(This is a grant-funded, non-tenure track position. Continuation of appointment dependent on funding availability, job performance, and continued need.)
Work Location: The position will be located at the LSU AgCenter Northeast Research Station in St. Joseph, LA. Collaborative work will also be conducted at other LSU AgCenter research stations and off-site locations as necessary.
Position Description: The extension associate will assist extension agents and research scientists with on-farm demonstrations and research station trials and will work under the supervision of the Northeast Region Conservation Agronomist. The extension associate will assist with planning and design of trials, site preparation, planting, managing, harvesting, data scheduling and collection, analysis, presentations and publications. In addition, the extension associate will be required to operate and perform basic maintenance on farm equipment, operate and maintain laboratory equipment and supplies, and maintain recorded notes related to research and demonstrations that are being conducted. The extension associate must be able to manage graduate students and provide supervision of and training for coworkers related to job requirements. The extension associate is encouraged to pursue an advanced degree in Agronomy or related field.
Qualification Requirements: B.S. or M.S. (preferred) in a plant or soil science related field. Course work or experience in Agronomy and a strong background in row crop agriculture and soil science are preferred. Experience with row crop production and related environmental issues in the mid-south is desired. Familiarity with farm equipment, handling and applying fertilizers/pesticides, field plot techniques, understanding of demonstration research, monitoring and collection equipment for field runoff and water quality assessment, computer applications, and statistical methodology are desirable.
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: November 21, 2023, or until a suitable candidate is identified.
Application Procedure: Qualified candidates must apply online at LSU AgCenter Careers (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching a single PDF file containing a curriculum vita, a letter of application, official university transcripts, two letters of reference and a statement describing how diversity would figure into your extension activities. Questions about the online application system should be directed to the HRM Office at 225/578-0324. (Paper, faxed, or emailed application materials will not be accepted.) In lieu of attaching the letters of reference, they may be sent directly to:
Conservation Agronomist, Northeast Region
Louisiana Master Farmer Program/Environmental Education
Northeast Research Station
4589 Hwy 605
St. Joseph, LA 71366
Website: AgCenter website
The LSU Agricultural Center is a statewide campus of the LSU System and provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer