Agriculture and Integrated Pest Management Assistant

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Classification:Research Technician 3
Grade:Grade 77 (16% GeoDiff)
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Institute of Agr Nat Res & Ext
Location: Delta Junction
Categories: Other, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

Do you thrive in a fast-paced environment, and enjoy getting out of the office? The Agriculture and Pest Management assistant position provides the perfect blend of hands-on research in the field, data collection and analysis in the office, and an exciting opportunity to perform outreach to your community! Interact with visitors, land users, scientists and professionals on a wealth of topics related to agriculture and pest management across the state.


05Perform other duties as assigned, such as supervision of student Integrated Pest Management (IPM) workers, help with organization of vegetable competition at Tanana District State Fair, and maintenance of equipment.Essential
20Diagnose insect, disease, and weed problems and provide information on control options. Work with home gardeners, commercial growers, and rural landowners: answer questions over the telephone, make on-site consultations, and diagnose samples brought into the office. Responsible for collecting and preserving insects, weeds, and diseased plants for educational displays and taking and collecting digital photos of pests for later inclusion in training aids. Engage in public outreach on IPM and current pest occurrences. The position involves utilization of insect traps, laboratory equipment used to identify pests, monitoring pest populations, and assessing damage levels. Maintain accurate field records and compile required end of field season reports.Essential
25Assist agriculture and horticulture agent when necessary in development and outreach of educational programs to meet the programmatic needs of clientele. Speak before interested agencies and groups to disseminate information. Assist in development of written materials such as newsletter and articles. Assist in development and maintenance of online and print media and courses. Assist with maintaining websites and a social media presence. Provide support for the planning and hosting of conferences, meeting, and workshops.Essential
25Perform basic clerical support for the office through the performance of tasks, such as greeting and assisting visitors, receiving and distributing mail, copying and scanning documents, answering and screening phone calls, creating documents, reports and spreadsheets, scheduling meetings and coordinating events, operating and troubleshooting office equipment, maintaining office records.Essential
25Provide support for Western Plant Diagnostic Program (WPDN). Manage and update WPDN database. Manage and support other internal databases and data management as appropriate for projects. Provide technical support for IPM statewide technicians. Use the database and update/make improvements to database as appropriate. Contact and coordinate with statewide IPM technicians, as well as state and federal agency partners to identify problems, analyze needs and procedures for deliverables of the WPDN program.Essential


-An understanding of agriculture, horticulture, invasive species, and forest health required
-Skill with identifying pests, keeping detailed records, and using a variety of methods of communication is critical.
-Strong verbal and written communication skills.
-Ability to balance a number of tasks
-Proficient with a range of software programs including Google Suite (Docs, Sheets) or MS Office including spreadsheets and databases, and the ability to produce charts or graphs
-Strong organizational skills
-Knowledge of data collection and entry procedures required.
-Ability to interpret data results for reporting


Working knowledge of many pests associated with agriculture and horticulture in Alaska is desired.
2 years' experience in related field


BS in Agriculture, Entomology, Pathology, Natural Resources, Forestry, Biology, Ecology, or a related discipline
Two years related training or experience closely could be used in lieu of the education requirement.

This non-exempt, part-time position is 30 hours per week. This is a Grade 77, minimum $25.28/hour DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. UA employees receive excellent benefits including participation in State of Alaska PERS retirement, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage.

Please apply with cover letter and resume prior to February 25, 2021 at 11:55 pm Alaska Standard Time for consideration.

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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