in leading this effort if it will hire a person with these abilities.
Please regard my comments as very strong support for this much needed position!!!!
TCA believes that the Ruminant Animal Nutrition and Behavioral Specialist position would greatly benefit livestock producers in Placer and Nevada Counties. The research and education program would provide relevant information on ruminant nutrition; relating that information to grazing on range, shrub land, and forest lands; and using crop by-products as part of a nutrition program, especially during periods of drought.
The focus on animal behavior, supplementation strategies, grazing management, and the use of crop by-products will benefit cattle and all other livestock producers in the area and across the state.
Locating the position at the Sierra Research and Extension Center will allow access to resources and the ability to conduct cutting edge research and education in these areas.
It will lead in development of the knowledge base that will revolutionize the use of grazing animals to shape ecological benefits for society.