R00007928 - EXTENSION ASSOCIATE - SCHOOL OF PLANT, ENVIRONMENTAL AND SOIL SCIENCES

Stephen Smith  |  1/9/2017 4:47:55 PM

Extension Associate

WORK LOCATION: School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences, LSU AgCenter, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

POSITION DESCRIPTION: This position will assist the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) within the LSU AgCenter's Cooperative Extension Service. This will include organizing and coordinating trainings with county agents (parish and regional extension agents) that will lead to agricultural producers receiving training to achieve or maintain certification as Private Pesticide Applicators. Certification from the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LOAF) is required in order to use or supervise the use of Restricted Use Pesticides on private land or land rented to produce an agricultural commodity. Pesticide applicators who apply any pesticide for a fee must also be certified by LOAF as Commercial Pesticide Applicators or work under the direct supervision of a certified applicator. Educational training that leads to certification is conducted by the LSU AgCenter's Pesticide Safety Education Program. This position will assist the PSEP Coordinator in the day-to-day tasks of the Pesticide Safety Education Program. These tasks include updating study materials for both commercial and private pesticide applicators. Organizing recertification and certification opportunities for commercial and private applicators throughout the state will be a part of this position. Also, public education/outreach is very important to the Pesticide Safety Education Program. This position will assist in educational programing for the general public, Master Gardeners.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor's degree in an agricultural related field. Desire proficiency in planning and executing educational programs. A practical knowledge of general pesticide safety is preferred. Candidate must be an effective communicator, utilize mass media in outreach programs and possess the ability to work cooperatively with individuals and groups. Be self-motivated and able to work on projects with little direct supervision.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.

DATE AVAILABLE: Upon completion of the selection process.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 19, 2017 or until a suitable candidate is identified.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Must apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU by attaching cover letter with resume, transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. In lieu of attaching the letters online, they may be sent directly to contact listed below. (Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted.) For more information contact:

Kim Pope, Pesticide Safety Education Coordinator

School of Plant, Environmental and Soil Sciences

LSU AgCenter

268 Knapp Hall

110 LSU Union Square

Baton Rouge, La. 70803

Phone: 225-578-3018

Email: kpope@agcenter.lsu.edu

Website: www.lsuagcenter.com

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