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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.

2016 approved CE 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:

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.

Relevant documents:

If you have any questions, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez at (510) 987-0029 or


2016 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2016 cycle.

Position Details

105 Insect and Mite Pests of Export Significance Specialist

This position is expected to provide statewide leadership in identifying and minimizing the impact of insect and mite pests of export significance in perennial crops. It will be located at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center (KARE). As world trade increases, international organizations are increasingly emphasizing biosecurity and regulating export pathways that potentially allow introduction of pests and diseases. Invasive pests continue to enter California at a rapid rate and fruit and nut disinfestation methods for these pests is critical to maintain export markets. In addition, registration and use of the fumigant methyl bromide has become more restricted, limiting its use for disinfesting agricultural commodities of insects and mites of export significance. New technologies are needed to respond to pests of quarantine significance for fresh market fruits and nuts. Research is needed to understand the taxonomy and basic biology of insects and mites of export significance in California perennial cropping systems and to develop a ‘systems approach’ of integrated methods of pre-harvest management and post-harvest disinfestation.

Proposed Location/Housing

Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center (KARE) and affiliated with the Department of Entomology, UC Riverside.

Proposed Area of Coverage



Associated Documents



California exports many of its crops and is a leading exporter and supplier of such agronomic crops like almonds, pistachios, alfalfa, stone fruit, and citrus. KARE is uniquely position to provide leadership in identifying and minimizing the impact of insects and mite pests of export significance. KARE has a strong history of this type of research and work with citrus and looks to build upon that experience. In the past, many pests were eliminated by a range of fumigants, many of which are now restricted, thus making the need for research on alternative methods for control extremely important. KARE has excellent post-harvest research facilities that will allow this position to develop the needed research and extension tools that will impact the Valley and the State.
Posted Jun 7, 2016 10:40 AM by Jeff Dahlberg, Director
The California Specialty Crops Council (CSCC), a 501(c) 5 non-profit organization, is a trusted source of field based information spanning horticultural crop production, pest management, food safety and stewardship activities in fruit, root, vegetable, vine and berry crops (fresh, dried, and processed). Our diverse partnership of ag organizations also includes beekeepers. Combined, CSCC growers generate $4.1 billion annually on approximately 522,000 acres of California farmland. Our membership strongly supports the establishment and filling of this position. Many of the problems and challenges facing growers, such as with pests, water, air, labor, marketing, crop care materials, etc., are beyond their control, but through research solutions can and will be found that will have a positive impact on the CA specialty crops industry. In particular, insect pests damage a significant amount of crops each year to specialty crops producers. We look forward to new research solutions to these historic problems that have cost our growers a tremendous amount of money each year.
Posted Jun 13, 2016 10:01 AM by Gary W. Van Sickle
On behalf of the 3,500 California citrus growers represented by the California Citrus Research Board, we would like to express strong support for establishing and hiring an Entomologist to study pests of export significance at Kearney. California produces more than 50% of the oranges and over 80% of the lemons, tangerines and mandarins exported from the US. In 2012, this export market was valued at more than $860 million. In order to maintain and grow these markets, California citrus growers need the best advice and assistance to control and eliminate pests of export significance. This statewide position is of strong strategic importance for California citrus.
The Citrus Research Program is a grower-funded and grower-directed program established in 1968 under the California Marketing Act and enables the state’s citrus producers to sponsor and support needed research. We provide over $7 million annually to address key issues for the California Citrus Industry. Just last year we spent over $500,000 to study postharvest and export issues in citrus. We work with a number of postharvest biologists to fight Fuller Rose Beetle, bean thrips and other insect pests that limit our expansion into export markets. But additional research and extension support, including this entomologist position is needed to better understand the basic biology of insects and mites of export significance and to conduct applied research to integrate pre-harvest management and postharvest disinfestation efforts. The Kearney Ag Center has a strong history of postharvest research and is located in the Central Valley near over 180,000 acres of commercial citrus. The hiring of an Entomology Extension Specialist would be a welcome addition to the California citrus research community. The California Citrus Research Board strongly supports the establishment and filling of this position.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 8:32 AM by Gary Schulz
The California Tree Nut Research and Extension Planning Group representing the almond, pistachio, and walnut industries support this position, albeit with reservations. From the tree nut perspective as dry commodities, our export pest concerns are usually solved by fumigation and the USDA-ARS labs at Parlier and elsewhere have served as well. However, our approach (and USDA-ARS programs) has focused more on fumigation rather than the biology of field pests and certification in the field or packing house prior to export where fumigation approaches may not be needed or appropriate. This position needs to be described more explicitly to stress the biological rather than the chemical approach to export pests so that overlap and conflicts with the excellent USDA programs can be avoided.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 1:20 PM by Bob Klein, California Pistachio Research Board

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