Extension Vegetable Specialist, University of Connecticut

POSITION: Extension Vegetable Specialist – Non-tenure track Extension educator (Assistant or Associate rank) within the Dept of Extension, College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources, University of Connecticut. http://www.extension.uconn.edu/

POSITION LOCATION: Tolland County Extension Center, Vernon, CT

POSITION DESCRIPTION: Develop and conduct an Extension education and research program that meets critical needs and builds the knowledge base in vegetable crop production and practices. Work with the Extension agriculture team in establishing an innovative multi-disciplinary program in their field of expertise. The faculty member will use the latest research-based and experiential learning-based information related to all facets of developing, implementing, and evaluating vegetable programs for agricultural producers. Serve as a source of support for Good Agricultural Practices in food safety and security of vegetable crop production. Conduct yearly All-America vegetable trials. Faculty member will appraise clientele problems and needs for Extension programs. Clientele include all public and private land use decision-makers, Extension advisors, farmers, growers, horticulturists, professional service providers, private organizations, and public agencies. This will include partnering with many disciplines, programs, agencies, organizations, groups, and others. Extend the reach of UConn Extension by integrating distance technology into program delivery through computer applications, web pages, electronic communications, multimedia technologies, and other emerging technologies. The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally-funded education and research program and to develop a diverse portfolio of educational materials for Extension clients and scholarly materials for professional peers. To fulfill the Extension mission, the successful candidate will perform other appropriate duties as needed or assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS Required: An earned master’s degree in plant science, plant pathology, entomology, or a related field. Demonstrated success teaching in non-formal as well as formal settings. Applicants must have a significant and demonstrated experience in the field of vegetable production or IPM. Applicants must possess strong skills in leadership, written and verbal communication, interpersonal relations, and computer literacy with knowledge of Microsoft Office. Applicants must be self-starters and have the ability to work effectively with minimum supervision both independently and as a team member. In addition, incumbent in this position must have the ability to work flexible hours including occasional nights and weekends and must have demonstrated ability and willingness to travel statewide to meet clients and occasionally travel in New England for regional activities. Mileage reimbursement for work-related travel is allowed for personal vehicle use upon proof of insurability and valid driver’s license. The person in this position must be able to work in outdoor field and farm conditions and may find it necessary lift at least 50 pounds.

QUALIFICATIONS Desired: Ph.D. in plant sciences, plant pathology, entomology or a closely related field. Proven experience in grantsmanship and/or fund raising. Demonstrated familiarity with Extension and the land-grant university system. Experience in increasing diversity in educational program delivery and participation.

This is a full-time position with a benefits package. For more information on benefits, go to: http://www.hr.uconn.edu/benefits/index.html. Mileage allowance is provided. Starting salary for this position will be commensurate with training and experience. This is an 11-month per year non-tenure track faculty position. Applicants will be subject to a background screening. To apply go to http://hr.uconn.edu/jobs/ Screening will begin October 1, 2017 and continue until position is filled.

The University of Connecticut is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer and program provider.

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