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EXTENSION STATE SPECIALIST, ENTOMOLOGY AND INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT

Position Details

Summary

Operating Title EXTENSION STATE SPECIALIST, ENTOMOLOGY AND INTEGRATED PEST MANAGEMENT
Long Classification Title ASSISTANT STATE SPECIALIST
Location UNH, Durham, NH
Department UNH Cooperative Extension Food and Agriculture [UXFDAG]
Summary of Position

The University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension (UNHCE) is seeking an entomologist that will undertake engaged outreach in agricultural integrated pest management. This is a 100% extension appointment (non-tenure track) that will be assigned to UNHCE’s Vegetable and Fruit Production team within the Food and Agriculture Program.

The successful candidate will lead the state’s Integrated Pest Management (IPM) outreach and extension programs. They will collaborate with faculty, extension specialists, and agricultural stakeholders to lead a dynamic extension program focused on sustainable management of pest populations. This position will address the needs of vegetable and fruit crop producers, with the aim to help the diverse horticultural businesses of the state and region become more economically and environmentally sustainable. Areas of emphasis may include emerging insect pests, pollinator conservation, biological controls, environmentally and economically viable pest management strategies, and insecticide resistance. The candidate may provide support roles in other aspects of entomology, and will have the flexibility to approach emerging pest problems as they arise.

We expect strong synergies with new and existing faculty and specialists working in diverse areas of agricultural systems including sustainable horticulture, crop development, and protected agriculture. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to mentor graduate students and postdoctoral scientists, through affiliation with the Department of Agriculture, Nutrition and Food Systems (ANFS) within the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture.
This position is supported by several funding sources, including competitive targeted federal grants. The current funded project involves work primarily in agricultural IPM, with some work in public health IPM. The position is partially grant-supported, with a current commitment of three years from the date of hire. Thereafter, the incumbent will be expected to generate a minimum of twenty-five percent of annual salary from grants, contracts or research/teaching appointments. The successful candidate will be expected to compete successfully in national and regional funding initiatives, and to achieve prominence in their field of scholarship.

Additional Job Information
Posting Number/Job Order # PS0726FY18
Acceptable minimum level of education Doctorate
Acceptable minimum years of experience 2 years
Other minimum qualifications

A Ph.D. in Entomology or other closely related discipline.

Demonstrated effective interpersonal and written communication skills.

Demonstrated excellence in teaching.

Competency in the use of modern technologies and their application to program development and delivery.

Demonstrated ability to work well as part of a team.

Demonstrated knowledge of entomology, arthropod identification, integrated pest management strategies, and problem-solving skills.

Enthusiasm for working with farmers, gardeners, and agricultural producers throughout the state.

Experience in conceiving, planning, undertaking and publishing independent research.

Ability to regularly travel throughout the state, as well as occasionally travel in the region.

Additional Preferred Qualifications

Experience working in New England agricultural systems.

Experience in securing competitive extramural research funding.

Salary Information

Salary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.

Quicklink for Posting http://jobs.usnh.edu/postings/28471
Percent Time Information (FTE) 1.00
Grade 11
EEO Statement

The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.

Institution Information

The University of New Hampshire is a major research institution, providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate programs and graduate programs of distinction. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast, and is convenient to New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 13,000 students, with a full-time faculty of over 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs.

Posting Details

Posting Date 01/29/2018
Open Until Filled Yes
Closing Date
Posting Open to Internal Candidates Only? No
Interested Internal Candidates Exist? No
Job Category Salaried Staff (Exempt)
Appointment Type Grant Funded
If TERM position provide projected end date
Equipment/Instruments
DOT Safety Information None applicable

Duties / Responsibilities

Job Duties

Duty/Responsibility

Program Development & Delivery
• Develop and implement innovative outreach programs for New Hampshire’s horticultural crop producers.
• Publish and disseminate information to peers and to clientele groups through appropriate presentations, publications, and electronic delivery systems.
• Provide leadership and support to field specialists in the development, implementation, and evaluation of high impact educational programs.
• Collaborate with colleagues internal and external to UNH to develop, implement, and evaluate multi-state outreach programs.
• Ensure programmatic involvement of under-served and under-represented audiences and ensure that all educational programming is conducted in full accordance with civil rights, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Affirmative Action (AA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) policies and procedures.

Duty/Responsibility

Needs Assessment & Evaluation
• Assess statewide, regional and national needs, challenges and trends in agriculture and use this information as a basis for program development.
• Prepare an annual statewide impact report.

Duty/Responsibility

Grant Writing and Management
• Secure extramural funding to support research and Extension programs.

Duty/Responsibility

Professional Development
• Participate in professional development to enhance competence in the appropriate disciplines.
• Obtain and maintain a commercial pesticide applicator’s license in the state of New Hampshire.

Duty/Responsibility

Collaborative Networks
• Build and maintain partnerships with state and federal agencies, University faculty, and agricultural organizations and associations.
• Serve on external boards and committees such as the New Hampshire Vegetable & Berry Growers’ and Fruit Growers’ Associations and the New England Vegetable Fruit Conference, as appropriate to enhance partnerships.
• Maintain affiliation with university department through collaboration with faculty and engagement with undergraduate and graduate students.

Duty/Responsibility

Organizational Support
• Serve in UNHCE organizational leadership or committees, and support team development by serving in a mentor capacity as needed and where appropriate.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you meet the definition of an Internal Candidate? Internal Candidates include: (1) active status employees who have completed the introductory period and (2) adjunct staff members who have been employed within USNH for at least 12 months in total and who have worked at least 1,000 hours during the 12 month period preceding the application for the position. Student employment does not apply toward internal status eligibility.
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. (3) Professional References Contact Info
Optional Documents