POSITION X2005 Extension Assistant I,Plant Diagnostician
LOCATIONUniversity of Tennessee,Institute of Agriculture, Soil, Plant, & Pest Center (SPPC), Nashville, TN
EFFECTIVE DATEMay 1, 2020
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Salaryis commensurate with training and experience. Benefits include grouphospitalization and life insurance, State Employees Retirement; Workers'Compensation; sick and annual leave; numerous University of Tennessee and statebenefits programs, including liberal time off for holidays and longevity payafter three years of service; reimbursement for official travel.
This is a 100% Extensionposition located at the UTIA Soil, Plant, & Pest Center (SPPC) inNashville, TN.The SPPC is the NationalPlant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) lab for Tennessee.This Extension position interacts with anddiagnoses plant disease and insect samples for county agents, homeowners,farmers, foresters, producers, golf course superintendents or other members ofthe public.Samples are submitted fromlawns, gardens, row crops, forages, and fruit and vegetable.Diagnostics may be performed on a physicalspecimen or through distance diagnostics.The diagnostician cooperates with Federal and State Regulatory Officialsfor Tennessee on detection and diagnosis of high consequence pests.This is not a research position.
Develop a program thatdiagnoses plant disease samples and identifies insects brought to the lab, sentby courier, or through distance diagnosis. Plant diagnosis may be done through visual, microscopy, test strips, or other laboratory means.Insect identification may be done throughvisual and microscopic techniques.
Must be able to communicateeffectively and efficiently through written and oral methods.
Provide written reports to clients,giving sound chemical, cultural, or management recommendations for disease orpest identified for each sample submitted.
Teachin-service trainings for agents and multi-county programs. Create training materials, presentations, andExtension publications.
Conduct an annualprogram needs assessment to determine how the Soil Plant & Pest Center maybetter help clients and to guide in-service training topics.
Write annualreports and assist Southern Plant Diagnostic Network annual narrative.
Cooperate with Tennessee Departmentof Agriculture as needed.
Productively and respectfullyinteract with public, county agents, and specialists either in person, byphone, or email.
Ability to use common office software(Microsoft Office, Adobe, etc...).
Keep a safe, clean lab.Maintain a USDA-APHIS lab for receiving ofquarantined pests.
Learn new lab techniquesas needed.
Assume other duties as assigned.
Internal Number: 193326
About Institute of Agriculture
The Institute’s four major units are the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch and UT Extension. The Institute contributes to improving the quality of lives and enhancing the agricultural, economic, environmental and social well-being of Tennessee. Our clientele include students, families, farmers, 4-Hers, agribusiness and the general public.