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Research Technologist I
West Central Research & Extension Center – North Platte, NE
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Oversee and lead data collection and computer data entry for beef cow nutrition and range beef systems research located at the Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory (GSL) (Whitman, NE), West Central Water Resources Field Laboratory (WRFL) (Brule, NE) and the West Central Research and Extension Center (WCREC) (North Platte, NE).  Create spreadsheets of cow, calf and yearling data for UNL faculty and graduate students.  Provide technical guidance, support and assistance to beef cow nutrition and range beef systems graduate students in planning, scheduling and collecting data.  Assist in coordinating beef cow nutrition and range beef systems research located at the West Central Research and Extension Center, Gudmundsen Sandhills Laboratory (GSL), Barta Brothers Ranch, West Central Water Research Laboratory (Brule, NE) and the University of Nebraska – Lincoln campus.  Must obtain the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee Training and Certification and Beef Quality Assurance Certification within six months of hire.

Review of applications will begin on 10/20/17. Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found or search is closed. Candidates must apply online at http://employment.unl.edu for details and to apply.   (Requisition number: S_170658). 


Research Technologist I
West Central Research & Extension Center – North Platte, NE
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The candidate will conduct lab and field research on soilborne pathogens on multiple field crops to assess soil microbial community and study pathogen biology in relation to plant health.  The candidate will also implement research plans developed by the project leader and manage daily operations of the laboratory.  With consultation from the project leader, the candidate will develop experimental designs; coordinate activities with other faculty, technicians, graduate students, collaborators and area producers to procure supplies and equipment necessary for the research completion.  Supervision of 1-2 temporary employees as well as plant pathology students with on-going research activities.  Will provide training on research equipment and monitor/coordinate daily responsibilities of temporary staff and students.  Development of reports, Powerpoint presentations and publications. Ability to obtain a restricted use pesticide applicators license.

Review of applications will begin on 10/23/17. Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found or search is closed. Candidates must apply online at http://employment.unl.edu for details and to apply.   (Requisition number: S_170651 ). 


Research Technologist I
West Central Research & Extension Center – North Platte, NE
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The primary duties of this position will be to lead wind tunnel operations, research duties  and report writing.  The candidate will also assist with field plot research including spray drift management, pest management studies and pesticide efficacy studies according to established procedures and guidelines.  Duties will include planting, spraying, data collection, harvesting, data entry and operation and maintenance of research equipment.  This person will also be responsible for helping with greenhouse and laboratory research related to pesticide applications.  Record data pertaining to experimentation.  Operate research equipment, sprayers and trucks.  Summarize experimental results.  Communicate with the research manager, investigators, summer help, graduate students, industry professionals and clientele.  Position will warrant the ability to obtain a Nebraska private pesticide applicators license within six months of hire.  Position is located in North Platte, NE.

Review of applications will begin on 11/22/17. Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found or search is closed. Candidates must apply online at http://employment.unl.edu for details and to apply.   (Requisition number:  S_170652). 


Research Technologist I
West Central Research & Extension Center – North Platte, NE
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Responsible for the management of the day-to-day operation of the Agroecosystems Entomology Lab at the West Central Research & Extension Center, including data collection and analysis, field research, extension and outreach, planning research design, supervision and training of employees, project coordination, ordering supplies, and equipment maintenance. The Agroecosystems Entomology Lab will pursue research questions addressing the ecology and management of agricultural pests with an emphasis on practical applications for integrated pest management in field crops. Research projects may address a variety of themes, such as food web dynamics, insect behavior, compatibility of pest control strategies (including biological control by natural enemies), and resistance management. Research will support extension programming to develop proactive educational programs in IPM of arthropod pests of field crops grown in west central Nebraska.  Position requires obtaining a pesticide applicator’s license within 6 months of hire.

Review of applications will begin on 10/12/17. Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found or search is closed. Candidates must apply online at http://employment.unl.edu for details and to apply.   (Requisition number: S_170653). 


Research Technologist I
West Central Research & Extension Center – North Platte, NE
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

This position will be responsible for the management and implementation of field, laboratory, and greenhouse experiments for the Soils Program at the West Central Research and Extension Center.  Duties will include experimental design and implementation, data collection including the use of radioactive neutron soil probes, data processing, statistical analysis, and interpretation of results.  Duties will also include use and maintenance of field, laboratory, and greenhouse equipment related to soil fertility research.  Additionally, the Technologist will be responsible for independent establishment and maintenance of field plot areas (planting, harvesting, fertilizing, pest management, etc.).  The technologist is also independently responsible for hiring and supervision of summer employees and assisting graduate students.  The technologist is responsible for applying the knowledge of science in analyzing data, writing reports, and preparation of scientific presentations.  The focus of the Soils Program is on effective, efficient use of fertilizers and water to produce maximum yields with optimum inputs of nutrients (e.g. fertilizers) and water on variable soils of Central NE.  Position requires obtaining a pesticide applicator’s license within 6 months after hire and the ability to obtain radioactive neutron probe operation authorization through UNL.

Review of applications will begin on 10/16/17. Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found or search is closed. Candidates must apply online at http://employment.unl.edu for details and to apply.   (Requisition number: S_170232). 


Extension Assistant - NEP (North Platte, NE)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Transform lives by Teaching (planning, designing implementing) and evaluating effective educational programming in basic nutrition, food safety, food preparation and food resource management for limited resource audiences in assigned region.  Must be able to access learner at appropriate places and times.  Ability to travel within service area.

Review of applications will begin on 10/2/17. Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found or search is closed. Candidates must apply online at http://employment.unl.edu for details and to apply.   (Requisition number: S_170620). 



