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2018 Call for Positions

December 20, 2019 Vice President Humiston announced the release of the following six positions for recruitment.

  • #12 Production Horticulture Advisor, San Diego County
  • #42 Agronomy Area Advisor, Merced County
  • #54 Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor, Siskiyou County
  • #58 Nutrition, Family, and Consumer Sciences Area Advisor, San Mateo-San Francisco Counties
  • #62 Vegetable Crops and Small Farms Advisor, Riverside County
  • #66 Pomology and Water/Soils Area Advisor, Kings County


In the fall of 2019, UC ANR embarked on the 2019 reconfirmation process. VP Humiston asked UC ANR programmatic groups (listed below) to reconfirm the 2018 CE position proposals list -- in order to fill a limited, small number of CE positions. She asked if there were higher priorities/critical needs/emergency gaps that weren't on the 2018 list of 46 but should be? Those were added to this web page at the end of November 2019, using the template and criteria below. Any 2018 proposals that needed significant revisions were updated and re-posted below.

  • Any proposal numbered above 46 was submitted as an emergency gap proposal during the 2019 reconfirmation process.
  • The following proposals were updated as part of the 2019 reconfirmation process: Advisor #'s 1, 4, 5, 8, 12, 42; and Specialist # 35.
  • # 18 Wildlife Management Area Advisor was already under recruitment.

From January - September 2018 initiated the 2018 CE position call, soliciting proposals for Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor and specialist positions. The call aimed to identify positions for strengthening and rebuilding the ANR network to address programmatic gaps and emerging needs. Due to the budget situation the release of approved positions was on hold until the fall of 2019; VP Humiston's 2018 announcement.

For reference, 2018 new CE position development process: flowchart

To see the 2018 proposed ideas that did not move forward to submittal, click the sub page on the side navigation. These ideas could be further developed by later submittal groups.

UC ANR also continues to pursue non-traditionally funded positions as a complimentary strategy to grow the programmatic footprint. As of January 2020, UC ANR developed funding partnerships to deploy $2.7M in non-traditionally funded positions: 9 academics and 14 programmatic staff. There are UC ANR resources on:

For questions, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez at or (510) 987-0029.

2018 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2018 cycle.

Position Details

66 Pomology and Water/Soils Area Advisor

1) This position serves two roles a) Pomology focusing on nut crops in Kings County and almond production in Tulare County, and b) plant/water/soils issues for both Kings and Tulare Counties, with an emphasis on permanent crops. 2) Master’s degree or higher in pomology, horticulture, plant science or other closely related field is required. Applicable coursework and/or demonstrated experience in plant/water/soils is desired. The candidate should be able to develop a program that integrates general horticultural principles and plant/water/soil relations and water use efficiency. 3) Reports to the Fresno/Madera/Tulare/Kings County Director.

Nut crop production is increasing rapidly throughout the state, and acreage in Kings and Tulare Counties has more than doubled in the past 15 years to more than 276,000 acres on over 1300 farms. Tree crops, in general, continue to increase as higher value crops replace low value crops, particularly rangeland and livestock forage. With the retirement of advisor Bob Beede several years ago and the recent retirement of advisor Kevin Day, the need for regional pomology expertise has grown substantially. Advisor Elizabeth Fichtner cannot possibly cover all eleven commodities grown on over 340,000 acres and 2800 farms in the two-county region. In addition, the recent retirement of Kern County soils & irrigation advisor Blake Sanden has left a significant hole in our research and extension continuum. Tulare County has a vast permanent crop horticultural industry of more than 430,000 acres, with a crop value of approximately $3.3 billion, all of which have significant water needs and issues. The water component of this position will integrate well with local pomology advisors, most of whom have disciplinary expertise in other areas.

Proposed Location/Housing

Kings County

Proposed Area of Coverage

Kings and Tulare Counties


Associated Documents

  • Unnamed File (pdf), uploaded 12/02/2019 by Christopher Hanson


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