Extension Specialist-Fixed

Michigan State University

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Work kind:Extension, School/Tutorial Employees
Main Administrative Unit / Faculty: Michigan State College Extension
Division: Extension Agriculture And Agribusiness 10058940
Sub Space: FAS- Fac./Acad Employees
Wage: Wage Commensurate with Expertise
Location:Barry, Clarksville, Clinton, Eaton, Gratiot, Ionia, Kent, Montcalm
Classes:Agriculture, Training/Coaching, Advising/Counseling, Mounted Time period Tutorial Employees, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Purposeful Title

Apple Extension Specialist

Place Abstract

Michigan State College Extension is dedicated to fostering a welcoming and inclusive group, which requires all employees to contribute in direction of a imaginative and prescient for achievement. Range, fairness, and inclusion are central to our work, no matter title or place inside the group. Which means all employees at MSU Extension are devoted to the next:

  • We work collectively to make sure that programming is delivered to various audiences, produces equitable impacts for all individuals, and demonstrates partnership and inclusion for all teams.
  • We embrace that it’s everybody’s job to create a tradition that promotes range, fairness, inclusion and belonging.
  • We be certain that each group member is ready with the talents and assets to contribute to our welcoming and inclusive tradition.
  • We foster inclusion by recognizing and valuing various views, expertise, experiences, and work to create equal entry to programming for communities.
  • We decide to steady studying for range, fairness, and cultural competency, as a way to obtain inclusive excellence.
  • We perceive that range, fairness, and inclusion are important parts to our work and are important to the organizational tradition and programmatic success of MSU Extension.
  • We embrace a tradition of understanding, teaching and suggestions in direction of reaching a imaginative and prescient of success for your entire group and its employees.
  • Collectively we are going to obtain success and we commit to those targets in our work, continued training, and ongoing efforts.  


As a part of MSU Extension (MSUE), the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute (AABI) and MSU AgBioResearch (ABR), this place will work intently with apple growers and conduct utilized analysis each in grower orchards, and analysis facilities  to reply to apple grower wants. As well as, this place will present native and statewide management,  conduct programming, and associated analysis related to apple manufacturing and the apple business. Michigan is the second-most agriculturally various state inside the US and is the third main apple producing state within the U.S. This place is situated close to the main apple manufacturing area in Michigan. The place will work with apple growers inside the area and statewide, evaluating points inside their orchards in addition to alternatives to undertake new administration methods. You’ll collaborate throughout work groups and Institutes, together with working with school, specialists, and educators to realize environment friendly, worthwhile, and sustainable apple manufacturing and general development for the Michigan apple business.

On this place, additionally, you will design, implement, and consider academic programming based mostly on primary and utilized analysis addressing the wants of Michigan growers. You’ll safe intra- and extramural grant funding to assist your analysis and Extension packages, to handle, however restricted to, such themes as fertility, pruning, coaching methods, plant development regulators, in addition to matters associated to local weather resiliency in apple manufacturing. You can be anticipated to be an efficient communicator and guarantee dissemination of research- based mostly data by varied strategies, together with multi-media, distance training applied sciences, social media,  written articles, and in-person conferences, and can present growers, processors, and agri-business professionals with the information to profitably produce their crop, whereas minimizing environmental impression. Moreover, you’ll function an informational useful resource for MSU personnel and clientele.

The place will likely be based mostly on the 440-acre Clarksville Analysis Middle, situated in Clarksville, Michigan, close to the main apple producing area of Michigan.

This place could also be eligible to make the most of a versatile work atmosphere, nonetheless, there’s an expectation to work from the Clarksville Analysis Middle. The wants, obligations, and alternatives of a person’s place and workplace location drive the power and quantity of work-location flexibility.

This place is a full-time, mounted time period end-dated appointment, renewable yearly based mostly upon profitable efficiency and continued funding.

Attribute Duties/Obligations

  • Develop, conduct, and consider modern research-based academic packages that meet present and projected statewide wants of apple growers, processors, and agri-business professionals, and assist development and understanding of important points going through individuals in Michigan.
  • Develop an modern, and forward-thinking utilized apple analysis program, intra- and extramurally funded, addressing up to date and future business wants.
  • Develop and keep constructive working relationships intra- and inter-organizationally and create and promote constructive public relations for MSU Extension, AABI and ABR.
  • Perceive and assist the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute’s and AgBioResearch’s efforts in range, fairness, inclusion, and Civil Rights, with a particular emphasis on eradicating obstacles from participation and reaching various populations, together with however not restricted to race, coloration, nationwide origin, gender, gender identification, faith, age, peak, weight, incapacity, political opinions, sexual orientation, marital standing, household standing or veteran standing, socio-economic class and different human variations.
  • Function an data useful resource for apple personnel all through Michigan, and work with statewide AABI workgroups to successfully plan and implement related programming.
  • Creator/co-author, produce, and submit analysis outcomes, experiences, and academic articles in acceptable venues together with College publications and web sites, business publications, and scientific journals.
  • In live performance with the MSUE work group(s) and MSU AgBioResearch, work together with federal, state, and county businesses that assist agriculture industries to find out analysis, demonstration, and programmatic wants of the area in addition to the state, and talk these must county commissioners, campus-based departments, and analysis companions.
  • Develop and make the most of acceptable media strategies to speak present and well timed data, analysis outcomes, and related business updates, in addition to a schedule of present and future actions.
  • Collaborate with MSU Extension and AgBioResearch employees to assemble and report programming outputs and impacts, to reveal program effectiveness, and to information future program priorities for MSU Extension, the AABI, work groups, and ABR.
  • Actively take part in skilled improvement alternatives.

