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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

018 Area Environmental Horticulture Advisor - Ventura and Southern Santa Barbara

The Environmental Horticulture (EH) position will service the diverse and expanding landscape, nursery and floriculture industries in Ventura and southern Santa Barbara counties. This position requires a minimum of a Master’s degree in environmental or ornamental horticulture, or a related agriculture field. Experience working with nursery, landscape industries, and/or small-scale agriculture production is desirable, especially demonstrated technical work, of vegetable, potted plant, and flower greenhouse production systems, and/or entomological issues impacting greenhouse and nursery operations. The ideal candidate will develop and extend research and information in the landscape and nursery industries state-wide, with an emphasis in greenhouse production systems, irrigation/hydroponics, nutrient management, water quality, water/gas recycling, and provide educational support for growers and professional organizations.

This position will also provide academic leadership for the UC Master Gardener program in Ventura County, and collaborate with the UC IPM program, Statewide Master Gardener program, and UC SAREP.

Proposed Location/Housing

Ventura County

Proposed Area of Coverage

Ventura and Santa Barbara County


Associated Documents



This CE position has a high priority because the greenhouse and cut flower industry is under pressure and big changes and challenges ahead in regards of water recourses, labor cost and availability, consumer and public demands and foreign competition are great. other commodity growers are moving south of the border and that would be a great loss of Ventura county and California if the flower industry would follow this trend. The local flower growers do benefit a lot of what CE position has to offer to support the day to day challenges and decision making that benefits the farm community, the counties, and the state of California
Posted Jun 21, 2016 10:47 AM by Gerrit Van der Kooy
Greenhouse and the cut flower industry in these two counties is strategic to the economies here and there is no one in the area to advise them. HOw can the University abandon them?
Posted Jun 21, 2016 1:04 PM by Ben Faber
The CE position for Ventura and Santa Barbara counties is a high priority because it gives local growers and nurseries a green industry competitive advantage and therefore saves local jobs. It also helps growers and nurseries with complex regulatory compliance issues and environmental stewardship. Lastly, funding this position ensures prudent use of state and industry tax revenues.
Posted Jun 29, 2016 4:03 PM by Lon Records
As Agricultural Commissioner serving Ventura County I can say with great confidence that the EH position is vitally important to the nursery, as well as the flower and foliage industry in Ventura County. In 2014, Ventura County ranked 3rd in the state for both nursery products and flowers and foliage production. Santa Barbara County ranked 2nd in flowers and foliage production. The many small farm operators in both counties need the expertise of the EH position to succeed in this very competitive market. As the world becomes smaller through trade, innovation which the EH advisor will bring becomes critical when developing new techniques and introducing new and exotic varieties of plant species for commercial production. No doubt the continued arrival of invasive species and how best to manage these pests will be an area of special need for local producers that the EH Advisor will be capable of addressing. Pest species such as the glassy-winged sharpershooter make shipping anywhere near grape producing an additional complication that producers of containerized plants must find better answer for or risk losing the ability to ship. The ongoing drought is another area of need the expertise the EH Advisor will be expected to help manage with the development of best practices. The Counties of Ventura and Santa Barbara are within the only Mediterranean type climate in the United States one of five in the world. The fact that people also thrive and love to live in this area has created an ag/urban dynamic that challenges all farmers, but the nursery, flower, and foliage growers are the most squeezed to the margins of both land and profits. Urban neighbors like to see the lush growth, but complain loudly about the noise, dust, and smells that emanate from the nurseries pushed up against their borders. I urge you to select the EH position to help us here in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Thank you!
Posted Jul 1, 2016 5:04 PM by Henry Gonzales
The CE position for Ventura and Santa Barbara counties is a high priority for the greenhouse and flower industry since the retirement of Julie Newman we have been without a "go to person" for the past three years. Please fill the void so we can keep local growing businesses blooming and keep jobs here where they should be.
Posted Jul 5, 2016 3:07 PM by Robert Suzuki
The CE position for Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties is indeed a very high priority. Over the years we have seen IPM grow from a relatively obscure method of pest control to become the "go to" preferred tool in greenhouse grown crops. IPM/Biological Pest Control is complex, comes with a large learning curve and is constantly evolving. As flower growers, we have come to rely on our CE specialist to introduce us to new and improved methods, run workshops and help us research pests and diseases. Julie Newman did an excellent job providing us with the support in those areas and we need that position filled once again. There is still so much to be learned and researched in biological control and plant diseases, please give us back our CE Specialist.
Posted Jul 5, 2016 3:32 PM by Eduard Van Wingerden
Ventura and Santa Barbara counties need an extension specialist. Invasive pests, groundwater contamination, nutrient budgets, qualified labor, drought, changing markets, urban interface issues, are all affecting nurseries and how we do business.
Having an extension person in our area will help us stay in business and battle these challenges. If we lose these battles we will turn our incredible growing area into urban only because nurseries can only stay in business if they can pay their bills. I urge you to find the right person and bring them to our counties and help make a difference.
Posted Jul 5, 2016 3:54 PM by Scott Klittich
The Environmental Horticulture, EH position for Santa Barbara and Ventura County should be a high priority for a successful future in the floral industry. Our family has been here 50 years now and a great many changes have occurred in this time. We have a highly technical and progressive industry one that is constantly changing. We need an individual in Cooperative Extension that can give us the support we need in order to be more competitive. We all know that our industry is under pressure from outside, so having and EH on our side would make a big difference. Please consider our request in having this position filled. Thank you very much.
Winfred Van Wingerden Maximum Nursery Inc.
Posted Jul 6, 2016 3:07 PM by Winfred Van Wingerden
As an owner of a wholesale nursery that has operated in Santa Barbara County for 37 years, I stress the importance of having an environmental horticulturalist specialist in Ventura and Santa Barbara counties to work with our cut flower and nursery growers. Ventura and Santa Barbara counties rank high in both nursery and cut flower production and we need the help that this position offers to remain competitive and to help us continue to produce top quality plants and flowers given the many new pressures facing our businesses. This position can help to figure out the best management practices to combat new invasive pests and diseases while maintaining a safe and clean environment for our workers and neighbors in our increasingly urban surroundings. I sincerely ask that you fill this position with a well-qualified person.
Posted Jul 6, 2016 3:40 PM by Randy Baldwin
