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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

049 Area Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Advisor

The Advisor will work in the general disciplinary area of management of urban forests and forested and woodland systems in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Southern California contains significant urban forest in parklands, municipal grounds such as schools, and at private residences as well as forest and woodland resources in high altitude areas.

The critical issues to be addressed by this advisor include the value of urban forests for ecological functions such as habitat, water yield, and air pollution and climate mitigation goals and values to human communities such as aesthetics, recreation, and food provisioning (i.e. public orchards); wildland/urban interface issues and the impacts of changing land use on forest ecosystems, including habitat connectivity; forest and woodland pests and diseases (PSHB, GSOB, bark beetle, and emerging pests); wildland fire – prevention, management, and response in forests and woodlands; woody biomass utilization and co-generation; and science literacy related to forest and woodland ecosystems (e.g. Forest Institute for Teachers, Project Learning Tree, California Naturalist).

Research questions include measures to improve the performance of urban forests for various goals such as water conservation, carbon sequestration, and mitigation of increasing temperatures; techniques to manage invasive pests; increasing the success of pre-fire management and post-fire habitat restoration; the impact of access to nature, etc.

Proposed Location/Housing

Los Angeles County

Proposed Area of Coverage

Proposed to be based in Los Angeles County, primarily responsible for Los Angeles and Orange Counties, with occasional service to urban needs in Ventura, San Bernardino and San Diego counties in concert with other Natural Resources and Environmental Horticulture academics in those counties.


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SoCal is being inundated by new tree pests, as well as having whole swaths of woodlands devastated by the ongoing drought. Communication with the public is critical in trying to contain and reduce the impacts of these pests. Having a dedicated staff person to help lead this effort is really critical, as there is currently no other organization taking such a role.
Posted Jun 1, 2016 5:11 PM by Rosi Dagit
A dedicated ANR urban forestry adviser would be an invaluable addition for resource managers in southern California. I think most professionals in this arena are aware of the threats to urban forests posed by emerging pests, drought, and climate change, but most of us are also spread thin and workloads demand that we don’t spend enough time coordinating between agencies, private stakeholders, and decision makers to address long-term strategies to counter the problem. An area-wide specialist in this arena who could help put us all on the same page would be a big help.
Posted Jun 2, 2016 8:22 AM by Joe Decruyenaere
Our region is being severely impacted by drought and the new onslaught of non-native tree pests. While professionals working with trees and/or native habitats are often aware of the current situation, we are generally not employed by companies or agencies whose mission is to take the lead on a response strategy or to communicate information about these threats to the general public. If headway is to be made with this crisis, the response will need leadership assistance. A dedicated ANR urban forestry advisor would be invaluable toward this effort.
Posted Jun 20, 2016 9:52 AM by Anna Huber
Research about optimal street design - trees are limited by the current practices around street scapes but these are challenging times demanding innovative problem solving. How are other cities, globally addressing urban forestry, tree wells, and human connection to community and nature? is there a better model ? How do you increase tree cover in older neighborhoods with narrow sidewalks? What can cities do more to protect existing trees and the urban forest or what or ways of calculating the benefits that will be reveal the true value of this resource?
Posted Jun 20, 2016 5:22 PM by MaLisa Martin
The quantified benefits of a healthy urban forest are only recently becoming identified. These benefits include reduced energy consumption, reduced airborne particulates, improved health outcomes for residents (less asthma, etc.), With the onslaught of impacts that threaten the Urban Forest, from invasive insects to short-sighted stakeholders that indiscriminately remove urban trees, it is imperative that this incredibly beneficial resource have a professional, dedicated advocate.
Posted Jun 23, 2016 9:50 AM by Tracey Emmerick Takeuchi
As an ecologist/arborist with United Water Conservation District, I believe our region would benefit greatly from a dedicated ANR urban forestry advisor. The current threat from emerging tree pests is very real and amplified by the ongoing drought. The spread of many of these pests can be effectively combated through increased public awareness (e.g. unknowing people transporting firewood). While I am encouraged to participate in public outreach in my position, it is not a focus of my work. A dedicated adviser would provide much more effective outreach and education, including providing increased resources and and opportunities for land managers and environmental professionals to do the same.
Posted Jun 24, 2016 7:46 AM by Evan Lashly
I've seen many municipalities and local governments ignoring reality and making some incredibly bad decisions regarding urban forestry policy. This position makes sense because it could be used to help homogenize and optimize these currently somewhat disparate urban forest policies and rectify bad policies. Ad to that the position producing a visible yearly award of some sort for those local governments that have model urban forests and urban forestry policies, using a criteria that actually measures the amount of money saved and the property value added by the winning entity's policies and track record. The position could also well coordinate with state land use specialists in order to use GIS and Geo Imaging techniques to determine the amount of water loss and health of the urban forest canopies under their jurisdiction. These 'transpiration' and tree health scores could be used to qualify the water needs of the local entities in question in order to goad them into optimal tree selection and care.
Posted Jul 5, 2016 5:06 PM by Frank McDonough
As a municipal arborist for the City of LA, Dept. of Rec. & Parks, I see the need for a Urban Forestry Advisor first hand on a daily basis. With the misguided water restrictions that are based on politics and not Best Management Practices to the drought and many bad bests and diseases, the need for an Urban Forest Advisor that can advocate for the Urban Forest and disseminate sound information is undeniable. As well, the Los Angeles area needs someone to help us get in front of the problems so we are proactive instead of being reactive. I hope you rethink this position and choose to fill it. I appreciate your consideration.
Posted Jul 5, 2016 6:37 PM by Leon Boroditsky
As the Restoration Ecologist for the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (National Park Service), I strongly support hiring of an Urban Forestry Advisor. With all of the destruction being caused by pests and cllmate change currently, and with the likelihood of more to come, the need for sound advice, education, and outreach has never been more critical.
Posted Jul 6, 2016 10:05 AM by Irina Irvine
As the Deputy Chief of the Prevention Services Bureau for the County of Los Angeles Fire Department I have seen firsthand the devastation that insects and diseases have caused in our Southern California forests. These pests and plagues have impacted both our wildland and urban forests. For this reason, I strongly support the assignment of a UCCE Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Advisor for Los Angeles County.

