Research and Extension Agronomist (WCRC)

Recruiter
Colorado State University
Location
Fort Collins, Colorado
Posted
17 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
15 Dec 2016
Ref
39740
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

Working Title Research and Extension Agronomist (WCRC) Research Professional Position Yes Posting Number 201600968AP Position Type Admin Professional/Research Professional Number of Vacancies Work Hours/Week 40 Proposed Annual Salary Range Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Desired Start Date Position End Date (if temporary) Open Posting Date Open Until Filled No To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 12/07/2016 Description of Work Unit

The Western Colorado Research Center is comprised of two sites. The Fruita site, located 15 miles northwest of Grand Junction, hosts variety performance trials of new/improved varieties of alfalfa, beans and small grains as well as The Colorado Foundation Bean program. The Orchard Mesa site is located 7 miles southeast of Grand Junction. The research conducted at this site includes tree fruits, wine grape production, dry bean variety increases, and ornamental horticulture. This site also houses Ram’s Point Winery. The winery is designed as the primary vehicle for training students and interns in best winemaking and winery business practices, as well as providing a location for enology research and outreach. It is also visible public recognition for the CSU partnership with Colorado Association for Viticulture and Enology (CAVE), representing the Colorado wine industry.

The Western Colorado Research Center is part of a network of 8 research centers (9 sites) throughout the state.

Position Summary

This position will provide research and Extension programming for Western Colorado and will be based at the Fruita, CO site of the Western Colorado Research Center (WCRC). The position will contribute to Colorado State University engagement throughout the western region of Colorado, primarily serving the twenty-one county Western Extension Region. Position responsibilities will be 67% research and 33% Extension.

The extension and research responsibilities will address current and emerging issues pertaining to agronomic production systems in the western region of Colorado. The purpose of the position is to conduct a research and engagement program for the development and evaluation of cropping systems in semi-arid environments. Expected areas of research include, but are not limited to, integrated cropping systems with traditional and alternative crops under limited-irrigation and dryland conditions, soil and water management, improved water use efficiency, precision-agriculture technologies, marginal cropland restoration, alternative tillage systems, agricultural production in saline soils, forage production and pasture management for livestock production and improved sustainability of the region’s agriculture under climate-variable and drought conditions. The position will contribute to or lead interactive and collaborative team research and engagement programming.

The agronomist will collaborate with faculty and staff at CSU to provide active engagement with agricultural communities on the Western Slope. The position will add to, and take advantage of, existing Colorado State University regional and campus strengths including the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) system, Colorado Water Institute (CWI), CSU Extension and external academic partners and stakeholders with interest in agricultural sustainability and security.

The individual in this position will report to the Deputy Director of the AES and work in close coordination with the Research and Extension Leader at the Fruita Research and Extension Center. Programs development and implementation will be in close coordination and collaboration with the water resources and climate-smart agriculture program at the Fruita site. The position requires effective working relations with agricultural clientele and stakeholders. Specific responsibilities for the position will be focused in the following areas:
• Collaborate with regional and campus personnel on research and extension of integrated cropping systems for sustainable agriculture in semi-arid environments.
• Collaborate with regional and campus personnel on climate-smart agriculture research and extension, including but not limited to cultivars and hybrids that favor drought tolerance, improved water use efficiency, irrigation innovations, and weed/disease/pest management for Western Colorado crops;
• Coordinate with Extension Agents in the Western Region and CSU Extension Specialists to provide cropping systems information and education so their comprehensive knowledge helps them to be more effective within their local communities.
• Develop effective relationships, agreements and advisory feedback with AES and Extension stakeholder groups including large and small scale agribusiness, commodity organizations, local communities, academic partners, government agencies, non-government organizations, agricultural industry representatives, and state and local elected officials.
• Work as a member of the appropriate Extension Planning & Reporting Unit (PRU).
• Pursue opportunities for external funding that will leverage the effectiveness of the position.
• Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to under-served and underrepresented audiences.
• Serve as a representative and liaison at regional and local meetings pertaining to agricultural research initiatives in the public and private sector. This includes representing AES, CSU Extension at western region AES meetings and committees.

Required Job Qualifications

• Ph.D. OR Masters degree plus five (5) years related experience. Educational degree(s) or emphasis in cropping systems, agronomy, soil science or related disciplines.
• Demonstrated knowledge and experience in crop production systems.
• Demonstrated ability to conduct agricultural research.
• Record of strong communication and interaction with colleagues and clientele groups involved in team research.
• 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

• Earned Ph.D. with experience in agricultural research.
• Experience and vision for innovative cropping systems research and extension focused on irrigation, tillage, and soil and crop management practices in arid environments.
• Publications in relevant scientific literature.
• Experience supervising support staff or graduate students.
• A basic knowledge of farm machinery and irrigation systems operations.
• Success in obtaining grants in support of program efforts.
• Knowledge and experience in outreach and extension.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility

• Collaborate with regional and campus personnel on research and extension of integrated cropping systems for sustainable agriculture in semi-arid environments.
• Collaborate with regional and campus personnel on climate-smart agriculture research, including but not limited to cultivars and hybrids that favor drought tolerance, improved water use efficiency, irrigation innovations, and weed/disease/pest management for Western Colorado crops

Percentage Of Time 60 Job Duty Category Coordination Duty/Responsibility

• Coordinate with Extension Agents in the Western Region and CSU Extension Specialists to provide cropping systems information and education so their comprehensive knowledge helps them to be more effective within their local communities;
• Develop effective relationships, agreements and advisory feedback with AES and Extension stakeholder groups including large and small scale agribusiness, commodity organizations, local communities, academic partners, government agencies, non-government organizations, agricultural industry representative, and state and local elected officials;

Percentage Of Time 30 Job Duty Category Customer/Faculty/Stakeholder Relations Duty/Responsibility

• Work as a member of the appropriate Extension Planning & Reporting Unit (PRU);
• Pursue opportunities for external funding that will leverage the effectiveness of the position overall.
• Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to under-served and underrepresented audiences;
• Serve as a representative and liaison at regional and local meetings pertaining to agricultural research initiatives in the public and private sector. This includes representing AES, CSU Extension at western region AES meetings and committees.

Percentage Of Time 10 Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Travel Search Contact Reagan Waskom Reagan.Waskom@ColoState.edu 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.

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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.

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