UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources has announced it will be recruiting for 17 county-based and area-based Cooperative Extension advisors for the 2006-07 fiscal year, which began July 1.

ANR used a rigorous review process involving campus, county and stakeholder input to determine the state’s highest priority needs and is using resources made available by retirements and resignations to compensate new personnel.

”We are still dramatically smaller than we were in the 1980s, and are still recovering from the budget cuts of 2003,” said W.R. Gomes, UC vice president for Agriculture and Natural Resources, “but our budget has stabilized to where we can fill some of our more critical needs.”

The positions approved for recruitment in 2006-07 include:

* Floriculture & Nursery Crops Advisor - San Diego County and south Riverside County

* Environmental Horticulture & Nursery Advisor - San Mateo County

* Rice Farming Systems Advisor - Sutter/Yuba counties

* Vegetable Crops Advisor - Fresno County

* Pomology Advisor - Merced County

* Agricultural Crops & Weed Control Advisor - Madera County

* Environmental Horticulture Advisor - Marin and Sonoma counties

* IPM/Vertebrate Pest Advisor - Kearney Research & Extension Center

* Vegetation Management/Weed Science Advisor - Napa County/Redwood Region

* 4-H Youth Development Advisor - Los Angeles County

* 4-H Youth Development/Nutrition, Family & Consumer Sciences Advisor - Imperial County

* Nutrition, Family & Consumer Sciences Advisor - Stanislaus and Merced counties

* Nutrition, Family & Consumer Sciences Advisor - Mariposa and Tuolumne counties

* Water Management/Resources Advisor - Orange and Riverside counties

* Dairy Advisor - Stanislaus and San Joaquin counties

* Natural Resources/Water/Range/Livestock Advisor - Modoc/Intermountain Region

* County Director/Natural Resources Advisor - Humboldt/Del Norte counties