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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

110 Livestock-Water-Human Community Interaction Specialist

This specialist will focus on water and environmental quality issues that emerge at the interface of California’s diverse livestock production systems, the ecosystems they rely on, and the human communities that depend on and/or are influenced by these extensive and intensive livestock production systems. Areas of programmatic emphasis will include: (1) developing beneficial management practices to control fecal pathogens in surface water supplies and resolving the real or perceived relationship to livestock production; (2) develop interventions to reduce environmental dissemination of zoonotic pathogens and improve food safety in mixed produce-livestock production systems; and (3) develop science-based control practices to reduce the exchange of infectious diseases between livestock and wildlife populations, such as E. coli O157:H7 and Avian Influenza. A veterinarian with additional graduate training in either zoonotic disease control, range ecology, or epidemiology who is willing to take a leadership role on these complex issues but work within the network of ANR specialists and advisors as a collaborative team member will have an excellent opportunity to make significant contributions to the science and policy surrounding these issues. This position will be located in Veterinary Medicine Extension, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis.

Proposed Location/Housing

Veterinary Medicine Extension, Department of Population Health and Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC Davis.

Proposed Area of Coverage

Statewide (throughout California).


Associated Documents



The Range Management Advisory Committee ( supports the creation of the Livestock-Water-Human Community Interaction Specialist position at the UC Cooperative Extension. A greater statewide understanding of the impact of livestock on water quality and a scientific evaluation of the effectiveness of best management practices would help inform regulation across a wide spectrum of policy areas. This position would be vital to maintaining and improving livestock and ecosytem health across the state.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 9:21 AM by Range Management Advisory Committee
Given the considerable response by the livestock industry (and, opposing, by numerous environmental organizations) to last year's GRAP initiative by the SWRCB, and the crisis precipitated by produce contaminated by animals in recent years, I think this position deserves ranking at the highest level of the new positions being considered. This topic needs the undivided attention of a professional who can focus efforts to address these issues across the state. I have had many conversations with state and regional water resources control board staff over the last few years, and I am convinced that a well-organized effort to develop and refine tools for monitoring pathogens and identify methods for controlling their dispersal would be welcomed by many board staff, and could help to eventually bring livestock producers, produce farmers, and regional boards into a more collaborative and productive relationships in the effort to safeguard human and environmental health. I think this position could be a vital one.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 9:33 AM by Marc Horney
Concerns over connections between waterborne microbial pollutants, livestock, and human health are significant across California, These concerns are driving substantial policy, regulatory, and legal activities on both private and public grazing lands across the state - give that over 80% of the state's surface municipal and irrigation water supplies are derived from these lands. UC and UCCE have been major players in addressing these concerns with research and education. This position would allow us to continue to support the state as we work to balance both livestock agricultural production and human safety in a changing environment.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 1:39 PM by Kenneth Tate

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