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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

137 Water Justice Policy and Planning Specialist - UCB

This position will provide statewide leadership in water justice policy and planning, with a focus on water quality and access for disadvantaged communities. The research agenda for this position will coalesce around the intersection of water quality, exposures and community health with a general focus on applied issues related to water access and water governance.  The Specialist will collaborate with various state and local government agencies  as well as community-based organizations  to develop a successful water justice extension program. The candidate will bring to his/her own expertise as well as that of other UC academics to bear on policy and planning work related to water quality and access in CA communities by generating actionable information and a better understanding of trade-offs, costs, benefits and outcomes among key stakeholders. 

Proposed Location/Housing

UCB Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management

Proposed Area of Coverage



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The new Cooperative Extension Specialist position for California Water Justice Policy and Planning would bridge an important gap within UC Cooperative Extension and UC's Division of Ag and Natural Resources, both of which contribute a lot of as-applied know-how for low-impact development and agricultural best management practices, but without a close connection to the communities that currently lack reliable access to safe, clean, affordable water and sanitation. This position is very much needed to act as a catalyst and focal point for a more community-based policy and planning approach.
Posted May 9, 2016 11:10 PM by Colin Bailey
I am the watershed and stream protection advisor for the State of California Water Board located in Oakland, Ca. State of California water grant programs now require that 25 % of the grant programs be allocated to disadvantaged communities. The state recognizes that we should be redirecting a greater effort on the communities most in need. The needs include those low income and minority communities which have been historically segregated in wetlands and floodplains which need to deal with flood reduction. The needs also relate to the quality of drinking water supplies. I applaud the concept of joining the on the ground oriented Cooperative Extensive staff with a university program. We would benefit from identification of the range of communities affected by the lack of stormwater and flood management programs, location by toxic and polluted runoff, as well as the well known communities affected by drinking water issues. The extension has a good reputation for interacting with local entities and we would like to support the University's efforts to be responsive to community needs.
Posted May 10, 2016 5:07 PM by Ann Riley Ph.D.
I am a Program Officer with Resources Legacy Fund and rank UC ANR's proposal to create a new Cooperative Extension Specialist position for California Water Justice Policy and Planning as high. This is a critically important position that can foster greater participation and representation by communities disproportionately impacted by groundwater overdraft and contamination. Additional capacity is required to develop and support participation by local leaders to ensure more equitable access to water supplies. The specialist can identify needs, bridge the gap between disadvantaged communities and local agencies and identify needed areas of research. Major gaps in information exist regarding the size of the problem and UC ANR is a trusted source that can fill that gap.
Posted Jun 2, 2016 1:20 PM by Kathy Viatella
I am Senior Branch Science Advisor for the Environmental Health Investigations Branch at the CA Dept of Public Health and have worked in the area of water quality and health. I would rank this proposal high as there is a critical need to provide more resources to disadvantaged communities in California on this issue, especially in view of the impact of California drought on water supply and quality. There is a need to have a close connection between government and the communities they serve, and this position would provide an individual who could be a liaison for communities.
Posted Jun 15, 2016 12:52 PM by Paul English
Having worked to support watershed health for the past ten years, I believe the need for this new position, Cooperative Extension Specialist position for California Water Justice Policy and Planning, is high. I am presently the managing director for a new public agency formed to provide technical, managerial, and financial assistance to small water systems, many of which serve disadvantaged communities. The specialist in this position will be well placed to positively impact water supply reliability and water quality through increasing knowledge and supporting communities in policy and planning work.
Posted Jun 28, 2016 10:04 AM by Nancy Steele, D.Env.
This position would provide vital capacity to help support, leverage, and enrich on-the ground and statewide community based organizing education and advocacy to achieve the human right to water in California. Information on who lacks adequate access to safe, affordable drinking water and the causes and impacts of that are not widely understood or accessible. Too often we lack information needed to support effective engagement in policy and planning efforts at both the local and state levels that impact access to safe and affordable drinking water supplies. Furthermore, research and planning efforts at the state, NGO and University levels around this area are often uncoordinated in ways that miss opportunities for leveraging and learning to more effectively support development of solutions. This position could support better policy making and community engagement int he decision-making that impacts whether communities have access to safe and affordable drinking water. This is a vitally needed position on an issue that has been declared a policy and priority of the state by both the Legislature, Governor, and water agencies, and otherwise lacks sufficient research and policy investment to support solutions.
Posted Jun 29, 2016 6:55 PM by Laurel Firestone
I am a pediatrician and researcher at the University of California, San Francisco. In our research we have observed disparities in access to safe drinking water in California communities. Research suggests that drinking water instead of sugar-sweetened beverages may help to prevent chronic diseases such as dental caries, obesity and related diseases such as diabetes. Unfortunately, some families in California cannot turn on their tap and have access to safe drinking water. This position will help provide the support needed to reduce disparities in the access to safe drinking water that currently exists in California.
Posted Jun 30, 2016 10:18 PM by Anisha Patel
As the long-time facilitator for the California Water Plan, and the former Associate Director of the California State University Center for Collaborative policy, I believe there is a need for statewide leadership and a center of excellence in water justice policy and planning. There are great benefits to be gained from the reporting, integrating and extrapolating of lessons learned and best practices. This position would also support current and future thought leadership on water quality and access for disadvantaged communities that occurs across geographical regions and the discipline. With the multiple levels of government engaged in this topic, there is also a need for strategic and dedicated collaborations to develop a successful water justice extension program with the various state and local government agencies as well as community-based organizations.
Posted Jul 1, 2016 2:14 PM by Lisa Beutler
I am the Sustainable Agriculture Program Coordinator for the Community Water Center, which is a grassroots environmental justice organization that acts as a catalyst for community-driven water solutions through organizing, education, and advocacy in California’s San Joaquin Valley. In order to secure Californians’ moral and legal Human Right to Water, we need to invest in research and outreach both to understand who currently lacks access to safe, clean and affordable water and to include impacted residents in the policy and planning efforts that will promote solutions. We know the communities forced to deal with unreliable, unaffordable, and unsafe water are disproportionately Latino, disproportionately low-income, and concentrated geographically in the state’s agricultural regions, where nitrates, pesticides, and other nonpoint source contaminants enter groundwater due to current farming practices. But better coordination of statewide, community-based research and planning efforts is needed to understand the scope of the drinking water challenges facing California’s disadvantaged communities. Communities that are directly impacted by water injustices have begun to address the regulatory gaps that have left groundwater unprotected from overdraft and nonpoint source contamination, and an Extension Specialist focused on community-based work could accelerate this community engagement to advance policy solutions. A California Water Justice Policy and Planning Specialist would play a crucial role in strengthening collaborations between community-based organizations, nonprofits, researchers, policymakers, and local and state agencies in efforts to ensure every Californian truly has access to safe, clean, and affordable water.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 7:37 PM by Jenny Rempel
This position could fill a key gap between all the excellent biogeophysical work done by UC researchers, and the disadvantaged communities that most need to understand and benefit from this work. The California Nitrogen Assessment, of which I am a co-editor and co-author, demonstrates the significance of water quality issues as environmental justice problems that have not been adequately addressed to date (and in fact, these water quality problems go far beyond nitrogen). Providing a dedicated position to focus on bridging from research to policy and implementation most effectively would be one step in the right direction, for UC to serve the well-being of the people of California.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 7:12 PM by Sonja Brodt

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