About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

This position is responsible for the coordination and delivery of extension activities outlined in USDA-NIFA-2016-07962, which is an Integrated Pollinator Health grant, combining research and extension. This position will communicate research results from this grant to beekeepers, growers and the public, facilitate research involving beekeepers, and engage in a range of activities to serve beekeepers in Massachusetts.

Essential Functions

* Develops beekeeping informational materials and publications, news releases, presentations and other audio and visual aids that will be used in the dissemination and presentation of information.
* Delivers workshops, seminars, and other types of presentations to various beekeeping and agricultural groups across Massachusetts.
* Meets with beekeepers to assess management needs, provides relevant information to answer their questions and follows up appropriately. Helps develop creative, science-based solutions to benefit beekeepers and bee populations.
* Develops, coordinates and gives presentations at beekeeper meetings and other appropriate venues on relevant current research, including work conducted in the Adler lab. Uses social media and develops web content to disseminate information.
* Coordinates with beekeepers to facilitate Adler lab research goals as appropriate, potentially including citizen science projects to evaluate the efficacy of pollen supplements for managing bee health.
* Understands the different needs of backyard hobbyist and commercial beekeepers in New England; provides intermediate beekeeping education for relatively new beekeepers; conducts workshops on a range of topics including managing Varroa mites, pesticide use, bee health diagnostics, native pollinators, and planting for pollinators. Coordinates Master Beekeeping workshops that will be taught by guest instructors. Makes use of the MDAR Apiary located on the UMass campus to conduct workshops and outreach events.
* Works closely with the Adler lab in facilitating regular communication with other extension groups, including the UMass Fruit and Vegetable Teams and Landscape, Nursery, and Urban Forestry Program.

Other Functions

* Works collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness.
* Works in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean's strategic priorities.
* Performs other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

* B.S. degree and at least one year of experience working with honeybees (in research, as a hobbyist or commercial beekeeper).
* Ability to travel throughout Massachusetts.
* Ability to make presentations and/or meet with individual producers 7 days per week and evenings as necessary.

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

* B.S. or M.S. degree in entomology or a related life science discipline.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

* Ability to travel throughout Massachusetts.
* Ability to make presentations and/or meet with individual producers 7 days per week and evenings as necessary.
* Ability to conduct hive assessments at apiaries, which requires walking to some sites, and lifting and opening colonies.

Work Schedule

Monday - Friday 8:30am - 5:00pm, some weekend and evenings as needed to provide presentations, workshops and/or meet with individual producers.

Salary Information

Level 25

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Special Instructions to Applicants

Submit a letter of application, resume and contact information for three professional references. Apply by September 6, 2019 in order to ensure priority consideration. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Aug 19 2019 Eastern Daylight Time

Applications close: Dec 31 2019 Eastern Standard Time


Associated topics: chemistry, ecology, immunology, microbiology, molecular, neurochemistry, neuron, oceanography, physical science, rna

* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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