Position Summary

Salary and Other Benefits

Salary is commensurate with available funding and the candidate’s academic and professional qualifications. View the HRS Benefits website for details on competitive benefits available.

Position Description

The Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR) Program Unit at Washington State University (WSU) invites applications for a permanent, 12-month, full-time, tenure- track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The position is headquartered at the WSU Columbia and Garfield County Extension Office in Dayton and Pomeroy, Washington and will serve as County Director and the dryland agronomy Extension Specialist for both counties.


This position is responsible for leading applied research and outreach for agricultural Extension programs in dryland agronomy and cropping systems across Columbia and Garfield Counties and Southeastern Washington. Program emphasis will focus on agronomic crop production, cropping systems, precision agriculture, and soil health along with farm enterprise management and decision support systems. This position is expected to develop and conduct outreach and Extension programming based on sound agronomic practices, and on-farm research in collaboration with other Extension and research Faculty. This position will join and contribute to WSU Extension teams to address issues and opportunities of highest priority to area farmers in Columbia and Garfield counties and other Southeastern Washington counties.

The applied research and outreach Extension program will provide agricultural production and farm management education to growers, agribusiness, and other stakeholders. The incumbent will conduct needs assessments to inform the program and integrate the outcomes into program planning, implementation, delivery, and outcome evaluation; develop curricula or publications in print and electronic formats for target audiences, as scholarly articles for professional journals; engage in grant development and secure extramural resources to advance agriculture and cropping systems through applied research and outreach and collaborate and cooperate with internal and external agricultural partners. It is expected that the incumbent will seek affiliate status with Department of Crop and Soil Sciences or other Departments or Subject Matter Centers within CAHNRS; participate as a member of the Blue Mountain Extension Team and the WSU Dryland Cropping Systems Team; and contribute to local, university, state, and federal recognition of WSU Extension as an essential education and applied research resource.

Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications: Earned Master’s degree in agronomy, plant science, soil science, or other discipline directly related to the subject matter areas of this position by date of hire; Demonstrated expertise and knowledge in cropping systems and innovative farming practices; Demonstrated ability to lead as well as to participate in interdisciplinary teams; Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively using verbal, written, and listening skills in relating to diverse audiences, including large and small acreage producers, landowners, and managers, consumers, special interest groups, professional groups, and elected officials.

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver educational programs using a variety of methodologies; Demonstrated skill in applied research and demonstration methodologies for agricultural practices; Demonstrated success in grant writing and extramural funds development; Documented record of scholarship in subject matter closely aligned with this position; Ability to conduct needs assessments and integrate into program planning, implementation, delivery, and outcome evaluation; PhD in agronomy or closely related discipline.

Application Instructions

Screening date for applications is October 15, 2022. Apply online at https://hrs.wsu.edu/jobs/ (R-7221) and be prepared to submit the following materials: 1) Cover letter describing how your work experience and training meet the responsibilities and qualifications for this position; 2) A current curriculum vitae; 3) A statement of your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion that describes your understanding of these issues, your record of activities to date, and plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if selected; and 4) Name, title, organization, phone number, and e-mail address for three people willing to serve as employment references. For further information about the position, contact Dale Whaley, Search Committee Chair at dwhaley@wsu.edu. EEO/AA/ADA.

Equal Employer Statement(s)

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply. WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policies including a partner accommodation program and a NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant see http://www.advance.wsu.edu. WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or hrs@wsu.edu.

About Washington State University

Founded in 1890 as Washington’s original land-grant university, Washington State University is a comprehensive land-grant university with teaching, research, and Extension missions, and one of two research universities in Washington State. WSU is organized into 11 academic colleges, the Honors College and the Graduate School.  It has an enrollment of more than 31,000 undergraduate and graduate students on five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett) with approximately 21,000 students located on the main campus in Pullman, WA.  Additionally, research centers are located throughout the state, extension offices are located in every county, and online degree programs are offered worldwide.  Additional information about WSU's statewide locations can be found at https://wsu.edu/about/statewide/. WSU ranks among the top 60 public research universities and is a Carnegie I, Doctoral/Research Extensive University. WSU strongly values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and seeks to ensure a welcoming community for all.  Further information about WSU can be found at www.wsu.edu and https://wsu.edu/about/facts/.