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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

093 Environmental Microbiology/Environmental Engineering Specialist

Currently the major use of water in production facilities is for cleaning and sanitation. Reduction in water use will require creation of less water-intensive cleaning technologies that will at the same time have a minimal impact on local. Changes in cleaning protocols will require key knowledge of production facility microbiota and biofilms. In addition to addressing these issues, this position addresses understaffing in Cooperative Extension for the wine industry, as the wine industry of the state is currently served by a single Cooperative Extension Specialist in Enology. This position would add a second CE Specialist in Enology with expertise in microbiology/environmental engineering to complement the current CE specialist’s expertise in wine chemistry. Together these positions would support this industry with over $23 billion in domestic sales from over 4000 California wineries, an increase of over 300% in the last 20 years. Along with expanding extension in this key area, research areas for this position would include microbial ecosystem profiling of production facilities, vineyards, soils and waterways and the impact of novel environmentally sensitive cleaning and sanitation practices on these microbial communities.

Proposed Location/Housing

Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage



Associated Documents



It is more important than ever to have sound wines in the marketplace as the fame of California wines spreads. This position will assist in the needs we have in wineries all over the state to improve our cleanliness protocols.
Posted Jun 20, 2016 7:52 AM by John S. Dyson
An extension microbiologist has become increasingly important to support the growing number of CA wineries in an ever increasing marketplace. This position will help established wineries as well as new wineries prepare for the future. The role of extension personnel cannot be overlooked as they bridge the gap between industry and academia and help us make stronger as an industry. They assist our winemakers with the fundamentals and make us stronger by adapting and sharing/disseminating knowledge and techniques from other industries so that we continue to represent the diversity in our region (CA) and continue the respect that CA wines have globally. This extension position is long overdue, and would be a very welcome addition!
Posted Jun 20, 2016 8:21 AM by Nichola Hall
An additional CE specialist is greatly needed by the wine industry. We rely on the expertise at UCD to research and inform us of current issues to improve our winemaking skills and maintain important environmentally safe practices.
Posted Jun 20, 2016 8:26 AM by Carol Zucca
This critical position will not only assist CA vineyards and wineries, it will help establish new water management strategies that will be of enormous benefit to the entire state. Developing new policies and procedures for water use is now more important than ever, in view of shrinking water supplies. In the long run, urban centers have the most to gain from this type of broad-band thinking, which is desperately needed right now! CE is our most powerful tool to educate the wine industry and support sound changes and improvements of practices. This position would result in an immediate uptick in vineyard & winery water performance and usage. Please support this position!
Posted Jun 20, 2016 9:02 AM by Greg La Follette
The Extension program, as is, is an invaluable resource, especially for the small and medium sized wineries that cannot afford to pursue proper research. Expanding the program to include a dedicated microbiologist would be fantastic.
I have benefited greatly from the program over the years, and am pleased to see it grow.
Posted Jun 20, 2016 9:39 AM by Daniel Sullivan
information is always good, focused knowledge is a big help.
Posted Jun 20, 2016 9:08 PM by JP Pawloski
At present there is only one CE Specialist in Enology helping more than 4000 wineries with the problems they routinely encounter. The new CE Specialist with microbiology expertise would be an invaluable resource to our industry.
Posted Jun 22, 2016 1:58 PM by Matthew Reid
Another reason why filling this position is so important is that Dr Mills assignment to Food Science significantly limits how much time if any he can devote to work with wineries all over the state.
Posted Jun 23, 2016 7:56 AM by Adolfo Alarcon
We in the industry need immediate support in creating efficient and affordable winery water recycling systems. Other water conservation techniques and equipment should also be developed. The expertise provided by this position should help address these technologies. Of course, an environmental microbiologist will also be able to help in a myriad of support areas related to Winegrowing. Our industry has grown tremendously in size and complexities. This need for this position is a natural result.
Posted Jun 24, 2016 11:18 AM by Merry Edwards
This additional CE position is critically needed by the California wine industry. A focus on more efficient use of water while maintaining effective sanitation practices is important for our future as an industry. Many of the 4000+ wineries statewide rely on the expertise of the CE, and adding a position with expertise in resource management and microbiology would add significant value. Please support this position!
Posted Jun 29, 2016 8:43 PM by Neil Bernardi
A high-need and high-value proposal which addresses a critical gap in Cooperative Extension capabilities.
Posted Jul 5, 2016 9:22 AM by Terrance Leighton
As the Director of Industry Relations for the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis, I work closely with the current CE Specialist in Enology. It is clear with the amount of inquiries that she receives that the need exists for a second Enology focused CE Specialist. At present there is only one CE Specialist in Enology helping more than 4000 wineries with the problems they routinely encounter. The new CE Specialist with microbiology expertise would be an invaluable resource to the wine and wine grape industries and compliment the chemistry expertise of the current Enology CE Specialist.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 5:14 PM by Karen Block

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