Penn State - Extension Educator (Pesticide Education Specialist)
The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking individuals to join our nationally recognized Penn State Pesticide Education Program. As a member of the Pesticide Education Program, the individual will be responsible for actively working to identify important educational learning objectives, develop numerous educational materials, and present at educational events to support these learning objectives throughout the state. The individual will be expected to support the program's established deliverables, which are set by funding partners. It is expected that the individual in the position will be able to provide pesticide safety content directed primarily to pesticide applicators throughout the state to accomplish three objectives: adopt application practices that contribute to improved water quality through reduced pesticide drift and groundwater contamination, educate applicators and consumers on proper application, storage, and disposal of pesticides to increase food safety when pesticides are used during the food production process, and improve pesticide management practices to reduce human exposure.
Critical responsibilities will include creating and developing pesticide safety presentations for statewide use by the Program and county extension educators; presenting at numerous certification and recertification training programs throughout the state; and managing the process of rewriting several pesticide applicator category study materials and creating accompanying exam question banks. The critical outcomes from this position will include increased water quality and food safety and decreased human exposure by providing applicators with increased knowledge to make informed decisions about the safe and proper use of pesticides. Other responsibilities include becoming familiar with federal and state laws and regulations that govern pesticides; helping to develop audio-visual programs, multimedia projects, and various printed materials; and supporting our social media and web presence.
This job will be filled as a level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Training in Entomology, Plant Pathology, Horticulture, Crop and Soil Sciences, or other related field and experience with a broad knowledge of pests, pest management, and pesticide safety preferred. The candidate is expected to have excellent presentation, writing, and communication skills, and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously. The individual must be able to work effectively in a team and with diverse audiences within the state. Bilingual fluency in English and Spanish would be beneficial, but not required.
While the successful candidate will be stationed at University Park, he or she will be required to present programming at various training programs, which will require significant travel during the winter months throughout the state. In addition, travel at other times throughout the year is expected to attend appropriate meetings throughout the state, collaborate with others to complete contract deliverables, and participate in professional development activities related to pesticide safety education. Proficiency in the use of computer software packages such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint is required. Candidate must have the ability to carry equipment, educational materials, and supplies with or without accommodation. The individual must possess a valid driver's license and have the ability to travel throughout the state. Since this position requires operation a motor vehicle as a part of the job duties, successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. In addition, a Pennsylvania Pesticide Certification in Core and Category 18 is required and must be obtained within 90 days of hire.
The Pesticide Education Program's overall mission is to educate all pesticide applicators and users across the Commonwealth about pest management alternatives, including the safe, proper, and legal use of pesticides. The program promotes responsible decision-making, which will protect pesticide users, public health, plant and animal health, and the environment. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of refunding. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.
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- 05/06/19 -- Virginia Tech's Department of Entomology invites applications for a non-tenure track position as Director of the Virginia Tech Pesticide Programs (VTPP). This is a twelve-month, 100% Extension faculty appointment based on campus at Virginia Tech, a land-grant university in the scenic New River Valley of Virginia.
Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to maintain a well-established and highly recognized state pesticide safety education program that functions in close collaboration with the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
The incumbent will supervise an existing team of four full-time staff, and will work with the department head to provide direction for three Extension VTPP faculty. The director will provide fiscal oversight and management of the VTPP budget, and will be responsible for developing and maintaining collaborations and communications with relevant units and agencies in the state as well as nationally. The director will provide visionary leadership in establishing agendas and priorities for VTPP; manage an annual statewide train-the-trainer workshop for Extension field faculty; foster independent and collaborative efforts among VTPP faculty and staff; actively participate in Entomology department outreach (e.g., through VTPP leadership of Hokie BugFest, Hokie BugCamp, etc.); encourage professional development of VTPP personnel; provide leadership for the statewide Extension "pest and pesticide management" plan-of-work; serve as state pesticide coordinator, IR-Liaison, and state contact with the Southern IPM Center.
Preference will be given to individuals with an established track record in Extension relating to pesticide safety education and a demonstrated ability to secure and maintain extramural funding. Applicants should be able to demonstrate their ability to maintain the VTPP program at its current high-functioning capacity. The incumbent will support the land-grant university by participating in outreach and engaging local, state, and regional stakeholders.
Qualifications: Applicants are required to hold an M.S. in entomology, plant pathology, agronomy, weed science, agricultural education/communications or related discipline, with significant experience in Extension pesticide safety education programs at the state level, OR a Ph.D. (preferred) in the same areas. Applicants should have a proven record of grantsmanship, supervisory experience, and an ability to lead education and outreach programs.
Application: Applications will be accepted online at: http://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/96948, and applicants should submit: (1) a formal cover letter addressing qualifications and relevant experience (in Extension, pesticide safety education, etc.), (2) a brief statement describing the applicant's interest in and experience working with diverse groups and underrepresented populations, (3) a current curriculum vitae, and (4) the names and contact information of three references who can assess the applicant's qualifications for the position. Inquires concerning the position or application process should be directed to Dr. Tom Kuhar, search committee chair firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr. Tim Kring, department head email@example.com.
Review of applications will begin June 1, 2019 and continue until a suitable candidate is selected.