Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center
University of California
Sierra Foothill Research and Extension Center

Community Nutrition & Health Advisor (Applied Research and Extension) Central Sierra, Placer-Nevada Counties AP 21-27

County Locations: Amador County, Calaveras County, El Dorado County, Nevada County, Placer County, Tuolumne County

Date Posted: October 25, 2021
Closing Date: January 4, 2022

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Position Overview

The University of California, Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR), a statewide program with local development and delivery, is seeking the following UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Advisor.


Location Headquarters.  Jackson, CA

Purpose. The Community Nutrition and Health Advisor who will implement an innovative extension education and applied problem-solving research program for the Central Sierra (including El Dorado, Amador, Calaveras, and Tuolumne counties) and Placer-Nevada counties, a primarily rural area.


The advisor will develop a program based on priority community needs within the broad areas of healthy lifestyles, health equity, food security and Indigenous food sovereignty, nutrition and water security and safety and/or climate change and health. Of specific current interest are the areas of farm to school programs, the social determinants of health in a rural context, partnering with Tribes and tribal communities to co-develop culturally relevant programming, and community health response to issues such as COVID and mental health.

The advisor will work with and provide a point of connection for the county, state, tribal, community, schools and other organizations to work together toward enhanced community health and resilience. The advisor’s applied research program will inform management and policy efforts across the area counties with potential for impact throughout California.

The advisor will be part of the network of UC ANR Nutrition and Health Advisors that provide critical capacity, coordination, and science-based momentum for an accelerated approach to California’s health problems.  As such, the advisor’s work will also connect with other UC ANR advisors, UC Campus-based specialists and faculty, the UC ANR Nutrition Policy Institute and with relevant UC ANR volunteer networks (e.g., UC Master Gardener, UC Master Naturalist, and UC 4-H). UC ANR implements two large Federal Nutrition programs (CalFresh Healthy Living, UC and EFNEP) and runs the UC Master Food Preserver Program. These programs offer rich opportunities for programmatic input, applied research and expanded community impact. The advisor will be part of a state-wide advisory committee providing input on and seeking synergies around these and other Statewide programs.

This is an exciting opportunity to have meaningful impacts in the Central Sierra, Placer-Nevada communities and throughout California more broadly.

Opportunities abound for research and extension partnerships that link consumers and professionals across multi-sectors with relevant science-based information and promote effective problem solving.  The advisor will also join 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.

Counties of Responsibility.  This position is focused on Central Sierra region of Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, South Lake Tahoe, Tuolumne, Placer and Nevada Counties.  There is an opportunity to work collaboratively across counties.

Reporting Relationship: The CE advisor serves under the administrative guidance of the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) County Director for the Central Sierra Multi-County Partnership.  The CE advisor is programmatically responsible to the Statewide Community Nutrition and Health Director.

Qualifications and Skills Required

Required Qualifications

Education:   A minimum of a Master’s degree in Public or Community Health, Nutrition or other closely related fields is required at the time of appointment.

Additional Requirements

  • Live within a commutable distance of the position headquarters during period of appointment.
  • A background investigation will be required for the successful candidate, including fingerprinting and a criminal history clearance by the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. This position is subject to the requirements and compliance of the California’s Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA). Employment within UC ANR is contingent upon securing written acknowledgement to comply with California law.

Desired Experience

  • Passion and desire to pursue a career in Cooperative Extension and community development.
  • Experience in successful Cooperative Extension programming or community development,
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively plan, manage teams and implement a research program, including setting measurable goals and objectives.

Skills Required

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


Technical Competence and Impact


The candidate should have a deep understanding of key concepts related to community health and nutrition and be able to design and implement a program that leads to positive changes and impact within the community and beyond. There is an expectation that advisors evolve and grow across their career and may even need to change the focus of their work.




Demonstrated excellence in written, oral and interpersonal and information technology communication skills.


Collaboration, Teamwork and Flexibility


Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively as a team member with others.  Able to adapt as circumstances warranted.  


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


Lifelong Learning


Demonstrated commitment to ongoing self-improvement - both professionally and as a person. 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:


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 the California.  We are committed to developing and supporting 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 beginning salary will be in the Assistant CE Advisor Rank and commensurate with applicable experience and professional qualifications.  For information regarding CE Advisor series salary scales, please refer to:


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 vacation, sick leave, and approximately thirteen paid holidays per year. This position is eligible for sabbatical leave privileges as per the terms of University policy and is eligible for indefinite status.


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 21-27)


Closing Date: To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by January 4, 2022  (open until filled)


Contact Tatiana Avoce email:


Applicants may wish to explore the UC Davis Services for International Students and Scholars web page at as a resource.


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