Equal Employment Alternative Assertion

All certified candidates will obtain consideration for employment with out regard to race, coloration, faith, intercourse, sexual orientation, gender identification, nationwide origin, citizenship, age, incapacity or protected veteran standing.

Required Diploma

Masters -Horticulture, Crop Science, or associated t

Minimal Necessities

  • Grasp’s diploma from an accredited establishment in a area of examine associated to horticulture or crop science, and/or associated to apple manufacturing have to be earned by date of rent.
  • Background in apple manufacturing, and expertise in horticulture practices associated to apple analysis and training.
  • Expertise conducting analysis independently.
  • Expertise efficiently buying and managing grant funding and assets.
  • Capacity to reveal sensitivity, information, and use of acceptable approaches, expertise, and methods, which mirror an understanding and consciousness of social, cultural, and financial range of the goal inhabitants served.
  • Capacity to create and carry-out a mission plan from improvement of preliminary idea to mission completion and follow-up/impression evaluation.
  • Sturdy interpersonal, oral, and written communication expertise.
  • Expertise and confirmed capability working productively with a group serving in each management and contributor roles.
  • Self-motivated with demonstrated capability to work independently in an workplace atmosphere with out each day supervision and/or teaching.
  • Proficiency in use of expertise (e.g., net analysis, Zoom, Qualtrics, Microsoft Groups, Phrase, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook for mail/calendaring, distance supply/communication expertise, and so on.) for day-to-day work and academic program supply, report holding, reporting, team-based communications, and general administration.
  • Expertise with advertising and marketing/promotion of academic packages.
  • Demonstrated success in program improvement and supply to various audiences/communities, and confirmed capability in establishing and dealing with a various community of constituents and group members throughout race, coloration, gender, nationwide origin, gender identification, faith, age, peak, weight, incapacity, political opinions, sexual orientation, marital standing, household standing, veteran standing, socioeconomic class, and different variations.
  • Understanding of and skill to implement Civil Rights and compliance requirements.
  • Capacity to elevate and carry academic supplies, tools, and so on. as much as 25 lbs.
  • Capacity to journey in native and surrounding communities and occasional long-distance journey are required as a daily a part of this place.
  • Transportation is the accountability of the worker.
  • Demonstrated expertise {and professional} improvement from the final 5 years associated to cultural competency and inclusive excellence.
  • Different expertise and/or bodily talents required to carry out duties of the place.

Desired {Qualifications}

  • Individuals with a Ph.D. from an accredited establishment in a area of examine associated to horticulture, or crop science with a background in apple manufacturing.
  • Three or extra years of expertise in Extension program supply or demonstrated capability and talent in horticulture practices associated to apple analysis and training (related expertise acquired inside the final 5-years most well-liked).
  • Demonstrated drive and initiative, with confirmed capability to handle a number of obligations and duties concurrently.

Required Utility Supplies

Present resume/CV.

Cowl letter.

4 (4) skilled references together with two (2) present or earlier supervisors.

Particular Directions

This place is a full-time, mounted time period end-dated appointment, renewable yearly based mostly upon profitable efficiency and continued funding.

Beginning wage commensurate with training and expertise.

Place open till crammed with applicant overview to start week of 1/8/2024.

Evaluation of Purposes Begins On


Abstract of Bodily Calls for


This place requires driving as a daily a part of the place, carrying academic supplies, tools, and so on. as much as 65 lbs.

Important features of this place embody:

  • Capacity to elevate a bushel of apples from the ground to a desk with an anticipated weight of as much as 65 kilos.
  • Capacity to hold a bushel of apples weighing as much as 65 kilos a distance of roughly 20 toes to maneuver from one a part of storage to a different.

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Michigan State College has been advancing the widespread good with unusual will for greater than 160 years. One of many high analysis universities on this planet, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to unravel essentially the most urgent international challenges whereas offering life-changing alternatives to a various and inclusive tutorial group by greater than 200 packages of examine in 17 degree-granting faculties.

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