Program Assistant - Integrated Pest Management

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Classification:Research Technician 4
Grade:Grade 78
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF School of Nat Res & Extension
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Agricultural/Life Sciences/Vet Medicine, Other

Position Summary:

The Institute of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Extension is seeking an Agriculture & IPM Program Assistant. If you enjoy Agriculture, Horticulture, Entomology, or another closely related science, then this position might be for you! This position is based in Anchorage.


20Work with Invasive Plants Instructor, other Faculty, and partners to develop and review proposals to fund tasks related to the duties of this position. Ensures that tasks within the lab are completed. Creates reports for the PI in a timely and efficient manner. Secondary supervisor to seasonal staff, temps, student workers, and other researchers within the labs. Works individually with minimal supervision. Collaborate with CES, UAF, USFS and other agencies concerning IPM insect and invasive plant issues. Work closely with IPM program staff and assist with technician training. Gather information on a statewide basis and network with other agencies on current pest trends and control recommendations. Attend conferences, professional development training and meetings related to the IPM program and issues concerning the program. Assist USFS and other grant partners with trapping, monitoring and research programs. Identify and inventory invasive insect, plant and disease species through the use of modular GPS units for the use in a statewide database network.Essential
25Develop projects to inventory and document patterns and trends of pest populations such as the spruce bark beetle. Work with project partners to develop and review those inventory protocols and documentation of ecological patterns and trends. Organize and maintain IPM Technician office, diagnostic equipment, educational materials and files. Maintain and develop accurate records of IPM work activities including, site visits, field work and phone and office visits through databases and hard copy records. Maintain statewide IPM insect collection through the use of properly preserving and storing specimens and adding or correcting those specimens of statewide concern. Inventory and record invasive plant species on a statewide database to be shared with other agencies. Maintain IPM related microscopic and digital photographic library to be later shared online and utilized for future educational purposes. Document new or exotic species, either insect or plant, and write IPM technical articles to be shared with district clientele and used for educational purposes. Assemble and deliver informational packets of publications and create surveys regarding contol recommendation success. Utilize the internet, local media and other outlets for information distribution and technology transfer. Implement safety policies and procedures, and ensure that everyone within the lab is following those guidelines. Keeping up to date safety data on all chemicals and necessary items.Essential
25Develop, review, and maintain invasive species, including insect and disease, courses that provide continuing education units for professional certifications such as Foresters, certified pesticide applicators, and Arborists. Develop and deliver educational insect and invasive weed displays to be presented in the classroom and field for adults and children. Promote IPM awareness in the community through interaction with the public at events, fairs or other settings. Maintain contact with landowners, greenhouse and nursery operators and landscapers and pest control operators regarding community forest insect and invasive plant pests. Collect and preserve insect and plant specimens to be used in a CES collection for educational displays. Assist clients by promoting IPM principles through office and phone contacts and develop educational brochures to be shared with them. Provide IPM technical training and education to seasonal IPM technicians and assist them in familiarizing of office equipment and technology.Essential
30Provide technical integrated pest management services, field work, educational outreach assistance for CES clientele, including adults, children and various agencies. Perform pest identification, problem diagnosis, research pest biology and make control recommendations for both insect and plant problems. Preserve insect and plant specimens for identification and educational displays. This includes proper preservation, pinning and labelling of specimens. Conduct field work and site visits, investigating community pest trends and infestations of invasive weeds to be shared with our funding source and recorded on a statewide basis. Provide information and technical assistance to the USFS and other CES and LR units, including horticulture, forestry and pesticide safety education. Analyze insects and plant specimens through the use of microscopy and other lab diagnostic techniques for their identification and future labeling and preservation. Also, analyze specimens with digital microscopic technology which can share images with others via the internet. Utilize proper entomological preservation and recording techniques in both the field and lab to document urban pest activity. Maintain an organized workspace and an orderly, shared resource library. Organize and maintain internal data on forest health and pest disease trends. Maintains inventory and puts in purchase requests for supplies and registration/workshop fees. Ensures all staff is provided with the necessary supplies and tools to fulfill their job duties, as well as supplies to fulfill their research responsibilities.Essential


Two years coursework or significant experience in IPM or the following: Forestry, Plant Science, Entomology, Biology, or other natural science areas as well as the related technical methods. Good computer skills, including the use of email, the Internet. Knowledge of scientific data collection, entry, procedures, databases, and equipment. Ability to implement and manage safety policies and procedures. Ability to create spreadsheet to reflect trends in charts, and graphs.


Bachelor's degree in a field relevant to research, and 4 years of experience in field relevant to IPM, plant sciences and/or entomology, or equivalent combination of training and experience.


Alaska Drivers License
Pesticide Certification in Demonstration and Research(Category 2)

This is a full-time, Grade 78, minimum $23.84/hr, DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package.  This is an open until filled recruitment with the initial application review taking place on October 21, 2020.

Term Position:

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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