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The Extension state specialist in entomology and integrated pest management provides statewide leadership in agricultural integrated pest management, undertaking engaged outreach as the state’s IPM coordinator and serving as project director on Extension's federally funded IPM Extension Implementation Plan. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position based at the University of New Hampshire’s Durham, N.H. campus. It is a non-tenure track, 100% Extension appointment. Beginning in the second year of employment, state specialists must generate 25% of annual salary from external grants and contracts.
The specialist will collaborate with faculty, Extension specialists, and agricultural stakeholders to lead and support outreach efforts as part of a team that is working to develop and implement innovative, relevant, and impactful programming focused on sustainable management of pest populations. This position will primarily address the needs of vegetable and fruit crop producers, with the aim of helping the diverse agricultural businesses of the state and region become more economically and environmentally sustainable. Areas of emphasis may include emerging insect pests, biological controls, environmentally and economically viable pest management strategies, and insecticide resistance. The candidate may provide support roles in other aspects of entomology as well.
The specialist will provide instruction and technical assistance to clients including farm businesses, Extension field specialists, technical service providers, and partner agencies, and will disseminate current research-based information through seminars, face-to-face meetings, webinars, field demonstrations, print/web resources and other appropriate methods.
Strong synergies with UNH faculty and specialists working in diverse areas of agricultural systems including sustainable horticulture, crop development, and protected agriculture are expected. The successful candidate will participate in the development of connections between local agricultural producers and University researchers. They will contribute to or conduct practical applied on-farm research to support the state and region’s agricultural community. The specialist will engage with undergraduate and graduate students through classes and mentorship. The specialist will work with industry and Extension colleagues across the New England states and will compete successfully in national and regional funding initiatives.