GRADUATE ASSOCIATESHIP in Plant Health Management

Feb. 1, 2019

Position Description:  
Extension Educator-in-Training
Agriculture and Natural Resources
OSU Extension / Pesticide Safety Education Program
Graduate Associateship for the Master in Plant Health Management

The successful candidate will have a strong interest in working in agricultural extension education in Ohio.  The associate will contribute to the extension education efforts of the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) and will work collaboratively with PSEP staff and other OSU Extension professionals on agriculture and natural resources programs.  The Graduate Associateship (GA) appointment is for full-time graduate study; assistantship duties will require 20 hours per week to support extension programming.  

The Pesticide Safety Education Program is part of Ohio State University Extension and provides continuing education, new applicator training schools, print and web-based information for the 30,000 licensed applicators in the State of Ohio.  The program helps applicators make informed decisions about pesticides and apply them safely and effectively.  For more information about PSEP, see  For more information about OSU Extension see

1. An earned Bachelor’s degree is required.  At least one degree in an agriculture-related field and experience in agronomic or horticultural production is desired.

2. Acceptance into The Ohio State University Master in Plant Health Management Graduate Program:

Application materials including an online application, transcripts, Statement of Intent, Curriculum Vitae, three letters of recommendation that are familiar with qualifications and potential for graduate study.  Full application instructions can be found at

3. Candidates must be willing to work flexible hours with a minimum of supervision.

4. Internal and external applicants for positions are required to self-disclose all criminal convictions when they apply. Background checks will be conducted on internal and external final candidates. Final candidate offer is contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies or practices based upon the criminal background check.

The Graduate Associateship (GA) is available for full-time graduate study starting autumn 2019.  The GA includes a stipend and payment of applicable tuition and fees; with satisfactory performance, the GA will be renewed through December 2020. The GA must enroll full-time each semester, including summer, and may not hold other appointments during the GA period.  It is expected that the MPHM degree requirements will be completed during this time.

Review of applications will begin March 31, 2019 and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified.  Contact PSEP director Mary Ann Rose, for questions about the associateship; Contact Anne Dorrance,, Co-Chair of MPHM, about the MPHM degree program.

ABOUT MPHM. The Master in Plant Health Management is a Professional Science Master’s program that offers both academic and professional training in plant health and related areas.  The program is administered by the Departments of Plant Pathology and Entomology in the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.