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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 katherine.webb-martinez@ucop.edu.

 

2016 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2016 cycle.

Position Details

128 Soil-Plant-Water Relations/Deficit Irrigation Management Specialist

The candidate will develop a collaborative applied research and extension program that addresses irrigation management of crops in California in the context of sustained water scarcity.  This position will focus on the fundamentals of soil-plant-water relations with emphasis in optimizing crop production and crop quality using environmentally efficient water management practices under limited and uncertain statewide water supplies. This position directly aligns with the ANR Water Strategic Initiative.  The candidate must have a strong foundation in soil-plant-water relations, irrigation water management, crop-stress physiology, soil science.  Among other topics, research could focus on canopy management and deficit irrigation to optimize crop performance; identify drought-sensitive growth stages using plant-stress indicators; characterize plant response to spatially and temporally variable soil-water conditions; evaluate carry over effects on tree/vine physiology and phenology in subsequent seasons; and/or regional modeling of agricultural water demand in context of evolving cropping patterns.  An outreach and extension program that provides education and decision support on resource-efficient irrigation management practices in cropping systems under water-limited conditions will also be developed.  The candidate needs to demonstrate leadership, training and teaching skills to effectively develop and deliver such a successful program.  While the focus of the position is crop response to water and other abiotic stresses, it is expected that the candidate will develop important linkages and collaborations with CE advisors and academics. The Specialist will collaborate with agricultural stake holder groups, UC farm advisors, commodity boards, water agencies, USDA, CSU, and local, state and federal agencies.

Proposed Location/Housing

Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, UC Davis

Proposed Area of Coverage

Statewide

Contacts

Associated Documents

Comments

3 Comments

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This sounds like a very timely and much-needed position to fill. Although there are a variety of researchers in California working on deficit irrigation regimes for particular crops in particular locations, it would be very helpful to have someone to integrate and expand upon this work, especially in light of the current drought. I hope and expect that this position would involve some synthesis / coordination of existing efforts, as well as original field research.
Posted Jun 2, 2016 4:03 PM by Amber Kerr
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A survey was created in collaborative tools and emailed to members of the Dairy Production and Food Safety Program Team in June encouraging members to review positions and provide input. Based on responses to that survey and input provided during the program team meeting in March the following comments are provided:
Deficit Irrigation water management fits four of our initiatives within ANR: healthy families and communities, sustainable food systems, sustainable natural ecosystems, and water quality, quantity, and security.
The Program Team identified this position as high priority. The position description clearly identifies the need for a specialist to focus on the fundamentals of soil-plant-water relations with emphasis in optimizing crop production and crop quality using environmentally efficient water management practices under limited and uncertain statewide water supplies. Decreased availability of water resources and uncertain timing of delivery of available resources necessitates research into resiliency of different irrigation/cropping systems and patterns. California has huge needs for irrigation water management with uncertain water availability for the production of forage utilized in dairy diets as well as the actual water consumed by cattle and used in the harvesting of milk. Critical to the success of the dairy industry is the need to control feed costs by growing forage at each farm. Irrigation water management must be improved to efficiently convert irrigation water to milk, a highly nutritious food. The position description is spot on “The candidate must have a strong foundation in soil-plant-water relations, irrigation water management, crop-stress physiology, soil science. Among other topics, research could focus on canopy management and deficit irrigation to optimize crop performance; identify drought-sensitive growth stages using plant-stress indicators; characterize plant response to spatially and temporally variable soil-water conditions; evaluate carry over effects on tree/vine physiology and phenology in subsequent seasons; and/or regional modeling of agricultural water demand in context of evolving cropping patterns.”
Posted Jul 11, 2016 11:58 AM by Deanne Meyer
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The California Tree Nut Research & Extension Planning Group, representing the almond, pistachio and walnut industries (combined 2015 acreage exceeding 1.7 million acres) strongly supports this position and regards it a high priority.

This position continues to support the water and irrigation management priorities of our group. In the 2014 ANR call for positions, our group stressed continued and increased presence of ANR in the area of water and Irrigation management, noting surface and groundwater quality and quantity issues and precision in irrigation are critical now and will be more so in the future. This position aligns with this and is written to address irrigation management of California crops in the context of sustained water scarcity.

Furthermore, in our 2014 comments we noted there have been a number of retirements in irrigation and water management and there is a critical need to address these vacancies. This position along with those that have been and will be filled demonstrate progress in replacing critically needed expertise.

Lastly in 2014, we noted beyond just replacing the “status quo”, there is even a wider array of skill sets and coordination needed to respond to the challenges. This position addresses both. Coordination is covered within the ANR and External Network sections. Also with respect to coordination and going beyond the “status quo”, a number of research topics are noted which leverage and compliment priority research being done or needed in our crops. These include canopy management and deficit irrigation to optimize crop performance, identify drought-sensitive growth stages using plant-stress indicators; and evaluate carry over effects on tree/vine physiology, yield and phenology in subsequent seasons.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 5:14 PM by Bob Curtis, Almond Board of California and the CA Tree Nut Research & Extension Planning Group

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