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Extension Specialist – Weed Management with the University of Maryland near Queenstown, Maryland

Type of position University of Maryland Extension (UME) invites applications for a 12-month tenure-track position of Agent to conduct evaluations of herbicide efficacy and provide weed management expertise to UME personnel and growers throughout Maryland. The candidate will have training in the principles of weed science and familiarity with management of the primary crops that are widely grown throughout the state. The incumbent will also serve as the Maryland representative for regional weed management information and training efforts.
Employer University of Maryland-College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Maryland Extension
Location Wye Research and Education Center near Queenstown, Maryland
Salary Salary will be commensurate with experience: Master’s Base: $52,650; Ph.D. Base: $62,880.
Benefits The University of Maryland offers an extensive benefits package.
Closing date of competition For best consideration, complete the application by 5/11/2019. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate has been identified.
Date position available Immediately
Description of duties The Specialist is part of a diverse team (College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, UME, and key stakeholder groups) working on applied research and extension education for weed management. The Specialist will provide leadership for relevant weed management programming within the Agriculture and Food Systems Focus Area, one of four UME strategic programming initiatives.

The applicant is expected to develop an extramurally-funded applied research program focused on the evaluation of herbicides for efficacy in field crop production in Maryland and the region. Research should focus on an integrated approach to weed management in crops that are widely grown throughout the state. Applied research can include, but is not limited to, surveys of herbicide-resistant weeds, applications of weed management systems, status and impacts of introduced herbicide-resistant crops, and efficacy of cover crop systems as related to weed management programs. Support for the program is available through numerous commodity groups. Excellent farm, greenhouse, and laboratory facilities are available for carrying out the research program.

The incumbent will contribute to the development of state and regional weed control recommendations for cropping systems; present information using websites, journals, mass media, social media, webcasts, and at research and education meetings; gather and communicate research information to UME personnel; contribute to weed management demonstrations at university research stations; contribute expertise to training materials for pesticide recertification and the Certified Crop Advisor program; and conduct annual/semiannual in-service training for Extension personnel. The individual will work in partnership with state and regional Extension specialists, county agricultural educators, research personnel, industry representatives, state and federal regulatory personnel, and agricultural leaders. The incumbent will be nominated to be an

Affiliate Agent and Special Graduate Faculty member of the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (PSLA).

The Specialist works to ensure that Extension priorities and initiatives are addressed for target audiences. The Specialist is also responsible to work intentionally and collaboratively to increase the visibility and reach of Extension programs through education designed to meet the needs of diverse audiences.

The Specialist represents UME, the University of Maryland College Park, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The Specialist ensures that educational programming is in alignment with UME’s current strategic plan and plan of work, especially as it relates to the United States Department of Agriculture. The faculty member will be on track for tenure and promotion to a higher rank in accordance with university policy and UME tenure guidelines within a defined timeframe.

In carrying out these duties, the individual reports to the Assistant Director, Agriculture Program.

Qualifications sought Required –
• M.S. degree in weed science or a related field of study.
• The candidate will have a clear understanding of the practice of extension education.
• The candidate will have demonstrated the ability to work effectively as a team member and have possession of excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Field research experience in weed science and management that involves applications of conservation practices and advanced agricultural technology systems.
• Demonstrated leadership and management abilities along with evidence of ability to work with colleagues, students, industry, and other clientele. The candidate will show evidence of an interest in interdisciplinary work.
• Knowledge and use of computer technology for educational programming and management.
• Personal transportation and valid driver’s license required. Must be willing to travel throughout the state of Maryland. Out of state travel may also be required.
• Flexible work schedule required for delivering evening and weekend educational programs and activities as determined by clientele availability and need.
• Maryland Public Agency Applicator’s Certification required or must be obtained within 12-months of employment.
• Evidence of excellent teaching and communication skills.
• This position is subject to a Criminal History Record Check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and clearance of the Criminal History Record Check.
Preferred –
• Ph.D. preferred.
• Extension research or similar work experience (e.g., work with formal or non-formal education, farm management experience).
• Experience working with graduate students is desirable.
• Preference will be given to individuals with experience working with diverse audiences and all socioeconomic levels.
Application procedure  
Submit what A complete application packet includes a cover letter, resume (or CV uploaded as resume), copies of transcripts, and three (3) professional references, including name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address.
Submit to All candidates must apply online at https://ejobs.umd.edu.
Additional Information The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.
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