Extension Specialist- Viticulture Production Specialist

Website Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center

As part of MSU Extension (MSUE) and the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute, this position provides local as well as statewide leadership and educational programming expertise in viticulture production.  The position is located in Berrien County at the Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center, Benton Harbor.  This center is located in the heart of the juice and wine grape region in southwest Michigan with nearly 20 acres at the center dedicated to grape research and outreach. The position will conduct research and extension programming relevant to address the challenges germane to the grape industry in the region and work across southwest Michigan with grape growers.  The successful applicant will collaborate across work teams and Institutes including working with faculty, specialists and educators to achieve efficient, profitable and sustainable viticulture production and overall advancement for the Michigan viticulture industry.

Furthermore, the successful applicant will also design, implement and evaluate educational programming based on basic and applied research addressing the needs of Michigan growers and viticulture industry groups. The successful applicant will secure intra- and extramural grant funding to support their research and extension programs; ensure dissemination of research-based information through various methods, including multi-media, personal education and written articles; provide growers, processors and agri-business professionals with the knowledge to profitably produce their crop while minimizing environmental impact; serve as an informational resource for Extension personnel and clientele. This is a full-time, fixed-term position, renewable on an annual basis.

To apply for this job please visit careers.msu.edu.