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2021 Call for CE Positions

The 2021 CE Position Call was launched in August 2021 to identify UCCE Advisor and UCCE Specialist positions to be released over the next 12 months. The process has concluded.


The 2021-22 Release of UCCE Positions web page will list all the positions that have been released for recruitment as a result of this process. On March 14, 48 CE Advisor positions were released. CE Specialist positions will be announced in April 2022.  

Rebuilding the UC Cooperative Extension footprint, to address California's emerging and future needs, is made possible by the historic 2021-22 state budget increase. We are extremely grateful for the support and look forward to working with our partners to leverage these resources.

While this state budget increase will allow UC ANR to hire more people and achieve greater impact, we will continue seeking funding from additional sources to support the appropriate number of people with expertise needed to consistently and significantly improve the lives of all Californians. UC ANR continues to pursue non-traditionally funded positions as a complimentary strategy to grow the programmatic footprint. There are UC ANR resources on: how to develop co-funded positions and shared benefits of funding partnerships.


Process Information

Here is the link to the process flowchart with more details.

As in the past, we talked to our community partners and other stakeholders to identify the most pressing needs to prioritize the next rounds of hiring. We didn’t just refill past positions, instead we identified positions to address California’s emerging and future needs. Submittal groups, listed below, were expected to seek stakeholder input and work collaboratively across UC ANR units to make the best use of submission restrictions.

Review and consideration of UC ANR thematic cluster areas for hires was encouraged (see below) given building capacity in these areas is a priority to UC ANR.


Important Resources 

Those that submitted the position proposals:

For Advisor positions: The first four groups listed above submitted proposals, using the Universal Review System (URS) accessed from the ANR Portal. 

For Specialist positions: UC Campus Provosts or Chancellors emailed proposals to Wendy Powers. For any questions, please contact Wendy Powers or Mark Bell. For more information regarding how appointments will be handled between UC ANR and UC campuses other than UCB, UCD, and UCR, there is a Memorandum of Understanding and the APM guidelines. Program Team Leaders will submit their respective group's reviews through the URS. 


UCCE Programmatic Footprint Maps 

  • Link to landing page with some helpful information
  • Link to dashboard with maps
  • These maps illustrate current positions for UCCE Advisors, UCCE Specialists, other UCCE Academics, and Community Educator Specialists. They also illustrate UCCE Advisor and Specialist positions under-recruitment.
  • This information can illuminate gaps and needs to inform UCCE position proposal development and future hiring. 
  • Google sheet for user questions & comments


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

For questions about using the Universal Review System (URS), contact Chris Hanson at


Call For Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2021 cycle.

Position Details

63 Dairy Cattle Production Health and Management Economics Specialist

Position Title: Dairy Cattle Production, Health, & Management Economics

Full-time Assistant Professor of Cooperative Extension (CE) focused on enhancing dairy cattle production systems in California through discovery, development, and application of economic knowledge and tools needed to support farm-level decision making and improvement of health, productivity, welfare, competitiveness, and sustainability of dairy cattle herds.

Position Description:

Sustainability of dairy cattle production systems requires balance among multiple environmental, social, and economic factors. On one hand, increased challenges have put enormous pressure on California dairy producers, such as limited and costly labor supply, restricted water availability and environmental regulations, consumer perceptions, increased milk price fluctuations, and lower operating margins. On the other hand, many opportunities exist for evaluating feasibility of automation and precision technologies, water conservation on the dairy farm, and discovering viable alternatives to antibiotics while focusing on animal welfare and production efficiencies. This position will be responsible for researching and communicating the economic outcomes associated with different aspects of dairy management, such as health, welfare, environmental impact, and new technologies, and to support dairy farmers’ decision-making and promote their economic sustainability. Specifically, this Assistant Professor of CE will develop information to support economically sound management decision-making not only for conventional dairies across a range of herd sizes, but also for organic dairies, small scale processing dairies, and other niche-market dairies. As economic knowledge is gained, solutions and user-friendly economic tools will be developed and shared through outreach to promote economic feasibility within the framework of sustainable dairy cattle health, environmental management, and production efficiency. From an outreach perspective, this Assistant Professor of CE will be actively engaged in providing knowledge for UCCE Advisors, academic, regulatory, and private practice veterinarians, herd owners and managers, and other dairy decision makers in areas including policy, economic analysis, and financial management. This information can then be used by stakeholders to facilitate practical, science-based decision making with respect to capital budgeting decisions and other management choices related to short and long-term investment for dairy cattle health and production at the farm level. By making significant outreach contributions that combine scientific research and modern technology, this Assistant Professor of CE position will provide needed information for making science-based decisions to secure and advance sustainable dairy farms in California. An advanced degree related to animal health and production management economics (e.g., MPVM, MBA, MS, or PhD) is required; a DVM or equivalent degree is preferred.

Proposed Headquarters

UCD Veterinary Medicine Teaching and Research Center (Tulare)

Proposed Area of Coverage



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