2018 Call for Positions
From January - September 2018 ANR solicited proposals for Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor and specialist positions. The 2018 call aimed to identify positions for strengthening and rebuilding the ANR network to address programmatic gaps and emerging needs. Due to current budget situation the release of approved positions was on hold; VP Humiston's 2018 announcement.
In the fall of 2019, Vice President Humiston asked UC ANR programmatic groups (listed below) to reconfirm the 2018 CE position proposals list -- anticipating being able to fill a limited, small number of CE positions. She has asked if there are higher priorities/critical needs/emergency gaps that aren’t on the 2018 list of 46 but should be? Those will be added this web page at the end of November 2019, using the template and criteria below.
- 2019 Reconfirmation Process
- CE Position Proposal Template
- CE Position Proposal Criteria
If any 2018 proposals need significant revisions/updates the most current versions will be resubmitted and posted below.
Proposal Submittal Groups
Below are the submitted proposals.
- Any proposal numbered above 46 has been submitted as an emergency gap proposal during the 2019 reconfirmation process.
- The following proposals were updated as part of the 2019 reconfirmation process: Advisor #'s 1, 4, 5, 8, 12, 42; and Specialist # 35.
- # 18 Wildlife Management Area Advisor is currently under recruitment.
For reference, 2018 new CE position development process: flowchart
To see the 2018 proposed ideas that did not move forward to submittal, click the sub page on the side navigation. These ideas could be further developed by later submittal groups.
For questions, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 987-0029.
14 Specialty Crops Advisor
Specialty Crop Farm Advisor will be responsible for developing and conducting a rigorous and innovative research and extension program in Sonoma, Marin and Napa counties focused on high value specialty fruits, vegetables, olives and olive oils, specialty grains, and cut flower production that contribute to food security and viable local economies. These counties are home to pioneering, progressive, and successful small organic operations. In the position headquarters, Sonoma, there are over 800 small-scale commercial farmers who grow olives, tree fruits, nuts, berries, vegetables, herbs, cut flowers, and other specialty crops on about 10,000 acres. In Napa and Marin Counties, specialty crop production is also on the rise, with a combined 1,500 acres and additional 50 growers for this advisor to work with and serve. This position will assist farmers, processors, and marketers make a profit in local agriculture while promoting sustainable practices.
Advisor will work with the burgeoning new and beginning farmer demographic; with active members in direct marketing channels such as Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), farmer’s markets, institutional purchasers, grocery stores and farm-to-school programs. The Advisor will collaboratively develop opportunities for innovation and adaption of niche production and marketing, resource sustainability, and appropriate-scale equipment and technology. The Advisor will also work with these rural and peri-urban producers to expand their role and contribution as foundational members of the area’s food system and community. The position will manage the Sonoma County Master Gardeners program; with over 300 volunteers, educating home gardeners about pest management and good cultural practices. The advisor will interact with supporting units, including multi-county areas, the Agricultural Production Management Systems and the California Communities and Food Systems Program Teams along with Statewide Master Gardener programs.
Proposed Area of Coverage
Sonoma, Marin & Napa Counties
- Stephanie Larson - Main Contact
- Proposal Document - Embedded (pdf), uploaded 05/11/2018 by Stephanie Larson
22 Comments - Post Comment
are viable with our climate & perhaps even could be ‘dry farmed’, etc, Thank you.
I teach Sustainable Agriculture at SRJC and Native Plant Restoration at SSU and the UCCE has been an incredibly valuable resource for me as an educator and for students looking to learn from our land grant institutions.
Feel free to contact me for further discussion: 707 548-6061
Buyers are asking for locally grown grains,non-cannabis medicinal herbs and ranchers need help with growing their own feed.
There is abundant need for a Specialty Crops Advisor and I hope this position will be approved and filled soon.