Washington State University Regional Extension Agriculture Specialist
This is a twelve-month, tenure-track, permanent position at the rank of Assistant Professor, within WSU Extension’s Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Unit (insert URL) in the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS). The position is headquartered at the WSU Clark County Extension Office on the 79-acre Heritage Farm in Vancouver, Washington, and also serves Cowlitz and Skamania Counties.
This position provides leadership, curriculum development, and outreach for agriculture/horticulture programs across a multi-county region in Southwest Washington. Programmatic emphasis will focus on sustainable agricultural production, diversified farming systems, pest management, and marketing assistance to a variety of audiences, including direct market farmers and other growers, organic producers, beginning farmers, and the general public. The position also provides faculty-level leadership to the Clark County Master Gardener Programs.
The individual will conduct on-farm research to address issues and opportunities of highest priority to area farmers and in support of sustainable farming practices. The incumbent will be expected to develop a sustained program and acquire extramural funding to support and strengthen on-going programs as well as new program initiatives. This person will also facilitate and promote WSU programs and research opportunities through collaborative relationships with other WSU Extension specialists and researchers, Oregon State University Extension specialists, and area agencies. This person will work collaboratively with the County Directors of Clark, Cowlitz, and Skamania Counties.
JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Develop and deliver educational and applied research programs for commercial sustainable agricultural production that provides production, farm management and marketing education, and technical assistance to crop and livestock producers, diversified direct market farmers, viticulture, hard cider, integrated crop and livestock producers, and practitioners of other production systems in the region. Issues may include crop and alternative crop production, season extension, varietal choices, community food systems, farm business management, pest management, direct marketing, value-added production, decision support systems for agriculture, water quality, urban agriculture, and niche marketing.
• Develop an applied research program utilizing the Heritage Farm and its infrastructure (high tunnel, irrigation, farm equipment, etc.) in collaboration with regional farmers.
• Develop and deliver innovative outreach programs that utilize applied research; web-based and distance learning technologies; collaborations with local agencies, famers, non-governmental organizations, businesses; and schools, conferences, classes, workshops, newsletters and mass media. Audiences will include large and small acreage landowners and managers, consumers, special interest groups, professional groups, and elected officials.
• Collaborate with organizations to help expand markets for locally produced agricultural products.
• Conduct program evaluations that identify improved economic and environmental benefits, as well as long-term viability of both established and new farming enterprises within the urban and rural areas of Clark County.
• Collaborate in the development and application of culturally-sensitive educational methods to reach underserved audiences, such as women farmers, immigrant farmers, minority farmers, and tribes.
• Support efforts to improve access to current and emerging markets, as well as the development of new markets for Clark County and the region.
• Develop peer-reviewed curricula and publications in print and electronic formats for target audiences, as well as scholarly articles and publications for appropriate professional journals.
• Engage in a robust grant development program and secure extramural resources to advance sustainable agricultural research and outreach across the region.
• Provide pest and plant-problem management advice for commercial producers; landscape professionals; and licensed pest applicators with a focus on reducing unnecessary and ineffective use of pesticides.
• Collaborate and partner with internal and external agricultural experts, including those based at research and extension centers; the WSU Small Farm Program; WSU Farm and Food Systems Team; organizations representing conventional and organic agricultural interests; County departments, state and federal agencies; and community agencies on priority community issues related to agriculture.
• Participate as an affiliate faculty member in an agricultural sciences department within the WSU College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences.
• Supervise and provide technical support to the WSU Clark County Extension Master Gardener (MG) program and the MG Coordinator. Collaborate with the Master Gardener Foundation of Clark County and provide basic technical support to regional Master Gardener programs across the three county region.
• Participate as member of the state-wide Farm and Food Systems Team.
• Provide food production curricular support to other office programs, such as 4-H and nutrition education programs.
• Contribute to local, university, state and federal recognition of WSU Extension as an essential education and applied research resource.
Line of Responsibility:
This position is responsible to the Director of the WSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Unit.