Extension Specialist-Apple Production
The position will conduct Extension programming and research germane to the apple industry and work with apple growers as needed. The successful applicant will collaborate across work teams and Institutes including working with faculty, specialists and educators to achieve efficient, profitable and sustainable apple production and overall advancement for the Michigan apple industry.
As part of MSU Extension, the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute and MSU AgBioResearch, this position provides local and statewide leadership, educational programming expertise and completes applied research in apple production. The position will be based in Kent County with an expectation to complete programming and research locally and at the Clarksville Research Center located in Clarksville, Michigan.
Michigan is the 3rd leading apple producing state in the U.S. and this position is located in a major apple production region in Michigan. The position will conduct Extension programming and research germane to the apple industry and work with apple growers as needed. The successful applicant will collaborate across work teams and Institutes including working with faculty, specialists and educators to achieve efficient, profitable and sustainable apple production and overall advancement for the Michigan apple industry.
In this position, you will also design, implement and evaluate educational programming based on basic and applied research addressing the needs of Michigan growers. You will secure intra- and extramural grant funding to support your research and Extension programs; ensure dissemination of research-based information through various methods, including multi-media, social media, personal education and written articles; provide growers, processors and agri-business professionals with the knowledge to profitably produce their crop while minimizing environmental impact; and, serve as an informational resource for MSU Personnel and clientele.
Minimum Qualifications (see full description for complete list of requirements)
- Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to horticulture, entomology, plant pathology or crop science.
- Background in apple production, and experience in horticulture practices related to apple research and education.
To view the full position description and required qualifications, please visit the applicable Michigan State University careers page (internal candidate or
external candidate) as noted under the To Apply section. Search for posting number 641088 using the Job Search field.
Applicants are asked to provide; a current resume, cover letter and four (4) professional references (at least two prior supervisors) including email
This position is a full-time, fixed term end dated appointment.
Application Deadline: April 30, 2020
MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer, committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. Michigan State University Extension employment opportunities are open to eligible/qualified persons without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.
MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodations.The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.