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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

073 Applied Entomology Specialist for Crop Systems

The Cooperative Extension Specialist in Applied Entomology for Sustainable Agriculture in Crop Systems will act as a statewide resource on ecologically-based pest management to develop and extend management strategies that can reduce pesticide use in agriculture in order to enhance competitive, sustainable crop production systems, primarily focusing on crop systems in the Central Coast and Northern California. This will include work on conservation, augmentation and classical biological control, insect-plant interactions, landscape effects on arthropods, invasive species and natural enemy biology, and the use of least-disruptive insecticides, sex pheromones and/or synthetic plant volatiles. The position is timely as farmers are increasingly interested in the use of ecologically-based pest management strategies as a response to a variety of pressures – including consumer demands for sustainable and safe food and the need to reduce the environmental impacts of agriculture.

Proposed Location/Housing

UCB Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management

Proposed Area of Coverage

Central Coast and Northern California


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As today’s growers face increased regulatory and environmental requirements and fierce global competition, the need to be more productive and cost efficient while limiting dependence on natural resources has never been greater. Pest management remains a major cost component in all orchard systems and one that growers want to manage effectively and efficiently. Buyers and consumers are placing more scrutiny on the use of synthetic pest control materials and their indirect impacts (real or perceived). The benefit of maintaining the research conducted by an Applied Entomology Specialist (AES) is highly important to help balance the needs of all stakeholders.

The recent investment in the county advisor positions has provided many industries with a robust base of localized research and outreach. An AES would be a natural, and logical, compliment to furthering the research aimed at improving crop production while enhancing the use of new technology and enhanced sustainable practices. California’s acreage of fruit and nut crops continues to expand, which results in the need to diagnose and understand new pest interactions. AES’s have worked extensively to prove and refine control methods which have resulted in meaningful and economically beneficial outcomes.

AES fill an important role with necessary grower outreach that allows for the implementation of new materials, practices, and technologies. Only when the practices are implemented do growers, processors and consumers experience the compounding benefits of the research. As VP of Grower Services at Diamond Foods (large walnut processor) and part of a small, specialty fruit farming operation, I have been involved with the research, the grower-cooperators and the handling of the resulting crops. I have experienced the positive impact that is generated by the work of AES’s. These are a few of the many reasons why Diamond has a long history of support with AES’s and why this position is highly worthy of funding.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 3:34 PM by Eric Heidman
Successfully controlling insects in a safe, responsible, and economical manner is a HUGE challenge. An outstanding and practically minded Applied Entomology Specialist will be a big help to us.

Our family farming operation grows primarily walnuts, along with olives for olive oil, and almonds. We also process, package, and globally market walnuts not only from our own orchards but also from about 60 other farm families in the area.

This Applied Entomology Specialist will play a critical role in helping us continually improve in growing a safe, and highly affordable food supply.

The insect pest control challenges we face today are quite intense. As an example, walnut husk fly pressure has been on the increase State-wide for several years now. As such, it is a pest that is reeking havoc on our IPM programs. An outstanding person in this position could really help us to discover and implement superior strategies for improved control of this and other insect pests.

Thank you.
Posted Jul 9, 2016 11:05 AM by Brent Barton
The California Walnut Board strongly supports this position and considers it a very high priority. The walnut industry is comprised of more than 4000 growers and 365,000 acres that in 2015 produced a record crop of 603,000 tons valued at over $1.8 billion. The California Tree Nut Research and Extension Planning Group representing the almond, pistachio, and walnut industries support this position and encourages ANR to fill it.
Entomological research on walnuts has historically been associated with the UC Berkeley and UC Riverside campuses. Since about 2000, practically all of the campus-based applied entomology research has been conducted by UC Berkeley. This arrangement has worked well because of the long-standing partnership with the industry, campus-based AES and CE, county-based CE Advisors, and CE Area IPM Advisors working closely in teams to develop novel pest control programs. The walnut industry has supported this research since the mid-1970s. Over the past 15 years, it has allocated about 15% of its funding for production research ($1.7 million in 2016) toward insect and mite management.
It is disappointing to see what has been a very cohesive, well-coordinated UC research and extension program in walnut pest management unravel over the past several years because of successive losses of key AES and CE positions at UC Berkeley. This position is an attempt to rebuild that research-extension capability by filling the voids created by the retirement of CE Specialist Bob Van Steenwyk and the departure of Steve Welter which has set back our work on the use of pheromone-mating-disruption for management of codling moth, the key walnut pest. The position will also continue the essential research on applied entomology, insect ecology, and biological control related to two other major walnut pests, spider mites and walnut husk fly which is now being conducted by Nick Mills.
It is important to get the new person on board to overlap the impending retirements of Nick Mills and Kent Daane to ensure that someone is left in Northern California and the Central Valley focused on biological control and other non-chemical approaches. If the position is not filled, the walnut industry would effectively be left with no campus-based research in applied entomology to support CE Advisors and Area IPM Advisors in dealing with walnut insect and mite problems.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 10:20 AM by Joe Grant and Davis Ramos, California Walnut Board
I work with the UC Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program. The continual importation and evolution of new agricultural pests dictates that this area of expertise in ANR needs to be supported, not only to protect the economic viability of our farms, but also to protect our water bodies, soils, and the communities that live and work in agricultural areas and are frequently exposed to toxic pesticides.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 7:28 PM by Sonja Brodt

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