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Apply now Job no: 200892-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Wood County
Categories: Agricultural, Animal, Biological and Life Sciences, Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement

Position Summary:

The Cranberry Outreach Specialist is a new, exciting position in the UW-Madison Division of Extension designed to meet the research-based educational and outreach needs of cranberry producers in Wood county and across the cranberry production region of Wisconsin. Extension serves the people and communities of Wisconsin by addressing local, statewide and national issues, improving lives through research-based education, fostering partnerships and action, and facilitating positive impacts.

This position is a part of the Division of Extension's Agriculture Institute. The Agriculture Institute facilitates and develops research-based educational programs and informational materials around agricultural and horticultural topics for farm businesses, individuals and families in Wisconsin.

The Cranberry Outreach Specialist will be a leader in applying research findings and providing education and outreach efforts to cranberry producers. This is done through assessment of needs and designing, delivering, and evaluating research-based educational programming and services to meet these needs. This position is a part of the Agriculture Institute's Crops and Soils Program and will specifically focus on cranberry production including but not limited to integrated pest management, nutrient management and water management.

The ideal candidate will be adept at building and maintaining trust-based relationships, engaging stakeholders and applying an equity lens towards transforming lives and communities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

- Bachelor's degree in a field of study relevant to the programmatic responsbilities of the position such as plant science, horticulture, agronomy, plant pathology or entomology

- Masters or PhD in a field of study relevant to the programmatic responsibilities of the position such as plant sciences, horticulture or agronomy

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

- Two years of professional experience relevant to the programmatic responsibilities of the position
- Demonstrated skills in interpreting, utilizing and applying evidence-based information and research findings
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively using a variety of methods and technology
- Demonstrated ability to effectively work with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity.

- Three or more years of experience in cranberry production
- Demonstrated experience in understanding experimental design, statistical analysis and interpreting research data
- Demonstrated experience with building diverse, collaborative partnerships
- Demonstrated educational program development skills including planning and implementing programs; evaluating learning experiences; and communicating program impact and value to stakeholders
-Demonstrated experience using collaborative leadership to accomplish project goals, including the ability to convene and facilitate diverse groups of stakeholders
-Demonstrated fiscal management skills including budget development
-Demonstrated ability to write grants and establish partnerships that pool or leverage public and private funds in support of the Institutional mission
-Strong interpersonal relationship and problem-solving skills in a team setting

Additional Information:

UW-Madison Division of Extension Wood County
400 Market St, Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494

This position's primary programming focus is in Wood County; however, some programming will also be conducted over a broader geographical area.

The primary accountability relationship for this position is the Agriculture Institute Director for supervision, compensation and benefits and performance reviews

Additional Requirements:
- Must be able to make arrangements for transportation adequate to meet position responsibilities and essential job functions
- Must be able to work evenings or weekends as needed to meet programming needs
- Must be able to carry educational equipment, up to 25 lbs.

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.



Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



ANNUAL (12 months)

Instructions to Applicants:

To begin the application process, click the Apply Now button.

You will be asked to provide a cover letter and resume addressing your skills and experience as they relate to the qualifications and duties in this job description.In order to be considered for the position, it is imperative that all required qualificationsoutlined in the position description be addressed in application materials.

As applicants move on to next steps in the process, they will be asked to provide names and contact information (e-mail address, phone number, and mailing address) of at least three references.


Heidi Johnson
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Official Title:


Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

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