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Extension Specialist – Dryland Agronomy and Cropping Systems

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Extension Specialist – Dryland Agronomy and Cropping Systems

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WSU Extension

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Ag & Natural Resources

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WSU Ag & Natural Resources

WSU Walla Walla County

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Summary of Duties:

This position is responsible for leadership, curriculum development, and outreach for agricultural Extension programs in dryland agronomy and cropping systems across Walla Walla County and Southeastern Washington. Program emphasis will focus on agronomic crop production, cropping systems, and soil health along with farm enterprise management and decision support systems. This position is expected to conduct demonstrations of research-based agronomic practices, field days, and on-farm research in collaboration with other Extension and Research Faculty. This position will be a member of and contribute to WSU Extension teams to address issues and opportunities of highest priority to area farmers in Walla Walla and other Southeastern Washington counties.

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The incumbent will be expected to develop a sustained program and acquire extramural funding to support and strengthen ongoing programs as well as develop new program initiatives. This person will also facilitate and promote WSU programs and research opportunities through collaborative relationships with other Extension specialists and WSU researchers.

This position is responsible to the Director of the WSU Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension (ANR) Program Unit and works collaboratively with the County Directors and Extension Faculty across the region and on WSU campuses.

View the Benefits overview for information regarding competitive benefits available.

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Full Time

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Commensurate with Qualifications and Experience.

Required Qualifications:

1.Earned Master’s degree in agronomy, plant science, soil science, or other degree directly related to the subject matter areas of this position by the hire date.
2.Demonstrated expertise and knowledge in cropping systems and innovative farming practices.
3.Demonstrated ability to lead as well as to participate in interdisciplinary teams.
4.Strong ability to communicate effectively using verbal, written, and listening skills in relating to diverse audiences, including growers, elected officials, and staff, media, and agency representatives.
5. Must have, or able to obtain, a valid driver’s license by time of hire.

Preferred Qualifications:

1.PhD in agronomy, plant science, soil science, or other degree directly related to the subject matter areas of this position.
2.Demonstrated expertise in applied research and demonstration methodologies for agricultural practices.
3.Demonstrated success in grant writing and extramural funds development.
4.Documented record of scholarship in subject matter closely aligned with this position.
5.Demonstrated abilities related to development and delivery of educational programs using a variety of methodologies, including educational events.
6.Ability to conduct needs assessments and integrate results into program planning, implementation, delivery, and outcome evaluation.

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Open Recruitment

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Screening of applications will begin April 1, 2020, and will continue until the position has been filled.

Applicants must attach the following documents to their online application:

1) letter describing how your work experience and training meet the responsibilities and qualifications for this position (Cover Letter)

2) a current vita or resume (Curriculum Vitae)

3) Scanned copy of college transcripts (Upload as other, please note, if you have more than one transcript, they must be combined into one PDF)

4) a document with the names and contact information for four references (Reference Contact Info)

For further information about the position, contact Debbie Moberg-Williams, WSU Extension Walla Walla County Director, 509-524-2685, [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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Posted: 11/10/2020
Application Due: 2/8/2021
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