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County Agent III (Assistant Professor) Commercial Ornamental Horticulture (Morris County)

Company: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Depar
Location: Bridgewater
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Job Description:

County Agent III (Assistant Professor) Commercial Ornamental Horticulture (Morris County)

The Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources within Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension at Rutgers University invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track faculty position at the rank of County Agent III (equivalent to Assistant Professor). This position is located at the Morris County office of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, with a specific focus on commercial and consumer ornamental horticulture sectors with a strong emphasis on environmentally sustainable practices. Minimum Education and Experience A Master's Degree from an accredited institution in horticulture, plant science, or other closely related fields is required. In addition, applicants should have three years related experience after bachelor's degree. Experience or course work in ornamental horticulture, integrated pest management, natural resource management, working with diverse audiences, and/or collaboration/coalition building are highly sought after. Bilingual fluency in Spanish is desirable. Certifications/Licenses Current licensure as a NJ Tree Expert, NJDEP Pesticide Applicator, and / or certifications from professional associations in the turf and ornamental sector are preferred but not required. A valid New Jersey driver's license, ability to successfully complete Rutgers and / or Morris County Defensive Driving Course and other HR trainings as required. Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities This position would be responsible for assisting clientele in implementing and sustaining proper horticultural management techniques in ornamental production and landscape settings. The successful candidate is also expected to work with agricultural producers and commercial landscapers with regards to regulatory programs such as NJ DEP pesticide control and water allocations. This position also assists in the supervision and delivery of ANR volunteer training programs within Morris County and in the region. Demonstrated positive interpersonal communication skills (oral and written). Ability to address changing technology to serve clientele. Computer skills required. Evidence of recent educational materials and/or methods targeting diverse populations. Experience in working with people and evidence of effective human relations skills. Possess initiative, creativity, ability to take direction while also working independently to meet goals and deadlines, and a willingness to learn and improve proficiency in designated subject matter areas. Possess organizational skills, flexibility, and the ability to set priorities and manage multiple tasks within both office and field settings. Ability to plan, conduct, and evaluate programs for the commercial horticulture industry.

Equipment Utilized Computer, printer, and related software including but not limited to Microsoft Office suite; Email for communications and research, locally and nationally; Equipment related to programming and teaching (laptop, LCD projector, etc.); digital cameras, etc. Working knowledge of current and changing electronic technology. Physical Demands and Work Environment Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed. Successfully and efficiently work in both office and research farm / landscape settings and field visits.

Overview This ANR County Agent III in Morris County is expected to establish an outstanding program in commercial horticulture and landscape management, the merits of which will lead to regional and/or national recognition.

Statement General - Members of the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources focus on commercial agriculture and horticulture, fisheries and aquaculture, environmental and resource management issues, farm business development and marketing, pesticide safety and training, integrated pest management (IPM), and other related subjects. Diversity - Rutgers Cooperative Extension is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive organization, which empowers all staff to contribute towards a vision for success. Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to our work, regardless of title or position within the organization.

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address:
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Keywords: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Depar, Trenton , County Agent III (Assistant Professor) Commercial Ornamental Horticulture (Morris County), Education / Teaching , Bridgewater, New Jersey

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