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.
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:
- Strategic Initiative Leaders
- Program Team Leaders
- County and Multicounty Partnership Directors List
- Executive Associate Deans
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.
- 2016 Position Proposal Review Template (for use by approved review groups only; others use the public comments feature)
- 2016 CE Position Proposal Criteria
- 2014-2015 CE Advisor and Specialist Hires and 2016 Recruitments
- For CE programmatic footprint information refer to the Taxonomy and Personnel System
- 2016 CE positions flowchart(complete process and timeline)
If you have any questions, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez at (510) 987-0029 or email@example.com.
2016 URS Call for Positions
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.
Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, UC Davis
Proposed Area of Coverage
- Specialist in Soil-Plant-Water Relations/Deficit Irrigation Management (docx), uploaded 05/03/2016 by Mary Delany
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.”
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.