Position: Extension Agent – IPM. Location: El Paso, Texas. Appointment is 100% Extension in a non-tenure track, 12-month position.
General Duties and Responsibilities: Work with agricultural producers in El Paso and Hudspeth Counties to conduct applied research, and develop and deliver educational programming in integrated pest management (IPM) in crop production. High priority will be placed on developing and implementing plans to mitigate and manage Race 4 Fusarium (FOV4) in cotton and pecan weevil in pecans, and other duties as assigned. The Extension Agent – IPM will be expected to operate independently but in cooperation with and guidance from Extension Specialists and Research Scientists located at Texas A&M Research and Extension Centers and Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. Additionally, the IPM Agent is expected to help coordinate activities and projects with Cotton Incorporated-Texas State Support, the Texas Pecan Growers Association, and industry partners. The IPM Agent will be responsible for securing extramural funding to support research and educational efforts. The IPM Agent will organize a local IPM Steering Committee, which will provide additional guidance and direction on programming related to crop production and other IPM related duties as they arise. The Extension Agent – IPM will write a newsletter and/or blog, reports, publications and educational materials and the individual is expected to evaluate the impact of extension programs including an outcome report of a signature program, an end of year snapshot report, and monthly TexasData reports. The Extension Agent – IPM will attend and participate in activities for professional improvement and present at professional and clientele educational meetings.
Administrative Relationships: Communication and teamwork are essential skills. The individual selected will be supervised by the County Extension Director – El Paso County who, along with the District Extension Administrator, IPM Coordinator and the Regional Program Leader will constitute the administrative team. The Extension Agent-IPM will be a member of the Texas A&M University Department of Entomology and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The Extension Agent – IPM is expected to exhibit collegiality to all faculty, staff, students, clientele groups, and administrators; and is expected to cooperate and collaborate with other Extension Agents, Extension Specialists, the IPM Coordinator, County Directors, District Extension Administrators, Regional Program Leaders, and Research Specialists to plan, conduct and evaluate appropriate educational and applied research programs.
Qualifications: A Masters in plant pathology, entomology, soil and crop science or closely related field is required. Degree(s) or experience in plant pathology and/or entomology is preferred. Knowledge and experience in experimental design, field-oriented research, and design, implementation and evaluation of IPM projects. Experience in delivery of educational programs in field crop production and urban IPM is helpful and preferred. Candidate must have demonstrated ability to work closely with diverse audiences, communicate effectively (oral and written), function effectively as a team member or leader and to plan, conduct and evaluate applied research and educational programming. Experience in planning and delivery of extension education programs that incorporate a variety of appropriate methods of information delivery is preferred.
Closing Date: February 1, 2019 (or until a suitable candidate is identified)
Application Process: Contact Peggy Lundstrom (email@example.com for application instructions. Visit http://entomology.tamu.edu for more information about the department. Contact Dr. David Kerns at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the position. Texas A&M University is an equal opportunity employer.