Assistant/Associate/Extension Specialist in Nursery Production and Management


Position: Assistant/Associate/Extension Specialist in Nursery Production and Management

Nature and Purpose:

A 12-month tenure track position or, if appropriate, tenured but must be eligible by achievement and academic record for award of tenure as a faculty member of Rutgers Cooperative Extension of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, Rutgers University. The Specialist is aligned with the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology and provides statewide leadership to county and state faculty and others serving the nursery production industry and related fields. The Specialist provides expertise in nursery management discipline through research and interpretation of research results in the area of improved production and environmental practices [including integrated crop (pest) management]. The Specialist develops and coordinates the materials and resources supporting county and state educational programming in nursery production management. Through research and engagement with the New Jersey nursery industries, the Specialist provides support for the long-term health of the nursery industry and serves as a critical bridge in networking with allied fields. The Specialist participates in undergraduate and/or graduate teaching and advises undergraduate and/or graduate independent research projects in their field of expertise.

The successful candidate must have expertise and broad knowledge in at least one of two areas, with sufficient familiarity in the other: i) plant sciences as related to nursery production that acknowledges the diversity of plants in use and adaptation within the nursery and related industries and ii) knowledge of technology/engineering used in nursery production and management; for example, irrigation, automation, and greenhouse operation. The successful candidate must have the ability to garner competitive grant funding; plan, organize and evaluate educational programs; plan and execute research ideas that contribute to the advancement of a research program and lead to measurable impacts; guide and advise professional staff (such as postdoctoral associates) in planning, conducting and disseminating research-based results; and understand and practice the philosophy of cooperative endeavors by teaming with specialists, agents, state agencies, stakeholders, and researchers in other disciplines and in other states as necessary.

Salary: Commensurate with Experience

Equal Opportunity Employer:

Rutgers Cooperative Extension, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), Rutgers University, is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to employ the best qualified individual without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, atypical hereditary cellular or blood trait, marital status, civil union status, domestic partnership status, veteran status, or any other category protected by law. Individuals covered by Section 503 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 or Section 402 of the Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974 may self identify. If you wish to self identify, please do so in the cover letter transmitting your curriculum vitae/resume. Employment eligibility verification required.

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Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate is found. Curriculum

Jim Murphy
Department of Plant Biology and Pathology,
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
59 Dudley Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8525


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  2. Executive Dean of Agriculture and Natural Resources
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