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Extension Urban/Small Farms IPM Specialist with New Mexico State University in Los Lunas, New Mexico

Type of position Tenure-track appointment with the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor (75% Extension/25% Research).
Employer New Mexico State University
Description of Employer New Mexico State University is a comprehensive land-grant institution of higher learning accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Universities. An active research university, NMSU anchors the southern end of New Mexico’s Rio Grande Research Corridor, exceeding $140 million in research and public service expenditures. NMSU is classified as a Hispanic-serving institution by the federal government with a total minority enrollment over 48%. Home to the state’s NASA Space Grant Program, NMSU is located in Las Cruces, which features desert mesas, the farmlands of the Rio Grande Valley, and the Organ Mountains, an extension of the Rocky Mountain chain. The University is committed to building a cultural diverse educational environment.
Location Los Lunas, New Mexico
Salary Commensurate with qualifications
Closing date of competition 12/31/2018
Date position available 12/31/2018
Description of duties

The successful candidate will:
– Responsible for a progressive Extension education program in integrated pest management in urban and small-farm production systems, including agricultural/horticultural crops, home gardens, turf, and other landscape areas.
– Interpret and disseminate current and relevant research findings for practical use by clientele through mass media, publications, grower meetings, Extension Master Gardener programs, demonstration plots, and other proven Extension methods. Write and revise Extension publications.
– Provide training and assistance to County Extension Agents, crop producers, and the public on various aspects of integrated pest management, including but not limited to pest identification, pest biology and epidemiology, and organic and conventional methods of control.
– Maintain close working relationships with the NMSU Plant and Environmental Sciences department, New Mexico Department of Agriculture, and other federal, state, and local agencies.
– Work collaboratively with other state Extension specialists, university researchers, and county Extension agents in developing and implementing multi-disciplinary activities.
– Build and maintain working relationships with community and producer organizations (e.g., commodity groups, beekeepers associations, farmers markets, farmer networks, and gardening clubs), the agricultural chemical industry, and other related industries.
– Conduct an applied research program within the field of integrated pest management; emphasis will be placed on developing sustainable management practices relevant to small farm producers, urban stakeholders, and various cropping industries in the state, including those used in organic crop production (e.g., biological control).
– Acquire external funding to support, develop, and implement Extension and research programs.
– Qualify for graduate faculty status. Graduate advising opportunities are available within the Entomology, Plant Pathology and Weed Science department.
– Publish research results in peer-reviewed journals and generate scholarly activities in a manner to fulfill tenure track expectations.
– Will hold joint appointment in Extension Plant Sciences (EPS) and Entomology, Plant Pathology, and Weed Science (EPPWS) departments and be administratively responsible to the Department Heads of those units. The mission of EPS is to extend research-based knowledge and technology that will enable producers, clientele, and citizens to improve the quality of their lives and enhance the agricultural, economic, environmental, and social well-being of New Mexicans. EPPWS has a mission to provide academic instruction, research, and service that focuses on managing pests in semi-arid ecosystems.
The Los Lunas Agricultural Science Center (ASC) is a 200-acre research farm located 30 miles south of Albuquerque and is approx. 200 miles north of the NMSU main campus in Las Cruces, NM. The Los Lunas ASC offers excellent opportunities for field-based research and collaboration. In addition, the Los Lunas ASC is housed with and shares a unique relationship with the USDA NRCS Plant Materials Center that is responsible for the development of plants used for rangeland improvement, erosion control, wildlife habitat improvement, and stabilization of critical areas. For more information visit: http://loslunassc.nmsu.edu.

Qualifications sought

Ph.D. (in hand by hire date) in entomology, plant pathology, weed science or related field, with emphasis on and/or experience in integrated pest management.
– Knowledge of integrated pest management, including conventional and organic methods of control.
– Understanding of pest challenges in urban settings and practical integrated pest management techniques for gardens, public spaces, and small farms.
– Knowledge of Extension education, design and establishment of demonstration plots, and working with community groups and small farms.
– Demonstrated ability to effectively interpret current pest management research findings and make related practical recommendations to County Extension Agents, agricultural producers, agribusinesses, homeowners, city, county, and state agencies, and the general public in diverse communities throughout New Mexico.
– Demonstrated ability to design, implement, and publish scientific experiments.
– Ability to effectively interact with, communicate with (oral and written), and relate to people of all ages, incomes, education levels and ethnic backgrounds and to develop informal and formal educational programs to meet their needs.
– Knowledge of up-to-date information delivery methods to meet the needs of the diverse target clientele associated with this position, including non-traditional and innovative, social network and other electronic media outlets.
– Offer of employment contingent upon verification of individual’s eligibility for employment in the United States.
– Valid driver’s license and insured personal auto required. Mileage reimbursed at federal allowable rate.

Contact for additional information Dr. Richard Heerema, Search Chair, rjheerem@nmsu.edu, (575)646-2921
Application procedure  
Submit what On-line application system.
PLEASE SUBMIT BRIEF SUMMARY OF EXTENSION AND RESEARCH GOALS
( 2 page maximum) UNDER THE “OTHER DOCUMENTS” SECTION.
REFERENCES SHOULD INCLUDE NAME, PHONE NUMBER, AND EMAIL ADDRESS.
Submit to On line application system: https://jobs.nmsu.edu/postings/33324
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