Extension is Looking to Hire

IPMScoutDo you know someone looking for a part-time job supporting the? Extension is looking for  part-time worker to replace Kathy Oliver as Ornamental Production IPM Scout / Program Assistant. Kathy is now assisting the Master Gardener program full-time.

Here’s the official job description:
This position performs programmatic and public service duties related to the area of assignment. Work involves assisting the Extension Agent in the implementation of the Ornamental Production Horticulture Program.

Job Duties
This position performs scouting for insects, mites and diseases at cooperating nurseries. Maintains records of scouting activities; informs Ornamental Production Agent and helps solve problems. Performs soil testing and/or other duties to assist agricultural agents with their duties.

Additional Duties
Performs other related work (including weather or extreme emergency duties) as required.

Minimum Qualifications
High school graduate/equivalent. Associates degree highly desired. Minimum of 2 years experience related to skills above.

While some of that may be understandable, let me add some information.

We’d like to find someone with experience in the Ornamental Production industry.  Local experience in Manatee or Sarasota Counties is a plus. Knowledge of IPM (Integrated Pest Management) is required. Experience scouting in ornamental production nurseries and working with growers to solve problems is highly desired. We prefer a self-starter who can work independently. Knowledge of standard office technology – MS office, Word, Excel, etc. is required.

This position will be responsible for testing soil and water pH and EC for growers and other commercial horticulture professionals. Training will be provided.

This position will also coordinate the annual Manatee County Youth Plant Project & Auction. Responsibilities involve working with many groups and individuals; youth, FFA and 4-H leaders, Extension personnel, volunteers, etc.  to plan and carry out the annual Plant Show & Auction. Training will be provided. Required skills include effective communication and team building.

Pay is $12.18 – $18.59/ hour. The position is part-time, 20 hours/ week.

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