The Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture seeks applications for the position of Visiting Assistant Extension Educator - Nursery Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This is a full-time, 11-month, end-date position available immediately. The salary is negotiable and commensurate with training and experience. The successful candidate will be expected to develop, conduct, and evaluate a statewide Extension IPM educational program for nursery growers and garden center owners. The position is funded for one year with the possibility of renewal based on performance evaluation, available funding sources, and the candidate’s ability to secure additional funding.
· Earned Master’s degree in entomology, plant pathology, weed science, integrated pest management, horticulture, or a related field.
· Demonstrated experience in agricultural systems, preferably ornamental crop production, and conducting integrated pest management programs.
· Ability to respond to pest control inquiries from the ornamental horticulture industry regarding arthropod pests, plant pathogens, and weeds.
· Experience in conducting applied research and demonstration projects.
· Ability to work effectively in a team environment and independently with minimal supervision.
· Excellent oral, written, and technology-based communication skills.
· Ability to communicate with and interact effectively with stakeholders.
· Demonstrated ability in writing grant proposals.