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Weeds Extension Field Specialist with South Dakota State University in Aberdeen Regional Extension Center, Aberdeen, SD

Type of position Full-time, 100% non-faculty exempt position. This position is accountable to the Plant Science Department Head, and serves under the programmatic direction of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Director.
Employer South Dakota State University
Description of Employer Founded in 1881, SDSU is the state’s largest and most comprehensive institution of higher learning. It is designated Carnegie Research University-High Intensity; it is the state’s land-grant institution; and it enrolls approximately 12,500 students. The College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences plays an integral role in fulfilling the land grant mission of the university. In addition to eight academic departments, the College is home to both SDSU Extension and the SDSU Agricultural Experiment Station. For more information about the College and this position announcement, please visit: http://www.sdstate.edu/abs/. The Department of Plant Science includes 53 faculty whose expertise spans the fields of agronomy, entomology, genetics/breeding, horticulture, landscape architecture, plant pathology, plant physiology, soil science, and weed science.
Location Aberdeen Regional Extension Center, Aberdeen, SD
Salary Based on experience
Closing date of competition September 15, 2015 or until filled
Date position available Available immediately
Description of duties

The Weeds Extension Field Specialist will provide strong regional and statewide leadership in delivering research-based programming in the Competitive Crops Capstone area. The Weeds Extension Field Specialist will be responsible for development and dissemination of research-based programming and resources on weeds in support of producers growing the major field crops across South Dakota. The successful candidate will travel extensively to build strong relationships with producer groups, agribusinesses and governmental agencies to identify ongoing and emerging needs affecting crop producers. This is a 12 month, full-time, non-faculty exempt position. SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations.

Qualifications sought

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate is required to hold a Master’s Degree in Agronomy, plant science or other closely related field by date of appointment. Experience with weeds affecting crops in the upper Great Plains. Also required are: effective communications skills, strong organizational and time management skills, interpersonal skills, demonstrated team work, demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs and the demonstrated ability or potential to plan, implement, and evaluate educational materials and direct effective programs. Valid Driver’s License.

 

 

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Demonstrated experience with successful volunteer management, demonstrated leadership in developing or leading learning communities, leadership and teamwork with stakeholders, demonstrated collaboration in developing funding proposals to support new and/or enhanced programming and experience in publishing extension materials and peer reviewed journals.  Previous Extension experience.

Contact for additional information For questions on the position, contact Anthony Bly anthony.bly@sdstate.edu or 605-782-3290.
Application procedure  
Submit what Letter of interest, curriculum vitae, references
Submit to SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, please visit: https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu , search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this posting.” The system guides you through the electronic application form and requires you to attach a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and reference page, which includes the current mailing and email addresses and phone numbers of at least five references. Email applications will not be accepted. SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

Additional Information SDSU is an equal opportunity employer.
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