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Nutrient & Pest Management Outreach Specialist - SW Wisconsin

Salary:

Minimum $60,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits. Benefits information can be found at ( https://hr.wisc.edu/benefits/ ).

Job Summary:

About Extension:
UW-Madison's Division of Extension serves the people and communities of Wisconsin by addressing local, statewide and national issues, improving lives through research-based education, fostering partnerships and action, and facilitating positive impacts. The Agriculture Institute is one of six Institutes in the Division.

About the Agriculture Institute's Crops and Soils Program:
The Agriculture Institute's Crops and Soils Program works hand-in-hand with row crop, forage, fruit and vegetable producers to implement best practices for every aspect of the growing phase. The Crops and Soils program provides timely resources and information to help crop producers and their agricultural consultants manage crops efficiently and profitably.

About the Nutrient and Pest Management Program:
The University of Wisconsin's Nutrient and Pest Management (NPM) Program works with farmers, researchers, agricultural professionals, and citizens to provide research-based agricultural nutrient and pest management education on crop production practices that protect water quality while promoting farm profitability and resilient landscapes. The program links farmers and researchers to exchange knowledge on the profitability, practicality, and environmental impact of crop production practices and cropping systems.

About this Position:
The Southwest Wisconsin Nutrient & Pest Management Regional Outreach Specialist will:

* Coordinate and deliver educational programs that promote the adoption of agricultural best management practices for protecting water quality while maintaining or improving farm profitability. Activities may include:
- Educational workshops for training a variety of agricultural audiences, implementation of the nutrient management farmer education curriculum to audiences throughout the assigned region in Wisconsin, on-farm demonstrations of research-proven practices, on-farm nutrient and pest management planning education (topics such as soil sampling, manure spreader calibration, soil health, weed and insect resistance management, regulatory compliance, etc.).
* Educate others on the SnapPlus nutrient management planning software program.
* Work in conjunction with farmers, rural landowners, county- and regional-based UW-Extension staff, UW campus-based specialists, county conservation staff, agribusinesses, and others to deliver the programs mentioned above.
* Develop and evaluate curriculum and programs and provides recommendations for improvement
* Lead the implementation of programs, policies, and procedures through oversight of day-to-day activities for program staff and student and community volunteers
* Conduct on-farm research and demonstration in conjunction with UW-Extension specialists and county- and regional-based staff to assist individual producers and farmer-led watershed groups.
* Deliver outreach program content and materials to community members
* Provide technical assistance to county and regional-based UW-Extension and conservation staff, agri-business, and other clients within their assigned region of Wisconsin regarding nutrient and pest management practices.
* Engage in regular coordination and collaboration of activities with colleagues in the Nutrient & Pest Management (NPM) Program, UW System faculty and specialists, and UW-Extension staff.
- Coordinate with Madison-based staff on the production of a variety of media materials including Extension-style publications, videos, website content, mobile applications, etc.
- Collaborate with NPM staff in grant development and assist in meeting accountability requirements such as accomplishment reporting, evaluation, etc.

Southwest Wisconsin is a region of the state with numerous soil and water conservation, nutrient management, and pest management challenges. This education and outreach position will address these issues and provide high-quality outreach programs to educate clientele on research based agricultural approaches. The office for this position to be located within southwest Wisconsin. Exact location to be determined.

The Division of Extension has a deep and profound commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements to eliminate disparities and expanding access for all. As Extension, we acknowledge the need for strategic and coordinated actions that help us form a more equitable, anti-racist, non- biased, and inclusive organization. ( https://blogs.extension.wisc.edu/oaic/call-to-action/ ). As such, all Extension employees are expected to foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.

Responsibilities: Delivers and assists with planning outreach program activities, strengthens partnerships, ensures adherence to policy, and assists with program administration to promote stable and productive relationships between the university and local community. Strives to expand and ensure access to programs, facilities, and educational services to diverse audiences. May assist with tracking and managing the outreach program budget.
  • 25% Identifies, promotes, and maintains external partnerships to support the outreach program
  • 5% Schedules and secures resources and communicates logistics in support of an outreach program
  • 20% Delivers outreach program content and materials to community members
  • 20% Researches, develops, and facilitates outreach program content and materials
  • 20% Develops and evaluates curriculum and programs and provides recommendations for improvement
  • 10% Communicate plans, activities and achievements to Area Extension Director, Program Managers, partners and relevant stakeholders
Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Education:

Required
Bachelor's Degree in Soil Science, Agronomy, Horticulture or other closely related field.

Preferred
Master's Degree

Qualifications:

Required:
- 2 years of experience related to agronomy, crop nutrient and/or pest management
- Demonstrated skills in interpreting, utilizing, and applying evidence-based information and research findings;
- Demonstrated ability of working both independently and in team
- Demonstrated ability to learn, use, and educate others on the SnapPlus nutrient management planning software program is required.
- Demonstrated working knowledge of the University of Wisconsin nutrient and pest management guidelines for field crops
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbal, through a variety of technologies;
- The ability to travel regionally, and occasionally, work on evenings and weekends is required. Weekly travel to Madison may be required during the first several months of employment.

Preferred:
- 3 or more years of experience related to agronomy, crop nutrient and/or pest management
- Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication, time management and organizational skills.
- Ability to organize and work productively with indirect supervision in a highly visible public sector environment.
- Demonstrated experience with building diverse, collaborative partnerships
- Ability to be approved to drive State of Wisconsin vehicles is highly desired. Candidate may need to make individual arrangements for transportation adequate to meet the position responsibilities and essential job functions.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position will be remote and requires work be performed at an offsite, non-campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:

Ongoing/Renewable

Additional Information:

Position Location: The primary programming focus for this position is SW Wisconsin. The position location is flexible within the region and will be determined based on programmatic needs and successful candidate's preferences and availability of suitable space.

Applicants are required to have: A valid driver license and a reliable source of independent transportation for periodic in-state work travel, and/or complies with requirements for UW-Madison vehicle use authorization. Staff are expected to make individual arrangements for transportation adequate to meet position responsibilities and essential job functions. This position may be required to work occasional nights and weekends to meet the program needs and priorities of the communities served.

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.

How to Apply:

We are eager to learn more about how your experience and passion may align with this position. Please submit a cover letter referring to your related work experience and a resume detailing your educational and professional background.

Your cover letter should communicate your interest in the position and how your skillset aligns with the role. The application reviewers will be relying on written application materials to determine who may advance to preliminary interviews.

Contact:

Daniel Smith
dhsmith@wisc.edu
608-219-5170
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Outreach Specialist(OE009)

Department(s):

A47-EXTENSION/ANRCD/AGR/CROPS/NPM

Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:

294037-AS

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, including but not limited to, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, pregnancy, disability, or status as a protected veteran and other bases as defined by federal regulations and UW System policies. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report contains current campus safety and disciplinary policies, crime statistics for the previous 3 calendar years, and on-campus student housing fire safety policies and fire statistics for the previous 3 calendar years. UW-Madison will provide a paper copy upon request; please contact the University of Wisconsin Police Department .

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