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Weed Science Extension Educator with University of Nebraska-Lincoln with University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Lincoln, NE

Type of position Non-tenure track, 100% Extension; Full time, 12-month. Position is located at the campus of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln
Employer University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Description of Employer The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, chartered in 1869, is an educational institution of international stature. UNL is listed by the Carnegie Foundation within the ‘Research Universities (very high research activity)’ category. UNL is a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. UNL celebrated the 145th anniversary of its founding on Feb. 15, 2014.

Today, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is one of the nation’s leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities.

Location Lincoln, NE
Description of Location Lincoln, Nebraska, a community of more than 275,000 people, offers the ambience of a friendly small town while offering attractions and entertainment opportunities of a metropolitan area. Lincoln is a young city with a bright future of planned growth and expansion. It is one of the fastest growing non-Sun Belt cities in the U.S. and one of the fastest growing metro areas in the Midwest. The capital city, Lincoln, is home to state government and the flagship campus of the University of Nebraska. The city also hosts Nebraska Wesleyan University, Union College, Southeast Community College, Doane College-Lincoln and the Hamilton College-Lincoln Campus.

Lincoln has an excellent educational system and ranks in the top 20 least stressful cities in the nation for children. Residents enjoy nationally ranked sporting events, world famous performing arts, and a variety of cultural activities. Among the attractions: the 2,200-seat Lied Center for Performing Arts, the Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden, four history museums, a planetarium, observatory, many private art galleries, live-stage theater venues, a civic auditorium, the 82,000 seat Memorial Stadium, 14,400 seat Devaney Center and new baseball/softball stadium facilities.

Salary Competitive and Commensurate with experience
Benefits Full benefits package, including life, health, and retirement plan
Closing date of competition December 1, 2014 or until suitable candidate is identified
Date position available February 2015 or negotiable
Description of duties JOB DESCRIPTION:

  • Conduct integrated weed management educational programs working closely with Weed Science and other Extension faculty. Responsibilities include developing course content, conducting field days, workshops and meetings in a direct teaching role.
  • Preparation of instructional materials and teaching in conjunction with other faculty.
  • The preparation of extension publications and newsletters is an expectation.
  • Serve as the Weed Science resource person for the Plant Diagnostic Clinic.
  • Responsible for the identification of plant specimens and diagnosis of plant injury samples submitted by clientele.
  • Providing recommendations for both short- and long-term management strategies will be part of the incumbent’s responsibility.
  • Conduct field, greenhouse, and laboratory investigations in conjunction with senior faculty, including data collection and analysis.
  • Develop grant proposals and solicit external funding for partial or complete support of programming.
  • Contribute to creating and maintaining a positive, professional image for the University of Nebraska.
  • Maintain a working relationship with USDA agencies, educational partnerships, community organizations, business and citizen committees for program guidance, linkages and evaluation.
  • Actively participate in the Food Production & Natural Resources Systems Action Teams.
  • Assess the impact of program efforts in integrated crop management and report these impacts to the extension board, county officials, University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension Division, community and public leaders, general public, and peers at conferences and meetings.
  • Correspond with clientele by phone, e-mail, or post.
  • Participate in service to the department and recruit potential students for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
  • Develop and pursue a professional development plan to increase teaching skills, knowledge of subject matter areas as well as interpersonal and team skills reflective of anticipated program needs.
  • All educational programs and actions will meet affirmative action requirements and embrace diversity.

Organizational Assignment (Approximately 20%): The focused extension educator will also connect with unit leaders in the region for the purpose of developing local support for UNL Extension. These responsibilities include:

  • Support the Department of Agronomy & Horticulture with active engagement in faculty meetings and committee assignments.
  • Cooperate with faculty and staff in a team environment to promote Extension’s educational opportunities in Nebraska.
  • Foster and build relationships for Extension and a positive, professional image of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.
Qualifications sought Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree required; one degree in Agronomy, Crop Science, Weed Science or closely related field or demonstrated experience in the focus area. Master’s degree must be completed by start date.
  • Successful experience teaching in a formal or non-formal setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate (i.e. publications, web media, presentations).

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in working with individuals, coworkers, and teams to accomplish individual and/or group goals, as evidenced by college, career, and/or community activities.
  • Outstanding leadership skills as demonstrated by roles in college, career, and/or community activities.
  • Ability to utilize electronic and online technologies for educational program delivery.
  • Understanding of different ethnic and socioeconomic audiences and a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming.
  • Successful experience in developing financial support for educational programs including grant writing, fund generation, contracting and/or cost recovery efforts.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and programs.
  • Minimum of 2 years experience with agricultural production similar to Nebraska systems.
  • Some travel is required.
  • Successful experience in teaching Weed Management education in a formal or informal setting, experience teaching crop producers or their advisors, and a demonstrated ability to network with agricultural industry or public agencies.
Contact for additional
Rick Koelsch at 402-472-3935 – rkoelsch1@unl.edu or
Richard Ferguson 402-472-1144 rferguson1@unl.edu
Amit Jhala 402-472-1534 amit.jhala@unl.edu
Application procedure Candidates must apply online at http://employment.unl.edu. (Requisition number: F_140192).

Click on the ‘Apply for this position’ button above or below; or sign on and review existing Information Form.

You will be required to attach the following documents:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • List of three professional references
  • College transcripts should either be attached to online application (as ‘Other’), attached to an email and sent to ldetwiler2@unl.edu, or faxed to 402-472-9847
Additional Information The University of Nebraska has an active National Science Foundation ADVANCE gender equity program, and is committed to a pluralistic campus community through affirmative action, equal opportunity, work-life balance, and dual careers.
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