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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

04 Horticulture and Specialty Crops Advisor

Humboldt and Del Norte Counties have numerous vegetable, fruit, and ornamental growers who grow in climates more common in Oregon than California. The North Coast hosts a nationally important bulb and lily industry. Del Norte County produces 95% of the nation’s Easter lily bulbs. There are numerous opportunities for collaborative research that address the North Coast’s unique coastal climates and highly productive soils, which are well suited for small scale producers, and niche marketing. There are research needs into emerging specialty crops (e.g. cold hardy citrus, quinoa, grape varieties, etc.), organic production systems, new varieties for existing crops, and pest management issues. The region’s young producers, along with socially disadvantaged and underserved Hispanic, Native American, and Hmong agricultural entrepreneurs, seek extension support. This position will oversee the Master Gardener Programs in Humboldt and Del Norte and may affiliate with the Vegetable Crops Program Team (PT) and Environmental Horticulture PT, State Master Gardener Program, and the Small Farm Workgroup (WG), among others. This position is critical and widely supported by these PTs and WGs because there is extremely limited agricultural expertise in the North Coast, with no personnel from Humboldt State University or community colleges in the area, no pest control advisors, no crop consultants, or CE farm advisors within a 3-hour (to Humboldt) to a 5-hour (to Del Norte) drive of this region. The Humboldt and Del Norte CE unit has historically had horticultural experience and there is a significant capacity gap created by the 2017 retirement of the past Plant Sciences advisor.

Proposed Location/Housing

Eureka, CA (Humboldt UCCE office)

Proposed Area of Coverage

Humboldt and Del Norte


Associated Documents


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