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Extension Weed Specialist

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Please provide a one-page position vision statement describing your Extension and research philosophies for this position (Other Document 1 and Other Document 2). Please provide names and contact information for three current professional references.

Posting Details

Position Information

Opening Number: 1800654
Position Title: Extension Weed Specialist
Position Number: 00021967 (90%-7170) / 00021969 (10%-7670)
FTE: 1.0
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications, training, and experience.
Benefits Eligibility: Benefited - includes retirement plan and full coverage for family health insurance
Search by Group: Extension
Division: Agriculture and University Extension
Department: Plant Sciences

Position Summary Information

Position Description:

The North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension Service and Department of Plant Sciences is recruiting a highly motivated faculty member to serve as the state weed specialist for North Dakota. The NDSU Extension Service is an organization that values people who excel, adapt easily, exhibit passion for helping others and are excellent communicators. The weed specialist is a member of a statewide Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources team responsible for providing leadership to create and deliver innovative learning experiences that empower North Dakotans to improve their lives and communities.

This is a 12 month, tenure track position at the academic level of assistant professor with a 90% Extension and 10% research appointment. The successful specialist will provide leadership for a strong statewide Extension program focused on weed management in small grains, row crops (except sugarbeet and potato), specialty crops, and range and pasture. The position responsibilities include educating Extension staff, allied industry workers, and agricultural professionals on weed identification and making economically and environmentally sound management recommendations; providing innovative Extension programs that capitalize on the appropriate personal, media and digital training and delivery systems; and providing support and technical expertise to plant diagnosticians in weed and herbicide injury identification. Applied weed management research should be conducted to augment Extension programs. The specialist is expected to advise graduate students and secure extramural funding to support research activities and Extension programming. The individual will maintain effective working relationships with NDSU Plant Sciences faculty, Extension agents and specialists, county weed officers, and commodity and industry groups. In addition, the individual is expected to participate in the success of the Department of Plant Sciences, NDSU Extension, and NDSU through service on selected committees. Conduct in a professional and collegial manner with NDSU faculty, staff and students, appropriate commodity groups and stakeholders is expected. The person will be located in the Department of Plant Sciences at NDSU, Fargo, N.D. Travel off-campus is required to carry out Extension programs.

The successful candidate will report to the Department of Plant Sciences Head.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Ph.D. in weed science at time of appointment or Ph.D. in related area with demonstrated experience in weed science
• Broad knowledge in crop production, herbicide use, weed management practices, and weed identification taxonomy
• Demonstrated ability to provide educational programs for agents, farmers and crop advisors;
• Excellent written and oral communication skills
• Sufficient aptitude in computer applications and technology to meet position requirements
• Ability to conduct and publish research
• North Dakota Commercial Applicator License or ability to obtain; and valid U.S. driver’s license or equivalent

Preferred Qualifications:

• Skill in diagnosing plant injury symptoms
• Experience with Northern Plains agriculture
• Extension or teaching experience or similar activity in industry
• Successful publication of Extension and research results in popular press and professional journals
• Grant writing experience
• Experience in multiple educational pedagogies applied appropriately for a given audience

Physical Demands:
Screening Date:
Open Until Filled: Yes
Search Type: Internal/External Simultaneously: Open to all applicants
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please provide a one-page position vision statement describing your Extension and research philosophies for this position (Other Document 1 and Other Document 2).

Please provide names and contact information for three current professional references.

Special Conditions:
No Smoking Notice:

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

NDSU does not discriminate in its programs and activities on the basis of 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.

Veteran’s Preference Notice: This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran’s Preference requirements.
Location (City, State): NDSU Extension Service, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota.

Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you hear about this position?
    • Academic Department
    • Bismarck Tribune
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Fargo Forum
    • JobsHQ
    • Friend/Co-worker/Family member
    • Job Service of North Dakota
    • NDSU Employee
    • NDSU Website
    • Other newspaper (Please specify below)
    • Professional Publication/Organization Website
    • University Placement Office
    • Inside Higher Education
    • Other (Please specify below)
  2. If Other, please specify:

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. Are you a North Dakota resident?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. Do you qualify for North Dakota veteran's preference?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. If yes, list exact dates of service:

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. Do you qualify for North Dakota disabled veteran's preference?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Unofficial Transcript 1
  4. Other Document 1
  5. Other Document 2
Optional Documents
  1. Veterans Preference Claim Form (DD214)
  2. Veterans Administration Letter
  3. Unofficial Transcript 2
  4. Unofficial Transcript 3
  5. Other Document 3