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Research and Extension Assistant – Lowbush Blueberry Research & Extension Program with University of Maine Extension in Orono, ME

Type of position Full time research assistant/technician. Professional, non-tenure track.
Employer University of Maine Extension
Description of Employer Dr. Lily Calderwood’s team is the lowbush/wild blueberry research and Extension program. The position will be located in Deering Hall on the University of Maine campus in Orono. A few work from home days during the winter are a possibility. The person hired in this position will specifically work on projects that include whole field mulching of wild blueberry fields for drought management, collection of plant and food science data to expand our knowledge of wild blueberry ripening for value-added markets, dual-use solar in wild blueberry, weed and fertility management for both organic and conventional wild blueberry growers. Annual Extension events include but are not limited to an annual conference in February and field days in May and June.
Location Orono, ME
Description of Location The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,900 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus, the regional campus in Machias, and throughout the state. UMaine is a land, sea and space grant university, and maintains a leadership role as the University of Maine System’s flagship institution. UMaine is the state’s public research university and a Carnegie R1 top-tier research institution, dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research and service for Maine, the nation and the world. More information about UMaine is at umaine.edu.

UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here.

Salary Anticipated starting salary for this soft-money funded position is $38,701 – $42,000 commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Benefits The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.
Closing date of competition March 22, 2023
Date position available April 10, 2023
Description of duties

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Plans and implements field, lab, or greenhouse experiments in wild blueberry.
  • Applies treatments and maintains research plots as needed in the field
  • Collects, tabulates, summarizes, analyzes, and interprets data in the form of written report and published paper drafts.
  • Organizes undergraduates, supplies, and materials necessary to complete research projects in the field.
  • Assists in compiling research into reports, IPM guides, factsheets, and publications.
  • Assists in submitting state and federal grant packages.
  • Attends appropriate research and Extension meetings related to the research and Extension program.
  • Assists in planning and/or conducting research and Extension meetings.
  • Maintains wild blueberry Extension website.
  • Works collaboratively with a team of students, faculty, and farmers.
  • Works with administrative assistant to maintain wild blueberry grower database.
  • Provides safety management for students and staff.
  • Develops and maintains professional relationships that reflect courtesy, civility, and mutual respect.
  • Builds productive relationships with internal and external constituencies.
  • Utilizes coaching and mentoring methods which provide an environment that is anticipatory, supportive, and encourages constructive feedback on performance.
  • Commits to organizational improvement by identifying opportunities to improve, and recommending possible alternatives for a situation.
  • Performs other reasonably related duties as assigned.
Qualifications sought


  • B.S. or B.A. degree and at least four years relevant work experience in a related area.
  • Ability to collect data and interpret results in graphical and written report form.
  • Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills. 
  • Demonstrated ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative, and manage multiple tasks and deadlines at once.
  • Ability to travel normally requiring a driver’s license.
  • Commercial Pesticide Applicators License for Maine categories 1B (wild blueberry) and 10 (research) is required within the first 6 months.


  • M.S. degree.
  • Successful supervisory experience.
Contact for additional information Dr. Lily Calderwood [email protected]
Application procedure  
Submit what You will need to create a profile and application here: https://umaine.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobid=80599
1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae
3.) contact information for three professional references

You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

Submit to Apply through UMaine: https://umaine.hiretouch.com/job-details?jobid=80599
Additional Information In complying with the letter and spirit of applicable laws and pursuing its own goals of diversity, the University of Maine System does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship status, familial status, ancestry, age, disability physical or mental, genetic information, or veterans or military status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies: Director of Equal Opportunity, 5748 Boudreau Hall, Room 101, Orono, ME 04469-5754, 207-581-1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).