Extension Crops Entomology Specialist

Website University of Maine Cooperative Extension

Position Title:
Extension Crops Entomology Specialist (id:48648)

Presque Isle

Cooperative Extension

Bargaining Unit:

Work Schedule:
University of Maine Cooperative Extension office hours are weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Extension Crops Entomology Specialist will work a flexible schedule to meet the requirements of the position that may involve work beyond regular office hours

Presque Isle, ME

Statement of the Job:
This position has a 90/10 split appointment with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the University of Maine at Presque Isle (UMPI), with a primary responsibility to conduct research on the management of insect pests that limit potato and rotation crop production in Maine. The specialist is expected to be a project leader on State and federal grants on potato research. Collaboration is required with Extension faculty, as well as faculty at both the University of Maine and the University of Maine at Presque Isle including those specializing in crop and soil science, food analytical chemistry, food processing, human nutrition, plant pathology, and other disciplines. This specialist is strongly encouraged to collaborate with faculty in the School of Biology and Ecology, the School of Economics, and other University of Maine units relative to potato and rotational crops research. The crops entomology specialist may become a member of the graduate faculty and may serve as an advisor on graduate committees.

About the University:
Essential Functions

  • Involves partners, clients, and citizens in defining priority program needs (e.g., using advisory groups and needs assessment techniques) and opportunities for collaboration to enhance program impact and resource acquisition. This would include but not be limited to the Maine Potato Board and the Sustainable Potato Production Systems program leadership team.
  • Conducts an educational program that supports The University of Maine Cooperative Extension’s Plan of Work and stresses the use of best management practices (BMPs) in an integrated crop management (ICM) program for potatoes and rotation crops. Improves the efficiency and profitability of potato culture, to minimize the use of pesticides and fertilizers, and to develop organic production practices when applicable
  • Conducts grower meetings, pesticide training and re-certification sessions, and field days to introduce and reinforce the use of BMPs, ICM, and sound business management principles
  • Teaches one course per academic year at UMPI and provide student advising as directed by the Chair.
  • Provides information management through newsletters and fact sheets via Internet publications, telephone, Email and correspondence, and by conducting individual field visits as appropriate
  • Conducts research related to potato cropping systems in Maine, particularly on the management of insect pests that limit potato production and reports results in peer-reviewed journals and other outlets
  • Cooperates with county faculty to provide support for potato initiatives and provides insect identification as requested by the Pest Management staff and County faculty
  • Consults with the Maine Potato Board on potato related matters and also cooperates with county (Soil and Water Conservation Districts), state (Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry, the Board of Pesticides Control) and federal agencies (United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service and the Environmental Protection Agency) on potato and rotation crop related matters. Cooperates with Canadian counterparts to facilitate the sharing of knowledge of potato research
  • Designs and implements a Plan-of-Work that aligns with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension mission and addresses high priority issues in the areas of agriculture focusing on potato production, potato rotation crops, integrated pest management and related subjects.
  • Conducts and disseminates the results of applied research
  • Provides timely and accurate information in response to public requests for information
  • Develops and sustains a program of professional development
  • Secures external grants and contracts for research and educational programming
  • Assesses needs as an essential part of program planning, program implementation and grant development seems redundant to bullet one
  • Reports program impacts on Plugged-In and other venues upon request
  • Develops and sustains a professional development plan in support of one’s professional, organizational and plan of work priorities
  • Develops, conducts, and evaluates educational programs, including workshops, short courses, fact sheets, newsletters, and press releases, both independently and as part of teams.
  • Areas of programming, and example programs, include but are not limited to: potato production, integrated pest management, potato rotation crop production, pesticide use and safety, and entomology.
  • Coordinates the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Potato Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program.
  • Makes special effort to seek, involve and serve under-served and under- represented clients.
  • Ensures compliance with civil rights, affirmative action and equal opportunity requirements.
  • Develops and maintains professional relationships that reflect courtesy, civility, and mutual respect
  • Builds productive relationships with internal and external constituencies
  • Utilizes coaching and mentoring methods which provide an environment that is anticipatory, supportive, and encourages constructive feedback on performance
  • Commits to organizational improvement by identifying opportunities to improve and recommending possible alternatives for a situation
  • Serves as supervisor for a clerical staff position and others who may assist with research.

Secondary Functions:

  • Participates in Extension staff meetings as appropriate
  • Participates in organizational program meetings to support program development that affects the potato and other related crop programs
  • Supervises professional, classified, or student staff as necessary, including conducting or participating in required performance evaluations
  • Recruits, orients, trains, and supervises volunteers as needed
  • Contributes skills and insights for effective office management in collaboration with co-workers
  • Serves on faculty committees to address personnel actions such as, Peer Committees, Promotion Review Committee, Faculty Committee for Peer Responsibility, and ad hoc task forces
  • Performs other reasonably related duties as assigned

Required Knowledge & Skill Qualifications:

  • Doctorate required in entomology or closely-related field
  • Demonstrated skill in developing and delivering educational programs
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Documented ability to conduct high-quality scientific research, as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Computer and mobile device proficiency
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to be self-motivated and directed
  • Demonstrated success in working collaboratively with other agencies and organizations, including private industry

Preferred Qualifications


  • Experience successfully conducting applied research in response to industry needs
  • Demonstrated success in obtaining research funding
  • Post-doctoral or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge and experience in agricultural economics or business management
  • Experience and skills in supervising others
  • Experience seeking participation from and working with diverse audiences

Other Information:
Work Environment:

The Crops Entomology Specialist is expected to:

  • Work from the Extension office located in Presque Isle, Maine with some state-wide responsibilities
  • Classroom instruction will occur on the campus of UMPI. The distance between the Extension Office and UMPI is 0.5 miles.
  • Perform work responsibilities that will occasionally include some evening and weekend commitments
  • Work with colleagues and appropriate agencies to create an annual plan of work that addresses the changing issues and needs of the potato industry
  • Travel in-state, normally requiring a valid Maine driver’s license, is required with mileage reimbursement at the contract rate and some limited national or international travel.
  • Secure a Maine Pesticide Applicator’s license within the first 6 months of employment

Presque Isle is located in central Aroostook County in northern Maine. Presque Isle offers easy access to some of the most beautiful year-round recreation sites in the nation.

Work Schedule:

  • University of Maine Cooperative Extension office hours are weekdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Extension Crops Entomology Specialist will work a flexible schedule to meet the requirements of the position that may involve work beyond regular office hours.
  • The Extension Crops Entomology Specialist position is a regular full time position.

Appropriate background checks are required.

All UMS employees are required to comply with applicable policies and procedures, as well as to complete applicable workplace related screenings, and required employee trainings, such as Information Security, Safety Training, Workplace Violence, and Sexual Harassment.

Materials must be submitted via “Apply for Position”. Each candidate will need to create a profile and application, upload a letter of intent addressing the specific job requirements, updated curriculum vitae, and three (3) current professional references (names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, and relationship to applicant) that may be contacted. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Fiscal Year (12 Months)

Required Documents:
Cover Letter, References, Resume/CV

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