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Colorado State University Pesticide Safety Educator in Fort Collins, Colorado

Working Title Pesticide Safety Educator

Position Location Fort Collins, CO or Denver, CO

Posting Number 202100013F

Proposed Annual Salary Range $58,000 plus comprehensive benefits package

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University ( CSU ) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas. https://hr.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/01/benefits-summary-afap.pdf.

Position Type Faculty

Work Hours/Week 40

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Agricultural Biology is committed to excellence in the creation and dissemination of knowledge about insects, plant pathogens, and weeds. Further, Agricultural Biology applies this knowledge to solving practical problems related to: (1) management of pests in production agricultural systems, in natural resources and recreational environments, and in residential and public areas; (2) environmental quality, and (3) human and animal health. The Department encompasses the disciplines of entomology, plant pathology, and weed science – thus providing unique opportunities to address critical issues that cut across disciplinary boundaries. Agricultural Biology focuses its teaching, research and outreach missions in four program areas each of which involves all three of the department’s disciplinary roots in entomology, plant pathology, and weed science. These programs are: 1) Genomics and Molecular Biology, 2) Ecology and Biodiversity, 3) Biology and Management of Invasive Species, and 4) Integrated Pest Management. Agricultural Biology emphasizes knowledge of pests and related organisms; the roles that they play in ecological, economic and social systems; and the application of such knowledge to developing economically and environmentally sound solutions for practical problems. Being interdisciplinary in nature, Agricultural Biology values cooperative and collaborative efforts with other units within the University, as well as other relevant entities in the Colorado and beyond.

Tenure/Tenure Track? No

% Research 0

% Teaching 20

% Service 80

% Administration 0

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 02/14/2021

Number of Vacancies

Desired Start Date

Position End Date

Position Summary

The position provides leadership and team support in the Colorado Environmental Pesticide Education Program ( CEPEP ). This position is a 12-month, continuing contract adjunct faculty ( CCAF ). The primary responsibilities include overseeing the development of pesticide safety education materials (Fact Sheets, Study Guides, Exam Item Writing, Worker Protection Standard compliance materials), public engagement and outreach through continuing education opportunities and serving as an educational resource for communities, Colorado State University ( CSU ) Extension and Agricultural Experiment Station. Collaborations include working with Colorado Department of Agriculture, CSU Departments such as Agricultural Biology, CSU Extension and Agricultural Experiment Station, Environmental Protection Agency, Industry Stakeholders and Pesticide Safety Education Programs in other States.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Essential Services Designation - applicator licenses must remain up to date, Use, Handling, or Exposure to hazardous materials - pesticides, Travel, Special Requirements/Other - Ability to obtain pesticide applicator license within three months

Required Job Qualifications

• MS degree or higher in a crop protection-related discipline such as entomology, plant pathology, weed science, agronomy, horticulture, and related fields

• Licensed as a pesticide applicator or ability to obtain a pesticide applicator license within three months of hire

• Experience with regulation, education, or research in integrated pest management and/or pesticide registration, extension, or stewardship programs

• Knowledge of federal and state pesticide regulations and the Worker Protection Standard

• Ability to secure external funding and manage staff

• Ability to organize ideas in written and spoken communication using computer-based applications such as Microsoft Office and distance learning platforms

• Ability to communicate and work with a wide range of pesticide applicator groups

• Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace, ability to consider and respect diverse perspectives, and ability to instill trust and build consensus among diverse groups

• Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date

• Ability to accommodate a flexible work arrangement including occasional evening and weekend work

• Ability to travel primarily within the state and during inclement weather conditions

Preferred Job Qualifications

• Familiarity with EPA and Colorado Department of Agriculture certification and licensure requirements and regulations related to pesticide use and safety

• Possess a general knowledge of agricultural and/or non-ag pest control systems used in the state of Colorado

• Ability to establish and maintain effective and cooperative working relationships within the department, the university, outside agencies, and other organizations

• Experience in communication in video and social media use in interacting with clientele

• Experience in classroom and online teaching

• Experience in managing budgets

• Experience with exam item writing and designing training material for pesticide licensure

• Demonstrated Spanish language skills, oral and/or written

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, please apply online by 2/14/21. Complete application materials include 1.) Cover letter addressing required and preferred qualifications. 2.) Resume or CV 3.) Statement of how applicant is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace, and how they plan to implement this in their program. Limit to two pages, single-spaced. 4.) Statement of teaching philosophy. Limit to two pages, single-spaced. 5.) Unofficial academic transcripts. 6.) Contact information for three references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity (https://oeo.colostate.edu/) is located in 101 Student Services.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, titleix@colostate.edu.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Search Contact Franck.Dayan@colostate.edu

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Extension


• Represent the Colorado Pesticide program in the National Stakeholders for Pesticide Safety Education Program ( PSEP ) Funding, and with the National Pesticide Safety Education Center ( NPSEC ), and the Pesticide Education Resource Center

• Regularly attend the Pesticide Applicator and Certification Training conference and other meetings to maintain and translate current knowledge of pesticide safety practices and regulations

• Delivery of training content (presentations, activities, webinars, demonstrations, etc.) about pesticides and related topics, serving as a subject-matter expert on best practices, pesticide toxicology, alternative methods, and environmental fate

• Provide Worker Protection Standard ( WPS ) Worker and Handler training to CSU employees. Also provide training materials to CSU personnel qualified to provide WPS training

• Organize Worker Protection Safety certification workshops for stakeholders

• Presentations at or participation in agricultural professional organization meetings offering recertification credits

• Develop and effectively disseminate informational materials for growers, safety trainers, agricultural employees, pest management professionals and others who express an interest in information pertaining to safe use of pesticides

• Write updates for the Colorado Pesticide Applicator study guides revisions in collaboration with subject matter experts, exam item revisions with subject matter experts, exam item reviews (psychometrics), WPS training & material development and provide reports on non-registered pesticide applicator training

• Identify new extension office sites for commercial pesticide applicator testing and provide support to existing locations

• Coordinate the pesticide applicator study guide sales agreement between CSU , the NPSEC and the Colorado Department of Agriculture

• Provide expertise for research related to pesticide safety

Percentage Of Time 75

Job Duty Category Teaching


• Teach BSPM 310, Understanding Pesticides, or a similar pesticide safety course in person and online

• Provide a limited number of guest lectures, as appropriate, when requested

Percentage Of Time 20

Job Duty Category Service


• Contribute to or serve on CAS or Extension committees related to pesticide safety or extension

Percentage Of Time 5

References Requested

Minimum Requested 3

Maximum Requested 3

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter

  • Resume or CV

  • Statement of Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy

  • Unofficial Transcripts

    Optional Documents