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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

071 Annual Croppping Systems Weed Management Specialist

The annual vegetable and fruit cropping systems of inland California account for nearly all of the carrots, processing tomato, garlic and a sizable portion of the melons and onions produced in the US and these crops are largely grown in rotation with cereal grains and forage crops. Weed management is a key production concern and economic limitation in the annual cropping systems of California and the practices used to control weeds (herbicides, fumigants, tillage, and labor) are also among the key economic, environmental and social concerns in the region. This CE Specialist position will provide statewide research and extension leadership for weed management in the rotational fruit/vegetable/agronomic crop systems of the Central Valley. The CE Specialist will take an integrated pest management (IPM) approach to managing weeds using chemical and non-chemical techniques that decrease weed competition, minimize environmental impacts from weed control practices, and reduce the economic costs of weed management in these cropping systems.


Proposed Location/Housing

Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage

Statewide with emphasis on crop systems of inland California


Associated Documents



The Western Region IR-4 Program funded by USDA NIFA 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 weed management of annual vegetable and fruit cropping systems would support growers by providing input and guidance to the IR-4 program in the identification of appropriate registration projects for these and other specialty crops of this area of the state.
Posted Jun 24, 2016 3:59 PM by Rebecca Sisco
The California Alfalfa & Forage Association represents hundreds of alfalfa and forage growers in the state. There is a tremendous need for this position in the weed science area. We have not had a weeds specialist on alfalfa for several years. I believe most of the CE advisors in this role have retired. An expert in weed management in alfalfa and research in this field would be extremely beneficial to the alfalfa and forage industry.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 3:44 PM by Jane Townsend/California Alfalfa & Forage Association
Weeds limit crop productivity and decrease production efficiency in every crop and cropping system. However, tactics used to manage weeds have large economic and environmental costs both locally and statewide. These are exactly the kind of on-the-ground issues that can be addressed by applied research and extension efforts. The need for weed science expertise in the state is growing due to significant Advisor and Specialist retirements in this program area. For example, retired CE Specialist Tom Lanini, who worked in the vegetable crop part of this position, delivered around 25 extension presentations annually during his career and authored/edited/reviewed many of the weed sections of ANR publications while maintaining a relevant, industry-supported applied research program. On the agronomic crops side, UC has not had a statewide weed specialist in agronomic crops since the mid-1990 when CE Specialist Mitich retired. However, a cadre of agronomic crop Advisors has largely covered weed science needs in this area for several decades, but most of these people are at or near retirement age. Central Valley production of annual fruits and vegetables grown in rotation with cereals and other agronomic crops has serious weed management and weed control-related environmental issues. A statewide weed specialist position in this area would fill a critical gap in the ANR network and deliver relevant and applied information to a high profile and visible portion of California agricultural and non-ag stakeholders. The UC Weed Workgroup ranked this as our highest-priority position.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 6:04 PM by Brad Hanson
When proposed in 2014, this position was strongly supported by individual farmers and Farm Advisors as well as by groups including: the UC Vegetable Crops Program Team, the UC Agronomic Crops Program Team, the California Tomato Research Institute, the California Wheat Commission, and the California Alfalfa & Forage Association.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 6:12 PM by Brad Hanson

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