Undertake engaged outreach, research, and teaching in greenhouse crop management and technologies. This is a non-tenure track position as follows: 60% extension (University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension – UNHCE), 30% research (New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station – NHAES), and 10% teaching appointment (College of Life Sciences and Agriculture – COLSA). This position will be assigned to UNHCE’s Landscape and Greenhouse Horticulture Area of Expertise team within the Food and Agriculture Program.
The successful candidate will be expected to develop a vibrant, collaborative, and competitively funded applied research program focused at one or more of the NHAES research locations. He or she will undertake research and extension in greenhouse crop management and technologies to help the diverse greenhouse and garden center businesses characteristic of the state and region become more economically and environmentally sustainable. Program emphases may encompass greenhouse crop production, floriculture and edible crops, plant nutrition in greenhouse growing substrate, environmental controls, energy use efficiency, greenhouse technologies, and/or other relevant areas affecting profitability. Collaborative work with commercial growers in the state and region is expected.
We anticipate strong synergies with new and existing faculty and specialists working in diverse areas of agricultural systems including horticulture, crop development, and protected agriculture. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to mentor graduate students and postdoctoral scientists.
The position includes 40% NHAES/COLSA funding, which meets the Extension state specialist requirement of 25% funding external to UNHCE. Working under the auspices of UNHCE and NHAES, he or she will be expected to compete successfully in national and regional funding initiatives, and to achieve prominence in their field of scholarship.
Duties and Responsibilities
Under the direction of the Food and Agriculture Program Team Leader and in collaboration with Cooperative Extension’s Landscape and Greenhouse Horticulture Area of Expertise (AoE) team, faculty and clientele groups, develop and implement innovative outreach programs for New Hampshire’s greenhouse horticulture industry.
Assess statewide, regional and national needs, issues and trends in protected agriculture and use this information as a basis for program development.
Publish and disseminate information to peers and to clientele groups through appropriate presentations, publications and electronic delivery systems.
Provide leadership and support to field specialists in the development, implementation and evaluation of high impact educational programs.
Collaborate with colleagues internal and external to UNH to develop, implement and evaluate multi-state outreach programs.
Serve as chair of Cooperative Extension’s Landscape and Greenhouse Horticulture Area of Expertise (AoE) on a rotational basis, as assigned by the Program Team Leader.
Participate in professional development to enhance competence in the appropriate disciplines.
Build and maintain partnerships with state and federal agencies.
Serve on external boards and committees such as the New England Greenhouse Conference Board and the NH Plant Growers Association, as appropriate to enhance partnerships.
Prepare an annual statewide impact report.
Ensure programmatic involvement of under-served and under-represented audiences and ensure that all educational programming is conducted in full accordance with civil rights, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Affirmative Action (AA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) policies and procedures.
Under the guidance of the NHAES Director, develop a nationally competitive research program of importance to the state and region.
Maintain an active NHAES Hatch research project as basis to the research program.
Compete successfully in national and regional funding initiatives to help support research activities.
As appropriate, mentor undergraduate and graduate student research.
Teach one course every other year, as mutually agreed upon and based on department and college needs.
Provide service to components of academic programs as requested.
Work closely with the college to identify and facilitate potential internship opportunities for undergraduate students.
Contribute to the mission of the college’s Department of Agriculture, Nutrition, and Food Systems, by participating in faculty meetings, serving on committees, and participating in other department activities.
The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.
Minimum Acceptable Qualifications
Degree in appropriate discipline.
Demonstrated effective interpersonal and written communication skills.
Ability to integrate new and emerging technology into effective and innovative teaching strategies.
Demonstrated ability to work well as part of a team.
Demonstrated knowledge of greenhouses and greenhouse environments, diverse horticultural crops, production technologies, and problem-solving skills; willingness to work with diverse producers, operations and garden centers throughout the state.
Experience in conceiving, planning, undertaking and publishing independent research.
Other Preferred Qualifications
Experience working in or with the greenhouse industry.
Experience in securing competitive extramural research funding.
Experience in mentoring and/or managing students or staff.
Demonstrated, or persuasive evidence of ability to provide excellent disciplinary teaching within the college’s Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems baccalaureate program.
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