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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

080 Climate Adaptation and Mitigation in Agriculture Specialist

Climate variability and change presents real threats to California’s agricultural production, forest resources, and rural economics, demanding development of resilient production systems. A Cooperative Extension Specialist is proposed in the area of climate adaptation and mitigation in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at UC Davis. The additional CE Specialist expertise will bring much-needed information and applied research capacity on dealing with more frequent, intense and prolonged droughts, as well as be informed on climate-related policies/regulations. This position will complement the CE Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture Specialist at UC Merced, specifically by   leveraging departmental resources and CE capacity between the two campuses  as well as through their combined expertise. Candidates must have qualifications with a PhD degree related to agronomy, rangeland, management forestry, climate science, soil science, hydrology, or related discipline, and have excellent communications skills. It is expected that the CE Specialist will work closely with staff of the USDA Regional Sub-Hub for Risk Adaptation and Mitigation to Climate Change on the UC Davis campus. Departmental affiliation will be determined based on expertise of the successful candidate.

Proposed Location/Housing

Department to be determined, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage



Associated Documents



As the coordinator of the USDA Climate Sub Hub for California, I can affirm that we would strongly support this position and would be very excited about working closely with this person. In the two years of the Sub Hub's existence, we have heard much enthusiasm from Cooperative Extension staff about incorporating more information on climate mitigation and adaptation into their research and education efforts; however, most CE advisors and specialists are very busy with their primary topics of responsibility and are not able to volunteer large amounts of time to pursue climate-change-related questions. A specialist devoted to this topic would be a crucial resource for us (the Climate Hub) and for other UC ANR staff. I assume this person would work closely with Dr. Tapan Pathak at UC Merced, who has similar responsibilities but who certainly cannot cover the whole topic (or the whole state) by himself. It is especially valuable that this position will include an "applied field-based research program," as the majority of current information about climate change and California agriculture is speculative and/or based on model projections only.
Posted Jun 2, 2016 3:54 PM by Amber Kerr
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 low in priority as written. For one there is already, as mentioned in the proposed position, an ANR position on Climate Adaptation based at UC Merced. But more fundamentally the issues that are proposed to be addressed by this position are issues that are better addressed by existing expertise such as in breeding, nutrient and irrigation management, soil management, crop physiology, etc. For example, the pistachio industry is already working with UC researchers to better understand the physiology of chilling and what can be done if there are fewer chilling hours. The almond industry has worked with a team of UC researchers to understand both improved nutrient management and associated changes in greenhouse gas emissions. A single person can’t meet the complexity of what meaningful research in adaptation or mitigation would entail. Adaptation/mitigation for its own sake will not make sense to growers unless in the context of existing production practices. Thus suggest that these efforts be incorporated into the efforts by the ANR and the UC (and USDA) experts already working on relevant aspects, and the system reward researchers that work in teams to address these complex issues. Where ANR assistance is needed, is to help growers navigate the incredibly complex regulatory system associated with the carbon markets or future regulations of ag greenhouse gases – that is interface between regulators, private entities, growers and researchers. Thus, what is needed not so much a research position but something more akin to Doug Parker's position with water within ANR - working at the interface of policy and research and growers.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 4:48 PM by Gabriele Ludwig

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