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Job Announcement: Pesticide Educator Extension Field Specialist I

South Dakota State University (SDSU) is searching for a Pesticide Educator Extension Field Specialist I located in Brookings, SD. This is a 12-month, full-time, benefit-eligible, non-faculty exempt, 100% Extension appointment. The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a statewide pesticide safety education program in close collaboration with the South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources to certify commercial and private pesticide applicators. This position supports the SDSU Extension mission, strategic vision, and planning assumptions, complies with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, and all University policies, including Affirmative Action, and commits to the inclusion of diverse South Dakotans.
South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant mission of access.
To provide strong statewide leadership in delivering pesticide safety education programming and work closely with South Dakota Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources to certify commercial and private pesticide applicators. The incumbent will be responsible for creating and updating commercial and private certification exams, training staff at regional centers and county offices that proctor the certification exams, maintaining testing resources for proctors and ensuring exam security, creating and maintaining content for online recertification courses and face-to-face meetings, and developing resources (e.g., articles, press releases, fact sheets, and other publications) for commercial and private applicators. The incumbent will provide pesticide safety programming to the public, including but not limited to, Master Gardeners. They will participate in AAPSE (American Association of Pesticide Safety Educators) and other regional and national education stakeholder groups and professional societies. This position is supervised by the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leader and is affiliated with the Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Department. Collaboration on extension projects with Extension faculty as well as other research and extension centers across South Dakota is encouraged. Graduate student training is available for the qualified incumbent.
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