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Apple Phenology Coordinator
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Job Description

This position provides support for a Montana Department of Ag Specialty Crop Block grant-funded project at the Western Agricultural Research Center (WARC).

Duties and Responsibilities
The research associate will address apple phenology considerations in a grant titled, "Improving cold injury and pest management in apple production: risk and predictive model assessment" through a mix of research and outreach activities.

Perform and summarize literature review for apple cultivar-specific bloom dates / heat units prior to bloom, as well as ripening dates.
Assist with coordinating volunteers, Extension personnel, or with hiring /coordinating temporary employees to collect insect and bloom data at several research sites around the state.
Categorize top Montana apple varieties into "early, mid, and late" blooming and ripening categories based on research station data and literature review.
Assist with mapping projects by providing collected information regarding "early, mid, and late" blooming and ripening apple varieties.
Contribute to writing effort for: "Information defining apple cultivars suitable for Montana based on phenology and site-specific frost-free dates", a document planned per grant proposal.
Coordinate with private landowners for participation in apple bloom date collection

Required Qualifications - Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

B.S. degree in horticulture, plant/ecological physiology, or related discipline.
Experience in collecting, managing, analyzing and reporting on horticultural data.
Experience in performing scientific literature reviews and summarizing information in written format.
Demonstrated success working independently.
Experience in interacting with growers, extension, colleagues and other personnel to accomplish project goals and perform outreach.
Experience coordinating and leading educational workshops.

Preferred Qualifications - Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

M.S. or Ph.D. degree in horticulture, plant physiology or related discipline.
Experience in applied orchard management, plant/ecological physiology, and project management.
Supervisory experience.

The Successful Candidate Will

Possess excellent written and oral communication skills.
Have the ability to work independently and as part of a team environment.
Have highly effective interpersonal skills including the ability to work cooperatively with research faculty, farmers and co-workers.
Must be meticulous and precise in carrying out work assignments.
Must be able to follow instructions, maintain effective attention to detail, meeting deadlines and prioritizing competing demands.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
Continuation of employment is contingent upon the availability of funding.

Must possess or be able to obtain a valid Montana driver's license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points) as in-state travel will be required.
Occasional work evenings or weekends.
Train and manage short-term location-specific personnel for collecting apple bloom data.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University's rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

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