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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

067 Agricultural Acarology Specialist

This position will have statewide responsibilities in the management of mites that are key pests to ten of the top twenty agricultural commodities in California. Agriculturally important mite species include web-spinning spider mites, red mites, bulb mites, flat mites, bud mites, broad mites, as well as beneficial mites spanning 8 families and dozens of species. Research is needed on the basic biology of these mite groups and to develop methods of sustainable mite management for California crop systems. Mite species are as diverse as insect species and acarology is currently handled by UC entomologists on a part-time basis as the mites become important in individual crops. Impacts on agriculture would be greatly reduced by having a specialist focused on mite issues who develops expert knowledge, provides information in advance of issues, develops integrated methods of mite management and who can teach UCCE advisors and pest control advisers about agriculturally important mites and their control.

Proposed Location/Housing

Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center (KARE), Parlier, CA, and affiliated with the Department of Entomology, UC Riverside.

Proposed Area of Coverage



Associated Documents



The diversity of agriculture that surrounds the Kearney site brings a wide range of pest issues that have impacts upon the agricultural community and can influence the profitably and viability of speciality crop producers. Mites impact strawberries, cotton, citrus, tree fruits, almonds and many different vegetable crops, just to name a few of the crops this pest can impact and all of which are important to various farming operations here in the valley. Mite taxonomy and physiology is different than other insects and this specialist would work with established entomologists, plant pathologists and horticulturist at the Center to develop a robust program to address the biology and control of this particular pest.
Posted Jun 7, 2016 10:25 AM by Jeff Dahlberg, Director
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. In particular mites are a pest that cause problems to a number of specialty crops.
Posted Jun 13, 2016 9:49 AM by Gary W. Van Sickle
On behalf of the 3,500 California citrus growers represented by the California Citrus Research Board, we would like to express support for the proposed Agricultural Acarologist position. This statewide position based at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center addresses a major area of concern for the California citrus industry. Mites are a key pest of citrus production with infestation an issue both for domestic production and export. The California citrus industry is worth almost $2 billion with an export market valued in 2012 at more than $860 million, but in order to maintain and even grow these markets improved understanding of mites is needed.
The Citrus Research Program is the grower-funded and grower-directed program established in 1968 under the California Marketing Act and enables the state’s citrus producers to sponsor and support needed research. We provide over $7 million annually to fund needed research for the California Citrus Industry. We support a range of research projects of interest to the citrus industry that range from export issues to new variety development to huanglongbing eradication efforts to horticultural best practices. We interact with researchers on a daily basis and our research efforts would be complemented by the additional research and extension support a Kearney based acarologist could provide. A better understanding of basic biological and applied research studies could provide a sustainable management program that minimizes the effect of pest mite species while maximizing beneficial mite species. Kearney has a strong history of supporting entomological and postharvest research work and we have a number of citrus projects ongoing with researchers at this location. The California Citrus Research Board strongly supports the establishment and filling of this position.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 8:17 AM by Gary Schulz
The California Tree Nut Research & Extension Planning Group, representing the almond, pistachio and walnut industries (combined 2015 acreage exceeding 1.7 million acres) regards this position as a medium priority.

Mites are a key pest and issues like integrated management including predators, mite sampling and damage thresholds, assessing mite feeding on trees and crop yields, and miticide resistance management are important issues. However, in our crops there currently is an array of entomologists and Statewide IPM advisors addressing these and other key issues.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 4:54 PM by Bob Curtis, Almond Board of California and the CA Tree Nut Research & Extension Planning Group

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