The Kansas Department of Agriculture is seeking a dedicated public servant to serve as the lead entomologist in the Plant Protection and Weed Control program. The position is the sole source of regulatory entomology for the state of Kansas and is focused on the protection of the states cultivated and natural plant resources from insects and other arthropods. The incumbent must have a broad working knowledge of insects and other arthropods that are plant pests, especially insects in the orders Hemiptera, Lepidoptera, and Coleoptera.
The lead entomologist is primarily responsible for development and implementation of management strategies for insects and other arthropods of economic, regulatory, and biosecurity concern; for development of pest risk analyses; data collection; program support; public awareness programs; and preparation of scientific reports.
Additional responsibilities include communication, training and support to other program staff, associated government agencies, and industry; participation in inspections and investigations to ensure compliance with state and/or federal regulations; and enforcement of regulatory actions.
Some field work is required. The incumbent must be able to perform work in variable weather and site conditions and traverse non-uniform terrain. The incumbent is also expected to utilize regular independent judgment and discretion to accomplish assigned duties, maintain a high level of technical expertise through continuing education, work independently in the field and develop creative solutions when the need arises. Work is accomplished with minimal daily supervision.