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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

129 Strategic Communication Systems Specialist

The Strategic Communications Systems (SCS) Specialist will develop a cutting-edge research and extension program applying social science perspectives to creating innovation systems for strategic communication of agricultural and environmental knowledge. The SCS Specialist will accelerate sustainable agro-ecological systems by capitalizing on innovation systems, social networks and new information and communication technologies (ICTs) like social media to change peoples’ thinking and behavior. The SCS Specialist will support and educate ANR professionals, and work with the diverse knowledge network of external stakeholders including government agencies, producer groups, nongovernmental organizations, consultants, etc. With a statewide mandate to facilitate collaboration and knowledge sharing across multiple groups, the SCS Specialist can help meet all of the key challenges identified in the ANR Strategic Vision 2025.

Proposed Location/Housing

Department of Environmental Science and Policy, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage



Associated Documents



Communication is essential for understanding agricultural challenges and diffusion of solutions. This process is an essential part of outreach and an important area of science in its own right. The proposed position fills an ANR gap of central importance.
Posted Apr 25, 2016 4:31 PM by Michael Springborn
As a social scientist working to develop extension programs in the private sector (Driscoll's) I see great value in this position. Today's agricultural extension systems are highly complex and growers access information from a diversity of network actors. The right social scientist will be able to give scientific insight into how this network can be leveraged and into the fundamental human behaviors related to extension - knowledge sharing, grower learning, and behavior change (practice adoption). Moreover, information communication technologies (ICT) offer themselves as powerful knowledge sharing tools with the potential grow the contact patch between science and practice. Positions such are on the leading edge and have the potential to amplify the good work being done by other Specialists and Farm Advisors.
Posted Apr 26, 2016 8:12 AM by Matthew Hoffman
So often the challenge in addressing agricultural and environmental problems isn't in creating new knowledge, it's in connecting the people who need the knowledge with others who already have gained it through research and/or experience. This specialist would be able to assist Advisors and other specialists learn best practices for connecting knowledge to practice rather than "reinventing the wheel" (or the wheel line).
Posted Apr 28, 2016 3:10 PM by Mark Brunson
As an agroecologist I can attest that tremendous innovation is occurring across California farmland from growers and ranchers eager to tackle multiple management goals in an increasingly regulated environment and shrinking resource base. Harnessing this knowledge and creating the network capability to foster farmer to farmer knowledge transfer is necessary to increase adoption and understand/tackle barriers. It is also critical to engage the general public in proposing a new narrative for California Agriculture and promoting system re-integration. An SCS specialist would also help us develop innovative and relevant research project and provide greater opportunities to our students to engage with the farming community in assessing the impact of agreocological management from the field to landscape scales.
Posted May 3, 2016 10:20 PM by Amelie Gaudin
I am glad to see this important social science position proposed, and I strongly support it. All our agricultural research and innovations are to no avail if they are not underlaid by effective two-way communications with growers throughout the process.
Posted Jun 2, 2016 4:11 PM by Amber Kerr
On behalf of the San Francisco Flower Market LLC and as President of the California Flower Mart Board of Directors, I would like to go on record that the proposed “Controlled Environment Agricultural Advisor position” be filled and based in San Mateo County. Although Controlled Environment Agriculture does not utilize many acres….its financial impact is HUGE! In 2014, this type of agriculture provided ~80% of
San Mateo County’s total Agricultural value of $152,000,000.

Public interest in sustainably grown locally-sourced food, flowers, and other plants is higher than ever, and demand in the Bay Area is especially strong for local agricultural and floricultural products. We need help in finding other floral, medicinal and food crops to grow in our facilities and continue to connect valuable and influential urban consumers directly to the bounty of California’s Agriculture.

Hydroponics is a great sustainable way to grow many vegetables and leafy greens. I currently grow hydroponic lettuce using only 5% of the water as traditional water. I believe this technology allows me to be 50 times more productive in terms of land use using no pesticides.

Cornell and Arizona is where we must go for advice on Hydroponics. Lets make the University of California the go to place for expertise in controlled environmental growing!!

Posted Jun 11, 2016 11:51 AM by Steve Oku, Pres San Francisco Flower Market

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