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

Environmental Horticulture Advisor (Applied Research and Extension) AP 21-37

County Location: Los Angeles County

Date Posted: November 29, 2021
Closing Date: January 31, 2022

Job Description: Download

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:  Los Angeles County, CA

Purpose: The Environmental Horticulture Advisor will implement an innovative extension education and applied research program to maximize the plant and human health benefits related to plants and trees in the Los Angeles County.

The focus will be on impact in urban areas with potential benefits beyond and will be driven by priority needs. Areas of potential focus include plant and tree selection, Climate change and developing mitigation strategies, new pests as result of climate change, landscape water management and issues facing nursery professionals. There will be opportunity to work on Shot Hole Borer detection and management which remains a regional issue. The advisor will also support Home horticulture by providing training and program support and possible oversight and management of the Master Gardener program (Los Angeles County) and support the broader statewide Master Gardener effort. The Master Gardener volunteers offer a rich resource for community outreach and engagement.

The Advisor will develop and deliver research-based information using a range of communication options to create positive community impact.

This is an exciting opportunity to have meaningful impacts in Los Angeles County; engaging with county and other institutions, non-profit organizations, the 'green industry', nursery professionals, home owners, industry, and regulators, and others. 

Required Qualifications

Education: A minimum of a Master’s degree in environmental horticulture or other closely related field is required at the time of appointment.  

Additional Requirements

  • Experience in community development and program evaluation
  • Valid driver license.
  • Live within a commutable distance of the position headquarters during period of appointment.
  • If relevant, the Advisor must possess or obtain a Qualified Pesticide Applicator Certificate (QAC) or License prior to applying or supervising the application of any pesticide.

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.

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.  

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 #21-37)

Closing Date:  To assure full consideration, application packets must be received by 1/31/2022 – (open until filled)


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