Wild Blueberry Specialist & Assistant Ext Professor & Assistant Professor of Horticulture - id:41985

Hiring Organization: University of Maine Cooperative Extension and School of Food and Agriculture
Employment type: Full-Time
Job Location: Orono, ME
Application Deadline: October 2, 2017

  • Conducts an educational program that supports The University of Maine Cooperative Extension's Plan of Work and stresses the use of best management practices (BMPs) in an integrated crop management (ICM) program for wild blueberries.  Improves the efficiency and profitability of wild blueberry culture, to minimize the use of unnecessary pesticides and fertilizers, and to develop organic production practices.
  • Conducts grower meetings, pesticide training and re-certification sessions, and field days to introduce and reinforce the use of BMPs, ICM, and sound business management principles.
  • Provides information management through Wild Blueberry Newsletters and fact sheets in the Wild Blueberry Growers Guide, available in printed form and on the web at www.wildblueberies.maine.edu, as well as via Internet publications, telephone, Email and correspondence, and by conducting individual field visits as appropriate.
  • Conducts research related to wild blueberry cropping systems in Maine, particularly on the management of weeds and other pests that limit wild blueberry production and reports results in peer-reviewed journals and other outlets.
  • Cooperates with county faculty to provide support for wild blueberry initiatives and provides weed identification as requested by the Pest Management staff and County faculty.
  • Actively consults with the Wild Blueberry Research Advisory Committee, the Wild Blueberry Commission of Maine and the Wild Blueberry Association of North America (WBANA) on wild blueberry related matters and also cooperates with county (Soil and Water Conservation Districts), state (Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation & Forestry, the Board of Pesticides Control) and federal agencies (United States Department of Agriculture, National Agricultural Statistics Service and the Environmental Protection Agency) on wild blueberry related matters.  Cooperates with Canadian counterparts to facilitate the sharing of knowledge of wild blueberry research.
  • Serves as the liaision from Maine for the IR-4 program, which provides support for minor-use pest management registrations.
  • Conducts IR-4 residue and efficacy trials to support minor use registrations.
  • Serves as supervisor for a clerical staff position and a Research Professional who assists with research.
  • Develops and delivers educational programs that align with the UMaine Cooperative Extension mission and plan of work.
  • Secures external grants and contracts for research and educational programming.
  • Assesses needs as an essential part of program planning, program implementation and grant development.
  • Reports program impacts on Plugged-In and other venues upon request.
  • Develops and sustains a professional development plan in support of one's professional, organizational  and plan of work priorities.
  • Develops and maintains professional relationships that reflect courtesy, civility, and mutual respect.
  • Builds productive relationships with internal and external constituencies.
  • Utilizes coaching and mentoring methods which provide an environment that is anticipatory, supportive, and encourages constructive feedback on performance.
  • Commits to organizational improvement by identifying opportunities to improve and recommending possible alternatives for a situation.
  • Ensures compliance with civil rights, affirmative action and equal opportunity requirements.
  • Participates in Extension & School of Food and Agriculture staff meetings as appropriate.
  • Participates in organizational program meetings to support program development that affects the wild blueberry programs.
  • Performs other reasonably related duties as assigned.


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