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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

106 Integrated Soil and Water Management Specialist

We seek a Specialist in Cooperative Extension to pursue research and outreach activities related to how soils regulate water storage, filtration, utilization, and runoff, primarily in irrigated agriculture. California is currently experiencing its third major drought episode since the 1970s, and projections suggest that droughts will become more frequent and longer in duration in the second half of the 21st century. Agriculture needs solutions to this issue. Moreover, land management responses to water resource policies are becoming increasingly complex.One of the most cost effective solutions to water scarcity in agricultural systems is identifying and evaluating practices to maximize plant available water stored in soil, ‘Green Water’. This involves understanding how various soils respond to agricultural practices such as tillage, cover crops, traffic, crop densities, crop rotations, irrigation technologies, and amendments.  We expect the Specialist to interact with a wide range of UCCE and AES academics spanning disciplines from policy and economics, to soils and hydrology, and to specific commodities. The Specialist will also work with stakeholder groups including growers (conventional and organic), USDA-NRCS, regulatory agencies, CDFA, and related sectors to identify economically and environmentally viable approaches to farming, with uncertain water availability.


Proposed Location/Housing

Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage



Associated Documents



I am the USDA NRCS State Soil Scientist for California. This proposed position ranks high in considering the importance of soil-water management in CA. Our agency places high importance on managing soils in a method that promotes the highest quality soil-water dynamics in relation to plant health and healthy soils, clearly being very important in our current drought situation. Our agency also promotes and sees high importance in long term drought resiliency through building healthy soil-water management systems that withstand times of drought or in absences drought. The NRCS employs agricultural water management engineers, soil health specialists, agronomists and soil scientists that depend on the most current technology in soil-water relations and technology transfer. Our relationship with UCD extension specialist has been a long standing relationship that has proven successful. Some of our collaborations include agreements and funding to support and promote the USDA Soil Survey, soil health field trials, soil health outreach events and soil health landowner networks. We have approximately 170 conservation practice standards (BMP’s) that are continually being vetted and updated to reflect the current technology. Many of these practices are agronomic and deal with soil-water management. We depend on the university partners to develop the latest technology and assist in reviewing and updating the conservation practice standards to reflect the most current state of technology. NRCS is also working with producers in regards to land management issues related to the complex water resource policies and UCD extension specialist’s collaboration in this area is highly valued. If you have any questions in our support of the CE Specialist in Integrated Soil and Water Management please feel free to contact me at, 530-792-5656.
Posted May 9, 2016 9:35 AM by Tony Rolfes
The California Tree Nut Research & Extension Planning Group, representing the almond, pistachio and walnut industries (combined 2015 acreage exceeding 1.7 million acres) would rate this position high if it focused on perennial crops; as currently written we rated it medium priority. Our rational is that irrigated perennial cropping systems make up a significant portion of the irrigated agriculture in the Central Valley and it is in those systems where we have the least amount of knowledge on how best to manage the soils for the purported water holding capacity and other soil quality benefits. Most of the research to date has been in annual cropping systems (and much of that in the Midwest). There is already existing ANR expertise in soil management for annual crops. In perennial crops the advice to rotate, plant cover crops, apply organic matter simply doesn’t work as they do in annual cropping systems. The complexity of the perennial system includes that the soil is not disturbed annually, rotation is not an option, with the typical irrigation systems there is a dry and a wet ecosystem within the orchard/vineyard, where materials such as organic matter or cover crops can be applied is to the dry portion of the soil, need for bare soils for frost management, water use of cover crops, etc. Thus, there is a need for a soil specialist to focus on perennial cropping systems.

Posted Jul 11, 2016 4:26 PM by Gabriele Ludwig

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