Position: Extension Agent - IPM. Location: Wharton, Texas. Appointment is 100% Extension in a non-tenure track, 12-month position.
General Duties and Responsibilities: Work with agricultural producers in Wharton, Jackson and Matagorda counties to develop and deliver educational programming relating to crop production and integrated pest management. Primary field crops in the unit are cotton, corn, grain sorghum, rice and soybeans. Develop an IPM Steering Committee and rely on them for program direction and to prioritize educational programming. Development of field scouting, demonstration/applied research projects and programs for educational outreach to growers and local citizens is expected. The Extension Agent - IPM will receive technical support from Extension Specialists associated with the Texas A&M Research and Extension Centers in Corpus Christi, Beaumont, and at Texas A&M University, College Station. The Extension Agent – IPM will write a newsletter, reports (including an annual report of activities), publications and educational materials and the individual is expected to evaluate the impact of extension programs (including an outcome report of a signature program annually). The Extension Agent – IPM is expected to attend and participate in activities for professional improvement and participate and present information at professional meetings. The Extension Agent, under general supervision, implements and plans educational programs and activities in assigned program areas. Supports and assists in the implementation of educational programs and activities in program areas for which other staff members have assigned leadership responsibilities.
Administrative Relationships: The individual selected will be supervised by the District Extension Director in Extension District 11, with the IPM Coordinator and the Regional Program Director also serving as a part of the administrative team. The Extension Agent - IPM will be a member of the Texas A&M University Department of Entomology and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension.
BS or equivalent degree in entomology, weed science, plant pathology, soil and crop science or closely related field.
MS or equivalent degree in entomology, weed science, plant pathology, soil and crop science or closely related field.
Knowledge and experience in design, implementation and evaluation of educational programs, and knowledge of field crop production and IPM.
Experience in conducting applied field-oriented research in insect, weed or disease management, and agronomic crop production.
Ability to work closely with diverse audiences, communicate effectively (both oral and written), function effectively as a team member or leader.
Plan, conduct and evaluate applied research/demonstrations.
Review of applications will begin May 1, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled.
An application should contain 1) A current resume or curriculum vitae, and 2) Contact information for three references.