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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

043 Area Small Farms/Urban Agriculture Advisor - San Bernardino and Western Riverside Counties

The Small Farms/Urban Agriculture Advisor will be responsible for developing and extending research-based information on all aspects of small-scale farming and urban agricultural enterprises with particular emphasis on organic production systems. Small-scale production of vegetable and specialty crops is a rapidly growing sector of the agricultural industry in San Bernardino and Western Riverside Counties and is an important element of the expanding local and regional food system, serving over three million residents of the two county metropolitan area.

The position will fill a large geographical void in completing the statewide network of recent UC ANR Small Farm/Urban Agriculture Advisor and Specialist hires and would strengthen the impact of research and extension by UC ANR on a statewide as well as regional and local basis. No UCCE Advisor in either county serves this growing clientele base nor is there justification for a current Advisor in either county to shift FTE to reasonably cover this assignment. In addition to startup farms, traditional citrus and avocado farmers are increasingly converting acreage to diversified and certified organic family farms in both counties to fulfill the needs of a changing market.

Proposed Location/Housing

San Bernardino

Proposed Area of Coverage

San Bernardino and Western Riverside Counties


Associated Documents



In Riverside County, there are numerous small farms operating in both the urban and rural settings, that grow a variety of crops, especially vegetable and specialty crops. Currently, the operators of small farms in Riverside County do not have adequate resources available to them to provide advice on how to grow and market their crops in the most efficient and effective manner. There is also an increase of traditional farms, large and small, converting acreage to organic production, and these farmers need advice on how to grow their crops without using traditional farming methods.

The Riverside County Agricultural Commissioner's Office supports the creation of the Area Small Farms / Urban Agriculture Adviser. The Small Farms / Urban Agriculture Adviser will be a valuable and important resource to the small farms, urban farms and organic farms and will help these farmers select the most appropriate crops to grow. The Adviser will also educate these farmers on best management practices regarding soils, fertilizers and integrated pest management (IPM).
Posted Jul 8, 2016 9:45 AM by Riverside County Agricultural Commissioner's Office
As the Conservation Program Manager for the Chino Basin Water Conservation District, along with our Community Programs Manager Dr. Becky Rittenburg, I want to share our wholehearted support for the Small Farms/Urban Agriculture Advisor position to serve San Bernardino and West Riverside Counties.

Due to the continuing drought and constrained water resources, conservation is now more important than ever, and a dedicated advisor who can amongst other things, disseminate state of the art water use efficiency best practices for small farms and urban gardens would very much fill a significant need in our region.

Drew Ready
Chino Basin Water Conservation District
Posted Jul 11, 2016 1:16 PM by Drew Ready
Based on my past experience working in other counties in CA with UCCE and Farm Bureau, I was very pleased to see the proposal for the Small Farms/Urban Agriculture Advisor position to serve San Bernardino and West Riverside Counties. As we face a growing level of development in San Bernardino county, we also face a lowering level of available acreage for farming, but an increased number of people looking to enter into farming - perhaps as urban farmers or as some would call them "backyard farmers" or "hobby farmers." These are people who could greatly benefit from a position such as the one being proposed within the UCCE. An advisor who specializes in the style of farming that these individuals are going to be working with will be very crucial to their success, and to the future of agriculture in San Bernardino and West Riverside Counties.
Thank you.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 5:48 PM by Windy Van Dam, Two B Dairy

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