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Research Scientist-2 with Minesota Department of Agriculture in Saint Paul, MN

Type of position This vacancy is open for bids and for all qualified job seekers simultaneously. Bidders will be considered through 02/14/2020.
Employer Minesota Department of Agriculture
Description of Employer Visit https://www.mda.state.mn.us/ to learn about Minnesota Department of Agriculture.
Location Saint Paul, MN
Salary $56,146 – $82,727/annually
Benefits The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long-term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.
Closing date of competition 03/06/2020
Date position available March 2020
Description of duties

This position will be responsible for planning and directing, with appropriate staff within and outside the agency, special pesticide reviews.  This coordination includes: 1) tracking and researching scientific and regulatory pesticide issues related to environmental and human health and pesticide contaminants of emerging concern; 2) coordinating a high level scientific research team involving multiple agencies in conducting a special registration review of pesticide products; 3) preparing recommendations of the MDA’s decisions and informing interested parties of the specifics of MDA’s options, considerations and decisions; 4) assisting in the development and coordination of post-review communications, planning and outreach activities; 5) developing and promoting Best Management Practices (BMPs), brochures, factsheets, stewardship plans for pesticides, 6) assisting in reviewing pesticide applications requiring special registration reviews 7) representing the State of Minnesota and MDA in interviews with the media contacts related to review of activities needed.  Work is frequently conducted in conjunction with PhD and Masters level staff of the Minnesota Department of Health, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, University of Minnesota Extension, EPA, registrants and other key information providers.

Qualifications sought

Minimum Qualifications

A Master’s degree in an Agricultural or Environmental Sciences field such as Weed Science, Plant Pathology, Entomology, Water Resources Management, Agronomy, Soil Science, Crop Soil and Pest Management, Applied Plant science or related field.

Two (2) years of practical research experience conducting research or evaluating and interpreting research data on pesticides.

Specialized knowledge of pesticide practices used on Minnesota crops or comparable conditions.

Excellent writing skills.

Excellent communication skills in order to interact with a variety of audiences including growers, Ag groups, PhD level researchers and media contacts.

Established history of authoring and publishing extension articles, scientific reports and journal articles.

Must have a valid driver’s license and an acceptable motor vehicle record subject to review.

Preferred Qualifications

A PhD in an Agricultural or Environmental Sciences field such as Weed Science, Plant Pathology, Entomology, Water Resources Management, Agronomy, Soil Science, Crop Soil and Pest Management, Applied Plant science or related field.

Strong knowledge of herbicides and their properties and use patterns.

More than two (2) years of practical experience conducting research or evaluating and interpreting research data on pesticides.

Technical knowledge in pesticide product technology including herbicide resistant crops.

Specialized knowledge of fate and transport of pesticides in the environment.

Strong leadership skills.

Additional Requirements

This position requires successful completion of the following:

Job offer is contingent upon passing reference checks and driver’s history check.  It is the policy of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, as part of hit’s hiring procedures, to conduct background checks on the finalist(s) for positions within the agency.  The background check for this position may include an Employment Records Check and a Reference Check.  The background check may consist of the following components:

  • SEMA4 Records Check (applies to current and former state employees only)
  • Employment Reference Check
  • Driver’s License Check
Contact for additional information If you have questions about the position, contact Rajinder Mann at rajinder.mann@state.mn.us or 651.201.6208.
Connect 700 applicants, contact Tracy Ohmann at tracy.ohmann@state.mn.us or 651.201.6187
Application procedure  
Submit what Applicants must apply to the MN Careers website http://www.mn.gov/careers Job ID 38805.

If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637.

Submit to Applicants must apply to the MN Careers website http://www.mn.gov/careers Job ID 38805.
Additional Information AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

We will make reasonable accommodations to all qualified applicants with disabilities. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637 or email careers@state.mn.us. Please indicate what assistance you need.

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