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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

036 Area Plant Science Advisor Humboldt - Del Norte

The Plant Science advisor will be responsible for the assessment, development, implementation, and evaluation of educational and research programs for all horticultural crops in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties (vegetables, fruits, and ornamentals). The advisor will develop applied research projects that meet the needs of producers and have significant impacts to food systems and the sustainability and competitiveness of local agriculture. This position is consistent with the Small Farms Project Team’s staffing transition plan and the needs of the North Coast.

Proposed Location/Housing

Eureka, CA

Proposed Area of Coverage

Humboldt and Del Norte Counties


Associated Documents



The Western Region IR-4 Program facilitates the registration of sustainable pest management technology for specialty crops and minor uses. We rely heavily on a collaborative effort among UC ANR CE Advisors and Specialists to help identify and prioritize needs and projects for growers in order to enhance their pest management capabilities. Enhanced expertise in production of vegetable, fruit and ornamental crops would support growers by providing input and guidance to the IR-4 program in the identification of appropriate registration projects for these and other specialty crops of this area of the state.
Posted Jun 24, 2016 3:53 PM by Rebecca Sisco
It is vitally important to our local agricultural producers, farmers, ranchers, backyard gardeners and community at large that we secure a position for a Plant Science Advisor for Humboldt and Del Norte counties through UCCE. As the director of the North Coast Growers' Association for the last 9 years, I know the need for and value of this position is significant. We are an under-resourced region with large-scale and diversified agricultural production. The knowledge and expertise that a Plant Science Advisor can bring to our local growers is vital and critical to supporting the robust agricultural industry. Please support this position, as it will have a meaningful and long-lasting benefit to Humboldt and Del Norte counties and our communities. Thank you for your time and consideration of this important matter.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 12:43 PM by Portia Bramble
Humboldt County has a very robust horticulture industry with many small farms that grow a variety of crops, i.e., fruits, vegetables and ornamentals sold at farmers markets, roadside stands, grocers and restaurants. These young producers rely heavily on the county-based cooperative extension for expertise. Also, the North Coast is home to the leading grower of cut flowers in the U.S. The need for a Plant Science advisory becomes even more important as the role of the advisor encompasses the North Coast Federally Recognized Tribal Extension Program (FRTEP) which serves four tribes and addresses food security, crop production, community gardens and youth development.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 1:53 PM by Ryan Sundberg, 5th District Supervisor, County of Humboldt
Humboldt County is home to a strong horticulture industry with small farmers producing a variety of crops, i.e. fruits and vegetables including one of the leading producers of cut flowers in the U.S. These farmers are the backbone of local food production which supports agricultural businesses, provides rural family incomes, sustains economic diversity, and enhances regional quality of life. A Plan Science Advisory will help meet the needs of these producers and have significant impacts on food systems and the competitiveness of local agriculture.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 2:37 PM by Rex Bohn, 1st District Supervisor, County of Humboldt
Agriculture is the backbone of this community and a growing industry cluster in the region. In addition to large horticulture and dairy productivity, small scale, direct-market farmers abound supported by a food savvy community. Our farmers, gardeners, consumers, support organizations, and decision-makers need access to the type of research based programs and resources that only the Plant Science Advisor offers. Their work is timely and responsive, addressing relevant issues such as water use, IPM, tribal engagement, food security, farmland preservation, food safety, and succession among others. As Regional Manager of the Community Alliance with Family Farmers, I ask you to support this vital position in Humboldt and Del Norte counties.
Posted Jul 7, 2016 5:22 PM by Michelle Wyler
A Plant Science advisor is essential for Humboldt and Del Norte Counties sustainability. As Facilitator of the Humboldt Food Policy Council, I have seen how a Plant Science advisor helps create a much-needed holistic understanding of the local food system and enables local farmers, food industry businesses and horticulturalists to make educated decisions that greatly impact the local economy and health of the community. Further, the additional opportunities for extension and research programing to address the needs of Hispanic, Native American and Hmong agricultural entrepreneurs that this position creates is so vital to this region.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 10:34 AM by May Patino
