ANR Employees
University of California
ANR Employees

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

012 Area Controlled Environment Agriculture Advisor

The Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA) Advisor will service the diverse and expanding production systems in protected agriculture and horticulture in San Diego, Orange and Riverside Counties. CEA is a combination of engineering, plant science, and computer-managed technologies used to optimize plant growing systems, plant quality, and production efficiencyin greenhouses, portable hoophouses, growth chambers and high intensity production systems.

Proposed Location/Housing

UCCE San Diego County

Proposed Area of Coverage

San Diego, Orange and Riverside Counties


Associated Documents



Agriculture is a key contributor to the economy in San Diego County. In 2014, the total value of agriculture in San Diego county totaled $1,817,465,883, with a total acreage of 268,592. In addition, San Diego county has the highest number of small farms and organic farms in the nation, with 68% of San Diego county farms in 2014 being 1-9 acres. San Diego county’s varied topography creates a wide array of microclimates resulting in nearly 30 different types of natural vegetation communities. There has also been a recent trend of controlled agriculture moving into the urban environment in San Diego county. Because successful farming is such an important facet of the local economy and food system, this position would assist the San Diego region as many local farmers, particularly those with smaller operations or less experience, would benefit from the knowledge and expertise that this position would offer. The expert support this position would provide via new technologies and production systems will enhance local sustainability and profitability for farmers across the region. We fully support the University of California Cooperative Extension filling this important position that would benefit the region.
Posted Jul 5, 2016 11:50 AM by Lindsay Palmer - County of San Diego
Farming has played important economic and social roles in the history of San Diego County. That history has included changes in crops and growing techniques in response to changing conditions. Today’s conditions include the need to conserve water, improve energy efficiency, increase production per acre and unit of input, meet the expanding demand for “locally grown,” take advantage of technology, ward off an increasing number of exotic pests, and maximize the productivity of the workforce. On all counts the use of controlled environment agriculture (CEA) will help meet those needs. With current farmers seeking to move into CEA to keep their farms viable and entry famers recognizing that CEA can be the pathway to establishing new farms in an urbanizing community, there is a critical need for expertise to provide research, education, and technical assistance. We stand in full support of this position that will directly benefit farming in San Diego, Orange, and Riverside Counties and indirectly support farming throughout the state.
Eric Larson, Executive Director, on behalf of San Diego County Farm Bureau
Posted Jul 6, 2016 10:53 AM by Eric Larson
Urban agriculture is at the forefront of innovation and technology. Hydroponics, aquaponics, and vertical agriculture are redefining the role of technology in protected agriculture and horticulture. San Diego County is unique in California in its prolific number of small farms and the focus on emerging technologies geared to increase yields, quality, and the sustainability of agriculture. Those endeavoring to take agriculture to the next level have a critical need for a Controlled Environmental Agriculture Advisor (CEA). The CEA can be a conduit of research and knowledge meeting this critical need for highly technical, cutting edge information. Contributing to the growth of the sector will result in economic opportunity, investment, and job creation. San Diego, Orange, and Riverside Counties are playing a key role in these expanding production systems. I fully support the proposal for a CEA located in San Diego County and serving San Diego, Orange, and Riverside Counties.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 8:13 PM by Karen Melvin, Deputy Agricutlural Commissioner/Sealer, County of San Diego Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures
My name is Janet Kister and I own Sunlet Nursery, Inc. a wholesale grower of indoor and outdoor flowering plants in San Diego County. I was very excited to hear about the Controlled Environment Agriculture Advisor. We have identified that adopting new technologies and production efficiency are probably the only ways that our nursery will be able to survive in the future due to increased regulations and labor costs. Having an advisor that can assist us with this will be invaluable to us and our fellow nursery people. We have been very impressed with what the UC advisors have been able to accomplish with education, training and information dissemination in the areas of their expertise and expect this position will be the same. Thank-you so much for considering this! We certainly need it!
Posted Jul 8, 2016 12:35 PM by Janet Kister
As Agricultural Commissioner for the County of San Diego, I fully support the Farm and Home Advisor’s request for the Area Controlled Environment Agriculture Advisor position. This position is important to regional agriculture and the community. San Diego County’s ornamental nursery industry is valued at $1.2 billion and is ranked number one in California and the U.S. This industry has been facing major challenges relating to high water, land, and labor costs and multiple agricultural invasive pests including Asian Citrus Psyllid vectoring Huanglongbing and Light Brown Apple Moth. The position is critically needed and would play a key role to promote agricultural sustainability. The Advisor would provide valuable expertise to assist growers to address these challenges. We appreciate the Farm and Home Advisor’s valuable support to the County to promote a safe, healthy, and thriving community and look forward to working with this Advisor to enhance the local agricultural sustainability. Thank you.
Posted Jul 10, 2016 9:28 PM by Ha Dang

Add New Comment/Feedback for this Proposal

Comments are currently closed.
Webmaster Email: