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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

050 Area Urban Landscape and Resource Management Environmental Horticulture Advisor - Bay Area

The Environmental Horticulture (EH) Advisor will serve the San Francisco Bay Area (SFBA) counties of Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, and San Mateo / San Francisco through development of an applied research and education program for the professional landscape industries (landscape managers /gardeners, park and school districts, landscape architects, etc.) and regional UCCE Master Gardener (MG) programs. The Advisor will provide sustainable and research-based urban landscape management expertise for these client groups, including plant selection, management of turf and turf-alternatives-based landscapes, soil and water conservation/management, fertilization and water pollution prevention, and pest management.

Proposed Location/Housing

Contra Costa County

Proposed Area of Coverage

Contra Costa, Alameda, Santa Clara, and San Mateo / San Francisco


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The education of landscape professionals and master gardeners is very important. I would also like to see the turf aspect less emphasized with a focus on how to change the culture to use drought-tolerant alternatives. I'd like to see the inclusion of seed saving - at least as support for the master gardeners - as part of the job description.
Posted Jul 8, 2016 10:04 PM by Rebecca Newburn
Education of landscape professionals and master gardeners is very important. They are the front line for implementing sustainable and waster wise garden practices. Master Gardeners are often able to guide the public in making choices that help us manage the urban forest and plantings suitable for our climate. We need to continue the transition to sustainable landscapes that work for commercial and private property owners. Landscape professionals look to this officer to support best practices and avoid or correct problems caused by water and pest management practices.

Theresa Halula, Instructor
Merritt College Horticulture Department
Oakland, Alameda County
Posted Jul 9, 2016 4:39 PM by Theresa Halula
I have worked as a volunteer, trainer, or educator for several organization that benefit from UCCE research and advice. This crucial position can offer multiple community programs the technical support and educational resources needed to make their programs successful.

I strongly support the funding of this position, and offer these comments with the intention of escalating a transition from wasteful conventional landscape practices toward a new paradigm which is best described as the watershed approach to landscapes.

The watershed approach is codified in the California regulation in the form of the Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance. By introducing holistic practices that save water, sequester carbon in urban environments (where pollution impacts are greatest), and preserve and enhance habitat, the watershed approach embodies a new paradigm for California landscapes which is scalable and universally applicable by a wide range of landscape professionals, land managers, and home gardeners.

The watershed approach uses rainwater as a resource; emphasizes climate-appropriate plants (including low-water turf and turf-like substitutes); utilizes efficient irrigation only where needed for establishment or management of low and medium water-use plants; reduces or eliminates herbicides and pesticides, focusing instead on proactive vegetation management practices; and protects and enhances the health of our soils through the use of compost and best management practices. Together, these practices result in synergistic benefits to make urban landscapes places of beauty, respite, and environmental regeneration. I respectfully request that the watershed approach be incorporated as the lens for development and implementation of the program and advisor role, and that it be included in the position description.

An obstacle to success in public landscapes exists, particularly in municipal park and school campus maintenance. This is an area of significant need.
Posted Jul 10, 2016 2:17 PM by Maureen Decombe
The planting in our public and private landscapes must acknowledge that we live in a mediterranean climate, one that is typically receives no summer precipitation. Our conception about how our landscapes ought to look has been driven by ideas from the eastern US and Europe which have a different set of climate challenges.

With the heightened awareness that the drought and climate change has brought on water use, more and more people, both private individuals and landscape professionals, are rethinking how our landscapes look. They seek guidance on how to create beautiful, restorative outdoor spaces that respect our climate.

Additionally, with global warming, we need to think about the long-term -- the hundred year plan. What trees should we plant now which can tolerate the predicted rise in temperatures?

We need research, education and outreach as we move to the future. Funding the position of Environmental Horticulture Advisor is imperative. The Advisor will serve as a resource to guide and lead both home gardeners and landscape professionals as we shift to more sustainable, climate-appropriate landscapes.

Dawn Kooyumjian
UCCE Master Gardener Program Coordinator
Alameda and Contra Costa Counties
Lecturer, Department of Landscape Architecture
Univesity of California, Berkeley
Posted Jul 11, 2016 9:30 AM by Dawn Kooyumjian
Residents of Contra Costa and Alameda Counties are challenged by diminishing water resources, increasing human population, rising water, yearly influx of exotic pests coupled with changing regulations regarding nonpoint pollution sources, stormwater and waste management. Research needs to be done on the impacts of greywater and rainwater harvesting systems, the use of drought tolerant plants in a fire prone zone, the impact of "nativars" (cultivars of native plants), coping with wildlife in urban areas and dealing with urbanized soils.

