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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

026 Area IPM Advisor - North Coast

The CE Advisor (IPM Advisor) will serve as an expert for issues related to integrated pest management. These issues include: grapes, epidemiology of Pierce’s disease; epidemiology of mealybugs and leafroll virus disease, epidemiology of red blotch; fire blight in pears and thousand canker diseases on the North Coast, eliminate shifts and diseases caused by insects vectoring a pathogen. Working with local CE Farm Advisors in Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino Counties, the IPM Advisor will provide leadership in promoting IPM through research, extension and education activities. The Advisor must also develop strong ties with campus Specialists and AES faculty focused on pest management. The IPM Advisor is a member of the Statewide IPM Program and expected to support, review, and promote ANR IPM guidelines and practices.

Proposed Location/Housing

UCCE Sonoma

Proposed Area of Coverage

North Coast (Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino Counties)


Associated Documents



The California Specialty Crops Council (CSCC), a 501(c) 5 non-profit organization, is a trusted source of field based information spanning horticultural crop production, pest management, food safety and stewardship activities in fruit, root, vegetable, vine and berry crops (fresh, dried, and processed). Our diverse partnership of ag organizations also includes beekeepers. Combined, CSCC growers generate $4.1 billion annually on approximately 522,000 acres of California farmland. Our membership strongly supports the establishment and filling of this position. Many of the problems and challenges facing growers, such as with pests, water, air, labor, marketing, crop care materials, etc., are beyond their control, but through research solutions can and will be found that will have a positive impact on the CA specialty crops industry. In particular, vectored diseases and pests are a concern for the pear industry in this area.
Posted Jun 13, 2016 10:52 AM by Gary W. Van Sickle
The North Coast IPM Advisor has played a critical role protecting the regions agricultural industry, in particular wine grapes. The wine industry in Sonoma County alone, directly and indirectly, provided 54,297 full-time-equivalent jobs and $3.2 billion in wages. The combined economic impact of the wine business on the Sonoma County economy was $13.4 billion in 2012. Crop damage from introduced pests acting as vectors for pathogens like the European grape vine moth and the vine mealybug have been substantially reduced as a result of research conducted by the IPM advisor and colleagues. The IPM Advisor serves as an expert creating integrated pest management programs to address existing and emerging disease issues.. These issues include: life histories of the insect pests, epidemiology of Pierce's disease, grape leafroll virus disease, red blotch; fire blight in pears and thousand canker diseases on the North Coast. . Working with local CE Farm Advisors in Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino Counties, the IPM Advisor has provided leadership in promoting IPM through research, extension and education activities. IPM is an evolving process and there is an ongoing need for county based academics to work with industry to adaptively manage them.
Posted Jun 20, 2016 4:40 PM by Paul Olin
We at the Farmers Guild, representing new, small-scale and diversified farmers across the North Bay and beyond, strongly support the development of an Area IPM Advisor for the North Coast. As a new generation of farmers begin their operations, having skilled expertise to advise them along the way is essential to their success. IPM, with its emphasis on healthy crops with the least possible disruption to agro-ecosystems and instead natural pest control mechanisms, is one of the most basic, yet challenging skill sets to master. Our organization works to build a professional community of farmers who trade tips and share best practices; having a specialist in the field to join our local gatherings would be a huge boon to these upstarts.
Posted Jun 21, 2016 12:01 PM by Evan Wiig
I operate a 55 acre organic vineyard and diversified farm in Sonoma County. The North Coast IPM Advisor has been a very valuable resource for our operation in providing training in pest identification for our employees. As an organic grower, we have to have a much better understanding of pest-related issues, and the UCCE IPM Advisor is vital in helping us in this regard
Posted Jun 22, 2016 5:10 PM by Ames Morison
The Western Region IR-4 Program facilitates the registration of sustainable pest management technology for specialty crops and minor uses. We rely heavily on a collaborative effort among UC ANR CE Advisors and Specialists to help identify and prioritize needs and projects for growers in order to enhance their pest management capabilities. Enhanced expertise in this area would support growers by providing input and guidance to the IR-4 program in the identification of appropriate registration projects for grape, pear and other specialty crops of this area of the state.
Posted Jun 24, 2016 3:27 PM by Rebecca Sisco
The California Association of Winegrape Growers believes the proposed IPM Advisor position to support North Coast growers is timely and necessary. North Coast winegrape growers have been particularly challenged, as have growers elsewhere, by a variety of pests and diseases, including Pierce’s disease, mealybugs and leafroll virus disease, and red blotch. Through research, substantial progress has been made to understand the epidemiology of these pests and diseases, but more work needs to be done. In addition, it's critically important that winegrape growers have an IPM Advisor working with local CE Farm Advisors in Sonoma, Napa, Lake, and Mendocino Counties to provide leadership in promoting IPM through research, extension and education activities.

The promotion and adoption of IPM strategies is an essential aspect of the winegrape industry's efforts to advance sustainable winegrape growing practices. And, we believe this position will make an important contribution to the future success of the North Coast winegrape industry.
Posted Jul 5, 2016 4:43 PM by John Aguirre, President California Association of Winegrape Growers
As a Sonoma County grape grower I have worked with and attended workshops given by our IPM Advisor. Given the goal of 100% sustainable vineyards in the County and given the pressures of ever-increasing diseases and pests it is a critical time for our industry to have the latest information and education about IPM strategies. I strongly support retaining the position of the North Coast IPM Advisor.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 9:12 AM by Nancy Lilly, Tallgrass Ranch
Education is important in getting the word out on what a disease or problem insect looks like. This position could also look at beneficial insects such as the thistle wheevil which has made a huge difference in our pastures and increased carrying capacity.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 1:11 PM by Sharon Harston
With the large amount of land dedicated to growing crops for food and wine production, continued research and support to growers regarding pest management is critical. Ecosystems are guaranteed to change over time and pests, diseases, and other pathogens will continue to evolve. The IPM Advisor North Coast is a valuable role to protecting our farms and agricultural land.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 3:33 PM by Angie Corwin-Laskey

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