Horticulture Pathologist with Canadian Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Agriculture Development Branch - Horticulture Technology Unit

Do you want to play an integral role in mitigating the economic and environmental impacts of plant disease on the agricultural industry?

If so, this is your opportunity to lead the integration of new products, technologies and best practices related to plant pathology in the horticulture sector.

What can I expect to do in this role?

• act as the lead provincial specialist on the identification, detection and management of plant diseases in the horticulture industry
• review and assess leading-edge agricultural economic research and agricultural practices from around the world and adapt the findings to Ontario industry needs
• facilitate industry change through educational and awareness building tools such as publications, media releases, social media, speaking engagements, training workshops and one-on-one meetings with clients
• represent the ministry on provincial, national and international working groups
• lead the development of strategies to prevent and mitigate plant disease impacts on Ontario’s agriculture sector

How do I qualify?

Mandatory requirement:

• In order to conduct site visits at rural and remote locations, you must have the ability to travel to areas not serviced by public transportation.

Industry knowledge:

• You have expert knowledge of the scientific theories and principles of plant pathology in horticulture crops.
• You understand the economic and environmental impacts of plant disease on the agricultural industry.

Analytical and problem-solving skills:

• You have analytical skills to review new research studies, agricultural practices and technologies and assess their transferability to industry in Ontario.
• You have analytical skills to evaluate the impact and effectiveness of policies, programs and services.
• You have analytical and problem-solving skills to investigate industry issues, trends and developments.

Consultation and consensus-building skills:

• You have tact, diplomacy and consensus-building skills to build and enhance partnerships, coalitions and networks with government partners and industry stakeholders.
• You have consultation skills to evaluate the educational and training needs of agricultural clients.

Other important skills:

• You have communication skills to liaise with industry stakeholders, deliver presentations and prepare a variety of technical resources and reports.
• You have adult education and knowledge transfer skills to develop educational resources, tools, products and training materials.
• You have planning and coordination skills to effectively manage project activities and resources.

To apply for this job please visit www.gojobs.gov.on.ca.