2018 Call for Positions
ANR solicited proposals for Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor and specialist positions from January - September 2018. 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 is on hold; VP Humiston's announcement.
There was a new position development process – for the complete process and timeline refer to 2018 CE positions flowchart.
- It is designed to be a consultative process with opportunity for input from UC ANR academics and clientele/stakeholders.
- Those involved in position development are expected to take a collaborative approach and statewide perspective to identifying critical needs, and looking forward to emerging challenges.
- The goal is have a manageable number of priority positions proposed, relative to funding realities.
- The new process increases success rate for proposed positions given each group agrees on priority positions for submittal.
- The advisor and specialist processes each have three phases with groups working collaboratively to develop proposals, and reviewing earlier proposals to add proposals that they think are higher priority.
- Each proposal development phase is intended to include internal consultation and external input from ANR stakeholders. We expect and strongly encourage ANR academics to engage with external stakeholders, including commodity groups, cooperating programs, agency partners, community groups, and others to explicitly discuss priority needs to for positions. Groups of related program areas and campus-based departments should discuss and develop complimentary position proposals to strengthen the ANR network.
- You can communicate with the people who are able to submit positions and work collaboratively with them in these efforts.
- The proposals that didn’t make it in earlier phases could be picked up during the subsequent phases. They can be found on the proposal ideas web page.
Proposal Development Submittal Groups
Feb. 7 – May 15
Feb. 7 – May 15
May 15 – Aug. 1
Aug. 1 – Sept. 15
Submittal groups: Use the Universal Review System (URS) to create a proposal and upload a completed position template (Word .doc). Only one representative from each group needs to submit. You can access URS from your ANR Portal. Under Open Systems click on the "2018 Call for Positions." You can access your previous submissions under Universal Review System "Your Proposals."
- CE Advisor and Specialist Hires and Recruitments In Progress
- To-Be-Recruited positions (see Rounds 4 & 5)
- CE programmatic footprint maps: storymap and interactive map
- UCANRPersonnelApps Info.
- 4-H Advisors Map (1-8-2018)
- NFCS and YFC Map-Feb2018
- For other searches use the Taxonomy and Personnel System
- Main points from Feb 13 PT call
- Process orientation for Program Teams: https://ucop.app.box.com/file/285009806136
For questions, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez at email@example.com or (510) 987-0029.
Below are the submitted proposals. This online tool is searchable to encourage collaboration. To begin, please search through positions that are currently being proposed and contact the submitter if you are interested in collaborating or have questions.
To see proposed ideas that may not or did not move forward to submittal, click the sub page on the side navigation. These ideas may be further developed by later submittal groups.
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.