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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

102 Groundwater Quality Specialist

Groundwater is a critical resource in the state of California, and particularly in agricultural and rural areas. Domestic and most rural public water supply systems rely on healthy, high quality groundwater for drinking water. Agricultural production relies on high quality, low saline groundwater for about half of its irrigation water. Groundwater contamination from fertilizer (nitrate), pesticides, natural contaminants (arsenic, chromium-6, uranium, etc.), emerging contaminants in land application of urban or animal wastes (pharmaceuticals and personal care products, others) and salinization threaten the quality of groundwater supplies in rural and agricultural regions, with potentially costly long-term impacts on California's economy.

This CE program will support agricultural stakeholders, local, regional, state, and federal planning and regulatory agencies and decision makers, and communities in understanding groundwater quality. It will apply research to develop promising solutions to assessing, addressing, and preventing groundwater quality threats. It will provide education and decision support on groundwater quality, groundwater recharge, subsurface geochemical processes, and on occurrence and fate of contaminants. Research focused on measuring, understanding, and monitoring hydrogeochemical processes as they relate to agricultural and community activities, within a wide range of geologically heterogeneous and geochemically complex California aquifer system settings will be relevant to emerging groundwater quality issues. Examples include groundwater contamination from annual and perennial cropping systems, from animal farming, or from municipal areas; better understanding of occurrence of natural groundwater contamination and development of management approaches; determination of the impact of soil leachates and contaminants where groundwater recharge is practiced; mapping of denitrification and salinization potential; developing contaminant monitoring systems at local or regional scales; supporting domestic well monitoring programs, and developing appropriate remediation/remedial systems. Research would interface and support new state and regional regulatory and planning programs concerning nonpoint sources, rural community wastewater systems, irrigation wells, and rural and domestic drinking water systems.

Proposed Location/Housing

Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage



Associated Documents



While there are many competing needs for the valuable expertise of Cooperative Extension, all issues relating to groundwater in California make this proposed position one of the most important to help agriculture, local rural communities and the state achieve resiliency in a changing climate given our dependence upon groundwater.
Posted Jun 16, 2016 5:02 PM by Karen Ross
I believe it is critical we have a groundwater quality specialist in the University system. California has very large groundwater systems but much of the supply is of marginal use because of quality, especially salts and specific elements. We don't know enough about where and how such water can be used. The highest quality groundwater will likely to continue to go to human uses therefore the greatest challenge is to figure out how to use lesser quality sources by agriculture if agriculture is to continue to survive in California. The University must provide an active role in understanding groundwater quality so that California can thrive in an increasingly challenging global environment.
Posted Jun 28, 2016 9:56 AM by Sarge Green
California’s critically important groundwater initiatives, including the implementation of the 2014 Sustainable Groundwater Management Act; Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program; Dairy General Order; Recycled Water Policy and Salt and Nitrate Management Plans; planned Basin Plan Amendments; Impaired Drinking Water in Disadvantaged Communities; and Oil and Gas Production and Monitoring, coupled with changing climatic conditions are highlighting the need to fill the proposed position for a Groundwater Quality extension specialist. California’s future groundwater availability, including both quantity and quality, requires better characterization and prioritization of efforts to ensure sustainability. Decadal urban, agricultural and other land uses that have contributed to cumulative impacts of salinity and nitrate and the broad spread occurrence of synthetic organic chemicals and other constituents, along with elevated concentrations of naturally occurring physical and chemical constituents, place added stresses on the available supply. To fully address groundwater resource planning and management needs on local to regional scales, there is an urgent need for the continuance and expansion of groundwater quality research and other efforts that lead to a more comprehensive understanding of groundwater quality conditions that can inform innovative and effective sustainable management approaches. A key role for such a position would include facilitating public awareness of the importance of groundwater quality protection that is supported by regional collaboration and crosscutting efforts to reuse/reduce waste and approaches that consider ecologic, energy, climatic, food security and other effects (beneficial or detrimental) related to air, land, surface water, and groundwater. The proposed position is essential.
Posted Jul 2, 2016 1:35 PM by Vicki Kretsinger Grabert, Luhdorff & Scalmanini, Consulting Engineers
The California Tree Nut Research & Extension Planning Group, representing the almond, pistachio and walnut industries (combined 2015 acreage exceeding 1.7 million acres) rated this position high in priority. As part of the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program, at least as written for the Central Valley, growers through their coalitions are expected to fund research on which grower practices for key crops minimize the potential for unwanted compounds to leach into ground water. While the current program focus is on nitrates, salts are also on the horizon. Furthermore with the need to diversify the sources of water for irrigation, including using water that has been recycled in some fashion, research will be needed to ensure that nothing untoward makes if from those waters into the food supply and ground water. Thus, there is significant demand for research capacity in assessing the impacts of different grower practices and/or water sources on groundwater quality. Our one caveat is that many of the critical issues are in the San Joaquin Valley so consideration should be given to locating the position at Kearney Ag. Center or other SJV based ANR location.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 4:21 PM by Gabriele Ludwig

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