Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, developing a peer-reviewed PNW potato soil health handbook, organizing and leading field days, regional conferences, workshops, and grower meetings to communicate findings and recommendations, developing websites and other online tools focused on potato soil health education, conducting needs assessments and BMP adoption evaluation metrics, and delivery of presentations at relevant technical and grower focused conferences. The incumbent will be expected to take frequent overnight trips to Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Colorado for extension programming efforts. The incumbent will also be expected to take occasional trips to the annual Potato Association of America conference, Minneapolis-Minnesota, and the annual Potato Expo to communicate with stakeholders and project team leaders regarding extension programming progress.
30% Research: The incumbent will participate in ongoing potato soil health research field studies in Oregon and Washington associated with the SCRI project, and will produce research articles in collaboration with SCRI project team members. Other duties may include proposal writing and developing new research projects in the area of potato production and soil health, as time allows.
20% Professional development, Supervision, Training and Mentoring: The incumbent will collaborate and assist project personnel, graduate students, and OSU faculty on related extension and research activities. Additional responsibilities include supervising technical staff, undergraduate student workers, and temporary employees. Duties will include planning, assigning and approving work and assisting with the hiring of temporary help staff. The incumbent will be expected to attend conferences, workshops, seminars, and training programs for professional development, under the advisement and approval of the supervisor.
Working Conditions/Work Schedule: Full time. Work is generally conducted in a laboratory, field, and office settings. Incumbent must be willing to work under extreme weather conditions (hot and cold temperatures, rain, wind, etc.) and during evening and weekend hours on occasion.
Required Education: Ph.D. in Soil Science, Agronomy, Plant Pathology, Plant Physiology, Crop Science, or closely related field
The ability to organize field days, workshops, conferences, and/or grower meetings.
Experience with field research in agricultural settings is required.
Experience with discipline-specific (i.e., Soil Science, Agronomy, Plant Pathology, etc.) laboratory techniques and equipment.
A demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team atmosphere is essential.
Effective communication skills and a willingness to interact with the public is required.
Strong organizational and time management skills are required.
A record of effective project management is highly desirable.
Background in soil fertility, soil physics, soil microbiology, plant pathology, plant physiology, agronomy, and/or crop science is required.
Website development experience is highly desirable.
Experience with potato production systems is highly desirable.
Experience conducting field studies is highly desirable.
A demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.
Other Job-Related Skills and Abilities: The successful applicant must have or be able to obtain an Oregon driver’s license. A criminal history check will be required.
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