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Assistant Professor, Cooperative Extension Field Crop Specialist with University of Nevada, Reno in Reno, NV

Type of position Assistant Professor, Cooperative Extension Field Crop Specialist


Extension, Churchill – University of Nevada, Reno

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Job Description
The University of Nevada, Reno Cooperative Extension is seeking for a full time Assistant Professor, Field Crop Specialist located in Fallon, NV.
This 12-month tenure-track faculty position has a 100% University of Nevada Cooperative Extension (UNCE) responsibility, with a focus toward primary crops and cropping systems in Nevada. The position will provide statewide leadership for outreach, teaching and applied research to improve the sustainability of irrigated arid land crop production systems, with an emphasis on varietal testing, plant nutrition, irrigation management and efficiencies, weed control and pest management technologies. The primary crops grown in Nevada include forages, such as alfalfa and grass hays, silage crops and small grains. There is an identified need to increase the diversity of drought-tolerant crops produced. Irrigation occurs for all crops in Nevada; thus, the incumbent must be able to demonstrate knowledge of irrigation systems commonly used in the Western United States. The typical role for Extension Specialists in Nevada is 60% teaching, 35% scholarship/research/creativity, and 5% service. Candidates with expertise in these areas are encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will be expected to:

• Develop, deliver and evaluate a comprehensive statewide Extension educational program for crop production in collaboration with other Extension faculty and faculty in the College of Agriculture Biotechnology and Natural Resources.
• Plan and implement a nationally recognized applied research program relevant to the needs of Nevada agricultural producers, supported by extramural funding as needed to accomplish an effective field crop program.
• Engage in one-on-one consultations with producers and industry partners related to program development and problem solving.
• Develop productive working relationships with relevant agricultural producers, commodity and/or professional groups, certified pest control advisors, and state and federal resource agencies in Nevada.
• Participate in regional, statewide and national work groups relevant to University of Nevada, Reno, University of Nevada Cooperative Extension and the Field Crops Industry projects.
• Utilize effective communication skills, both orally and in a variety of printed media.
• Develop an effective teaching program, utilizing multiple delivery vehicles (e.g., direct teaching, social media, newsletters, internet, distance learning, etc.) to maximize statewide delivery of research based knowledge focused on identified needs, to the state’s agronomic producers, their support industries and associated regulatory officials. The applied research program will be primarily conducted by (but not limited to) the Newlands Agricultural Experiment and Extension Center in Fallon and the University Main Station Farm in Reno, Nevada. On farm research would be well received when appropriate arrangements can be made.
• Perform manual labor, lift heavy objects up to 20 pounds, establish field research plots, drive long distances and work outdoors in inclement weather.
• Work alone for extended periods and interact collegially with small and large teams.

This position will be housed in Fallon, Nevada, located approximately 60 miles east of Reno, Nevada on Highway 50. Applicants are invited to view Churchill County’s website at http://nv-churchillcounty.civicplus.com/, the City of Fallon’s website at http://www.fallonnevada.gov/ and the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension web page at http://www.unce.unr.edu.

Required Qualifications
A Ph.D. in plant science, weed science, agronomy, crop production or other closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications
At least two years Extension experience.
Demonstrated teaching and/or community education and experience with applied field research on the above subject matter.
Demonstrated success in obtaining extramural funding. A strong publication record demonstrating both scholarly and user-oriented work.
Experience with agronomic education needs and report outcomes and impacts.

Certification and Licensure
Restricted Use Pesticide Certificate (within 3 months of employment)
Valid Driver’s License

Schedule or Travel Requirements
Variable work schedule, with periodic evening and weekend work.

Compensation Grade

Total Compensation
The total compensation package includes a negotiable competitive salary, moving expenses (if applicable), a rich retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, annual and sick leave, along with many other benefits. Additionally, there is a grant-in-aid educational benefit for faculty and dependents.

Contact Information for this Position:

Pamela Powell, Extension Educator
Churchill County Cooperative Extension
111 Sheckler Road
Fallon, NV 89406

Linda Brown, Administrative Assistant
Churchill County Cooperative Extension
111 Sheckler Road
Fallon, NV 89406


Full-Time Equivalent

Required Attachment(s)
Attach the following attachments to your application
1) Cover letter describing your professional experience as it relates to this position. Please include a brief statement (no more than two paragraphs), outlining your understanding of the Land Grant Institution and its teaching philosophy;
2) Curriculum vitae;
3) Writing samples of both scholarly and user-oriented materials;
4) Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying;
5) Contact information for three professional references (contacted only for those who advance to the selection process).

This posting is open until filled
Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. This search will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.

For full consideration of applications, all materials must be submitted by September 1, 2018.

Posting Close Date

Note to Applicant
A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member’s first day of employment.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

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For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver’s license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.

Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.

To apply, visit http://apptrkr.com/1241231.

Founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno is the State of Nevada’s land grant institution with a statewide mission and presence. The University of Nevada, Reno is a Carnegie I Research Institution and has been recognized as a “Top Tier” Best National University by U.S. News & World Report. With an enrollment of nearly 21,000 students we offer 145 Tier 1 accredited degree programs. Located in the picturesque Truckee Meadows the University of Nevada, Reno is surrounded by numerous state and national parks, is 45 minutes from beautiful Lake Tahoe, and four hours from San Francisco.

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Employer University of Nevada, Reno
Location Reno, NV
Salary Not Specified
Closing date of competition Open until filled
Date position available 6/15/2018
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