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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

119 Plant Parasite Nematology Specialist

In California, plant-parasitic nematodes cause extensive crop damage and yearly economic losses exceeding one billion dollars. Continued loss or restrictions on use of traditional chemical nematicides (e.g., fumigants such as methyl bromide, 1,3-D, and metam sodium) have placed growers of many crops in desperate need of alternatives, which now must be met by development of more sustainable management systems. This has led to new challenges and opportunities for less intrusive management. These approaches require increased understanding of nematode population ecology, host plant-nematode interactions, soil ecology and biology, and the genetic mechanisms of host plant resistance.

There is tremendous potential for this position to greatly impact the future direction of agriculture in California through significant reductions in the use of pesticides. For example, 30% of nematicide usage within the state has historically been for management of sugarbeet cyst nematode on cole crops in the coastal counties. Advances in nematode management on this single commodity would significantly enhance competitive, sustainable food systems. A Nematology Specialist located within the coastal counties or the Central Valley will be ideally located to develop sustainable management practices for important crops in these areas in collaboration with local UCCE Advisors.

Proposed Location/Housing

USDA-Salinas Facility or Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center (KARE) affiliated with the Dept of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage

Statewide with emphasis on coastal counties or the Central Valley


Associated Documents



Plant parasitic nematodes cause extensive damage to crops and with the continued loss and restriction of the use of traditional chemistries to control nematodes, farmers are in desperate need for alternatives which meet safety and sustainable requirements. KARE is home to current and historically important nematology research and would benefit from additional support of the program currently at the Center that would work more on annual crops that are significantly impacted by nematodes. This includes crops such as high value vegetables and fruits and various root crops. KARE is uniquely positioned in that many of these crops are grown in the surrounding area which provides for excellent field based and Center based research opportunities. Working to develop alternative strategies for nematode control would have tremendous impact on the future direction of ag production within the State.
Posted Jun 7, 2016 11:11 AM by Jeff Dahlberg
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, as the use of fumigants decreases there is a need for alternative solutions to control these types of pests.
Posted Jun 13, 2016 10:30 AM by Gary W. Van Sickle
The Western Region IR-4 Program funded by USDA NIFA and based at UCD facilitates the registration of sustainable pest management technology for specialty crops and minor uses. We rely heavily on a collaborative effort among UC ANR CE Advisors and Specialists to help identify and prioritize needs and projects for growers in order to enhance their pest management capabilities. Enhanced expertise in nematology would support growers by providing input and guidance to the IR-4 program in the identification of appropriate registration projects for specialty crops in California.
Posted Jun 24, 2016 4:14 PM by Rebecca Sisco

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