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
130 Subtropical Fruit Crop IPM Specialist
This position will have statewide responsibilities in reducing the impact of arthropod pests in subtropical crops, and provide outreach to appropriate clientele to facilitate adoption of new science-based knowledge for integrated management of these pests. The citrus (300,000 acres, $2 billion, 24% of the nation’s crop) and avocado (60,000 acres, $400 million, 90% of the nation’s crop) industries are both facing severe disease threats. In the case of citrus, the Asian citrus psyllid vectors the bacterial disease huanglongbing and in avocados the polyphagous shot hole borer spreads a deadly fungus. An entomology specialist is need to research methods to control common pests, current threats, and new pests as they arrive as part of the integrated pest management program for these crops.
Department of Entomology, UC Riverside or South Coast REC
Proposed Area of Coverage
- CE Specialist in Subtropical Fruit Crop IPM (docx), uploaded 04/29/2016 by Michael Anderson
The California Avocado Commission representing California’s 3,400 avocado growers, depends on the UC IPM program for sound science-based pest control information to help our industry remain competitive and sustainable. The Commission has a long history of supporting research with IPM specialists to address all of our industry’s pest issues – from the well-established Persea mite and avocado thrips to new pests like shot hole borers and future pest threats such as seed weevils and avocado seed moth. Our industry is only aware of these potential pest threats through our ongoing cooperation with UC entomologists and specialists who are capable of identifying these pests and communicating their risk to our industry. The importance of this knowledge and the benefits it provides to our industry are incalculable. California’s commodities are under constant pressure from pests, disease, water supply and quality issues, and increasing foreign competition. Southern California’s subtropical fruit crops – primarily citrus and avocados – depend on the continued success of the UC IPM programs to remain viable so that we can continue to provide consumers with safe, wholesome California grown products.
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 and support a range of topics from export issues to new variety development to horticultural best practices to disease mitigation. Over the past nine years our focus has increasingly centered on ACP and HLB. Since 2007 we have spent over $18 million to combat HLB including early detection, HLB management and ACP control. The California citrus industry urgently needs a subtropical fruit crop IPM specialist to coordinate research and extension efforts against ACP and other invasive pests. UC Riverside has a long history of supporting the citrus industry, has a number of excellent researchers and Cooperative Extension agents working on citrus and is located near the center of the current ACP infestation in California. The California Citrus Research Board strongly supports the establishment and filling of this position.