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.
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:
- Strategic Initiative Leaders
- Program Team Leaders
- County and Multicounty Partnership Directors List
- Executive Associate Deans
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.
- 2016 Position Proposal Review Template (for use by approved review groups only; others use the public comments feature)
- 2016 CE Position Proposal Criteria
- 2014-2015 CE Advisor and Specialist Hires and 2016 Recruitments
- For CE programmatic footprint information refer to the Taxonomy and Personnel System
- 2016 CE positions flowchart(complete process and timeline)
If you have any questions, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez at (510) 987-0029 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2016 URS Call for Positions
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.
Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center (KARE), Parlier, CA, and affiliated with the Department of Entomology, UC Riverside.
Proposed Area of Coverage
- CE Specialist in Agricultural Acarology (docx), uploaded 04/29/2016 by Michael Anderson
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.
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.