Extension Specialist Dryland Agronomy and Cropping Systems
Employee Type: Faculty
Position Number: 130563
Work Location: Other
Summary of Duties: This position is responsible for leadership, curriculum development, and outreach for agricultural Extension programs in dryland agronomy and cropping systems across Walla Walla County and Southeastern Washington. Program emphasis will focus on agronomic crop production, cropping systems, and soil health along with farm enterprise management and decision support systems. This position is expected to conduct demonstrations of research-based agronomic practices, field days, and on-farm research in collaboration with other Extension and Research Faculty. This position will be a member of and contribute to WSU Extension teams to address issues and opportunities of highest priority to area farmers in Walla Walla and other Southeastern Washington counties.
Required Qualifications: 1. Earned Masters degree in agronomy, plant science, soil science, or other degree directly related to the subject matter areas of this position by the hire date. 2. Demonstrated expertise and knowledge in cropping systems and innovative farming practices. 3. Demonstrated ability to lead as well as to participate in interdisciplinary teams. 4. Strong ability to communicate effectively using verbal, written, and listening skills in relating to diverse audiences, including growers, elected officials, and staff, media, and agency representatives. 5. Must have, or able to obtain, a valid drivers license by time of hire.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.