Stephen Smith  |  6/6/2017 3:07:52 PM


(Commercial Ornamental Horticulture)

WORK LOCATION: Hammond Research Station, LSU AgCenter, Hammond, Louisiana. This is a 140-acre agricultural experiment station located in the rapidly growing Florida Parishes region of SE Louisiana. The mission is to develop, evaluate and promote novel and adaptive ornamental and specialty crops for the nursery, landscape and garden center industries in Louisiana and surrounding states and enhance horticulture production and landscape management efficiency and sustainability through research, extension, and educational outreach.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The individual will maintain an 80% extension / 20% research 12-month tenure-track appointment working in the area of commercial ornamental horticulture. This includes the nursery grower, greenhouse grower, retail garden center and professional landscape segments of Louisiana’s horticulture industry. Principal responsibilities will include: (1) timely communication of research findings in the form of social media, web postings, news articles, newsletter articles, farm visits, and in-person presentations; (2) develop and participate in statewide and multi-state horticulture educational program efforts for the industry (field days, industry open houses/tours, garden tours, plant conferences, trade show events, certification workshops, etc.); (3) cooperate with plant pathology, entomology and weed science faculty on recommendations and best management practices; (4) provide leadership for the extensive landscape plant evaluation trials program; (5) provide leadership for the Louisiana Super Plant program and work with the consumer horticulture specialist and master gardener coordinator to market recommended landscape plants to consumers; (6) establish cooperative working relationships with the Louisiana Nursery and Landscape Association, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation and other in-state organizations. Applicants will be expected to conduct activities appropriate for publication in referred journals, publish findings, and actively pursue extramural funding.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Ph.D. in Horticulture, Plant Science or closely related field. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in extension programming, managing horticultural research plots, grant procurement, and history of garnering industry support. Applicants should possess a high level of communication and personnel-management skills.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Current 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.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 16, 2017 or until a suitable applicant is located.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter with detailed resume including educational and employment experience, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and any other pertinent information. Paper, faxed or emailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching the recommendation letters online, they may be sent directly to:

Dr. Jeff Beasley

Chair, Search Committee

LSU AgCenter

137 J.C. Miller Hall

Baton Rouge, La. 70803

Phone: (225) 578-1029; Fax: (225) 578-1403

Email: jbeasley@agcenter.lsu.edu


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