Area Extension Agent, Entomology

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
03 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
30 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The Tri River Area is a four-county partnership between Mesa, Delta, Montrose, and Ouray counties. The position is based in Mesa County and has a population of approximately 146,700 with Grand Junction as the primary urban community. Grand Junction serves as a medical center for western Colorado and eastern Utah. The county office is in Grand Junction. Delta County has a population of approximately 31,230 and the county office is in Delta. Montrose County has a population of approximately 41,300 and the county office is located in Montrose. The area population is growing as people relocate for employment, retirement, and the desirability of the area as a place to live. Natural wonders provide abundant year-round recreational activities including camping, skiing, hiking, hunting and fishing. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to

Position Summary

The position will work as part of the Tri River Area Extension Program. The position will provide leadership, guidance, organization, management, and educational opportunities supporting Entomology/Pest Management needs in the Tri River Area. This position will also provide support in soil and crop science, support to all classes of commercial agriculture, small acreage management and landscape pest management.

Required Job Qualifications

• Completed bachelor’s degree. One degree must be in entomology, agriculture, natural resources, agronomy or a closely related field.
• A successful candidate without a completed master’s will be required to complete a master’s degree relevant to their Extension position within 5 years from the start of employment. Failure to do so may result in termination. Course work and/or professional experience must provide a broad and significant understanding of entomology and pest management. It is important that the educational background include the behavioral sciences as well.
• Three years’ pest management experience.
• Demonstrated skill working with people as individuals and in groups; ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with other professionals and organizations.
• Evidence of drive and initiative. Must be a self-starter.
• Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
• Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs.
• Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications

• Master’s degree preferred.

  • Knowledge of Extension and the land grant university system.
    • Experience in identifying outside funding sources to support program activities.
    • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with mass media (TV, Internet, radio, newspapers).
    • Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
    • Ability to speak Spanish.

Diversity Statement

Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting Duty/Responsibility

• Take the lead in organizing the Western Colorado Pest Management Workshop.
• Respond to requests for field calls involving agronomic and pest management issues in commercial agriculture, pest management issues affecting public resources, and reports of potential new exotic invaders.
• Answer phone and personal office visit requests for information in the agriculture, natural resources, horticulture, residential/commercial, and public health disciplines.
• Work with local and regional media to provide factual, scientific, and experience based information for production of quality news reports when necessary.
• Actively participate in one or more Extension work teams to provide expertise for program and information development, delivery and evaluation efforts statewide.
• Provide program and information delivery support to colleagues in area(s) of specified expertise as appropriate.
• Effectively communicate and coordinate resources, research and programming with personnel/staff of Colorado State University and other organizations.
• Organize, create and present programming at workshops and other public education events. This includes presentations as an invited speaker at events organized by non CSU entities, and at events organized within TRA and CSU.
• Maintain and update the Western Colorado Insects web site.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Percentage Of Time 60% Job Duty Category Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships Duty/Responsibility

• Work as a liaison between regional growers and regulatory agencies (Colorado Department of Agriculture, EPA) in developing 24C and Section 18 label requests.
• Manage and assist research and insect programs that support regional agriculture pest management needs.
• Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to underserved and underrepresented
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Percentage Of Time 20% Job Duty Category Volunteer Recruitment, Development and Management Duty/Responsibility

• Assist TRA offices with insect and plant diagnostics, including training of staff and Master Gardener volunteers.
• Maintain effective communication with Colorado State University personnel, community leaders, and other agencies/organizations to enhance strong program development, delivery and evaluation.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Percentage Of Time 10% Job Duty Category Administration and Supervision Duty/Responsibility

• Report activities through the CSU Extension planning and reporting system and through TRA reporting protocols.
• Supervises 1 FTE Research Associate position.
• Provide supervision and guidance for seasonal employees doing pest management and monitoring work.
• Build and innovate an environment of teamwork and collaboration within the Tri River Area as well as with external partners.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Percentage Of Time 10%

Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

All materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Monday November 28, 2016. Please submit the following to to apply:
• Resume
• Cover letter
• Transcripts of college(s) course work showing degrees conferred. Please remove all references to birth date or social security number prior to submission. Only one document upload is allowed, no larger than 9 megabytes. Please convert all transcript pages into one PDF File to upload.
• Special Required Documentation:
o Statement (no more than 5 pages) of how you meet all the “Required” and “Preferred” criteria listed in the Vacancy Announcement. Please respond to each bullet point separately. Only one document upload is allowed, no larger than 9 megabytes. Please convert your Statement pages into one PDF file.
• Name, address, telephone, e-mail address, and your relationship to at least four (4) references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
For questions regarding the application process, contact For questions regarding the job vacancy and responsibilities, please contact CJ Mucklow at, or (970) 846-2358.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Travel

Search Contact C.J. Mucklow 970-846-2358

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.