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Irrigated Cropping Systems Specialist
Colorado State University in ,
 
 
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Date Posted 01/12/2022
Category
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

Posting Details
Working Title Irrigated Cropping Systems Specialist
Position Location Grand Valley Research Center near Fruita, CO
Research Professional Position Yes
Posting Number 202101609AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional
Classification Title Resch Sci/Scholar I
Number of Vacancies 1
Work Hours/Week 40
Proposed Annual Salary Range $75,000-90,000 plus comprehensive benefits package. Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Employee Benefits
Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas: https://hr.colostate.edu/hr-community-and-supervisors/benefits/benefits-eligibility/ & https://hr.colostate.edu/prospective-employees/our-perks/ .
Desired Start Date 05/01/2022
Position End Date (if temporary)
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 02/13/2022
Description of Work Unit
The Western Colorado Research Center is comprised of three sites, Grand Valley, Orchard Mesa and Rogers Mesa. The Grand Valley Research Station addresses the challenges associated with conserving and efficiently using agricultural water, given that the majority of Colorado water rights are used for farming and food production. The average annual rainfall at Grand Valley is 8 to 12 inches, which is similar to much of the arid irrigated regions of Western Colorado. The frost-free season of 164-196 days and average annual daily minimum and maximum temperatures of 41°F and 64°F, respectively, allow the Grand Valley Research Station to conduct the bulk of agronomic research at the Western Colorado Research Center. This station propels knowledge on integrated cropping systems and alternative crops and forages. Additional to these efforts, the station hosts crop variety trials in partnership with industry and other universities. The Western Colorado Research Center is part of a network of 8 research centers (9 sites) throughout the state. 
Position Summary
This position will provide research and Extension programming for Western Colorado and will be based at the Grand Valley site of the Western Colorado Research Center (WCRC). The position will contribute to Colorado State University engagement across western Colorado, primarily serving Western Colorado. Position responsibilities will be 90% research and coordination and 10% stakeholder relations. The extension and research responsibilities will address current and emerging issues pertaining to agronomic production systems in the western region of Colorado. The purpose of the position is to conduct a research and engagement program for the development and evaluation of cropping systems in semi-arid to arid environments. Expected areas of research include, but are not limited to, integrated cropping systems with traditional and alternative crops under limited-irrigation conditions, soil health, improved water use efficiency, precision-agriculture technologies, marginal cropland restoration, alternative tillage systems, agricultural production in saline soils, forage production and pasture management for livestock production and improved sustainability of the region’s agriculture under climate-variable and drought conditions. The position
will contribute to or lead interactive and collaborative team research and engagement programming. 
The Irrigated Cropping Systems Specialist will collaborate with faculty and staff at CSU to provide active engagement with agricultural communities on the Western Slope. The position will add to, and take advantage of, existing Colorado State University regional and campus strengths including the Colorado Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) system, the Colorado Water Center (CWC), the CSU Office of Engagement and Extension and external academic partners and stakeholders with interests in agricultural sustainability and security. The individual in this position will report to the Deputy Director of the AES and work in close coordination with the Water Resources Specialist at the Grand Valley Research and Extension Center. Programs development and implementation will be in close coordination and collaboration with the water resources and climate-smart agriculture program at the Grand Valley site. The position requires effective working relations with agricultural clientele and stakeholders. 
Required Job Qualifications
  • Ph.D. or equivalent by employment start date. Degree(s) or emphasis in agronomy, cropping systems, soil science, agro-ecology or related disciplines; 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience in crop production systems; 
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct agricultural research; 
  • Record of strong communication and productive interaction with colleagues and clientele groups involved in team research; 
  • Must be legally authorized to start work in the U.S. no later than May 1, 2022; 
  • Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date. 
Preferred Job Qualifications
  • Ph.D. plus three years of professional or postdoctoral experience; 
  • Experience and vision for innovative cropping systems research in semi-arid to arid environments. Examples include research focused on irrigated cropping systems, maximizing crop water use, tillage, and soil and crop management practices; 
  • Demonstrated record of publications in relevant scientific literature; 
  • Experience supervising support staff or graduate students; 
  • A basic knowledge of farm machinery and irrigation systems operations; 
  • Experience in writing and obtaining grants in support of program efforts; 
  • Demonstrated excellence in communication; 
  • Proven ability, interest and/or experience in developing effective outreach and extension programs; Personal commitment to the University’s Principles of Community for Inclusion, Integrity, Respect, Service and Social justice. 
Diversity Statement
Personal and professional commitment to diversity and inclusion as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities.

Essential Duties


Job Duty Category Research
Duty/Responsibility
• Collaborate with regional and campus personnel on research and extension of integrated cropping systems for sustainable agriculture in irrigation semi-arid to arid environments;
• Collaborate with regional and campus personnel on climate-smart agriculture research, including but not limited to cultivars and hybrids that favor drought tolerance, improved water use efficiency, irrigation innovations, and weed/disease/pest management for Western Colorado crops. 
Percentage Of Time 65
Job Duty Category Coordination
Duty/Responsibility
• Coordinate with CSU Extension Agents and Specialists to provide cropping systems information and education so their comprehensive knowledge helps them to be more effective within their local communities;  
• Develop effective relationships, agreements and advisory feedback with AES and Extension stakeholder groups including large and small scale agribusiness, commodity organizations, local communities, academic partners, government agencies, non-government organizations, agricultural industry representative, and state and local elected officials.
Percentage Of Time 25
Job Duty Category Customer/Faculty/Stakeholder Relations
Duty/Responsibility
• Work as a member of the appropriate Extension statewide program team; 
• Pursue opportunities for external funding that will leverage the effectiveness of the position overall; 
• Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to under-served and underrepresented audiences; 
• Serve as a representative and liaison at regional and local meetings pertaining to agricultural research initiatives in the public and private sector. This includes representing AES and CSU Extension at related meetings and committees; 
• Work as part of a team which provides leadership that promotes teamwork and efficiency within WCRC facilities. 
Percentage Of Time 10

Special Instructions to Applicants
For full consideration apply online by Feb. 13, 2022 with the following materials: 1) Cover letter addressing qualifications, 2) Resume or CV, 3) Copies of unofficial transcripts, and 4) Statement of commitment to the University’s Principles of Community for Inclusion, Integrity, Respect, Service and Social justice limited to a paragraph, approx. 300 words) and 5) Contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Travel
Search Contact Troy Bauder
EEO Statement
Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.
The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, titleix@colostate.edu .
The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, oeo@colostate.edu .
The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836, oeo@colostate.edu .
Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education .
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Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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