The horticultural industry and the significant contributions it makes to the local economy warrants the placement of a Plant Science Advisor in the Humboldt/Del Norte County UCCE Office. This Plant Science Advisor position and the outreach, education and support it provides to the horticultural industry is essential for ensuring the long-term viability of this industry in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 2:56 PM by Jeff M. Dolf, Humboldt/Del Norte Agricultural Commissioner
Humboldt County Farm Bureau supports the position of a Plant Science Advisor for Humboldt – Del Norte Counties. The structure of Humboldt County is different from much of the rest of the State. Small businesses and small agriculture farms are normal for Humboldt. Given the fact that our area is lacking funding in general, available resources to vegetable, fruit, and horticulture growers is a struggle. Humboldt has a strong market for local food production for both conventional and organic products. Our producers are always looking for innovative ways to increase production and variety of products and a Plant Science Resource person would be a tremendous asset to these Ag commodity growers. Because of our mild climate and extended growing seasons, Humboldt is the perfect location to expand variety of products being grown, but we need to have the professional experience that a Plant Science Advisor would bring to accomplish this. Please support this position for Humboldt and Del Norte Counties.
Posted Jul 10, 2016 11:49 AM by HUMBOLDT COUNTY FARM BUREAU
As the owner and operator of our family business, Clendenen's Cider Works, I have benefitted from the resources and programs of our local Cooperative Extension Plant Science Farm Advisors. Our small but venerable apple and fresh apple cider business was founded by my grandfather in 1909, and I am mentoring my son who will be the 4th generation operator. Those 107 years of continuous agricultural production have seen ongoing changes and challenges in production systems and marketing. In my 37 years as business owner, I have frequently and productively used the services of our local Agricultural Extension office to answer questions (or refer me to University of California resources) for pest issues, regulatory changes, and marketing opportunities. Our Plant Science Farm Advisor introduced me to pheromones for coddling moth control, resulting in the elimination of 3 insecticide applications.
We have immense challenges to continuing agriculture production in Humboldt County, and I see The Plant Science Farm Advisor position as critical.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 7:48 AM by Clif Clendenen
We have been blessed by having a position dedicated to Plant Science with the UC Extension. Our region is dedicated to protecting our resources and what we have left to make our economies tick. It is incredibly important that UC continue its support through a dedicated potion in Humboldt and Del Norte Counties. Humboldt and Del Norte Counties have numerous vegetable, fruit, and ornamental growers and the farmers and their families sell there crops at farmer’s markets, roadside stands, community supported agricultural programs, grocers, and restaurants. These families are the backbone of local food production which supports agricultural businesses, sustains economic diversity, and enhances our quality of life. The North Coast is home to a leading grower of cut flowers in the United States, as well as the Easter lily industry in Del Norte County that produces 95% of the nation’s Easter lily bulbs. Our region’s young producers need horticultural training and rely heavily on county-based cooperative extension for expertise and science in order to educate ourselves on best management practices in the States ever changing regulatory world. Please continue your support for this program.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 2:28 PM by Chris Howard, District 3 Supervisor, Del Norte County
The Del Norte Farm Bureau supports the Plant Science Advisor position for Del Norte/Humboldt County. It is essential that we continue to have access to extension expertise in our rural area. In Del Norte County, there is an increase in community gardens, participation at our farmer markets, and organic farming. We believe our current Advisor has played a significant role in that success. The Plant Advisor has been involved with the Easter Lily Industry for years, providing outreach, grant support and new alternatives to growing methods. This is a high priority for Del Norte.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 2:47 PM by Del County Farm Bureau/Rob Miller
The Community Food Council for Del Norte and Adjacent Tribal Lands (DNATL) is a group working to build a healthy food system in DNATL. Our group has identified a scarcity of local of agriculture training programs as a primary barrier to both healthy food access and economic development in our remote, under-resourced area. A Plant Science Advisor for Del Norte and Humboldt Counties is a direct response and solution to this barrier.

The DNATL region is blessed with a favorable growing climate and abundant farmland. However, our community struggles to produce new farmers and build a vibrant local food economy. A Plant Science Advisor brings knowledge and experience into our community that is critical for training new farmers. Please continue your support for this vital program. It is a cornerstone for both healthy food access and economic development in DNATL.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 3:59 PM by Brittany Rymer, Community Food Council for DNATL

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