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2018 Call for Positions

From January - September 2018 ANR solicited proposals for Cooperative Extension (CE) advisor and specialist positions. 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 was on hold; VP Humiston's 2018 announcement.


In the fall of 2019, Vice President Humiston asked UC ANR programmatic groups (listed below) to reconfirm the 2018 CE position proposals list -- anticipating being able to fill a limited, small number of CE positions. She has asked if there are higher priorities/critical needs/emergency gaps that aren’t on the 2018 list of 46 but should be? Those will be added this web page at the end of November 2019, using the template and criteria below.


Below are the submitted proposals. 

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


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.


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


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

San Bernardino County

Proposed Area of Coverage

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


Associated Documents


7 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
I am reconfirming the high priority need for this advisor position which would provide technical expertise on sustainable production of small acreage agricultural vegetable and fruit crops to current and potential growers in the greater Los Angeles basin (inland Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino Counties). We currently have no advisor working with this clientele in this geographical area and small farms/specialty crops are is one of the largest growing agricultural sectors in each of the counties served by the position. Thank you for further considering its strong merits. Janet Hartin, San Bernardino County Co-director and position lead author.
Posted Oct 30, 2019 8:15 AM by Janet Hartin

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