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.
04 Horticulture and Specialty Crops Advisor
Humboldt and Del Norte Counties have numerous vegetable, fruit, and ornamental growers who grow in climates more common in Oregon than California. The North Coast hosts a nationally important bulb and lily industry. Del Norte County produces 95% of the nation’s Easter lily bulbs. There are numerous opportunities for collaborative research that address the North Coast’s unique coastal climates and highly productive soils, which are well suited for small scale producers, and niche marketing. There are research needs into emerging specialty crops (e.g. cold hardy citrus, quinoa, grape varieties, wasabi, etc.), organic production systems, new varieties for existing crops, and pest management issues. The region’s young producers, along with socially disadvantaged and underserved Hispanic, Native American, and Hmong agricultural entrepreneurs, seek extension support. This position will oversee the Master Gardener Programs in Humboldt and Del Norte and may affiliate with the Vegetable Crops Program Team (PT) and Environmental Horticulture PT, State Master Gardener Program, and the Small Farm Workgroup (WG), among others. This position is critical and widely supported by these PTs and WGs because there is extremely limited agricultural expertise in the North Coast, with no personnel from Humboldt State University or community colleges in the area, no pest control advisors, no crop consultants, or CE farm advisors within a 3-hour (to Humboldt) to a 5-hour (to Del Norte) drive of this region. The Humboldt and Del Norte CE unit has historically had horticultural experience and there is a significant capacity gap created by the 2017 retirement of the past Plant Sciences advisor. Additionally, the Del Norte office has not had an advisor located in that office since 2010.
Humboldt-Del Norte Counties
Proposed Area of Coverage
Humboldt and Del Norte
- Yana Valachovic - Main Contact
- Proposal Document - Embedded (pdf), uploaded 10/29/2019 by Christopher Hanson