University of Alaska Agriculture & IPM Program Assistant in Fairbanks, Alaska

Agriculture & IPM Program Assistant

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Classification:Administrative Specialist 1

Grade:Grade 77

Work type:Staff Full-time

Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks

School/Business unit:School of Nat Res & Extension


Categories:Agricultural/Life Sciences/Vet Medicine, Other

Position Summary:The School of Natural Resources is seeking an Agriculture & IPM Program Assistant. If you enjoy Agriculture, Horticulture, Entomology, or another closely related science, then this position might be for you!


20Assist agriculture and horticulture agent when necessary in development and outreach of educational programs to meet the programmatic needs of clientele. Speak before interested agencies and groups to disseminate information. Assist in development of written materials such as newsletter and articles.Essential

20Diagnose insect, disease, and weed problems and provide information on control options. Work with home gardeners, commercial growers, and rural landowners: answer questions over the telephone, make on-site consultations, and diagnose samples brought into the office. Responsible for collecting and preserving insects, weeds, and diseased plants for educational displays and taking and collecting digital photos of pests for later inclusion in training aids. Engages in public outreach on IPM and current pest occurrences. The position involves utilization of insect traps, laboratory equipment used to identify pests, monitoring pest populations, and assessing damage levels. Field records must be maintained accurately at all times. Reports will be required at the end of the field season.Essential

20Other duties as identified such as supervision of student IPM workers, help with organization of vegetable competition at Tanana District State Fair, and maintaining equipment used in the positionEssential

20Provide support for sustainable agriculture programs. Assist the Sustainability Director with responsibilities associated with being the State Coordinator for the Alaska SARE Program.Essential

20Provide support for Western Plant Diagnostic Program (WPDN). Manage and update WPDN database. Provide technical support for IPM statewide technicians. Use the database and update and make improvements to database as appropriate. Contact and coordinate with statewide IPM technician, state and federal agency partners to identify problems, analyze needs and procedures for deliver of the WPDN program.Essential


  • An understanding of agriculture and horticulture is required.

  • Skill with identifying pests, keeping detailed records, and using a variety of methods of communication is critical.

  • Must be able to communicate well with the public, balance a number of tasks, work with a range of software programs, and have strong organizational instincts.

Typical level/type of education or training required:

A Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture, Entomology, Pathology, Natural Resources, Forestry, Biology, Ecology, or related discipline is required.

Two years of training closely related to this type of work could be used in lieu of the education requirement.

Typical length of time and experience:

Working knowledge of many pests associated with agriculture and horticulture in Interior Alaska is desired.

This is a term-funded, 12 month, full time position (60 hours per pay period).

To Apply:

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and names and contact information (email and phone number) for three (3) professional references.

Review Date:

Applications must be received prior to 11:55 PM Alaska time on May 1, 2018 to be considered. Applications received after this time and date may not be considered for this position.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Term Position:

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University’s discretion.


Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF. The policy can be located at:

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Notice of Nondiscrimination:

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution. The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University’s commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment. Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA’s statement of nondiscrimination available

Advertised:17 Apr 2018Alaskan Daylight Time

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