Assistant Extension Specialist in Entomology (Ornamental Pest Management)

Job #85376T


Hilo, HI

Job Type

Full-Time Temporary


University of Hawai'i at Manoa - College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources

Job Number



Plant and Environment Protection Sciences



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Title:   Assistant Extension Specialist in Entomology (Ornamental Pest Management)
Position Number:   85376T
Hiring Unit:   College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources – Plant and Environmental Protection Sciences, Hawai'i County
Location:   Komohana Research & Extension Center - Hilo, Hawaii
Date Posted:   December 11, 2019
Closing Date:   Continuous – application review begins January 13, 2020
Monthly Type:   11 month
Tenure Track:   Non-Tenure Track
Full Time/Part Time:   Full Time
Temporary/Permanent:   Temporary - Continuation dependent upon funding and satisfactory job performance.
Other Conditions:
To begin approximately February 2020 or soon thereafter. For best consideration, all application materials should be received by January 13, 2020.
Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Work closely with HDOA, CDFA, industry and other agricultural scientists at UH, CTAHR diagnostic lab in Hilo and elsewhere to identify the major pest interceptions and problems facing the Hawai'i ornamental (flowers, foliage, and landscape) industries.
  2. Conduct original and applied research to develop appropriate in-nursery and post-harvest pest management practices for potted plants and cut flowers produced for export.
  3. Develop Best Management Practices (BMP) including ecological, chemical, and / or biological control methods for ornamental crops based on the applied research work in alignment with compliance agreements, where appropriate, between HDOA, CDFA, and USDA-APHIS.
  4. Obtain extramural grants to fund research activities in ornamental horticultural crops. Collaborate with colleagues at other Pacific land grant colleges.
  5. Develop grower/shipper-appropriate educational and training resource materials.
  6. Work as a team leader to work with and train Extension Agents and industry on BMP's against invasive plant pests through outreach products and decision support tools such as pamphlets, websites, videos, and social media.
  7. Conduct nursery certification training in conjunction and aligned with HDOA's Plant Quarantine requirements and agreements.
  8. Work with HDOA to provide additional educational support on BMP's for non-compliant certified nurseries.

Minimum Qualifications

  1. Master's degree from a college or university of recognized standing, plus 30 credits of graduate courses in crop protection, entomology or closely related field.
  2. Three years of experience in extension or outreach activities. 
  3. Academic preparation and formal course work in integrated pest management, and/or professional experience in arthropod pest diagnostic and management.
  4. Excellent written and verbal communication skills as demonstrated by authorship in peer-reviewed publications and refereed presentations.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work in multi-disciplinary teams.
  6. Demonstrated ability to conduct laboratory, greenhouse, and field trials.
  7. Assistant Extension Agent Minimum Qualifications

Desirable Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. in crop protection, entomology or closely related field. 
  2. Record of successful grant applications and administration.
  3. Demonstrated experience in conducting extension programs.
  4. Experience in crop protection and research techniques; course work in economic or agricultural entomology, integrated pest management, acarology, insect toxicology, biological control of insects, biometry. 
  5. Ability to communicate and work effectively with others.
  6. Experience in working in tropical or island ecosystems.

To Apply:  Submit the following online through NeoGov  (Cut and paste link to your browser and search for Position Number 85376T):  1. Cover letter indicating position on how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, 2. Curriculum vitae, 3. Names and contact information for at least three professional references and 4. Official transcripts (copies accepted, however official transcripts will be required upon hire).  Failure to submit all required documents shall deem an application to be incomplete.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.
Inquiries:  Susan Miyasaka; 808-969-8258;


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Job Type: 
Job Listing Expiration: 
60 Days
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University of Hawaii
Name of Contact Person: 
Dr Susan Myasaka