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Crops Assistant Extension Professor – UMN Extension Educator

Description of Duties

RESPONSIBILITIES AND PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS Design, develop, deliver, implement and evaluate educational programs based on scholarly/scientific theory and research at the regional and state levels based on needs. .Use in-person seminars, webinars, workshops, and other media to educate crop producers and agricultural professionals. .Engage in a range of extension education and cooperative research activities and programs that support extension programs. Scholarly applied research is not a primary focus of the positions. .Other roles include pesticide safety education and broad programmatic work to address important regional agronomic issues such as corn, soybean, small grain, forage, or sugarbeet production, general agronomics, pest management, soil fertility, and sustainable agriculture. .Collaborate with Extension educators (regional and local), state Extension specialists, and other appropriate agricultural and natural resource teams at the University of Minnesota. .Opportunity to partner with university faculty and research professionals at University of Minnesota campuses, research centers, and offices in conducting outreach and research. .Develop and maintain effective local, regional, and state governmental and private partnerships (e.g. commodity groups, conservation organizations, government agencies, industry, etc.) that further the development and delivery of .Extension educational programming efforts. .Continued professional development in scholarship, program development and delivery via conferences, self-directed study and/or other means of maintaining a high level of expertise.
Required Qualifications: Master of Science degree in agronomy, crop science, soil science, entomology, plant pathology, weed science, agricultural education, or related discipline. Evidence of experience in agronomy, pest management, plant/crop science, cropping systems, soil science or related discipline. Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills along with demonstrated skills in communicating complex, scientific concepts to end-users.Demonstrated skills with technology-enhanced communication and/or teaching. Demonstrated skills in developing and maintaining effective working relationships and collaborations with colleagues, partners, and stakeholders, including those that may have diverse missions, goals, and backgrounds.Additional Requirements:Valid driver’s license and own means of transportation with required liability insurance, to be utilized for travel to workshops and transporting materials and supplies to events; the need to transport other people/employees may occur.When not in the assigned office location, employees must be reachable with a mobile number at the employee’s own expense. That number will be published in the Extension staff directory.Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, including occasional evening or weekend work.Must have reliable internet if/when working outside of assigned office location.Must be able to travel within the designated communities or to state-wide events and provide in-person programming; in-state overnight travel may occur one to two days per month on average.Ability to perform tasks involving frequent repetitive motions, prolonged sitting, standing, bending, twisting, lifting, and carrying 20 pounds frequently, with occasional exertion of up to fifty pounds of force.This position is not eligible for employment visa sponsorship.Preferred Qualifications: Two or more years of experience in extension education, other forms of adult education, or communications related to crop production.Two or more years of post-bachelors degree experience in an emphasis area related to crop production.Experience working with small grains and/or forages.Experience coordinating educational events.Evidence of designing, delivering, and evaluating educational programs.Documentation of problem-solving and outreach in crop production systems.Experience with influencing needs-based applied research and translating research into adoptable practices by farmers and other end-users. Experience or background in integrated pest management in farming systems.Demonstrated skills in project/program management and working with farmers and/or agricultural professionals from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Familiarity with working with the media (print, television, and/or radio)

Type of position

Full time, non-tenure track




At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time offContinuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Tuition Benefit ProgramLow-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plansHealthcare and dependent care flexible spending accountsUniversity HSA contributionsDisability and employer-paid life insuranceEmployee wellbeing programExcellent retirement plans with employer contributionPublic Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunityFinancial counseling services Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no costPlease visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.


out state Minnesota, ,MN

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Date Position Available

University of Minnesota Extension
We seek dedicated individuals to join our team at the University of Minnesota who possess expertise and hands-on experience working in field crop production, pest management, and education. If you want to make a difference and have a passion for helping farmers thrive and work within the interface of crop production, environmental stewardship, and agricultural sustainability, this opportunity may be for you. Minnesota ranks sixth nationally in crop production and encompasses diverse cropping systems. Top commodity crops in the state include corn, soybeans, small grains, forages, and sugar beets. The areas of the state where these positions will be housed offer diverse outdoor recreational, cultural, and social opportunities: https://www.exploreminnesota.com/live. The Extension Educator (EE) in Crops positions will work to enhance Minnesota’s cropping systems by applying their expertise through Extension educational programming. Three positions are available in different regions of the state. Each EE is responsible for the development, delivery, marketing, evaluation, and leadership of impactful Extension educational programs. Effective use of existing scholarly/scientific research, partnerships, and technology is essential.