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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

107 International Agricultural Extension Specialist

While an important component in supporting California’s agriculture, agricultural extension is receiving increased attention globally, as national extension services in developing countries have largely disappeared.  With ANR’s rich history of extension (based on the land grant system), there has been increasing interest in the agricultural extension model of California and ANR. The International Agricultural  Extension Specialist position is sought to pursue research and outreach in International Agricultural Extension – making a solid link between ANR Extension and developing countries around the world. The position would be expected to provide input into project design and preparation, collate and develop best practices of extension and training materials, design and implement extension training and project activities overseas and share lessons learned through a multitude of communication channels within ANR. This extension position will interact closely with staff of the International Programs Office (IPO) of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis, and partner with CE specialists and county farm advisors throughout the state. The end result will be a stronger more globally engaged ANR playing a stronger role in developing models of Agricultural Extension, worldwide.

Proposed Location/Housing

Department TBD, in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage

Statewide and international


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A nice idea but UC positions should be for helping California growers before devoting time and limited money to help developing nations. UC AID offers opportunities for Specialists and Advisors to work overseas if they want to help.
Posted May 10, 2016 10:08 PM by none
A position in International Agricultural Extension, honorable as its intentions may be as it will serve people in great need, does not address the mission of the University of California Cooperative Extension, which after all is to enhance the quality of life and the environmental and economic well-being of the citizens of California through research and education.

Additionally the optics of placing a position focused on international agriculture within UCCE are not good for us at the local level. The commodity board of one of the crops I am assigned to regularly questions the value of our organization, even blasting UCCE in public as “having turned its back on California growers.” A position oriented to growers overseas will only aggravate these attitudes towards us.

Mark Bolda, Farm Advisor, Strawberries and Caneberries
Posted May 17, 2016 7:36 AM by Mark Bolda
Although I am sympathetic to the views of the other two commenters who rightly point out that UC Cooperative Extension should focus on California, I think it is important to keep in mind that this is only 1 out of 138 proposed new positions. It is hard to quantify the benefit to UCCE and to California of doing international development work and outreach, but I think the benefits are real and long-term. Aside from the obvious benefits of technology transfer for the developing countries involved, this sort of work can generate positive publicity for Cooperative Extension, and potentially also bring benefits back to California in the form of new ideas and techniques from overseas, plus valuable experience for the staff involved. (California has already learned a lot from other countries, such as Israel and Australia, about how to manage drought; we no doubt also have much to learn from developing countries.) I was very impressed by a recent presentation about UC Davis' "Afghan Ag" program ( in the International Programs Office, and I expect that someone working on similar topics in UCCE could achieve similar benefits.
Posted Jun 2, 2016 4:29 PM by Amber Kerr
UC ANR and UCCE at the campus and local levels already have a notable dearth of specialists and advisors that are able to conduct applied research and extension activities for the people of California. The idea may be worthy of consideration. However, perhaps non UC ANR / UCCE campus departments may be better placed to consider a position or project such as this? The focus of UC ANR / UCCE positions should remain on local and statewide priorities in an era of constrained budgets and significant research and extension needs.
Posted Jun 9, 2016 1:26 PM by Laura Tourte, Farm Management Advisor
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 does not support the establishment and filling of this position. Priority needs to be given to positions within California that will provide solutions through research for California's specialty crops producers.
Posted Jun 13, 2016 10:10 AM by Gary W. Van Sickle
This is a very interesting proposal. I very much understand concerns raised by some of the other commenters. However, I believe that such a position, due to its direct activity or the relationships/goodwill it develops, would have direct benefits to UC ANR and California agriculture in several ways:

1. My read of the description is that the main focus will be helping others in ANR with international activity. Are ANR advisors and specialists not already engaged in this kind of activity? This position would increase the efficiency of some activity that ANR is already doing.

2. Does the definition of ‘developing’ include Mexico? At least a few California-based companies are continually expanding their operations in Mexico.

3. If this position will do some food safety work on crops imported to the U.S. I believe that alone is sufficient justification for this position.

4. Breeding programs could benefit from increased access to germplasm or from locations at which to evaluate germplasm.

5. Organisms invasive or potentially invasive to California could be detected or identified early. Additionally, this position could increase capacity to conduct research on invasive organisms in their native range. But this person should be sure to decontaminate when crossing borders :).

6. Export issues, such as pesticide residue or pest/pathogen infestation of shipment, could be directly or indirectly addressed by this position. As developing countries develop over the long-term, new export markets could be more easily accessible due to activities of this position.

7. To add to what Amber stated: a) granting agencies are a potential consumer of increased publicity; and b) potential influxes include intelligent and motivated people that would make direct contributions to California, even if they do not permanently relocate here.

Alex Putman
Asst CE Specialist, Vegetables and Strawberry
Department of Plant Pathology & Microbiology
University of California, Riverside
Posted Jun 24, 2016 9:15 AM by Alex Putman

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