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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

131 Urban Entomology Specialist - CNR

The Assistant CE Specialist in Urban Entomology will be expected to work with the UC and external networks to deliver an extension and outreach education program to urban pest management professionals (PMPs), pest control operator (PCO) companies, municipalities, school districts, housing / lodging management professionals, and extenders to the residential public; such as UCCE Master Gardeners and county environmental / public health employees. They will lead an applied research program that seeks to evaluate the efficacy of existing urban IPM programs as well as to develop new effective urban IPM strategies and tactics that minimize negative impacts to communities and the environment. Effective IPM programs are constantly evolving in response to changes in pest species composition, pesticide resistance developments, state and federal regulations, and new technology. Many urban IPM programs could be improved through the development and utilization of effective monitoring tools that help PMPs detect, identify, and quantify pest infestations. 

Proposed Location/Housing

UCB Dept. Environmental Science Policy and Management

Proposed Area of Coverage



Associated Documents



The Urban Entomology program from UC Berkeley has been critical in assisting with educating the pest management industry for decades. California is one of the most strict states when it comes to not only registering pesticides but applications laws for pesticides in the country, The need for education and training is critical. Our pest management professionals benefit greatly with having urban entomologists on staff at key universities such as Cal. As an industry professional and Board Certified Entomologist , I have leaned on UC B for support. If we loose this position, we will have to use out of state resources to educate our clients.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 5:27 PM by Sylvia Kenmuir
I am writing as president of the California Structural Pest Control Board. Our Board understands the importance of science based pest management to the people of California. The proposed Urban Entomology Specialist position is critical for conducting research and supporting industry and public access to the best methods for managing urban pests. The Board has a research fund that for years has supported research by UC scientists, and this position would be important for maintaining that partnership. In the last two decades UC scientists, including those from ANR, have made crucial contributions to addressing current and emerging pest problems, as well as mitigating the effects of pesticides on urban water bodies and reducing exposure of the urban population to pesticides. The vast majority of Californians live in urban areas which have unique and ever changing pest pressures, so it is very important for UC to provide strong support for urban entomology, including the proposed Urban Entomology position.
Posted Jul 10, 2016 7:10 AM by Dave Tamayo
The Urban Entomology Specialist position will be critical to California now and in the years to come. As President of the Pest Control Operators of California, I see the importance of independent research, development, and evaluation of Integrated Pest Management techniques and strategies. We need to continue to refine best management practices for many pests that affect California. More research and study of existing and new pests coming in to California will help to find effective pest management strategies that allow the control of destructive and harmful pests that damage property and endanger public health while also protecting the environment and the public from risks of improper or unnecessary pesticide applications. As the human population in California continues to grow, pest pressures will continue to rise and it will become increasingly necessary to have additional resources to help pest management professionals solve the pest problems of the future in the most efficacious and environmentally responsible fashion. The work of the UC Urban Entomology program has been important in the past and will be even more important in the future. For this reason, PCOC is strongly in favor of the continuation and growth of the UC Urban Entomology program.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 9:03 AM by Mike Bullert
I have been involved with the pest control industry since 1993. Currently I own a business in the Sacramento area that employs 25 people. We service commercial and residential accounts and 9 school districts that have over 300 schools combined. We are a QualtyPro Certifide company with addition certifications in Qualty Pro IPM for schools.

I have served on numerous committees for PCOC as well as the SPCB.

In my 23 years of service I have seen my fair share of programs and proposals that sounded good but resulted in little change.

This potential of this position seems self evident. There has been a tremendous amount of innovation in IPM over the last twenty years but there has not been a corresponding rising tide for all ships. We have a number of PCOs that are on the cutting edge of important improvements and we also have a larger number of PCOs that are entrenched in old habits and procedures.

If this position can effectively collect new strategies and widely disseminate that information amongst all PCOs then I think it may have more of an impact on this state than any other effort I am aware of.

I find it hard to believe that I am writing this but:

Would you please create this government job?

I think it has phenomenal potential.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 9:38 AM by James Steed
I am a second generation PMP with over 20 years experience in our industry. I feel this postion is vital to our industry based the innovation and evolution of Pest Management.

Each and every day pressure increases for PMP's to perform services that are safer for consumers and the environment. The work of the UC Urban Entomology program has been vital in the past to ensure we meet these criteria. This pressure will not decrease in the future! The UC Urban Entomology program has a great impact on our industry and more importantly protecting the public by developing BMP's.

California is a unique market and it's research should be done here. Our industry has thrived over the years by utilizing the pratices that have been developed and communicated by the UC programs. I am strongly in favor of the continuation and growth of the UC Urban Entomology program.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 11:04 AM by Mike McKenzie
The proposed position - Assistant CE Specialist in Urban Entomology is of great interest to the structural pest management industry. This position as described is designed to develop cooperative programs and use applied research to provide a positive impact on urban pest management practices. I expect that the Assistant CE position will provide real benefit not only to industry but to homeowners and residents in California by focusing on science to determine the best and most effective IPM strategies.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 11:51 AM by Pat Copps
With the anticipated retirement of Dr. Vernard Lewis at UC Berkeley, central and northern California will be without any cooperative extension specialists dealing with urban entomology issues. The proposed position will ensure that the industry, public and governmental agencies will be served in the future. Dr. Lewis has fulfilled an especially critical need within California in dealing with wood-destroying organisms, especially termites. The loss of his expertise will create a total void within the UC system, region and state. Dr. Lewis is the only termite specialist in the UC system and it is imperative that the future hire addresses this vital research and extension area. Each year hundreds of thousands of structures are inspected and treated for termites in California, generating thousands of inquiries from the public annually. The following table shows the number of inspections reports and completion notices filed in California for the past 2 years. If each completion notice averages about $1,000 (probably a conservative estimate), then in excess of $340 million dollars is spent by California residents controlling termites annually. This does not include all of the inspection fees that are typically $100-200.

Year # Inspection Reports #Completion Notices
2014 794,727 329,107
2015 823,154 341,829
California Structural Pest Control Board

Greater than 95% of the residents within California - more than 35 million - live in urban areas. With the loss of Dr. Lewis expertise, DNAR will only have one extension specialist devoted to insect and arthropod pests associated with human structures in California. It is simply insufficient to deal with the ever increasing urban population and their needs and problems.

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Posted Jul 11, 2016 2:54 PM by Dong-Hwan Choe and Michael Rust
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While several pesticide application methods (fumigation, local treatment, soil treatment, and bait) might be effective to achieve an immediate relieve from the termite pressure, more research / outreach certainly make the low impact management strategies effectively adopted for broader implementation.
In addition to termites and wood-destroying organisms, other emerging issues in urban entomology include urban invasive species, pesticide runoff and water quality, and green pest management. These areas promise future support for research and extension projects in the future.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 2:55 PM by Dong-Hwan Choe and Michael Rust

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