Area Extension Specialist/ Crop Protection North Central Research Extension Center position announced

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This position has been reopened until filled. The North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service is looking for a highly motivated educator and
applied researcher to serve as an area Extension specialist for north central North Dakota. The Extension Service is an organization that values people who excel, adapt easily, exhibit passion for helping others, and are excellent communicators. The area specialist is a member of a statewide Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources team
responsible for providing leadership to create and deliver innovative learning experiences that empower North Dakotans to improve their lives and communities.
The area crop protection specialist is responsible for providing innovative Extension programming that will serve a diverse clientele of producers, as well as industry and advisory groups. Programing will focus primarily on crop pest management and providing education to Extension county agents, producers, and agricultural processors. The specialist will work closely with Extension agents and build collaborative relationships with stakeholders to achieve goals.
This position will be based at the NDSU North Central Research Extension Center (NCREC) located near Minot, ND. The NCREC Director will provide supervision for this position. North Dakota State University offers compensation and benefits including retirement plan and full coverage family health insurance. The location of the NCREC offers exceptional opportunities to enjoy a rural and urban lifestyle in a supportive community environment.
This position includes, but is not limited to the following responsibilities:
• Develop an innovative Extension program that includes the identification, assessment, and delivery of educational
programs that will facilitate the development of crop protection opportunities for Extension county agents, producers,
landowners, economic development leaders, and entities of the government.
• Support stakeholder groups as they address regional land-use planning for economic and environmental sustainability.
• Provide expertise and continuing education training to Extension agents, area, and state specialists to strengthen the
knowledge base of Extension personnel statewide.
• Provide expertise and assistance in integrated pest management.
• Stay current in the production practices of crops grown within the area of the NCREC.
• Collaborate with appropriate area and state Extension specialists, research faculty, Extension agents, and NCREC
faculty and staff to deliver statewide crop protection related programs.
• Develop individual and team based Extension programs and publications that disseminate information to producers,
industry personnel, and Extension agents.
• Communicate with other Extension personnel, appropriate Research Extension Center personnel, and producers about issues that need new or additional research. When appropriate, provide leadership for the development and demonstration of novel management strategies that ensure program relevancy and the ability to guide producer efforts to adapt to changing production systems.
• Secure extramural funding to support crop protection Extension programming efforts.
• Develop relationships and cooperate with research and Extension faculty within the NDSU Department of Plant Pathology (including Entomology).
• Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
• M.S. degree in entomology, plant pathology, or closely related field.
• Course work in crop insect, crop disease, agronomy, soils, and weed management.
• Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver hands-on education to Extension agents and producers.
• Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
• Demonstrated effectiveness in working with varied audiences, including individuals and groups, as a team member.
• Proficiency in a variety of computer programs for use in developing and delivering educational programs.
• Valid driver’s license.
Preferred Qualifications
• Ph.D. in entomology, plant pathology, or closely related field.
• Experience in field crop research.
• Experience working with Extension.
• Demonstrated skills in web-based education and communication and other electronic equipment usage.
• Proven publication skills.
• Proven grant writing skills.
• Experience with irrigation and dryland farming in north central North Dakota and the Northern Great Plains.

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