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.
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:
- Strategic Initiative Leaders
- Program Team Leaders
- County and Multicounty Partnership Directors List
- Executive Associate Deans
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.
- 2016 Position Proposal Review Template (for use by approved review groups only; others use the public comments feature)
- 2016 CE Position Proposal Criteria
- 2014-2015 CE Advisor and Specialist Hires and 2016 Recruitments
- For CE programmatic footprint information refer to the Taxonomy and Personnel System
- 2016 CE positions flowchart(complete process and timeline)
If you have any questions, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez at (510) 987-0029 or email@example.com.
2016 URS Call for Positions
044 Area Soils/Irrigation Advisor
The focus of this position is soil and water limiting factors to crop production and irrigation management with an emphasis on permanent crops in Kern County and provide programmatic information and support advisors in Kings and Tulare Counties.
Agricultural production in Kern County exceeds $7.5 billion annually, second highest county in dollar value. Grapes, almonds, citrus and pistachios are the number 1, 2, 4 & 6 highest dollar-value crops. Agricultural production in Kings and Tulare counties totals $11.9 billion with $4.4 billion of that total from fruit and nut crops. Projects for determining optimal water and fertilizer use efficiency for multiple crops are underway which will also benefit air and groundwater quality. Working with agencies associated with surface and groundwater quality and quantity is particularly important.
Proposed Area of Coverage
Kern, Tulare and Kings Counties
- Brian Marsh - Main Contact
- Area Soils Irrigation Advisor (pdf), uploaded 04/25/2016 by Brian Marsh
We have been very fortunate to have had an excellent and hard-working advisor in place, and it is easy to point out the critical difference his work has made in leading the effort to optimize irrigation and water use over the past decades. It is essential that this position be filled with an equally dedicated individual to carry on this work without interruption.
past years drought has brought to the farming industry hi salinity issues ,adjusting our irrigation needs for all type of crops on these tough times.is very important.
we had had great success with our Advisor these past years he has advise us very well how to manage our soil and water he has went to great effort to produce a video on how to take soil samples properly step by step in detail.
our advisor has always trained us how important it is to properly manage our field control valves.
it very important for this advisor position be filled out.
The Kern River Watershed Coalition Authority (KRWCA) is writing in support of refilling the Area Soils/Irrigation Advisor position housed in Kern County. The KRWCA believes that this position should be viewed as a top priority for the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) program. The unique environmental conditions in Kern County such as low rainfall, limited or expensive irrigation water, and soil and irrigation water salinity issues require many expert resources for growers to address those challenges while maintaining profitable agricultural production. The KRWCA often receives positive feedback on the value and ability of the incumbent Area Soils/Irrigation Advisor to address many of these issues.
The Area Soils/Irrigation Advisor position is a critical resource for Kern County growers. According to the 2014 Kern County Agricultural Crop Report, the 2014 gross value of all agricultural commodities produced in Kern County was $7,552,323,690, which places Kern County as one of the top agricultural counties in the United States. The top five commodities in 2014 were grapes, almonds, milk, citrus, and cattle and calves. Pistachios are also a major crop. The gross value has been increasing since 2009 when it was under $4,000,000,000. The incumbent Area Soils/Irrigation Advisor provides outreach and many great resources on irrigation scheduling, nutrient and salinity management, soil moisture monitoring, energy and other input costs, and various other assistance that is critical to growers to maintain that productivity. Even during the recent El Nino year, Bakersfield only received approximately 5.47 inches of precipitation during the 2015-2016 California Rainfall Season, which was only 85% of the average amount of 6.47 inches (Steve Johnson of Atmospherics Group International LLC). Efficient irrigation, nutrient, and energy management are essential to profitable farming in Kern County, not a luxury.
It is not easy to successfully farm in Kern County, but through technical innovation and efficient practices based on expert knowledge, the county continues to thrive. Some of the credit for that must be given to the knowledge produced and delivered by UCCE and the Area Soils/Irrigation Advisor. The technical expertise, outreach at workshops, conferences, and to individual growers, in addition to the online resources that are available from the incumbent, are routinely used by growers, their advisers, consultants, and others. Considering the continued environmental and regulatory challenges growers in Kern County will undoubtedly face, it is imperative that this position and others like it be refilled during the upcoming funding cycle. Thank you for the consideration.