The Extension specialist will provide crop production education and information about small grain, row, and alternative crops grown in the region working closely with the extension agents. The NDSU North Central Research Extension Center Director will provide supervision for this position.
This position includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities: •Provide leadership for the identification, assessment, coordination, and delivery of crop production programs in the region. Assist in providing leadership and assistance to statewide crop production related programs. This will be accomplished through cooperation with appropriate state extension specialists, research faculty, extension agents, and North Research Extension Center staff and faculty. Provide program leadership in crop production for extension agents in north central North Dakota. •Provide crop and pest management and soil science information to extension agents, producers, and industry personnel through personal contact and a variety of educational media including meetings, field tours, news releases, videos, publications, electronic delivery, and other methods, as appropriate. •Communicate with other extension specialists and appropriate research extension center researchers and producers about issues that need new or additional research. When appropriate, provide leadership for the development of demonstration and applied research as an educational tool to address the needs of clientele. •Collaborate with agencies, industry, crop organizations, and crop commodity groups, as appropriate, to teach and provide comprehensive cropping systems programming. •Secure grant funding to support applied research projects that enhances extension programming efforts.
North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.
M.S. degree in agronomy or related discipline.
•Course work and field experience in agronomy and crop disease, insect, and weed management. •Ability to demonstrate professional and technical competency in agronomy and pest management. •Effective oral and written communication skills. •Experience with and commitment to enhancing skills in anticipatory planning, needs assessment, interdisciplinary program delivery, networking and coalition building, program evaluation, and distance learning strategies. •Demonstrated effectiveness in working with varied audiences, with individuals and groups, as a team member. •Demonstrated skills in computer, web-based education and communication, and other electronic equipment usage. •Valid driver’s license. •Commercial Pesticide Applicators License •Knowledge of North Dakota crops, especially specialty or minor acreage crops
•Ph.D. in agronomy or related discipline. •Work experience in an extension and/or land-grant university system. •Experience with Midwest or Northern Great Plains agriculture. •Experience in field crop research. •Documented success in securing grant funds. •Ability to obtain a Certified Crop Advisor Certification.
Additional Salary Information: Benefits include retirement plan and full coverage for family health insurance.