Position: Extension Agent – IPM. Location: Hillsboro, Texas. Appointment is 100% Extension in a non-tenure track, 12-month position.
General Duties and Responsibilities: Work with agricultural producers in Hill and McLennan Counties to develop and deliver educational programming relating to crop production and insect, disease and weed integrated pest management. Primary field crops in the unit are cotton, grain sorghum, corn and wheat. Develop an IPM Steering Committee and rely on it for program direction and to prioritize educational programming. Development of field scouting, demonstration/applied research projects and programs for educational outreach to growers and local citizens is expected. Hiring and training of field scouts to assist in field scouting and research projects. Secure extramural funding to support field scouting and applied research initiatives. Work closely with Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Specialist to conduct applied agricultural research relevant to Hill and McLennan Counties. The Extension Agent – IPM will receive technical support from Extension Specialists located on campus and at Texas A&M Research and Extension Centers. The Extension Agent – IPM will write a newsletter, program/progress reports, publications, educational materials, etc. The individual is expected to evaluate the impact of extension programs (including evaluation of an in-depth program in an outcome report annually). The Extension Agent – IPM is expected to attend and participate in activities for professional improvement and participate and present information at professional meetings.
Administrative Relationships: The individual selected will be supervised by the District Extension Director in Extension District 8. The IPM Coordinator and the Regional Program Director will be a part of 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. The individual is expected to exhibit collegiality to all faculty, staff, students, clientele groups, and administrators. The Extension Agent – IPM is expected to cooperate and collaborate with other Extension Agents, Extension Specialists in entomology and other disciplines, District Extension Administrators, Regional Program Leaders, and Research Specialists in planning, conducting and evaluating educational and applied research programs in entomology.
Qualifications: A Bachelors in entomology, plant pathology, soil and crop science or closely related field is required but a Masters is preferred. Knowledge and experience in design, implementation and evaluation of educational programs, and knowledge of field crop production and IPM is helpful and preferred. Ability to work closely with diverse audiences, communicate effectively (both oral and written), function effectively as a team member or leader, and plan, conduct and evaluate applied research/demonstration and educational programming is expected. Experience in planning, execution, and delivery of extension education programs that incorporate a variety of most appropriate means of information delivery is preferred.
Closing Date: April 30, 2018 (or until a suitable candidate is identified)
Application Process: Contact Peggy Lundstrom (firstname.lastname@example.org for application instructions. Visit http://insects.tamu.edu for more information about the department. Contact Dr. David L. Kerns at email@example.com for more information about the position. Texas A&M University is an equal opportunity employer.