Prior to my appointment as Deputy Chief, I worked for the Department's Forestry Division for 24 years. During my tenure in Los Angeles County, I have been involved in mitigating the Mediterranean Fruit Fly, the Red Gum Lerp Psyllid, the Ash White Fly and other pests that targeted specific urban trees. However, only recently, have I seen such a widespread impact from so many devastating pests and diseases. The Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer and the Kuroshio Shot Hole Borer do not discriminate and they attack a wide variety of tree species. In addition, the Goldspotted Oak Borer (GSOB) has now established itself in the northern LA County community of Green Valley. If not stopped, it could threaten our significant population of oaks, which are the signature tree in many Southern California communities. Added to all this misery is the fact that Los Angeles just recorded it driest five years in recorded history, giving even additional leverage to the pests and diseases that are impacting our forests.

Given these challenges, I cannot speak highly enough for the need to fund an additional UCCE Forestry and Natural Resources Advisor dedicated to Southern California. To date, staff from UCCE has been invaluable in combatting the GSOB and in getting the word out to foresters, arborists and other natural resources professionals about additional pests and diseases that are impacting the forests of Southern California.
Posted Jul 9, 2016 3:44 PM by John Todd
In my current position as Staff Chief of Resource Protection and Improvement for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), I have witnessed the plight of Southern California’s urban and wildland forests because of insects and diseases. Based on my experience, I urge you to fund a UCCE Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Advisor for Los Angeles County.

I worked for CAL FIRE's Urban and Community Forestry program for 14 years prior to my recent appointment as Staff Chief. During that time, CAL FIRE's Urban and Community Forestry staff have worked throughout the region to assist municipalities, non-profits, and special districts develop urban forestry programs or enhance their existing programs. These projects included tree planting, inventories, management plans, and education programs on many urban forestry subjects. Staff has seen tree mortality increase because of pests and diseases. Many of these pests are not species specific and attack myriad tree species. Recently, the Goldspotted Oak Borer (GSOB) and Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (PSHB) have been found in Los Angeles County. If not stopped, they threaten the significant oak population and many ornamental species in Southern California. Pests, diseases, and record-breaking drought, continue to exacerbate urban forestry resources.

To combat pests, diseases, and other urban forestry issues affecting Los Angeles County, I strongly support the funding and appointment of an Urban Forestry Advisor dedicated to Southern California. This position is vital for continued education and information dissemination. Current UCCE staff has proven themselves to be pivotal in distributing information to arborists, foresters, other natural resource professionals, and the public about pests and diseases impacting Southern California forests. Maintaining an Urban Forestry Advisor will continue to provide a valuable service to all of Southern California.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 1:35 PM by John Melvin
I strongly support the assignment of a UCCE Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Advisor for Los Angeles County, Orange County and San Diego County. The current impacts to the regions Urban Forestry from drought and pests has been devastating, and municipalities are woefully inadequate to deal with the problem. I am the Parks and Landscape Supervisor for the City of Santee, within San Diego County. I manage City Parks, Median and ROW Landscaping, Landscape Maintenance Districts and City trees. I have been in this position for 12 years and the current water restrictions and mis-guided mandates have done irrevocable damage on the urban trees in San Diego County. Municipalities need guidance and assistance on how to navigate these uncharted waters. Municipalities need support on writing policy and ordinances to combat urban deforestation. The support of a UCCE Urban Forestry and Natural Resources Advisor in regards to policy and budget requirements would be extremely beneficial as current support is lacking.
Posted Jul 13, 2016 11:21 AM by Annette Saul

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