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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

068 Air Quality Specialist

We seek a Cooperative Extension Specialist to pursue research and outreach at the intersection of agriculture and air quality. The Specialist would be housed in the Department of Land, Air and Water Resources at UC Davis.  The proposed position would focus on issues such as the impacts of air pollution on agriculture, the effects of agricultural emissions on air quality and strategies to reduce these impacts, and agricultural practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions (or enhance sequestration). This position will focus on air quality issues state-wide, but with an emphasis in and around the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valley, which has tremendous agricultural productivity and extremely poor air quality. The incumbent's extension and research program would benefit from, and complement, the great strengths in air quality research within CAES at Davis, across the Davis campus, and throughout the UC system. We expect that the hire would also work with growers, commodity groups, community groups interested in air pollution, and state/local agencies such as the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District, the California Air Resources Board, and the California Energy Commission.

Proposed Location/Housing

Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage

Statewide with emphasis on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Valleys


Associated Documents



This is a crucial intersection of powerful drivers in California - the Central Valley is the fastest growing population in the state and it has some of the most recalcitrant air quality problems in the nation. Furthermore, emissions of powerful greenhouse gases from agricultural activities are highly uncertain and crucial to the global debate about climate change adaptation.
Posted Jun 22, 2016 5:05 PM by Ian Faloona
The California Tree Nut Research & Extension Planning Group, representing the almond, pistachio and walnut industries (combined 2015 acreage exceeding 1.7 million acres) rated this position medium in priority as written. We do need expertise on how to measure and then address criteria air pollutants such as PM10, PM2.5 and NOx (ozone [smog] precursor) from both agricultural activities as well as food processing/ ag byproduct activities. In a number of cases the efforts to reduce criteria air pollutants dovetail with greenhouse gases such as in “black carbon” and generally trying to move away from fossil fuel usage. With the retirement of Dr Flocchini at UC- Davis and the death of key researcher at Texas A&M, there is currently a void in research and outreach capabilities on PM2.5, PM10, visible dust, and NOx emissions. Ideally the research would not only focus on emissions but also how various crops reduce criteria air pollutants. There is also a need for research to better understand the trade offs between criteria air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions/avoided associated with various alternative biofuel systems that use ag byproducts. However, as written the focus of this position seems to be exclusively on greenhouse gases which tempers our enthusiasm. Greenhouse gases are already being addressed by a number of folks within in the UC and ANR systems, as well as USDA, such as the existing ANR position on climate change at UC Merced, the Life Cycle Assessments conducted by the UC Ag and Bio Engineering Department, the Climate Subhub by USDA. Thus, the medium rating. If the focus were expanded or more focused on traditional criteria air pollutants, our enthusiasm would be greater for the proposed position.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 4:41 PM by Gabriele Ludwig

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