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2021 Call for CE Positions

The 2021 CE Position Call was launched in August 2021 to identify UCCE Advisor and UCCE Specialist positions to be released over the next 12 months. The process has concluded.


The 2021-22 Release of UCCE Positions web page will list all the positions that have been released for recruitment as a result of this process. On March 14, 48 CE Advisor positions were released. CE Specialist positions will be announced in April 2022.  

Rebuilding the UC Cooperative Extension footprint, to address California's emerging and future needs, is made possible by the historic 2021-22 state budget increase. We are extremely grateful for the support and look forward to working with our partners to leverage these resources.

While this state budget increase will allow UC ANR to hire more people and achieve greater impact, we will continue seeking funding from additional sources to support the appropriate number of people with expertise needed to consistently and significantly improve the lives of all Californians. UC ANR continues to pursue non-traditionally funded positions as a complimentary strategy to grow the programmatic footprint. There are UC ANR resources on: how to develop co-funded positions and shared benefits of funding partnerships.


Process Information

Here is the link to the process flowchart with more details.

As in the past, we talked to our community partners and other stakeholders to identify the most pressing needs to prioritize the next rounds of hiring. We didn’t just refill past positions, instead we identified positions to address California’s emerging and future needs. Submittal groups, listed below, were expected to seek stakeholder input and work collaboratively across UC ANR units to make the best use of submission restrictions.

Review and consideration of UC ANR thematic cluster areas for hires was encouraged (see below) given building capacity in these areas is a priority to UC ANR.


Important Resources 

Those that submitted the position proposals:

For Advisor positions: The first four groups listed above submitted proposals, using the Universal Review System (URS) accessed from the ANR Portal. 

For Specialist positions: UC Campus Provosts or Chancellors emailed proposals to Wendy Powers. For any questions, please contact Wendy Powers or Mark Bell. For more information regarding how appointments will be handled between UC ANR and UC campuses other than UCB, UCD, and UCR, there is a Memorandum of Understanding and the APM guidelines. Program Team Leaders will submit their respective group's reviews through the URS. 


UCCE Programmatic Footprint Maps 

  • Link to landing page with some helpful information
  • Link to dashboard with maps
  • These maps illustrate current positions for UCCE Advisors, UCCE Specialists, other UCCE Academics, and Community Educator Specialists. They also illustrate UCCE Advisor and Specialist positions under-recruitment.
  • This information can illuminate gaps and needs to inform UCCE position proposal development and future hiring. 
  • Google sheet for user questions & comments


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

For questions about using the Universal Review System (URS), contact Chris Hanson at


Call For Positions

This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2021 cycle.

Position Details

60 Agroecology Specialist

(1) The Specialist will focus on agroecology, with an emphasis on how to address climate change impacts on ecological  functioning of agricultural systems and landscapes. Research topics could include soil fertility management, soil/water conservation, on-farm carbon sequestration, soil/plant/insect microbiome research, integrated agriculture/aquaculture systems, or biological pest and disease control. The specialist will understand the biophysical, ecological, and social complexities of agroecosystem management and will conduct transdisciplinary, participatory research and extension in collaboration with faculty and staff, farmers, policy makers, indigenous groups, and community organizations. (2) The Specialist will have a Ph.D. in agroecology, agronomy, ecology, entomology, environmental sciences/ studies, horticulture, plant pathology, soil science, or other related discipline; excellent communication skills; 5+ years of experience in applied agricultural research and extension; success in securing and managing extramural grants, carrying out field-based research, and publishing; and demonstrated commitment to transdisciplinary work with social and educational scientists. (3) The CE specialist is academically and administratively responsible to the Director of the UCSC Center for Agroecology and Chair of Environmental Studies Department, with input from the ANR Vice President. UC ANR will oversee the merit and promotion process. The Specialist will co-lead the UCSC Center for Agroecology research team, lead and contribute to grant proposals and research projects, and engage with 50+ Center faculty affiliates from all five academic Divisions. The Specialist will interact with undergraduate and graduate students, deliver occasional lectures, and perform similar academic functions (e.g., serve on committees, oral exams) as appropriate. The Specialist will engage with other campus entities including the AgTech Collaborative, the Coastal Science & Policy MS Program, the Cannabis & Hemp Initiative.

Proposed Headquarters

UCSC Center for Agroecology and Department of Environmental Studies

Proposed Area of Coverage



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