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Wild Blueberry Specialist with The University of Maine in Orono, ME

Type of position Full-time, fiscal year, continuing contract eligible faculty appointment
Employer The University of Maine
Description of Employer The University of Maine, located in Orono along the banks of the Stillwater River, is the state’s land grant university. We have world-class faculty members; nationally recognized research; first-rate facilities including an experiment station farm dedicated to wild blueberry research (Blueberry Hill Farm, in Jonesboro, ME); and a friendly, collaborative atmosphere. In addition, Orono offers easy access to some of the most beautiful year-round recreation sites in the nation.
Location Orono, ME
Description of Location The University of Maine, located in Orono along the banks of the Stillwater River, is the state’s land grant university. We have world-class faculty members; nationally recognized research; first-rate facilities including an experiment station farm dedicated to wild blueberry research (Blueberry Hill Farm, in Jonesboro, ME); and a friendly, collaborative atmosphere. In addition, Orono offers easy access to some of the most beautiful year-round recreation sites in the nation.
Salary 65,000-72,000
Closing date of competition 10.2.17
Date position available 1.1.18
Description of duties

The University of Maine Cooperative Extension and School of Food and Agriculture invite applications for a joint full-time. fiscal-year, continuing contract eligible faculty appointment as Extension Wild Blueberry Specialist & Assistant Extension Professor and Assistant Professor of Horticulture, effective January 1, 2018.  This 70% Cooperative Extension and 30% research appointment in the School of Food and Agriculture has a primary responsibility to conduct research on the management of weeds and pests that limit wild blueberry production in Maine.  The specialist is expected to be a project leader on State and federal grants on Wild Blueberry Research.  Collaboration is required with Extension faculty, as well as faculty in the School of Food and Agriculture including those specializing in crop and soil science, food analytical chemistry, food processing, human nutrition, plant pathology, and other disciplines.  The wild blueberry specialist may become a member of the graduate faculty and may serve as an advisor on graduate committees.

 

This Assistant Extension Professor will work from an office at the University of Maine in Orono with state-wide responsibilities.

  • Conducts an educational program that supports The University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Plan of Work and stresses the use of best management practices (BMPs) in an integrated crop management (ICM) program for wild blueberries.  Improves the efficiency and profitability of wild blueberry culture, to minimize the use of unnecessary pesticides and fertilizers, and to develop organic production practices.
  • Conducts grower meetings, pesticide training and re-certification sessions, and field days to introduce and reinforce the use of BMPs, ICM, and sound business management principles.
  • Provides information management through Wild Blueberry Newsletters and fact sheets in the Wild Blueberry Growers Guide, available in printed form and on the web at www.wildblueberies.maine.edu, as well as via Internet publications, telephone, Email and correspondence, and by conducting individual field visits as appropriate.
  • Conducts research related to wild blueberry cropping systems in Maine, particularly on the management of weeds and other pests that limit wild blueberry production and reports results in peer-reviewed journals and other outlets.
  • Cooperates with county faculty to provide support for wild blueberry initiatives and provides weed identification as requested by the Pest Management staff and County faculty.
  • Actively consults with the Wild Blueberry Research Advisory Committee, the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine and the Wild Blueberry Association of North America (WBANA) on wild blueberry related matters and also cooperates with county (Soil and Water Conservation Districts), state (Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry, the Board of Pesticides Control) and federal agencies (United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service and the Environmental Protection Agency) on wild blueberry related matters.  Cooperates with Canadian counterparts to facilitate the sharing of knowledge of wild blueberry research.
  • Serves as the liaision from Maine for the IR-4 program, which provides support for minor-use pest management registrations.
  • Conducts IR-4 residue and efficacy trials to support minor use registrations.
  • Serves as supervisor for a clerical staff position and a Research Professional who assists with research.
  • Develops and delivers educational programs that align with the UMaine Cooperative Extension mission and plan of work.
  • Secures external grants and contracts for research and educational programming.
  • Assesses needs as an essential part of program planning, program implementation and grant development.
  • Reports program impacts on Plugged-In and other venues upon request.
  • Develops and sustains a professional development plan in support of one’s professional, organizational  and plan of work priorities.
  • Develops and maintains professional relationships that reflect courtesy, civility, and mutual respect.
  • Builds productive relationships with internal and external constituencies.
  • Utilizes coaching and mentoring methods which provide an environment that is anticipatory, supportive, and encourages constructive feedback on performance.
  • Commits to organizational improvement by identifying opportunities to improve and recommending possible alternatives for a situation.
  • Ensures compliance with civil rights, affirmative action and equal opportunity requirements.
  • Participates in Extension & School of Food and Agriculture staff meetings as appropriate.
  • Participates in organizational program meetings to support program development that affects the wild blueberry programs.
  • Performs other reasonably related duties as assigned.
Qualifications sought

Required: 

  • Ph.D in horticulture, weed science, or closely-related field.
  • Demonstrated skill in developing and delivering educational programs.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Documented ability to conduct high-quality scientific research, as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Computer and mobile device proficiency.
  • Independent and team work skills.
  • Self-motivation and direction.
  • Demonstrated success in working collaboratively with other agencies and organizations, including private industry.

Preferred:

  • Knowledge and experience in agricultural economics or business management.
  • Demonstrated success in obtaining research funding.
  • Post-doctoral or equivalent experience.
  • Experience and skills in supervising others.
  • Experience seeking participation from and working with diverse audiences.
  • Experience successfully conducting applied research in response to industry needs.
Application procedure  
Submit what To apply, materials must be submitted via “Apply For Position”. You will need to create a profile and application, upload a letter of intent addressing the specific job requirements, updated curriculum vitae, and three (3) current professional references (names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and relationship to applicant) that may be contacted. You will also need to complete the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status form. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin Monday, October 2, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.
Submit to https://umaine.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobID=41985&job=extension-wild-blueberry-specialist-assistant-extension-professor-and-assistant-professor-of-horticulture&collection=true
Additional Information Appropriate background checks are required.

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence, and Sexual Harassment.

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