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Title: Extension Educators- Crops (3 positions available)
Position Locations: (1) West Central/NW MN, (2) Central/NE MN, and (3) South Central/SE MN
Appointment: Full-time, Assistant Extension Professor (9623), Professional & Administrative
Program Area: Extension Department for Agricultural and Natural Resource Systems (ANR)
Apply By: October 8, 2023
LOCATION OF POSITION
We have three full-time Extension Educator (EE) – Crops positions (non-tenure track) available. Each position will be housed at an Extension Regional Office in one of these general regions (1) West Central/Northwestern, (2) Central/Northeastern, and (3) South Central/Southeastern MN. Potential Regional Office locations in these regions include Morris, Moorhead, St. Cloud, Mankato, Willmar, Farmington, Cloquet, Grand Rapids, Andover, and Rochester. The positions will concentrate on regional crops extension programming needs in each region and will include more limited, state-wide responsibilities.
Minnesota ranks sixth nationally in crop production and encompasses diverse cropping systems. Top commodity crops in the state include corn, soybeans, small grains, forages, and sugar beets. Challenges facing farmers and agricultural professionals include nutrient and pest management issues in crop production, pesticide resistance, crop selection, implementing best agronomic practices in grain and forage production, long-term sustainability, soil health, cover crops, water quality, and new products and technologies. Education and applied research are being conducted to address these issues and more is needed. This position will integrate into the University of Minnesota’s Extension Crops Team. The Crops Team contributes to keeping the state’s agricultural industry competitive, profitable, and environmentally responsible through the development and delivery of comprehensive educational programs that include websites, blogs, videos, webinars, other technology-enhanced products, and local, regional, and statewide conferences and workshops utilizing research-based information.
ABOUT THIS POSITION
The Extension Educator (EE) in Crops positions will work to enhance productivity, sustainability, and profitability in Minnesota’s cropping systems by applying their expertise and effort through Extension educational programming efforts, and to very limited applied research efforts. Deliverables and issues to be addressed in these positions will focus on forages, small grains, row crops, cover crops, integrated pest management, pesticide safety and environmental education, and/or soil fertility. The EEs will collaborate with university faculty, educators, and other professionals in research-based educational programs for crop producers and agricultural professionals. The EE will use multiple delivery systems to educate producers and agricultural professionals via in-person seminars, webinars, workshops, and other media. This includes potential partnerships with industry groups, non-profit organizations, and state agencies with similar goals of educating producers while increasing environmental sustainability. Each EE is responsible for the development, delivery, marketing, evaluation, coordination of logistics, and leadership of key Extension educational programs, as well as continuing professional development. Effective use of scholarly/scientific research, partnerships, and technology is essential. The successful candidates will be active members of a well-established Extension Crops Team and will be accountable to the Crops Program Leader for program direction, performance evaluation, and personnel actions.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS
Required Education: Master of Science degree in agronomy, crop science, soil science, entomology, plant pathology, weed science, agricultural education, or related discipline.
Required Experience, Skills/Abilities:
University of Minnesota Extension is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. Our mission is to make a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota. Extension strives to attract and retain high-quality, passionate employees, and weave diversity, equity and inclusion into all aspects of Extension’s programming and employee engagement https://extension.umn.edu/.
Please apply at: https://extension.umn.edu/home/careers, Job Opening ID: 357578
Please note: this position is not eligible for employment visa sponsorship.
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