Michigan State University Seeks IPM Extension Educator

Posted on January 7, 2022
Michigan State University Seeks IPM Extension Educator
Position Title   
Integrated Pest Management Extension Educator

Position Summary
As part of MSU Extension (MSUE) and the Agriculture and Ag
ribusiness Institute (AABI), this position provides leadership and expertise in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in tree fruit.
In this position, you will identify, design, implement and evaluate educational programs that meet outreach needs related to cherry, apple, and related fruit industries. Through your leadership, you will provide support to tree fruit growers in northwest Michigan to improve the sustainability of their industries. This may include monitoring pests and conducting Integrated Crop Management training sessions to encourage adoption of new techniques in horticulture and pest management. This position will focus on IPM efforts, but also be expected to fully understand and take a holistic approach to tree fruit systems. Your work will include completing on-farm consultations, virtual and in-person meetings, developing educational materials, conducting demonstrations and/or participating in on-going field research.
Through collaboration in research, engagement with community members, and dissemination of research through various methods, including in-person and multimedia programming and written communications, you will implement programs that lead to public knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors that improve the viability of tree fruit industries. You will also develop, produce, and deliver outreach materials with messaging and content that is accessible and inclusive and is consistent with AABI messaging.
Your work will include close collaboration with colleagues at MSU, as well as the diverse network of partner groups that include regional and state horticulture societies and commodity associations. Acting as a regional and statewide point of contact, you will provide support for AABI in determining research and programmatic needs.
Although negotiable, there will be space available for this position to work from the Northwest Michigan Horticulture Research and Extension Center in Leelanau County, Michigan with the successful candidate aligned with a local extension office.
Minimum Qualifications (see full description for complete list of requirements)
Master’s degree in a field of study related to horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, or crop science, with knowledge of integrated pest management principles



View full description and apply through the MSU careers page. Search for posting 754302 using the Job Search field.

Application Deadline: February 10, 2022