It is extremely important that Ventura and Santa Barbara counties have a Horticulture specialist. Considering how much the industry contributes to the 2 counties it is a must. The industry is facing challenges from every direction and anything that can give the county's growers a more competitive edge will benefit everyone.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 7:45 AM by David Van Wingerden
Santa Barbara and Ventura counties are a unique environment where horticultural industry, agriculture and urban landscapes exist in very close proximity to each other. This combined with drought issues and a shift in demand for more drought tolerant plants has made our local nursery businesses have to react quickly to stay viable in the current market and deal with pest issues. In addition the demand is growing for more sustainably produced plants with less pesticide use and more IPM practices. This position plays a vital role in our community to help us all adapt quickly to changing markets, and stay on top of pest and disease issues, while still maintaining viability in our competitive markets. The current position vacancy has been a hard blow to our floral and nursery industry locally, leaving us scrabling for resources to help us fill this role. These requests are not made lightly, please help restore this important position to our community.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 8:50 AM by Heather Federlein
My husband and I have been growing cut flowers in Carpinteria for 44 years. Technology changes rapidly and we need to keep up. Cut flowers are a major crop in Santa Barbara County, in fact we are the "flower basket" of America. Please fill this environmental horticulture position so we can continue to compete with the rest of the world flower growers.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 10:47 AM by June Van Wingerden
The proposed CE position for Santa Barbara and Ventura counties should be high priority for UCANR funding. Due to the fast-changing and complex regulations involved in the nursery and greenhouse industry, companies need continued support in compliance. As a professor of environmental horticulture, I see the trend towards greater and greater environmental accountability for nurseries and growers, and also understand the cumulative burden these regulations place on companies. This position is critical to support those growers in understanding and meeting new regulatory requirements, in increasing resource and financial efficiency in the delivery of their products, and in safeguarding human and environmental health in the industry. The research, advise and foot-work the CE position can accomplish will ensure that this industry remains viable in our area and on the cutting-edge of new technologies that meet regulatory requirements. .
Posted Jul 7, 2016 12:43 PM by Michael Gonella, Chair of Environmental Horticulture Dept, SBCC
Associates Insectary strongly supports the Environmental Horticulture Advisor position. Associates is an agricultural cooperative representing 7,500 acres of citrus and avocado groves in Ventura County. We are an IPM based operation and have raised and provided our growers with beneficial organisms since 1928. We also supply these beneficials to a wide variety of outside users, including greenhouse and other horticultural growers. In our dealings with horticultural operations, we have found them to be aggressive adopters of IPM programs and tend to be more heavily focused on the use of beneficial organisms and other sustainable practices than typical open field vegetable producers. In conversations with managers, I have learned that they are interested in low impact, IPM based pest control programs. They are prepared to fully adopt these programs when technical support is available, but many times these programs cannot be fully implemented due to a lack of local technical support. This lack of technical support and current information about new research would be greatly improved in Ventura County with the addition of an EH Advisor to act as a conduit to these growers. It would have a secondary impact with a likely increase in the use of sustainable practices which would require the use of additional beneficial organisms in this area. There are several beneficial organism producers and distributors located in this county, more than in almost any other area of California. Each of these operations would benefit from an increased demand for these IPM tools.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 1:34 PM by Brett Chandler, President/General Manager
We must have continued renewed support with a high ranking to the EH advisor position to our prominent horticultural industry here in Ventura County. The advisors position is an essential link providing research and solutions to the ongoing and ever progressing changes and regulations to our local environment concerning production, sustainability and growth of our industry. Recognize our needs so we may continue to provide and remain in business.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 2:17 PM by Mary Galvin PanAmerican Seed Co.
As former plant propagator/nursery manager/horticulturist at the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, I periodically called upon Julie Newman to share her expertise and help problem solve.Considering how economically significant the greenhouse/nursery industry is in Santa Barbara and Ventura counties, it seems critical to support this advisory position. The industry needs to stay abreast of practices that will keep companies viable without compromising the environment. Advancements in IPM, research on the efficacy of compost tea for disease control, alternatives to peat moss in soil mixes, and other horticultural issues are critical to the success of the industry. Disseminating this information to the public through the Master Gardener program is another vital responsibility of this position.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 3:36 PM by Carol Bornstein
it is vital that we get someone to help us farmer. with all the new way growing we need help to be educated. i have been farming flowers 42 years and learning every day.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 5:30 PM by RENE VAN WINGERDEN
It is critical for all aspects of the horticultural, agricultural, and landscaping industry in SB and Ventura Co to have a resource to advise and assist with the local and ever growing presence of our pest and disease problems. Our resources for local assistance for our industry has been diminished. A local resource is vital for continuing to make agriculture the number one industry in these two counties.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 8:36 AM by Trina Gault
I strongly believe in and support the addition of the position of an Environmental Horticulture Advisor to provide the much needed support and services to the nursery and floral industry in Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties.
The Santa Barbara County and Ventura County have both consistently been in the top three in the state for cut flower and nursery production. For the last 3-4 years these two counties have been denied the desperately needed expertise of an Environmental Horticulture Advisor since the retirement of Julie Newman.
Through our commodity group meetings it has been made very clear to the Agricultural Commissioner that the nursery and cut flower growers have put an EH Advisor on the top of their list of needs as a necessity to be able to stay in business. With the increased foreign competition continuing to intensify in these industries and the increased and complex environmental regulations this is the perfect time for an EH to provide the much needed assistance in research, education, outreach & training to our growers and their employees. An EH is critical in providing support to our growers in dealing with invasive pests, diseases, drought, fertilizers/nutrients and ag/ urban interface issues.
Also, ever increasing in popularity are the use of IPM strategies. The Eh would provide the needed support in this area with continued research, updates, education through tailgate sessions and workshops. IPM is complex and changing and the industry needs guidance and support to continue moving forward, staying healthy, vibrant, and competitive. The EH will help maintain our cut flower and nursery industries in our county healthy and growing through providing education, technology, innovation and new techniques in production.

