Assistant Specialist, Soil Health (Environmental Science Extension)(UPDATED)
Environmental Science-ExtDepartment Website Link:
Tucson, AZ USAPosition Highlights:
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The Environmental Science Department in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Arizona is currently seeking an outgoing and driven individual to join our Cooperative Extension team to conduct applied research and outreach programs in soil health as related to crop production and sustainability. The Assistant Specialist in Soil Health will develop an applied research-driven extension program that focuses on arid-region soils. Potential research areas include quantifying efficacy of soil management tools on soil health; impacts of water treatment and reuse on soil microbiome and chemistry; developing and refining relevant and efficient methods for evaluating soil health for a diverse clientele; relations between soil health and human health/welfare, and measuring and modeling changes in chemical, physical, and microbial soil characteristics with conventional or novel management treatments and time. Relations between soil health metrics, microbiome, plant function, and nutrient cycling should be incorporated into the research-driven extension program. Local industry is particularly interested in the following; (1) Salinity management (especially using biology to adapt and mitigate), (2) Plant-microbe interactions for pest management and increasing yields (rhizosphere focused), and (3) Bio-fertilizers.
At the University of Arizona, Cooperative Extension faculty are situated within disciplinary academic units, sharing the same privileges and opportunities as teaching and research faculty. They direct an extramurally-funded research program, serve as major advisor to graduate students, and, importantly, they bring our science to bear on practical problems faced by the citizens, agencies, and industries in the State of Arizona through the development of Extension programs that they deliver through open dialogue to stakeholders in the State.
Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!
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- A Cooperative Extension Specialist is being recruited to conductapplied research and outreach programs in soil health as related to cropproduction, and sustainability. Soil health transcends multiple disciplines; itis expected that the successful candidate will work with other physical,chemical, and biological scientists to augment their own expertise inaddressing the complex challenges encountered by diverse stakeholders. TheAssistant Specialist in Soil Health will develop an applied research-drivenextension program that focuses on (commonly alkaline) arid-region soils.Potential research areas include quantifying efficacy of soil management toolson soil health; impacts of water treatment and reuse on soil microbiome andchemistry; developing and refining relevant and efficient methods forevaluating soil health for a diverse clientele; relations between soil healthand human health/welfare, and measuring and modeling changes in chemical,physical, and microbial soil characteristics with conventional or novelmanagement treatments and time. Relations between soil health metrics,microbiome, plant function, and nutrient cycling should be incorporated intothe research-driven extension program. Local industry is particularlyinterested in the following: (1) Salinity management(especially using biology to adapt and mitigate); (2) Plant-microbeinteractions for pest management and increasing yields (rhizosphere focused); and(3) Bio-fertilizers.
- It is expected that the individual will work closely with county-basedCooperative Extension personnel, the agricultural community, land managementagencies and industries, and other public entities in the implementation ofprograms and technology transfer. The successful candidate will organize, host,lead, and actively participate in workshops, training sessions, presentations,and other stakeholder events. Because soil health transcends multiple disciplines; it is expected that the successful candidate will work with other physical, chemical, and biological scientists to augment their own expertise in addressing the complex challenges encountered by diverse stakeholders.
- Responsibilities: Thisis a full time, continuing-eligible appointment that includes the expectationthat the appointee will conduct extramurally-funded, mission-oriented researchand engage in extension education and outreach that advances the mission of theDepartment of Environmental Science and Arizona Cooperative Extension.Applicants should have the professional background necessary to conduct cutting-edge,applied research in soil health. This position will require frequent in-statetravel to service well-integrated research and Extension education programsacross the state.
- Ph.D. in soil scienceor related field with application to soil health.
- Field and laboratory research experience in one or more areas relevant to soil health.
- Experience in arid lands and irrigated agriculture.
- Demonstrated experience communicating complex information to various stakeholder groups including growers, commodity groups, and governmental and non-governmental organizations through a variety of media and platforms.
- Demonstrated experience competing for extramural grant funds in support of research-driven extension and outreach activities.
- Experience developing, deploying and presenting outreach materials and associated content.
- Demonstrated record of written communication in extension, popular, and scientific publications.
ExemptFull Time/Part Time:
Full TimeNumber of Hours Worked per Week:
Agriculture and ExtensionBenefits Eligible:
Yes - Full BenefitsRate of Pay:
salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)Type of criminal background check required::
Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)Number of Vacancies:
1Target Hire Date:
6/1/2021Expected End Date:
Contact Information for Candidates:
1/5/2021Open Until Filled:
YesDocuments Needed to Apply:
Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Three Additional DocumentsSpecial Instructions to Applicant:
Applications should include: • A cover letter • Curriculum vitae • Statement of research interests • Statement of interest in Extension • Diversity statement (describing the candidate’s objectives and experience in relation to diversity and inclusion) • Names and contact information for at least four professional references included in the cover letter.Diversity Statement:
At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.