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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

114 Orchard Specialty Crop Horticulture Specialist

California is well known for production of major tree crops such as almonds, walnuts, pistachios, peaches, nectarines, plums, prunes, and apricots.  However, there are numerous “specialty” fruit crops that occupy smaller acreages but nonetheless provide significant production value as well as culinary diversity to the portfolio of California agricultural crops.  Crops such as figs, pomegranates, persimmons, olives, blueberries and kiwifruit are receiving increasing consumer interest but have never received a comparable amount of research or extension attention. These specialty orchard crops also face increasing production costs due to land, labor, fertilizer and fuel as well as increasing environmental challenges associated with energy, water, fertilizer and pesticide use and water, air and soil quality concerns . In addition to the common pressures among specialty and major orchard crops, specialty crop producers also lack access to a broad base of horticultural knowledge and research experience accrued from decades of concentrated research on the major crops.  This statewide CE program would be expected to conduct horticultural research and extend derived information to help orchard specialty crop growers better understand and manage their crops and decrease the impact of production practices on land, labor, energy and water use.  In addition to helping develop more sustainable production systems for figs, pomegranates, persimmons, olives, blueberries and kiwifruit (and perhaps other minor pomological crops), it is envisioned that this specialist would play a lead role in providing leadership for the UC Fruit and Nut Research and Information Center. 

Proposed Location/Housing

Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage



Associated Documents



The California fruit and nut industries, including dried plums, are extremely important to the world consumption of these commodities. Ever changing production requirements, environmental and regulatory conditions make this position very important to these industries to stay economically competitive and provide the superior quality it has been providing to the consuming public. The leadership of the Specialist position will be critical to the future of these industries in California.
Posted Jun 12, 2016 4:06 PM by Gary Obenauf
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.
Posted Jun 13, 2016 10:19 AM by Gary W. Van Sickle
On behalf of our nearly 400 cling peach grower-members, we urge the University to fill this Orchard Specialty Crop position at UC Davis. CA is the leading peach growing state in the country and our industry has a long affiliation with varietal research work being performed at UC Davis. Our industry continues to deal with cost challenges and must find additional mechanization options to offset future labor cost increases. Having more University support for peach growers will be a critical component to our industry's future in California.
Posted Jul 6, 2016 3:14 PM by Rich Hudgins, President & CEO California Canning Peach Association
These comments are in addition to those submitted under position 116 Orchard Systems Specialist- Southern San Joaquin Valley (comment #6) by Joe Grant and Dave Ramos. To reiterate, the California Tree Nut Research & Extension Planning Group, representing the almond, pistachio and walnut industries (combined 2015 acreage exceeding 1.7 million acres) supports this position and regards it a medium priority for us.

The focus of this position will be on several minor specialty crops, but we recognize its importance to us from the standpoint there are now only two tree crop specialists, Louise Ferguson and Bruce Lampinen, and soon to be one with Louise’s retirement. Frankly, we are well below a critical mass for specialists serving California tree crops and not filling this position, as well as 115 (Orchard Systems Specialist - Northern San Joaquin & Sacramento Valleys) and 116 (Orchard Systems Specialist - Southern San Joaquin Valley), would continue to dilute the current deficient focus on tree crop research and extension, including California tree nuts.

Another positive for this position is it will provide leadership for the UC Fruit and Nut Research and Information Center. The Center is an extremely valuable technical resource for our crops and the public.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 5:31 PM by Bob Curtis, Almond Board of California and the CA Tree Nut Research & Extension Planning Group

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