The University of Connecticut, Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (PSLA) is seeking a full-time Assistant Extension Educator to fulfill the mission of the UConn Plant Diagnostic Lab. This is an 11-month, non-tenure track position renewed annually with the expectation of long-term employment. Collaboration with staff and faculty in the PSLA and Extension departments is a key component of this position, and the incumbent will provide support for extension programs at the UConn Home & Garden Education Center, the Commercial Turf Diagnostic Laboratory, the Integrated Pest Management team, and the UConn Master Gardener program.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
This position will manage the UConn Plant Diagnostic Laboratory in collaboration with the Home and Garden Education Center Coordinator and will include diagnosis of commercial and residential horticultural problems utilizing microscopy and culture and non-culture based diagnostic tests. The successful candidate will summarize results from diagnosis and identification of problems and provide recommendations for corrective actions to lab patrons in timely written reports. Participation in the National Plant Diagnostic Network and administration of the Northeast Plant Diagnostic Network (NEPDN) at UConn is expected and involves grant writing and reporting. The incumbent will oversee lab budgets, equipment, lab safety, and personnel. The incumbent will be a member of the UConn Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Team and provide technical support to the Commercial Turf Diagnostic Laboratory. Occasional travel and work during weekends and evenings are required. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential as this job requires the ability to write, or contribute to, a monthly newspaper column and blog posting, fact sheets, the annual UConn Plant Diagnostic Laboratory summary report, NEPDN grant proposal and progress reports, as well as other publications as needed. In addition, the individual will give educational presentations to diverse audiences on numerous horticultural topics. He or she will represent the UConn Home & Garden Education Center and the University at state, regional and national events and conferences. Contributions to undergraduate and graduate classes are also expected.
An earned Master’s degree in plant health management or related field
Knowledge and experience in diagnosing plant health-related problems including damage from insects; diseases caused by fungi, oomycetes, bacteria and viruses; weed identification; and abiotic disorders across a broad range of ornamental and edible crop species
Experience teaching adults
Demonstrated competence working in collaboration with colleagues
Proven experience with plant diagnostic laboratory protocols
Strong oral and written communication skills
Must have the ability to work flexible hours including occasional nights and weekends and must be willing and able to travel statewide
Must have reliable transportation and valid driver’s license
Knowledge about New England horticulture
Cooperative Extension experience
Skills in grant writing and management
Experience developing, implementing, and evaluating adult education programs
Proficiency with digital photography
Ability to develop and implement small-scale grant-funded research programs
This is an 11-month per year, non-tenure track faculty position. Starting salary will be commensurate with successful candidate’s experience and training.
This is a full-time position with a benefits package. For more information on benefits, go to: http://www.hr.uconn.edu/benefits/index.html. Mileage reimbursement for work-related travel is allowed for personal vehicle use. Final applicants will be subject to a background screening.
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Internal Number: 2019247
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