Posted Jul 8, 2016 2:12 PM by Rudy Martel - Santa Barbara County Assistant Agricultural Commissioner
This is a critical position that would support a strong, highly technical, and economically important industry. The advisor would provide an important link to established statewide education and research efforts in environmental horticulture.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 5:36 PM by Steve Tjosvold
Bonnie Freeman, Santa Barbara Unincorporated County resident
Posted Jul 11, 2016 12:17 PM by As a Master Gardener (LA Program) and committee member of the 2015 approved Eastern Goleta Community Plan representing urban agriculture in the complex issues of growers dealing with a host of issues next to residential housing I saw first hand what my neighbors had to go through, both Ag and Res., to come to safe guidelines. Without the critical up-to-date guidance from the EH Advisor there woul
I attempted to post before and I know at least one other nurseryman tried to and failed. I hope that will be taken into consideration when reviewing the number of posts. I am president of the Santa Barbara County Flower and Nursery Association. We have used the Extension adviser to speak to our group to educate members about ongoing research concerning pests and other topics. We have not had an adviser since Julie Newman retired. I ask you to refer to the Santa Barbara County Crop report to see that cut-flowers are a major source of income for our county. The adviser is crucial in dealing with exotic and regular pests. The California Cut Flower Commission has promoted our area as a major producer of American grown flowers. We need help to remain competitive in a global market. Please fund a new advisor for our area.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 3:55 PM by June Vanwingerden
According to our reports and research, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties are the most valuable production regions of cut flowers in the United States. Therefore, it is of great importance and urgency that the most valuable cut flower producing region in the United States be served and supported by an Environmental Horticulturist. A EH position is a prudent investment, not only in the economics and local jobs, but to support the invaluable and unique people resource that these farms represent. Our flower farmers compete in a fierce and every changing global market place. Challenges, issues and opportunities facing our farms need immediate attention, resourcefulness and support in order to compete. A person who can provide support to these farms, ensuring their ability to compete and working to eliminate risk would be a worthwhile investment. For every $1 a California flower farmer earns, $.92 of that dollar goes back into the local economy and an EH would help to ensure that this type of ROI for these types of jobs and farms continues long into the future. The CCFC urges your support for the EHA position for Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. I would be happy to provide you with more information on the specific economic impact that our farms provide their communities and the counties.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 4:38 PM by Kasey Cronquist, CEO/California Cut Flower Commission

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