New state regulations are having major impacts on landscape design and construction. Interpreting those regulations for the urban/Suburban community and providing research on methodologies would be the job of this advisor. These counties have waited a long time for this kind of position to be filled, and the need simply keeps increasing.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 10:07 AM by Bethallyn Black
There is urgent need for training in conservation and sustainable landscapes in all sectors. What was considered as innovative support programs are no longer in place or no longer being funded. It is imperative that these research and information services are offered at this level. The adviser position has been defined as support for ecologically sound landscaping and conservation practices and should be upheld as such.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 11:10 AM by Sandra Frost
The California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) represents more than 75% of the nearly 4,000 California EPA licensed pest control advisers (PCAs) that provide pest management consultation for the production of food, fiber and ornamental industries of this state. CAPCA is dedicated to the professional development and enhancement of our member's education and stewardship, which includes legislative, regulatory, continuing education and public outreach activities.
CAPCA membership covers a broad spectrum of the industry including agricultural consulting firms, U.C. Cooperative Extension Service, city, county and state municipalities, public agencies, privately employed, forensic pest management firms, biological control suppliers, distributors, dealers of farm supplies, seed companies, laboratories, farming companies and manufacturers of pest management products. Research on new and innovative tools to address pest pressures and emerging invasive species while staying compliant with current regulations are key to the ongoing success of this industry.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 11:36 AM by Lien Banh, CAPCA
Our UC advisors are the invaluable resource for information on all things related to ornamental landscape. We (public agency landscape professionals) have a responsibility to maintain and protect public space. Our UC advisors help us do that!
Over the years we have all learned so much from these folks in the seminar setting. They are generous with their time and help.
Where would we be without them?
Posted Jul 11, 2016 2:49 PM by Valerie Matonis
It is absolutely necessary to have a position with extension for urban landscape considering the limited water resource and judicial use of irrigation especially for trees. The Extension service is a highly valuable resorce to getting the correct information out to professionals as well as homeowners.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 3:27 PM by Maryellen Bell
I strongly support the position of EH Advisor. My public agency (Contra Costa County) has benefited greatly from a number of UCCE advisors who always give generously of their time. Since Ali Haravandi retired, there has been no turf and turf alternative expert for us to turn to. In this time of uncertain water supplies, that kind of expertise is desperately needed in the urban and suburban Bay Area.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 3:27 PM by Tanya Drlik
UC Master Gardeners, Bay Area residents and local agencies will greatly benefit from an Advisor specializing in Urban Landscape and Resource Management. UC Cooperative Extension will be equipped to fulfill its mission to build Healthy Environments and Healthy Communities with a highly effective UC Master Gardener Program, supported by the Advisor, to educate the public on water wise and sustainable landscaping practices, and with an Environmental Horticulture Advisor positioned to build partnerships, strengthen the connection between UC research and the public, and collaborate with like agencies to improve resource management.
Posted Jul 11, 2016 3:29 PM by Leslie Parent
Dear Mr. Bennaton,

The Bay Area Urban Landscape and Resource Management Environmental Horticulture Advisor position is a critical resource for the green industry professionals in the Bay Area. The objective research and body of knowledge that this position would bring to cities, counties, private sector managers and professional associations is invaluable to those engaged in the management of trees, landscapes, turf, pest management and water issues. The educational presentations, books and other published information produced by the Environmental Horticulture Advisor is highly regarded by industry professionals around the Bay and beyond. Their involvement in programs like the UC Master Gardeners and associations such as International Society of Arboriculture Western Chapter, Golf Course Superintendents Association, CAPCA/NCTLC and Bay Area Landscape Supervisors Forum to name a few strengthens our horticultural knowledge to allow us to provide sustainable landscapes, turf and urban forests which is so much a part of the Bay Area’s attraction and environment.

Douglas Hamilton, Dr. Ali Haravandi, Dr. Lawerence Costello, Dr. Pavel Svihra and other Environmental Horticulture Advisor have made major contributions to the landscape-turf-urban forestry-recycled water industries in the Bay Area and California. I urge you to continue this tradition of excellence by funding this Environmental Horticulture Advisor’s position during your 2016 cycle.

Posted Jul 11, 2016 7:10 PM by Michael Santos, Michael Santos Consulting Arborist, LLC

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