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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

069 Anadromous and Inland Fishes Specialist

This CE Specialist will be an expert on the environmental biology of freshwater and anadromous fish in California, especially in relation to water conflicts. The conflicts are increasing because of drought and listing of 30 species of fish under State and Federal Endangered Species Acts. This Anadromous and Inland Fishes Specialist will conduct applied research to develop management tools for mitigating human/fish conflicts, while supporting fish conservation.   The CE Specialist would bring knowledge generated by the exceptionally strong water-related research community at UC Davis (e.g., the multidisciplinary Center for Watershed Sciences) to county advisors, agricultural operators, agencies, and non-profit organizations.  . This collaborative approach will allow research and outreach on the environmental and public benefits of projects involving issues such as watershed restoration, nutrient reductions, and groundwater replenishment. She/he would focus on how Central Valley fishes are impacted by agriculture, especially in relation to managing flows in rivers below dams. This could include assessing the impact of changing climate on stream flows and fish, and how this affects agriculture. Other potential focus areas include: (a) field work and modeling of fish populations in order to forecast changes in flows and water temperature and to predict how fish populations would be affected; (b) evaluating how changes in water management can mitigate negative effects of diversions on fish, especially salmon and steelhead, which support important fisheries. (c) improving the management of fisheries, especially for salmon and steelhead, and (d)  working with farmers and ranchers to help them cope with requirements of the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act to protect fish.


Proposed Location/Housing

Department of Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage



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Conflict over water management in Northern California impedes progress in environmental restoration activities that would benefit both fish and human stakeholders. A CE position devoted to working with stakeholders to educate them about water management issues and to assist them with compliance with federal laws is much needed. I think some conflicts over fisheries and water management would be more easily resolved (or at the very least minimized) if people better understood the impacts of poor aquatic environmental quality on human health and interests. Research conducted by this CE specialist to improve fisheries management and water policy would also be very valuable.
Posted May 31, 2016 3:49 PM by Andrea Schreier
Water and fisheries management in California, particularly in the Sacramento - San Joaquin Delta, is of critical importance for the state. Endangered species in the state, including Chinook and Delta Smelt, are some of the most high profile and economically impactful species in the country. The interplay between regulatory agencies, resource managers, local water agencies, and the public is complex and often contentious. Having an individual in this position would fill a critical need for outreach and coordination with regard to fisheries and water management in California. All of these issues have gained even more importance during the ongoing drought, and with climate change these issues will only continue to be more on the forefront of environmental and economic interests in the state. I highly recommend prioritizing this position.
Posted Jun 1, 2016 10:10 AM by Brian Schreier
This is a critical position that fills an urgent resource management need. Given how controversial water issues are in California, I am pleased to see that there may be an opportunity to fill the vacant Specialist position. As Lead Scientist for California Department of Water Resources I can attest to the fact that there is an overwhelming demand for technical input on water issues. Hiring an inland fisheries extension expert would be especially timely as the recent drought has only heightened water management challenges. UCD therefore has a unique opportunity to provide scientific leadership and support to California.

One request is that the geographic scope of the position should be broader. While flows immediately below dams are an important, the Delta is the epicenter of water issues. Indeed, there is a argument that the Delta is a much more important bottleneck for salmonids, which were the focus for the previous Specialist that held this job. Please consider having this position play a much more active role in Delta resource management and applied research.
Posted Jun 1, 2016 10:14 AM by Ted Sommer
There are no higher priority impacts than those associated with inland fishes of California and the management of the Delta ecoregion. A significant impediment to successful decision-making and productive discussion regarding inland fishery management in California is the shortage of effective science communication regarding the estuarine ecology of these fish. By filling this position UCD can remain in the thick of water policy formulation and continue to be a conduit of credible scientific information regarding the ecology and performance of these fishes in this region.
Posted Jun 1, 2016 3:04 PM by Steven Culberson
UC Davis has been a leader in working on the complex biological, environmental, and policy issues affecting freshwater and anadromous fish in California for decades. Filling this position would contribute to UC Davis remaining in that important position in educating the public and practitioners on these issues. Environmental changes across the Central Valley are accelerating an environmental crisis that will increase the conflict between humans and aquatic life. Research focused on developing and communicating tools for mitigating this conflict is tremendously important and will define the success of society to adapt with future ecological tipping points. The magnitude of California’s freshwater crisis suggests not a single CE position is sufficient to address the university’s and Central Valley’s needs, and perhaps more positions should be considered. Also, the digital age is changing the way science is communicated to the public, stakeholders, and agencies. Thus, the website is a critical element of this position’s communication and outreach role and finding a CE Specialist with interests in digital innovation may be valuable.

This position is essential to linking the university with the public and agencies. The UC Davis water-related research community is valued as independent, transparent, and timely and this position can result in innovative science collaborations between implementing agencies, regulatory agencies, and stakeholder, if a CE Specialist with these characters is found. One comment regarding this position’s external network is that it should reflect the broad set of public agencies implementing activities trying to balance fishery and water management objectives, not just regulating agencies. These agencies frequently need (and have funding for) external collaborators who can design studies and interject science to improve adaptive resource management.
Posted Jun 10, 2016 12:27 PM by Josh Israel

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