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2018 Call for Positions

December 20, 2019 Vice President Humiston announced the release of the following six positions for recruitment.

  • #12 Production Horticulture Advisor, San Diego County
  • #42 Agronomy Area Advisor, Merced County
  • #54 Livestock and Natural Resources Advisor, Siskiyou County
  • #58 Nutrition, Family, and Consumer Sciences Area Advisor, San Mateo-San Francisco Counties
  • #62 Vegetable Crops and Small Farms Advisor, Riverside County
  • #66 Pomology and Water/Soils Area Advisor, Kings County


In the fall of 2019, UC ANR embarked on the 2019 reconfirmation process. VP Humiston asked UC ANR programmatic groups (listed below) to reconfirm the 2018 CE position proposals list -- in order to fill a limited, small number of CE positions. She asked if there were higher priorities/critical needs/emergency gaps that weren't on the 2018 list of 46 but should be? Those were added to this web page at the end of November 2019, using the template and criteria below. Any 2018 proposals that needed significant revisions were updated and re-posted below.

  • Any proposal numbered above 46 was submitted as an emergency gap proposal during the 2019 reconfirmation process.
  • The following proposals were updated as part of the 2019 reconfirmation process: Advisor #'s 1, 4, 5, 8, 12, 42; and Specialist # 35.
  • # 18 Wildlife Management Area Advisor was already under recruitment.

From January - September 2018 initiated the 2018 CE position call, soliciting proposals for Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor and specialist positions. The call aimed to identify positions for strengthening and rebuilding the ANR network to address programmatic gaps and emerging needs. Due to the budget situation the release of approved positions was on hold until the fall of 2019; VP Humiston's 2018 announcement.

For reference, 2018 new CE position development process: flowchart

To see the 2018 proposed ideas that did not move forward to submittal, click the sub page on the side navigation. These ideas could be further developed by later submittal groups.

UC ANR also continues to pursue non-traditionally funded positions as a complimentary strategy to grow the programmatic footprint. As of January 2020, UC ANR developed funding partnerships to deploy $2.7M in non-traditionally funded positions: 9 academics and 14 programmatic staff. There are UC ANR resources on:

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

2018 URS Call for Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2018 cycle.

Position Details

62 Vegetable Crops and Small Farms Advisor

This position is to replace a projected retirement of Jose Aguiar in July 2020 of an advisor who has been serving the Riverside County for over 25 years, but also to replace Keith Mayberry, a position that has been vacant in Imperial County for several years.  The position will be responsible for an industry accounting over 26% of the gross value in Riverside County and an industry with almost $1 billion gross value in Imperial County. Coachella Valley is the leading producer of bell pepper in California and Imperial County supplies the nation’s largest lettuce crop. A continuum of this position is very crucial to keep the momentum of a highly visible and highly esteemed program for vegetable crop production in Riverside and Imperial Counties with primary program areas including (1) the commercial vegetable crop production and (2) the small scale and minority crop production. There are big Infrastructures in the region such as Prime Time in Riverside and several packers and shippers from Imperial County supporting the processing/packing of many vegetable crops. There is connection, good county budget support from both Riverside and Imperial and lots of opportunities for networking and partnership for career and program growth to make the advisor successful.  This position supports growers and processors of such high-valued vegetable crops with problem solving, field consultations and applied research.  The research focuses on improving yields and production efficiency with emphasis to disease and pest management to remain competitive on a statewide basis and nationally.  As this region is the major supplier of winter vegetables, pests and soil borne diseases, such as Fusarium Wilt on various crops, Gummy Stem Blight, didymelia bryoniae remain an ongoing challenge.  Water use efficiency and nitrogen use and management are two issues important to growers and deserving of future research to meet state regulatory requirement. Research dealing with technological developments is becoming increasing important as labor laws and labor supply shortages now affecting crop production, particularly during the harvest periods. Labor welfare and working conditions have led growers ask about technologies used in other states that could be applied in California (i.e. such as research development in narrow raised beds production in bell pepper in Florida.) The small-scale growers and minority producers In the Coachella Valley (40+) specialize in producing high value herbs and crops such as okra, eggplant, squash, chili peppers and zucchini.  They depend on the University of California farm advisors help guiding them in producing their crops and particularly dealing with irrigation and insect and diseases management. Hence, the Riverside County and Imperial County vegetable producers and small scale and minority growers in Riverside County will benefit from a continued local UCCE presence to address production, pest and natural resources issues after the current Vegetable Crops Advisor in Riverside County, Jose Aguiar, retiring in July 2020.  In a climate where many counties are looking for cuts within their departments and Cooperative Extension has been one of the targets in many counties, reducing the content and visibility of our programs will not support our mission of why we are providing local programs in the first place. The quality of our work is its research base both transmitted from campus and conducted by advisors. That is why the continuum of this position is crucial. 

Proposed Location/Housing

Riverside County

Proposed Area of Coverage

Riverside and Imperial Counties


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