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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

084 Cooperative Extension Specialist in Water Resource Economics and Policy

The Cooperative Extension Specialist in Water Resource Economics/Policy shall provide leadership throughout the state to facilitate teamwork and develop collaborative research programs among colleagues and universities, government agencies, environmental groups, and private industry with a focus on promoting sustainable and cost-effective strategies for addressing water-related issues, in particular water scarcity, water quality, drought, and flooding. The Specialist will also provide technical support to other specialists, extension advisors, state and local environmental officials and stakeholders. The technical support will be in areas such as urban water conservation programs including alternative pricing structures (e.g., budget-based rates and drought pricing) and rebate programs (e.g., turf removal); direct and indirect potable reuse; cost-effective water pollution regulation; landscape irrigation efficiency; design of enforcement and monitoring strategies; incentives for the adoption of best management practices. This policy-oriented individual will have expertise in water conservation, urban water use, wastewater reuse, storm water management, or a related field. A Ph.D. in environmental and/or agricultural economics, environmental sciences, environmental management, urban planning, or a closely-related field with a background in water management and/or resource conservation is required.

Proposed Location/Housing

This position will be located in the School of Public Policy at UCR.

Proposed Area of Coverage



Associated Documents



This position will be useful in leveraging the lessons learned from innovative pricing policies that have implemented by several Inland Empire water suppliers. At Riverside Public Utilities (RPU), a central them of our long-term vision for water resiliency includes developing pricing schemes that encourage efficient use of water. Collaboration with UCR to gather best practices and utilize thoughtful approaches to efficient water pricing would be very useful to RPU. I fully support the creation of this position as this will increase the collaboration between RPU and UCR.
Posted Apr 24, 2016 1:26 PM by Girish Balachandran
This position is an extremely important step designed to enable the UC system to assist local, regional and state agencies to better transition to the reality of the new water normal in California. The emphasis on the economics of water is crucial as water agencies are not recovering their costs of service, damage public relations by asking customers to save water only to raise rates. When coupled with public policy, conservation, economic research urban and agriculture emphasis, this position can be a significant asset to local, regional and State water agencies, and is a role that UC can best play for the highest benefit for California. I strongly agree with US Extension's determination to development of this position and believe it would create a tremendous asset for the University and water providers throughout the state. Our agency, the Inland Empire Utilities Agency, would certainly utilize the credible expertise this position would provide for the water community across the state. We support the creation of this position and would look forward to working with the UCCE expertise in this endeavor.
Posted Apr 25, 2016 6:50 AM by Tom Ash
The Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority with its five member agencies, incentivizes water districts and departments to migrate to Budget Based Rates by paying $250K of the cost. The program has been well received but it is clear that adoption of this sort of rate structure is critical statewide if California is going to come to terms with a drier, hotter future. This Coop.Ext Specialist is sorely needed statewide to share information, and understanding. This role is at the heart of the traditional Coop Ext work and the need ihas never been more important.
Posted Apr 25, 2016 4:33 PM by Celeste Cantu
This sounds like a very important and timely position. Water policy in California has profound impacts on growers, but many aspects of our current policies are not efficient, not evidence-based, not sustainable, and ultimately not fair to the diverse users of California's scarce water resources. It sounds as though this Specialist will be very valuable in synthesizing information across different regions of CA, assessing what works well and what doesn't, and charting a future policy course that allows CA agriculture to remain productive in an increasingly water-constrained future.
Posted Jun 2, 2016 4:15 PM by Amber Kerr

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