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Extension Associate (Northeast Region Conservation Agronomy)
LSU AgCenter

Date Posted Aug. 26, 2019
Title Extension Associate (Northeast Region Conservation Agronomy)
University LSU AgCenter
Winnsboro, LA, United States
Department Macon Ridge Research Station
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Faculty Associate
  • Agronomy/Plant & Soil Sciences
    Agricultural Extension
    Agricultural - General

Extension Associate
(Northeast Region Conservation Agronomy)

(This is a grant-funded, non-tenure track position. Continuation will be dependent on funding, job performance, and continued need for the appointment.)

Work Location: Primary domicile will be at the Macon Ridge Research Station, LSU AgCenter, Winnsboro, Louisiana. However, this individual will be expected to assist with regional and statewide projects. This will include travel to research stations and producer fields within the region and state, as needed.

Responsibilities: The extension associate will assist extension agents and research scientists with on-farm demonstrations and research station trials and will work under the supervision of the Northeast Region Conservation Agronomist. The extension associate will assist with planning and design of trials, site preparation, planting, managing, harvesting, data scheduling and collection, analysis, presentations and publications. In addition, the extension associate will be required to operate and perform basic maintenance on farm equipment, operate and maintain laboratory equipment and supplies, and maintain recorded notes related to research and demonstrations that are being conducted. The extension associate must be able to manage graduate students and provide supervision of and training for coworkers related to job requirements.

Qualification Requirements: B.S. (required) or M.S. (preferred) in a plant or soil science related field. Course work or experience in Agronomy and a strong background in row crop agriculture and soil science are preferred. Must have an undergraduate degree with an overall grade-point average of at least 2.5 (all GPA requirements based on a 4.0 system) and a 3.0 for graduate work attempted, if any, or master’s degree with an overall grade-point average of at least 3.0 or a current grade-point average of at least 3.0 on at least 12 hours of graduate credit. This applicant must demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills. Knowledge of program planning, development, implementation, and evaluation is desired. Experience with row crop production and related environmental issues in the mid-south is desired. Familiarity with farm equipment, handling and applying fertilizers/pesticides, field plot techniques, understanding of demonstration research, monitoring and collection equipment for field runoff and water quality assessment, computer applications, and statistical methodology are desirable.

Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Current benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.

Conditions of Employment: A personal automobile and appropriate insurance is required (travel allowance provided.) Some work on evenings and weekends should be expected.

Application Deadline: September 19, 2019 or until a suitable applicant is located.

Application Procedure: Apply online at (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter, resume, transcripts, and contact information for three references. Paper, faxed or emailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching the recommendation letters online, they may be sent directly to:

Dr. Melissa Cater
Regional Director, Northeast Region
Scott Research & Extension Center
212-B Macon Ridge Road
Winnsboro, LA 71295
Telephone: 318-435-2903 Fax: 318-435-2902

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