Extension Manager II

Tucson, AZ
Feb 13, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
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Agric Extension Administration

Department Website Link:



Main Campus


Tucson, AZ USA

Position Highlights:

This Associate in Extension position is responsible for the management of the Arizona Meteorological Network (AZMET) within University of Arizona Cooperative Extension. AZMET is a real-time network of meteorological stations and is the basis for numerous agricultural and biometorological information products that support agricultural, turfgrass, and general irrigation and water use planning across the region. The AZMET Associate in Extension helps oversee the installation and maintenance of meteorological stations, data collection and stewardship, and development of information products. In addition, this position supervises the Research Specialist, Senior, the Program Coordinator, Senior and the volunteers in each county collecting the data. This position is also responsible for fundraising and finding support for the program.

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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Duties & Responsibilities:

Program coordination:

  • Provide leadership and direction for the Arizona Meteorological Network including supervision of staff, managing accounts, interacting with partners and seeking and procuring funding to sustain and expand network operations.

Data stewardship:

  • Monitoring the querying of observations across the network and identifying potentially erroneous data before it is committed to a database
  • Developing quality assurance/quality control procedures specific to the AZMET network based on variables collected at each station
  • Developing and interacting with databases and developing custom scripts to develop QA/QC routines

Information product development:

  • Developing custom information products using AZMET data like crop development advisories, irrigation scheduling reports, and other web-based bulletins
  • Developing web-based applications using various programming languages (e.g. Python) that allow custom visualization and processing of AZMET data to support interpretation for different types of users and decision makers

Meteorological station installation and maintenance:

  • Assisting other AZMET personnel with installing new meteorological stations, performing maintenance on existing stations and testing new station equipment. This will require travel to distant stations and possible overnight stays and potentially working in extreme desert conditions (hot and cold, dusty)

Customer service and support:

  • Answer questions posed by AZMET users related to technical network questions and general meteorological questions. Provide public presentations that describe to network, its utility and applications of data

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Minimum of 5 years of related work experience, including 2 years of managerial experience, or equivalent combination of education and work experience

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in a related field



Full Time/Part Time:

Full Time

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Job Category:

Agriculture and Extension

Benefits Eligible:

Yes - Full Benefits

Rate of Pay:


Compensation Type:

salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)



Career Stream and Level:


Job Family:


Job Function:

Agriculture & Extension

Type of criminal background check required::

Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to job duties)

Number of Vacancies:


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Expected End Date:

Contact Information for Candidates:

Jennifer Gardner Smith
[email protected]

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Documents Needed to Apply:

Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions to Applicant:

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 and a Native American/Alaska Native-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.

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