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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

042 Area Small Farms and Specialty Crops Advisor - San Luis Obispo

The Small Farms and Specialty Crops (SFSC) Advisor position will provide support for growing numbers of diverse small farms and specialty crop growers in San Luis Obispo (SLO), Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties. This position requires a minimum of a Master’s Degree in plant biology, crop production or a related agricultural science discipline, and experience in the management of small to medium-size farm operations (row crops, orchards, greenhouses). Previous experience in new crop evaluation and variety selection for unique environmental, geographical, and climatic conditions is desirable. The Central Coast offers unique growing climates that allow specialty crop growers to provide high-quality fresh products to a diverse array of markets in greater Los Angeles and San Francisco. The ideal candidate will develop a market-based research program focused on assessment and evaluation of alternative specialty crops ideally suited for central coastal growing locations. The SFSC advisor will also be tasked with advising small and medium-sized farm operations on diverse practices to support successful new crop/market development efforts with advice on efficient farm management, including sustainable agriculture practices, certified organic production, post-harvest management, marketing, food safety compliance, and water quality regulations. Research and educational outreach programs in support of small and medium-scale farms may also involve networking with community-based client groups including local and regional food hubs, alternative direct marketing entities, local and regional governing boards, and the USDA Farm Service Agency. This position will also provide academic oversight of the UC Master Gardener program in SLO and Santa Barbara.

Proposed Location/Housing

San Luis Obispo County

Proposed Area of Coverage

San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties


Associated Documents



The California Specialty Crops Council (CSCC), a 501(c) 5 non-profit organization, is a trusted source of field based information spanning horticultural crop production, pest management, food safety and stewardship activities in fruit, root, vegetable, vine and berry crops (fresh, dried, and processed). Our diverse partnership of ag organizations also includes beekeepers. Combined, CSCC growers generate $4.1 billion annually on approximately 522,000 acres of California farmland. Our membership strongly supports the establishment and filling of this position. Many of the problems and challenges facing growers, such as with pests, water, air, labor, marketing, crop care materials, etc., are beyond their control, but through research solutions can and will be found that will have a positive impact on the CA specialty crops industry.
Posted Jun 13, 2016 9:34 AM by Gary W. Van Sickle
Small are a significant contributor to the economies of these three counties. Every aspect of production from food safety to personnel management to pest/disease and irrigation management needs to be addressed. Specialty crop growers are small growers usually and do not have access to in-house or hired specialists to address their problems usually. The University can play a major role in their success.
Posted Jun 21, 2016 1:08 PM by Ben Faber

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