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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

027 Area IPM Advisor - San Joaquin Valley

The Area IPM Advisor will focus on development and delivery of IPM knowledge, practice and implementation for invertebrate pests in field, row and vegetable crops in the southern San Joaquin Valley counties of Kern, Tulare, Kings, and Fresno.

Proposed Location/Housing

UCCE Tulare

Proposed Area of Coverage

The southern San Joaquin Valley, including the counties of Kern, Tulare, Kings, and Fresno.


Associated Documents



An IPM advisor for the Tulare and kings counties would be of immense help. With new chemistries, new marketing techniques and name changes, often rotating chemistry takes some tough thought and can be nearly impossible. Having an IPM position would be a great resource in this area which would help return on investment and preserve chemistry.
Posted Jun 8, 2016 1:44 PM by Garrett Gilcrease
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 crop industry. In particular, IPM is important as growers face potential problems with crop care material resistance and being able to use crop care materials that will minimize MRL issues with their products upon arrival in the marketplace.
Posted Jun 13, 2016 9:27 AM by Gary W. Van Sickle
There is a true need for an area IPM advisor. With the valley's immense agriculture, the potential for insect impacts is immense. Given today's environmental concerns and the continued pressure and resulting loss of chemical controls, the promotion, integration and implementation of IPM has never been greater. Support from and interaction with the Area IPM advisor has been an acutely important and frankly necessary asset to the agricultural industry and we wholeheartedly support this effort.
Posted Jun 22, 2016 8:15 AM by Roger Isom, President/CEO - California Cotton Ginners and Growers Association & Western Agricultural Processors Association
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 vegetable row crops and other specialty crops of this area of the state.
Posted Jun 24, 2016 3:33 PM by Rebecca Sisco
The agriculture industry bears increasing pressure to use new and softer technologies to replace the loss of proven and effective chemistry. Clearly, an Area IPM Advisor is a respected position that has served both the Ag and environmental interests alike through research, developing effective pest management tools, minimizing resistance and preserving food safety. We highly support filling this position.
Posted Jun 27, 2016 5:20 PM by Bryan Bone, grower
The California Alfalfa & Forage Association represents hundreds of alfalfa and forage growers in the state. This advisor position is a very important one to the alfalfa industry. This position will provide development and delivery of IPM knowledge, practice and implementation for invertebrate pests in field, row and vegetable crops in the southern San Joaquin Valley counties of Kern, Tulare, Kings, and Fresno. Twelve of the 48 most valuable crops in California area represented by row, field, and vegetable crops including alfalfa. CE advisors who have had this role in this area in the past have retired. Alfalfa badly needs assistance in the areas of insect and disease management in this region.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 3:54 PM by Jane Townsend, California Alfalfa & Forage Association
In its use of fertilizers herbicides and pesiticides the ag industry is being hammered with greater scrunity and accountability. As a grower I am concered we will loose many of the these tools long before research & development comes up with something new to combat the weeds and pests that confront each season. There is a tremendous need for expertise in weed and soil management in our industry. This position needs to be filled.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 5:44 PM by Bob Ferguson, delta grower

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