This position functions as a staff specialist responsible for the development and implementation of the state's comprehensive Terrestrial Invasive Species (TIS) state management plan. Serves as the department representative on the TIS core team and participates on related committees and workgroups. Serves as the MDARD representative for Michigan's Invasive Species Grant Program (MISGP) including development of the request for proposals (RFP), reviewing and scoring/ranking of the proposals. Responds to questions from citizens, staff and others regarding the purpose and authority of invasive species program and the listing of pests on the restricted, prohibited or watch lists. Responsible for complex interagency coordination of activities to promote communication and effective use of resources. Develops and oversees a new statewide firewood certification program and serves on a multi-agency committee to develop policy and regulation on the movement of firewood.
Work Station: Lansing with telecommute and/or alternative work schedule allowed.
Please note: MDARD is in the process of recruiting two plant industry scientist positions working in the invasive species program. This position is in addition to the position which was posted last month.
Required Education and Experience
EducationPossession of a bachelor's degree in agronomy, agriculture technology, agriscience, biology, horticulture, botany, crop science, entomology soil science, horticulture, forestry, landscape architecture, plant biology, plant pathology, plant science, or plant physiology.
Required ExperienceFour years of professional experience in the plant industry equivalent to a Plant Industry Field Scientist, including two years equivalent to a Plant Industry Field Scientist P11 or one year equivalent to a Plant Industry Field Scientist 12.
Four years of professional field or management experience in any environmental, biological, forestry or agricultural field, including crops and soil science, turf, ornamental and landscape management, plant health or pest management service that involves enforcing and/or complying with the laws and regulations pertaining to plant health and pest management.
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