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Agricultural Climate Resilience Specialist

Employer
Washington State University
Location
Wenatchee, WA

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Employment Type
Part Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Available Title(s):

516M-YN_CS_NPS - Natural Resource Scientist 3

Business Title:

Agricultural Climate Resilience Specialist

Employee Type:

Classified

Time Type:

Part time

Position Term:

12 Month

Position Details:

Summary of Duties:

The individual in this position will serve as a program leader for research that improves climate preparedness across the region’s diverse, natural resource-dependent agricultural systems, working to apply and/or develop techniques where precedents are limited and objectives and scope are only broadly defined. This includes, but is not limited to, work in the area of water for multiple purposes (e.g. for agricultural, domestic, and instream purposes), and work to integrate climate considerations into domain-specific knowledge to support climate risk reduction for agriculture. The researcher will consult with, and develop ongoing relationships with, a wide range of internal and external stakeholder clientele, including underserved communities, to further determine and define needs, and define goals and objectives. They will then strategically plan, acquire extramural funding, and lead projects in this area, collaborating with other faculty across WSU, regional universities, state and federal agencies, and beyond to develop research and extension projects that meet those needs, including defining data collection, data management, and synthesis/analyses procedures. They will analyze and apply related research work conducted by others in the field of agriculture and natural resources management in the context of a changing climate, including technical modeling-based research project results, information on uncertainty and other technical materials. They will also hire, train, and supervise project personnel in data collection, data management, extension/communications product development, and reporting procedures. Formulate and justify conclusions and recommendations for a variety of diverse stakeholder groups, developing a range of appropriate communications products such as scientific publications, Extension publications, curriculum and other materials in a variety of traditional and non-traditional formats. Provide consultations as needed to resource managers, including on their own and others’ current work. Develop and define methods to document impact and inform continual refinement of the work over-time. Perform other work as required.

Program Leadership | 25%

Lead research and extension that improves regional and national climate resilience for natural resource dependent agricultural systems, including working to define needs, goals, and objectives, and then strategically developing extramurally funded research and extension projects to meet those needs over time. Collaborate with other faculty across WSU, the region, and beyond to design and develop research and extension projects, and analyze and apply related research work conducted by others, so as to bring value to diverse external stakeholders.

Grants and Contracts | 15%

Acquire extramural funding to support ongoing work in the area of climate preparedness for natural resource-dependent agricultural systems. Cultivate and maintain strategic and collaborative relationships with funders and funding agencies.

Research and Extension Scholarship and Outreach | 40%

Conduct literature reviews, analyze and apply related research work conducted by others to set the work in context and provide consultations as needed to resource managers and other stakeholders. - to climate change
Establish, develop, and maintain collaborative, long-term relationships with stakeholders; identify shared goals and collaborate to achieve desired impact; respond to stakeholders’ evolving expressed needs.
Disseminate results, including webinars, blog articles, social media dissemination, etc.
Design, prepare, edit, and publish project reports and communications products. Pursue targeted Journal articles and peer-reviewed Extension publications to share findings.
Design and conduct essential data collection, record-keeping/data management, and analysis activities. Formulate and justify conclusions and recommendations.

Supervision and Training | 15%

Hire, train, and supervise project personnel in data collection, data management, literature review, extension/communications product development, and reporting procedures.

Other | 5%

Other duties as needed and assigned.


Required Qualifications:

  • A Bachelor’s degree with major study in a natural science. AND Four years-professional research work experience in a specific specialty field (the specialty field is designated for each position). A Master’s degree will substitute for two years and a Ph.D. degree will substitute for all of the required experience, provided the field of major study was in the specific specialty.

  • Work experience in climate and sustainable agriculture / water issues.

  • Knowledge of statistical theory and techniques; logic and grammar, basic methods of problem solving; research methods; the body of knowledge relating to climate adaptation of agriculture, with a focus where it intersects with water supply and other natural resources issues.

  • Ability to: reason logically, draw valid conclusions and make appropriate recommendations; gather and analyze data; translate science to inform management decisions; participate in conferences and interviews; speak and write effectively; establish and maintain effective working relationships.

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively interact with peers, professionals, and the general public.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in a relevant field.

  • At least seven years’ research work experience in climate and sustainable agriculture / water issues (PhD degree will substitute for two years of the required experience if the major field of study was in a related area.).

  • Experience working on research, communications and extension related to climate change and agriculture, water and/or natural resource issues.

  • Depth of knowledge and experience relating to multiple of Washington’s diverse agricultural systems.

  • Demonstrated experience integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion considerations into ongoing areas of work with communities.

  • Fluent Spanish language skills, for outreach to Spanish-speaking audiences in the area of climate preparedness for agriculture.

  • Record of publications, including journal articles, extension publications, and popular media.

