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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

115 Orchard Systems Specialist - Northern San Joaquin & Sacramento Valleys

Orchard production systems employ thousands of Californians, generate billions of dollars in revenue, enhance consumer health and quality of life, and occupy vast acreages of high quality farm land across our state. California fruit and nut industries face increasing production costs due to land, labor, fertilizer and fuel. There are also increasing environmental challenges associated with energy, water, fertilizer and pesticide use as well as water, air and soil quality concerns with current management practices.  Recently there has been increasing pressure on farmers to address all of these challenges simultaneously with increasing attention being paid to maintaining or enhancing environmental quality as well as economically producing and marketing the crop.  This requires a systems approach and statewide leadership from UCCE.  The research and extension programs of this CE Specialist will help growers and industries assess the impact of current orchard crop production practices on land, labor, energy and water use as well as overall environmental quality, and focus on the development of more sustainable production systems.

Proposed Location/Housing

Department of Plant Sciences

Proposed Area of Coverage

Statewide with emphasis in the Northern San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys


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 4:07 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 10:21 AM by Gary W. Van Sickle
I have recently retired but have been working with the advisers who work with these crops for the past 35 years. During that period the number of specialists working with these crops has been reduced from 5 to essentially 1. These crops are economically the most important in the state and almost the entire cadre of advisers working with these crops will be recent hires in a few more years. If ANR does not fill this position in the next year they should be considered to be negligent and incompetent!
Posted Jul 9, 2016 11:57 AM by Ted DeJong
The California Apple Commission supports the need for an orchard specialists. This position will assist in bringing continuity and cooperation between farm advisors, campus researchers, and apple producers. With California being the sixth largest apple producer and third largest apple exporter, it is vital that the industry have the available tools to address the many challenges they face. Environmental, pest and diseases, soil, labor, and drought are just a few of these tests the industry faces day to day, while still trying to produce a high quality product.

On behalf of the California apple industry, the Commission strongly urges to fund this important position so we may continue to find solutions to the many trials apple producers face.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 10:21 AM by Alexander J. Ott - Executive Director, California Apple Commission
The California Cherry Board represents over 600 cherry growers and 40,000 producing acres. It is imperative that the Orchard System Specialist position is filled as this adviser would not only serve in a capacity to address production and pest management issues, but also to act as liaison between the cherry industry, the University of California, and other agricultural specialists in other cherry producing counties in the state. The Orchard System Specialist position bridges the gap between the work of the cherry research community, UC, government and regulatory agencies and the growers. This position has not been filled in 12 plus years. It is critical that the California cherry industry have support from this specialist to bring continuity back to the cooperative infrastructure of the UC adviser, research and specialist system.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 4:49 PM by Nick Matteis
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 tree fruit crops in the Northern San Joaquin and Sacramento Valleys, 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 114 (Specialty Crop Horticulture Specialist) 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.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 5:37 PM by Bob Curtis, Almond Board of California and the CA Tree Nut Research & Extension Planning Group

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