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Extension Information and Technology Transfer

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Employee Type Faculty Title Working Title Extension Information and Technology Transfer Position Number 128718 College/Area WSU Extension Hiring Unit Extension Ag & Natural Resources Department Link

WSU Extension

WSU Extension ANR

Work Location Wenatchee Zip Code 98801 Summary of Duties

This is a 12-month, promotion track position with benefits that is renewable at 2-year intervals based on performance and the availability of funds.

The position will be a member of the WSU CAHNRS Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Program Unit and reports to the WSU Extension ANR Director.

With the passing of two special project assessments in 2011 and 2013, Washington State tree fruit growers committed to generating a $32 million endowment over an 8-year period. This endowment to Washington State University will support Endowed Research Chairs, Extension Information and Technology Transfer (ITT) Specialists, and research facilities and orchard operations. The ITT endowment was created to fund positions and activities that will advance world-class information and technology transfer to the Washington fruit industry, including development of state-of-the-art decision tools.

Pome fruit orchard systems have changed. Driven by labor and profitability issues, growers have moved to high-density systems; more controlled irrigation delivery methods; and higher cost canopy support and protection systems. Apple growers are also increasingly planting novel plant material—rootstocks, cultivars and, in the future, pollinizers—many with largely unknown responses to PNW stresses.

Assisting growers in making total orchard establishment and management decisions using new plant material and integrating knowledge across disciplines as varied as horticulture, biosystems engineering, plant pathology and entomology is critical to successful selection of highly adapted plant material and, ultimately, to helping the industry develop sustainable orchard systems.

The Extension ITT Specialist will function as an integral member of the WSU Tree Fruit Extension Team and will work with a network of research and Extension faculty, tree fruit producers, allied industry and industry partners to conduct applied research, deliver educational programs and resources, and solve industry problems.

The position will be responsible for outreach programming in environmental stress management in apple, pear and sweet cherry commercial production systems, apple rootstock demonstration, and emerging issues.

As an integral member of the Plant Physiology Program, the environmental stress work will include, but not be limited to, irrigation management for production of target fruit, characteristics of netting material and influence of netting on light and water management, and the influence of environmental conditions on sunburn characteristics. Rootstock outreach will be coordinated with current rootstock research programs at Washington State University, informed by work on apple rootstocks both nationally and internationally.

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Job Expectations

Evening and weekend work may be necessary.

Ability to travel year-round using own reliable transportation (mileage reimbursed) is required. The successful candidate must possess a valid driver’s license. While using a private vehicle for official business, current automobile liability insurance must be obtained (meeting the requirements described in RCW 46.30.020, and RCW 46.09.090).

Extension Faculty members are hired into the organization, not into a specific geographical location. It is possible that future circumstances may require relocation.

Understand and carry out the principals and specific requirements of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Affirmative Action Plan, and all pertinent rules and regulations of WSU and the counties served.

Employees will undergo background screening as a condition of employment.

View the Benefits overview for information regarding competitive benefits available.

Anticipated Start Date 04/01/2019 Tenure Track No Full-Time/Part-Time Full Time Appointment Status Temporary Position Term in Months 12 Monthly Salary Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience. Required Qualifications

1.An earned MS degree in horticulture, plant science, or other agriculturally-related field, at the time of hire.
2.Relevant knowledge in agriculture and experience working with commercial producers.
3.Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing, with industry stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications

1.Ph.D. degree in Horticulture or related plant science discipline with a background in environmental stress applied research and/or management of temperate fruit crops, especially apple, pear, sweet cherry and other stone fruits earned by the time of hire.
2.Demonstrated skills in developing educational content and resources across platforms.
3.Demonstrated experience organizing and delivering outreach to industry stakeholders through workshops, talks and/or trainings.
4.Ability to advise, lead, and mentor staff and student interns.
5.Evidence of ability to develop an effective applied research and extension outreach program.
6.Bilingual (Spanish).

Background Check Yes Posting Detail Information

Type of Recruitment Open Recruitment Posting Open Date 12/18/2018 Screening Begin Date 01/31/2019 Posting Close Date Open Until Filled (overrides close field) Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

Be prepared to submit:
•a letter of application addressing each of the minimum and preferred qualifications;
•a current and complete curriculum vitae/resume;
•Names and contact information for three (3) professional references. (letters will be required for final candidates);
•a concise, 1-2 page statement outlining your approach to establishing an effective Extension outreach and applied research program for tree fruit crops in Washington State; (Uploaded as ‘Other’) and
•scanned images of official academic transcripts. (Uploaded as ‘Other 2’)

For questions about the position contact:
Dr. Lee Kalcsits
Search Committee Chair
[email protected]

EEO Statement

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (http://www.advance.wsu.edu/).

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or [email protected]

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