  • Record of extramural fund acquisition to support research and extension activities.

  • Experience leading major research efforts.

  • Experience setting strategic direction for a program or collaborative effort, and working over time to achieve objectives and evaluate progress.

  • Demonstrated experience working inter-disciplinarily to achieve impact.

Additional Information:

Area/College:

College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS)


Department Name:

Center for Sustaining Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSANR)


City, State, Zip:

Wenatchee, WA, 98801

Department Link:
https://cahnrs.wsu.edu/


Monthly Salary:

$3,385.80 - $4,553.40 (this is the prorated amount for 60% FTE) | Range 60 | Steps A - M |

Successful candidates typically begin at the beginning of the salary range and receive scheduled salary increment increases in accordance with WAC 357-28.

WSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes: paid sick and vacation leave; paid holidays; medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts.

For a more detailed summary of benefits offered by WSU for classified staff visit: https://hrs.wsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/2023-Benefit-Overview-for-Civil-Service.pdf.

Find total compensation here: https://hrs.wsu.edu/managers/recruitment-toolkit/total-compensation/.

FTE:

60%

This is a Permanent position.


Posting Close Date:

Applicants must submit their completed application by June 23, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.


Background Check:

This position has been designated by the department to require a background check because it requires access to children or vulnerable adults as defined by RCW 74.34, engages in law enforcement, requires security clearance, interacts with WSU students in a counseling or advising capacity, has access to personal identifying and/or financial information, unsupervised access to university buildings/property, or other business-related need. A background check will not be completed until an initial determination of qualification for employment has been made.


Application Instructions:

External candidates, please upload all documents in the “Resume/CV” section of your application. Internal candidates, please upload all documents in the “Resume/Cover Letter” section of your application.

Required Documents:

Applicants must upload the following required documents to their online application.

  • Resume/CV

  • Cover Letter

  • Diversity Statement

  • 2 Letters of Reference

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 veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

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 hrs@wsu.edu.

Organization

Working at Washington State University

Founded as the people’s university, WSU embraces its land-grant heritage, seeking to transform lives through education, research, and community engagement and service. The University has been delivering life-changing knowledge and discoveries to the state, region, nation, and the world for nearly 130 years. WSU enjoys productive partnerships with major industries in the state, including agribusiness, aerospace, health care, software, technology, and construction. The colleges at WSU Health Sciences Spokane have formed robust partnerships across the state of Washington, both with large medical centers and hospitals, as well as a variety of rural and community hospitals and clinics.

WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

Diversity Profile: Washington State University

As a land-grant institution, diversity, equity, and inclusion serve as core values and beliefs of Washington State University (WSU). At the university, college, or department level, WSU is committed to fostering open, proactive dialogue to create a more inclusive culture at all its locations including the five physical campuses and its online Global Campus, as well as its 39 Extension offices, four research centers, and 25 small business development centers.

Core Belief

WSU is committed to achieving an ethical and socially just society for all. Instituting social change on a large scale begins at home with system-level policies that actively promote equity. The University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout every aspect of its statewide system. We strive to create a climate that enables underrepresented students, faculty, and staff to thrive in communities that foster a sense of belonging in a culture of inclusion. The ultimate goal? Creation of institutional culture in which inclusion and equity are the norms, a model that helps move the world toward a place in which all people are treated with dignity and respect.

Core Value

Equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Promotion of an ethical and socially just society through an intentional commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

WSU’s core ideology can be found in its System Strategic Plan. 

WSU’s Student Body

WSU's student body statewide is ethnically diverse: 31 percent of our students are underrepresented minorities, and first-generation students represent nearly 33 percent of the total enrollment. About 15 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington and about 7 percent are international students. System-wide enrollment reached a record 31,607 students in fall 2019.

Associate Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence Recently Announced

Dr. Lisa Guerrero was recently named associate vice provost for inclusive excellence. Guerrero has been an active advocate for diversity and inclusion since joining the WSU faculty in 2004. She is currently a professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies in WSU’s School of Languages, Cultures, and Race. She will maintain her faculty position, while serving as associate vice provost in a half-time appointment.

Dr. Guerrero will provide leadership to academic affairs in implementing WSU’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. She will help to identify and implement best practices and evidence-based approaches in faculty hiring, tenure and promotion, research support, faculty retention, teaching and mentoring, and curriculum planning. One of her first areas of responsibility will be to oversee the Racism and Social Inequality in the Americas faculty cluster hire program for Fall 2021.

Representative Affinity Groups

Representative affinity groups within the Washington State University system include the following:

WSU Resources and Offices

WSU Human Resource Services supports a climate of integrity and equity that actively reflects open, respectful dialog. Additional resources are available on the Human Resource Services website.

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