Notice of Vacancy – Regional Extension Tree Fruit Specialist – South-Central Washington

Regional Tree Fruit Extension Specialist, Washington State University Extension. This is a 12-month, tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor within the WSU College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (CAHNRS) Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Program Unit.  The position works as an integral member of the Tree Fruit Extension Team to provide leadership for Extension outreach and applied research programs in South-central Washington for commercial tree fruit production. The position will be headquartered at the WSU Irrigated Agriculture Research and Extension Center in Prosser, Washington. Focus areas may include but are not limited to: tree fruit horticulture, orchard management, orchard mechanization and automation.



1.         Minimum of an earned Master’s degree in horticulture, plant science, agricultural and biological systems engineering or other agriculturally-related field, at the time of hire.

2.         Relevant knowledge in agriculture and experience working with commercial producers.

3.         Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing, with industry stakeholders.



1.         Knowledge, training and experience in agricultural field research and problem solving applied to tree fruit horticulture, orchard management, automation and mechanization in perennial crops or specialty crop horticulture.

2.         Ph.D. in horticulture, agricultural or biological systems engineering or other agriculturally-related field.

3.         Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse partners.

4.         Demonstrated ability in extension outreach that addresses issues related to the production of agricultural products.

5.         Knowledge of emerging issues impacting the Washington tree fruit industry.

6.         Demonstrated record of peer-reviewed scholarship.

7.         Flexibility in exercising both leadership and team member roles.

8.         Demonstrated success with grants, contracts, and gift development.

9.         Demonstrated ability to develop and carry out plans for fee-generating educational activities.

10.       Demonstrated ability to use current computer technology and distance-bridging technologies to expand learning opportunities for stakeholders.

11.       Spanish language proficiency.



Screening of applications will begin Monday, November 7, 2016. To apply visit:

Be prepared to submit:

•          a letter of application addressing each of the minimum and preferred qualifications;

•          a current and complete curriculum vitae/resume;

•          a concise 1-2 page statement outlining your approach to establishing an effective Extension outreach and applied research program for tree fruit crops in South-central Washington;

•          Names and contact information for three (3) professional references.  (letters will be required for final candidates); and

•          scanned images of official academic transcripts.