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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

056 Area Weed Advisor

This advisor position will provide weed management expertise and leadership for the cropping systems of Kern County and the southern San Joaquin Valley. The advisor will work primarily in Kern County, but will also be regional resource for weed-related issues in the surrounding counties. This advisor position will provide a regional weed science expert who can contribute to the Division’s statewide impacts through locally applied research and participation in the Weed Science Workgroup and Pest Management Program Teams. Growers, pest control industry personnel, and the UCCE network need a weed management advisor to provide locally-relevant expertise to address production efficiency, crop safety, and environmental issues related to economically and environmentally sustainable weed control in the production of horticultural and agronomic crops in the region.

Proposed Location/Housing

Kern County

Proposed Area of Coverage

Kern, Tulare and Kings Counties


Associated Documents



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 10:42 AM by Gary W. Van Sickle
The Western Region IR-4 Program facilitates the registration of sustainable pest management technology for specialty crops and minor uses. We rely heavily on a collaborative effort among UC ANR CE Advisors and Specialists to help identify and prioritize needs and projects for growers in order to enhance their pest management capabilities. Enhanced expertise in weed management of horticultural crops would support growers by providing input and guidance to the IR-4 program in the identification of appropriate registration projects for horticultural and other specialty crops of this area of the state.
Posted Jun 24, 2016 3:45 PM by Rebecca Sisco
- The California Tree Nut Research and Extension Planning Group representing the almond, pistachio, and walnut industries support this position and encourages ANR to fill it. There are no weed advisor positions in the southern San Joaquin and this position would provide much needed research in Kern and programmatic support to Kings and Tulare Counties which have over 330,000 acres of tree nuts alone. The position will provide an important and necessary programmatic link to statewide CE weed management efforts. The conditions in the area are unique, given the low precipitation and the increased use of saline ground water and increasing soil salinization. These create unique problems for weed control as well as unique research opportunities. Our concern with the position is that it covers weed problems in all crops in the area and this could be overly broad. Ideally, it should be two positions to cover perennial and row/field crops separately. Consequently, we give it a medium ranking but if the crop responsibilities were adequately delineated, we would have scored it high
Posted Jul 11, 2016 1:12 PM by Bob Klein, California Pistachio Research Board

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