Production Horticulture Area Advisor Applied Research and Extension

County Locations: Santa Barbara County, Ventura County

Date Posted: December 1, 2022
Closing Date: March 1, 2023

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Location Headquarters UCCE Ventura County, Ventura CA
Serving Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, California

Position Overview

The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) offers a unique recruitment opportunity for a UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Production Horticulture Area Advisor.

UC ANR administers a statewide network of researchers and educators dedicated to the development and application of science-based solutions to address local agricultural, environmental and health issues. Over 150 UCCE advisors conduct research, outreach and education from locally based Cooperative Extension offices serving all 58 counties from 70+ locations throughout the state. By working and living among those we serve, UC ANR expands the University of California’s reach to engage all people and communities in California, ensuring equal access to the UC system.

Purpose. The Production Horticulture Area Advisor will implement an innovative extension education and applied research program in the area of floriculture, nursery and protected (controlled environment) agriculture with the goal of improving production and economic viability of these industries in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

This position offers the opportunity to address a myriad of issues related to production horticulture in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. Nursery stock and cut flowers are top agricultural commodities in this area. Critical issues facing the greenhouse and nursery industry include:

  • Pest and disease management
  • Invasive species management
  • Water quality and water use efficiency
  • Soil and fertility management
  • Energy efficiency and carbon neutrality
  • Adoption of computer-controlled technology
  • Agriculture/urban interface issues

This is an exciting opportunity to develop and deliver relevant program content to have meaningful impacts in local communities and throughout California.

Opportunities abound for extension and research partnerships with a variety of stakeholders and partners.  The Advisor will develop research and education programs addressing needs of industry commodity groups in cooperation with local and statewide CE advisors and specialists, as well as workgroups, program teams, and the statewide IPM program and the Master Gardener program. The advisor joins a team of highly motivated UCCE colleagues who are passionate about their work and are dedicated to making a difference within the communities and throughout California.  The potential for collaborative projects within the UC ANR system is nearly limitless.

The advisor will work closely with other Advisors in Ventura, Santa Barbara and surrounding counties and will assume the academic direction of the Master Gardener program in Ventura County (20% time).

External to UC ANR, the Advisor will network with AES faculty, state and federal agencies, such as the California Department Food and Agriculture, California Department of Pesticide Regulation, Cal EPA, EPA, and USDA. The Advisor will also network with commodity groups, farm bureaus and agricultural commissioners in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties.

Support: UCCE Ventura County will provide administrative support, office space, laboratory space, phone line, internet access, and a vehicle.  UCCE Santa Barbara will provide additional program support. The Hansen Agricultural Research and Extension Center provides space for field and greenhouse research activities.

Counties of Responsibility.  This position will be headquartered at UCCE Ventura and also serves Santa Barbara County. This is not a remote position.

Reporting Relationship: The CE Advisor serves under the administrative guidance of the University of California Cooperative Extension County Director of Ventura County, with programmatic input from the County Director of Santa Barbara County and the Master Gardener Statewide Director.

Qualifications and Skills Required

Required Qualifications

Education: A minimum of a Master’s degree in an agricultural discipline such as environmental/ ornamental horticulture, plant science, pest management, urban agriculture or related field is required at the time of appointment.

Additional Requirements

  • Ability and means to travel on a flexible schedule as needed, proof of liability and property damage insurance on vehicle used is required. Must possess valid California Driver’s License to drive a County or University vehicle.
  • The ability to work with clientele across a wide range of socio-economic classes and ethnicities is essential.
  • The CE Advisor must possess or obtain within one year a Qualified Pesticide Applicator Certificate (QAC) or License (QAL) prior to applying or supervising the application of any pesticide.

Skills Required

To be successful, the CE Advisor requires skills in the following area:

Technical Competence and Impact

Knowledge of ornamental plants and floricultural crops.  The position requires knowledge and experience in plant science and computer-controlled management technologies used to optimize plant growing systems, plant quality, high-intensity production systems, and production efficiency in controlled environments (greenhouses, hoop houses, hydroponics, etc.).


Demonstrated excellence in written, oral, and interpersonal and information technology communication skills.  Public speaking to stakeholders is a routine part of this position.  Spanish language skills are a plus.

Demonstrated ability to share complex information in a manner tailored to the audience.

Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with colleagues, industry and other stakeholders.  Able to adapt as circumstances warranted.

Aware and willing to actively promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Lifelong Learning

Demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional improvement. Ability to shift program focus as times and organizational needs change.

Learn more about Skills and Areas of Programmatic Review (including Professional Competence, University and Public Service and Affirmative Action and DEI) at:

Desired Experience

  • Passion and desire to pursue a career in Cooperative Extension
  • Experience in education and outreach
  • Experience working with the landscape industry, irrigation, water conservation, recycled water, turf, drought-tolerant landscape plants, and composting
  • Experience in building partnerships and with multidisciplinary teams
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively plan projects, manage teams and implement an applied research and outreach program, including setting measurable goals and objectives
  • Spanish language skills are a plus

About UC ANR

The University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) consists of a network of scientists and educators working in partnership across California.  We are committed to developing and supporting practical, science-based solutions that contribute to healthy food systems, healthy environments, healthy communities, and healthy Californians.  UC ANR administers UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE), which is responsible for program development and delivery in the counties throughout the state of California.

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Salary & Benefits

Salary: The salary range for this Cooperative Extension Advisor position is Assistant Rank, Step I ($71,200) to Step VI ($94,000).  Step placement in the advisor series is based on applicable experience and professional qualifications.  For information regarding Cooperative Extension Advisor salary scales, please refer to the University of California website:   If the successful candidate is currently a UCCE Advisor, the candidate will be offered the position without change to the candidate’s current rank, step, salary and/or appointment terms; and if applicable, is eligible to retain indefinite status.

This position is eligible for indefinite status following three successful reviews and subject to terms noted in UC ANR Policy and Procedure Manual, Section 315

Benefits: The University of California offers comprehensive benefits including health insurance, retirement plans, two days per month paid vacation, one day per month paid sick leave, and paid holidays. This position is eligible for sabbatical leave privileges as per the terms of the University policy. For more information, refer to the UC Benefits website at:

How to Apply

If interested in this position, please visit: and choose “applicants” (refer to position #22-34)

Closing Date:  To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by January 29, 2023– (open until filled)


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University of California Cooperative Extension

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy.  All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline.   New University of California employees should refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for applicable deadlines.  (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.)  Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.  

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy. 

As of January 1, 2014, ANR is a smoke- and tobacco-free environment in which smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes), is strictly prohibited. 

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