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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

083 Controlled Environment Systems Specialist

Competitiveness of California growers in the global marketplace requires adherence to plant production standards that result in high quality foods and other plant-based agricultural products. Market pressures include “locally grown,” and “pesticide free,” attributes that can be achieved using controlled environment systems with the latest innovations. Ornamental and vegetable greenhouse protected cultivation is currently growing rapidly. There is also currently expansion of indoor production without sunlight, where plants are stacked vertically and lighted with lamp systems. This CE Specialist would focus on both greenhouse (transparent structures, open systems) and indoor or fully enclosed (device-transmitted natural or artificial light, closed systems) plant production, working in areas of optimization of monitoring, automation, and control of variables and processes that drive plant production in protected cultivation. With a joint appointment in the departments of Plant Sciences and Biological and Agricultural Engineering, this CE Specialist would provide statewide leadership in the area of controlled environment systems and would support the research and extension needs of a growing and rapidly evolving sector of the California economy.

Proposed Location/Housing

Departments of Plant Sciences & Biological and Agricultural Engineering, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage



Associated Documents



This position would provide much needed applied research and extension expertise within UC ANR / UCCE. Controlled environment cultivation and food production activities are gaining ground; UCCE could benefit from having a person dedicated to this topic at the campus level, and that could provide direction and assistance to growers and advisors throughout the state. The economics associated with controlled environment production should also be considered. How might this position address economic research questions and needs *in addition to* questions and research needs for production?
Posted Jun 9, 2016 12:56 PM by Laura Tourte, Farm Management Advisor
Use of controlled environments for food growth, production, and post-harvest management is important to the longer term viability of our food system.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 4:51 PM by Carolyn Jones

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