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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

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 Location/Housing

Kern County

Proposed Area of Coverage

Kern, Tulare and Kings Counties


Associated Documents



The current soils and water advisor is great and has a great deal of influence on the community but a succession plan should be talked about as not only are the needs growing but the need will be continual.
Posted Jun 8, 2016 1:46 PM by Garrett Gilcrease
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.
Posted Jun 13, 2016 10:46 AM by Gary W. Van Sickle
The soils and water advisor is a key position to fill. Growers in the southern San Joaquin Valley are dealing with increasingly unreliable water supplies (which situation will become even more critical as groundwater sustainability is achieved), climate change, periods of drought, increasing salinity, groundwater contamination issues, rapid improvements in monitoring and irrigation technology and an increasingly demanding public and customer audience. Water and irrigation knowledge and skills will to a large extent determine the survival of these farmers over the next generation.

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.
Posted Jun 17, 2016 5:03 PM by Joe MacIlvaine, Wonderful Orchards
The soil and water position is very important.
past years drought has brought to the farming industry hi salinity issues ,adjusting our irrigation needs for all type of crops on these tough 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.
Posted Jun 18, 2016 11:09 AM by Joe Gonzales
I consider this position to be a high priority. Some of the current online resources are used on a weekly basis by many scientists and crop advisers. There is often collaboration between the private sector and this position. It is a critical position for Kern County and it's influence extends beyond the county. I fully support filling at least one position of this nature, and the area very likely deserves another similar position or two.
Posted Jun 27, 2016 2:12 PM by D. Ryan Dodd
As a manufacturer of irrigation management equipment, we have worked closely for many years with the current advisor and seen firsthand the benefits growers have received. Given the significant production this regions represents, maintaining this position with highly qualified staff is critical. With water supply and quality limitations continuing alongside groundwater sustainability efforts , maintaining the research and education efforts in this region is important. Newer and more sophisticated equipment will be coming to market in the coming years to improve water use efficiency. According to the recent USDA Farm and Ranch Survey, only 16.8 % of irrigated farms in CA use some form of soil moisture sensors to maximize water use efficiency and the advisor position is key to grower adoption and acceptance so the full benefits will be achieved.
Posted Jun 29, 2016 10:41 AM by Tom Penning
The Soils/Irrigation Advisor is an extremely valuable resource for us growers in Kern County. With the struggles of water supplies in this part of the state in combination with some of the most prime soils and climatic conditions for growing in the world....a soils/irrigation advisor is a necessary component of supporting production agriculture in Kern County. The challenges facing production agriculture over the next 40 years are daunting, but the resilience of growers in addressing these challenges is amazing. Most of this resilience is developed through means of advancement, education, and development of new and improved farming techniques. The advisors play a crucial role in building Ag's ability to survive and thrive for future generations to come.
Posted Jun 30, 2016 2:07 PM by Rob Goff
Part 1:

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.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 2:01 PM by Kern River Watershed Coalition Authority (KRWCA)
Part 2:

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.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 2:02 PM by Kern River Watershed Coalition Authority (KRWCA)
The California Tree Nut Research and Extension Planning Group representing the almond, pistachio, and walnut industries strongly supports this position and regard it as a high priority due to the importance of the subject, its broad coverage of crops, and the paucity of advisors who work in this research and extension area. There is currently a single advisor serving Kern County and the southern San Joaquin Valley and, when he retires, there is literally no one in the surrounding counties who can cover the vacancy in the short term. There are over 330,000 acres of tree nuts in the three counties (Kern, Kings, Tulare) covered by this proposed position. Given that this position is currently occupied, , this position could be potentially put off until the second half of the position releases but it needs to be filled this cycle. We have all used the expertise of the incumbent and we fully intend to utilize this position for critical research in water efficiency, salinity and salinization, and saline soils. The area covered by this position also faces numerous challenges in groundwater quality and management and this position is ideally situated to contribute to solutions for these problems. In the current Call for Positions, there are several other Cooperative Extension water/soil/plant specialists and an advisor position in the southern San Joaquin Valley is necessary to maximize the collaborative impact of these specialist positions.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 1:07 PM by Bob Klein, California Pistachio Research Board

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