2018 Call for Positions
- #12 Production Horticulture Advisor, San Diego County
- #42 Agronomy Area Advisor, Merced County
- #54 Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor, Siskiyou County
- #58 Nutrition, Family, and Consumer Sciences Area Advisor, San Mateo-San Francisco Counties
- #62 Vegetable Crops and Small Farms Advisor, Riverside County
- #66 Pomology and Water/Soils Area Advisor, Kings County
In the fall of 2019, UC ANR embarked on the 2019 reconfirmation process. VP Humiston asked UC ANR programmatic groups (listed below) to reconfirm the 2018 CE position proposals list -- in order to fill a limited, small number of CE positions. She asked if there were higher priorities/critical needs/emergency gaps that weren't on the 2018 list of 46 but should be? Those were added to this web page at the end of November 2019, using the template and criteria below. Any 2018 proposals that needed significant revisions were updated and re-posted below.
- Any proposal numbered above 46 was 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 was already under recruitment.
From January - September 2018 initiated the 2018 CE position call, soliciting proposals for Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor and specialist positions. The call aimed to identify positions for strengthening and rebuilding the ANR network to address programmatic gaps and emerging needs. Due to the budget situation the release of approved positions was on hold until the fall of 2019; VP Humiston's 2018 announcement.
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.
UC ANR also continues to pursue non-traditionally funded positions as a complimentary strategy to grow the programmatic footprint. As of January 2020, UC ANR developed funding partnerships to deploy $2.7M in non-traditionally funded positions: 9 academics and 14 programmatic staff. There are UC ANR resources on:
Proposal Submittal Groups
For questions, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez at firstname.lastname@example.org or (510) 987-0029.
2018 URS Call for Positions
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
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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.
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