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2018 Call for Positions

ANR solicited proposals for Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor and specialist positions from January - September 2018. The 2018 call aimed to identify positions for strengthening and rebuilding the ANR network to address programmatic gaps and emerging needs. Due to current budget situation the release of approved positions is on hold; VP Humiston's announcement.


There was a new position development process – for the complete process and timeline refer to 2018 CE positions flowchart.


  • It is designed to be a consultative process with opportunity for input from UC ANR academics and clientele/stakeholders.
  • Those involved in position development are expected to take a collaborative approach and statewide perspective to identifying critical needs, and looking forward to emerging challenges.
  • The goal is have a manageable number of priority positions proposed, relative to funding realities.
  • The new process increases success rate for proposed positions given each group agrees on priority positions for submittal.

Phased Approach:

  • The advisor and specialist processes each have three phases with groups working collaboratively to develop proposals, and reviewing earlier proposals to add proposals that they think are higher priority.
  • Each proposal development phase is intended to include internal consultation and external input from ANR stakeholders. We expect and strongly encourage ANR academics to engage with external stakeholders, including commodity groups, cooperating programs, agency partners, community groups, and others to explicitly discuss priority needs to for positions. Groups of related program areas and campus-based departments should discuss and develop complimentary position proposals to strengthen the ANR network.
  • You can communicate with the people who are able to submit positions and work collaboratively with them in these efforts. 
  • The proposals that didn’t make it in earlier phases could be picked up during the subsequent phases. They can be found on the proposal ideas web page.


Proposal Development Submittal Groups

Development Phase

County Directors and Research and Extension Center Directors

Feb. 7 – May 15

Executive Associate Deans

Feb. 7 – May 15

Program Team Leaders

May 15 – Aug. 1

Statewide Program and Institute Directors

Aug. 1 – Sept. 15

Submittal groups: Use the Universal Review System (URS) to create a proposal and upload a completed position template (Word .doc). Only one representative from each group needs to submit. You can access URS from your ANR Portal. Under Open Systems click on the "2018 Call for Positions." You can access your previous submissions under Universal Review System "Your Proposals."


Relevant documents:





For questions, contact Katherine Webb-Martinez at or (510) 987-0029.


Below are the submitted proposals. This online tool is searchable to encourage collaboration. To begin, please search through positions that are currently being proposed and contact the submitter if you are interested in collaborating or have questions.

To see proposed ideas that may not or did not move forward to submittal, click the sub page on the side navigation. These ideas may be further developed by later submittal groups.


This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2018 cycle.

Position Details

15 Urban Agriculture/Small Farms Area Advisor

The Urban Agriculture/Small Farms Area Advisor will develop and conduct an applied research and education program for small-scale growers engaged in direct and nontraditional production and marketing of vegetable and specialty crops with an emphasis on organic production in the greater Los Angeles basin (desert areas are already covered). The Advisor will also work in the emerging area of controlled-environment agriculture (CEA), a food production approach conducted in enclosed facilities in large urban centers. A minimum of a Master's Degree in plant science, agronomy, vegetable science, horticulture, or a closely related field is required. Experience in small-scale production systems and/or sustainable agriculture is preferred. Bilingual (English and Spanish) applicants are encouraged to apply. The Advisor will report to the San Bernardino County Co-Directors with input on program direction, coordination and evaluation from the other County Directors and South Coast Research and Extension Center (SCREC) Director. The Advisor will also collaborate with other Advisors assigned to the four-county area (including Sustainable Food System Advisor Rachel Surls who specializes in the non-production aspect of food systems), other statewide Urban Ag/Small Farm Advisors, campus based Specialists and Faculty, and on projects at SCREC and the UC Riverside Citrus Experiment Station. The Advisor will affiliate with the statewide Sustainable Agricultural Research and Extension Program (SAREP) and the Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program and participate in workgroups associated with the Agriculture Production Management Systems, Vegetable Crops, Pest Management, Water Resources, and Building Food Security Program Teams. The Advisor will also spend up to 20% of his/her time providing research-based information on non-commercial vegetable production to Master Gardeners (with MG programs being coordinated and managed by UCCE Community Educators in each of the four counties) who will extend the information to gardening networks and the public.

Proposed Location/Housing

UCCE, San Bernardino County

Proposed Area of Coverage

San Bernardino, Riverside, Orange, and Los Angeles Counties (non-desert areas of all four counties)


Associated Documents


6 Comments - Post Comment

The San Bernardino County Farm Bureau voted unanimously to strongly endorse this position at their May 22 ,2018 meeting noting the fact that there is currently no other UCCE advisor in this geographical area working with vegetable and specialty crop growers yet there are many campus pest management specialists based at UCR to assist the advisor.
Posted Jul 18, 2018 11:03 AM by Janet Hartin
Such a position is badly needed to foster local foods and economies, reduce pollution from transportation, increase the number of farmers in SoCal, improve access to healthy foods, and help address food security. The Riverside Food Systems Alliance is working to improve the local food system in terms of production, soil health, land use, food rescue, etc. The greater Riverside area has a growing number of urban farmers and emerging beginning farmer training programs. I hope you will prioritize the need for such a position.
Posted Oct 18, 2018 2:55 PM by Diana Ruiz
This is a critically important position that will provide much needed expertise to the growing urban agricultural sector in the region. The position could complement the new California Agriculture and Food Enterprise (CAFE) institute at UC Riverside.
Posted Oct 23, 2018 12:02 AM by Darrel Jenerette
Posted Dec 31, 2018 10:10 PM by Alex
Posted Dec 31, 2018 10:11 PM by AlexJ
Posted Dec 31, 2018 10:11 PM by AlexJ

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