Extension Educator – 4-H Youth Development (Harlan County)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Focused Assignment – 4-H Youth Development Education (approximately 80% of time):
This is a 12-month, non-tenured position. The major responsibility of this position is to provide regional leadership for University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension’s 4-H and Youth Development Program. This educator’s home base will be in Harlan County. This educator’s geographic region includes Harlan and Furnas Counties. This educator is expected to interact closely with 4-H clientele in these communities and deliver programs in their geographic area. This focused extension educational program supports 4-H Youth Development including: a) science education; b) animal science; c) agricultural literacy; d) career development/college readiness; e) community engagement; and f) healthy living. In this position the extension educator will:
1. Use innovative strategies and cutting-edge technologies to design, develop, deliver and evaluate programs for a robust statewide 4-H Youth Development program designed to inspire young people’s understanding of agriculture.
2. Engage in a collaborative-learning environment with young people and volunteers to encourage the adoption of research-based information in decision-making.
3. Deliver educational programming for youth development programming statewide and within the assigned geographic region. Within their geographic region the educator will also engage with unit leaders, extension advisory committees, and local stakeholders to determine needs and provide access to educational opportunities.
4. Work in a multi-disciplinary team environment with extension professionals and other partners to translate and teach the latest research based information.
5. Use entrepreneurial practices to secure grants, program fees and partnerships to leverage the extension educational program’s resource base and reach.
6. Partner with research faculty to engage in action research that can be applied to educational programming.
7. Practice effective extension scholarship by conducting needs assessments, identifying priorities, measuring program impact and reporting results at professional meetings and in professional publications.
8. Develop a professional development plan by teaching to enhance and maintain professional expertise in youth development and extension pedagogy.

Serve as Unit Leader (approximately 20%):
1. Partner with other content focused Extension Educators assigned to their geographic area to:
1) inform them of critical local issues in their content area,
2) partner in promoting access to and participation in educational programming addressing those critical issues, and,
3) update extension advisory groups, county commissioners/supervisors, stakeholders, etc. of the latest educational opportunities available.
2. Promote effective working relationships and teamwork among staff. Hire, supervise and provide professional development for support staff.
3. Provide leadership for the annual budget planning, accountability of financial operations and IT audit/inventory to conform to county, university and state regulations and best management practices”
4. Network with elected officials, advisory groups and community stakeholders and provide them impact on the total extension program.

Some travel is required. Must meet driver standards according to UNL policy and have a valid driver’s license. Criminal history background check will be conducted.

Review of applications will begin on 10/20/17. Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found or search is closed. Candidates must apply online at http://employment.unl.edu for details and to apply.   (Requisition number: F_160242).


Extension Educator –  The Learning Child (Red Willow)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Focused Assignment – The Learning Child Education (approximately 80% of time):
This is a 12-month, non-tenured position. This educator’s home base will be Red Willow County. The subject matter focus for this educator is Learning Child. This educator’s primary responsibility is to develop and deliver educational programs and resources as an active participant in one or more of Nebraska Extension’s statewide issue teams. This educator’s geographic region includes Chase, Dundy, Hayes, Hitchcock, Frontier, Red Willow, Gosper, Furnas, Phelps, and Harlan. This educator is expected to interact closely with parents, teachers, early childhood professionals and caregivers of young children in their geographic area as well as statewide based on the intentions of the statewide issue team. The outcomes of this focused extension educational program include creating environments and experiences for children ages 0 to 5 that result in improved school readiness and enhanced social emotional growth and development. In this position the extension educator will:
1. Use innovative strategies and current technologies to design, develop, deliver and evaluate programs for a robust statewide extension education program in Learning Child.
2. Engage in a collaborative-learning environment with professionals and parents to encourage the adoption of research-based information in decision-making.
3. Deliver educational programming for learning child statewide and within the assigned geographic region. Within the assigned geographic region, the educator will also engage with unit leaders, extension advisory committees, and local stakeholders to determine needs and provide access to educational opportunities.
4. Work in a multi-disciplinary team environment with extension professionals and other partners to translate and teach the latest research based information.
5. Use entrepreneurial practices to secure grants, program fees and partnerships to leverage the extension educational program’s resource base and reach.
6. Partner with research faculty to engage in action research that can be applied to educational programming.
7. Practice effective extension scholarship by conducting needs assessments, identifying priorities, measuring program impact and reporting results at professional meetings and professional publications.
8. Develop a professional development plan to enhance and maintain professional expertise in both learning child and extension pedagogy.
9. Support the youth development program by teaching in areas related to the learning child focused assignment.

Organizational Assignment (approximately 20%):
The focused extension educator will also connect with the host county unit leader for the purpose of developing local support for Nebraska Extension. These responsibilities include:
1. Support the Unit Leader with engagement of advisory or policy groups such as the Extension Board or County Commissioners/Board of Supervisors.
2. Cooperate with local faculty and staff in the home county to promote effective teamwork, and support local “all-hands” Extension events.
3. Support the Unit Leader in coordinating a total Extension Program in all subject matter areas and advocating for local educational needs.
4. Build and foster community relationships for Extension and a positive, professional image of the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Some travel is required. Must meet driver standards according to UNL policy and have a valid driver’s license. Criminal history background check will be conducted.

Review of applications will begin on 10/10/17. Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found or search is closed. Candidates must apply online at http://employment.unl.edu for details and to apply.   (Requisition number: F_170106).

UNL does not discriminate based upon any protected status.  Please see http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination .