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Job: Faculty Specialist (Entomology & IPM) - University of Maryland Extension

The University of Maryland Extension is seeking a Faculty Specialist (Entomology & IPM) to join our team at the Central Maryland Research & Education Center in Ellicott City, Maryland. The candidate in this position will assist with the entomology and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) educational programming needs of the Home and Garden Information Center, State Master Gardener Program, and county-based home horticulture faculty. The best consideration date for applications is 10/15/23.

Position Summary: The Faculty Specialist is responsible for planning, organizing, developing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs in entomology, IPM, and plant diagnostics. The Faculty Specialist will conduct demonstration and applied research projects that generate new knowledge and practices, and use multiple platforms and approaches to educate diverse audiences to adopt climate-resilient, sustainable gardening and landscaping practices. This position will report to the Assistant Director for Environmental and Natural Resource programs at College Park for program direction and the Assistant Director for Extension Operations for personnel matters. Programs will be designed to assist with the entomology and IPM educational programming needs of the Home and Garden Information Center, (HGIC), State Master Gardener Office, and county-based home horticulture faculty.

B.S. in Entomology or related discipline

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Strong knowledge of entomology, IPM, plant problem diagnostics, and sustainable horticulture, including climate change effects on insects and insect-plant interactions.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively teach entomology/IPM information.
  • Self-motivated, team player, with good time management and organizational skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to use common computer software including proficiency with information technology.
  • Evidence of capacity to build UME Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Respect capacity through the Extension program model.
  • This position is subject to a Criminal History Record Check and a University of Maryland Background check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and clearance of the Criminal History Record Check.
  • M.S. in Entomology or related discipline
  • 3 years or more of entomology, IPM, plant problem diagnostics, and sustainable horticulture experience.
  • Experience using a variety of educational methods to reach diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to obtain grant funding.
  • Evidence of scholarship in applied research, Extension and/or outreach education.
  • Experience working with diverse audiences in multicultural settings.

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