Major Responsibilities of Entomology Extension Specialist:
* Conduct teaching, research, and public service programs in identified priority areas.
* Provide leadership for developing, implementing, and evaluating statewide educational/informational programs in entomology to include pest diagnostics, integrated pest management, pesticide safety and education, and arthropod management and control programs for all agricultural commodities.
* Teach one on-campus course every other year: Pest Management (Ento 412)
* Secure grant funding and publish research articles; the incumbent will be encouraged to carry out a strong research program, both basic and applied, through active collaboration with faculty at the Davis College Division of Plant and Soil Sciences and to participate in graduate student training activities.
* Use various media to inform faculty and clientele of program activities through effective promotion and marketing practices.
* Maintain an effective and timely public information program and respond to requests for information and assistance.
* Serve as the entomology liaison for the Integrated Pest Management Program and the National Plant Diagnostic Network for West Virginia as well as other programs that will benefit West Virginia citizens.
* Serve as the state liaison for the Pesticide Safety Education Program and IR-4.
* Use appropriate technologies to plan and deliver educational programs through diverse teaching methods, including workshops, seminars, webinars, publications, one-on-one visits, and conferences.
* Integrate research-based knowledge into the development and implementation of a strong insect diagnostic and arthropod pest management program.
* Cooperate with government agencies, local officials, and agricultural organizations and industries to coordinate efforts and make maximum use of available knowledge and resources in the solution of field problems.
* Act as a resource consultant for WVU Extension Service staff, the West Virginia 4-H program, West Virginia Master Gardeners, and other program leaders and client groups on entomology and assist in the evaluation of field demonstrations and educational programs.
* Maintain regular contact with county staff and clientele groups using fact sheets, newsletters, mass media, digital platforms, and personal visits.
* Participate with state, regional, and national organizations, agencies, societies, and committees in furtherance of West Virginia's cooperative extension programs and for professional improvement.
* Report impacts and outcomes to clientele, public, administrators, funding bodies, and other key stakeholders.
* Serve in various capacities within the WVU Extension Service Agriculture and Natural Resources program unit as needed or required in support of the mission.
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