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Requisition ID:  20128

Exotic Forest Pest Educator

Job Summary

The Exotic Forest Pest Educator will develop and manage an outreach program that promotes strong levels of cooperation from the general public, affected industries, and governmental and academic agencies in Indiana and the region to effectively manage invasive forest pests. Responsibilities will include:


  • Develop Indiana's Forest Pest Outreach Survey and Program to educate citizen scientists about invasive species and how to report them; This will include working in close cooperation with Extension Staff to develop a media campaign, maintaining a blog and website about invasive species activities and promoting this effort with social media and diagnostic mobile apps
  • Maintain and/or expand outreach programs to educate the public about invasive species such as spongy moth, spotted lanternfly, emerald ash borer, as well as new pests on the horizon (i.e. Boxmoth, Asian long horned beetles, thousand cankers disease)
  • Be flexible and innovative in creating methods to best address problems as they arise and persist
  • Work closely with state and federal agencies with legal authority for managing quarantined pests to foster communication among states, agencies, and stakeholders
  • Serve as a connection between divisions of the Indiana DNR, US Forest Service, and USDA APHIS
  • Provide each agency with requested support in the form of creation and production of publications and other promotional materials, press releases, interviews, training programs, attendance at public and professional meetings, web site support
  • Synchronize outreach events and materials between the agencies to collectively enhance their missions
  • Serve as the State Coordinator for Emerald Ash Borer University
  • Facilitate education programming for the Indiana Invasive Species Council (IISC)
  • Using metrics from website, social media and surveys, conduct research on comparative effectiveness of communication tools to change public behavior and increase reporting of exotic invasive species
  • Research should be of sufficient quality for publication in peer review journals


  • Bachelor’s degree in Entomology, Forest Entomology, Urban Forestry, Ecology Horticulture, Wildlife, Environmental Science and Technology, Technical Writing, Science Communication or related field
  • 2 years of experience working with invasive species, the horticultural industry, pests of forests or trees, or in some field of technical mass media communication. This can include field work conducted as part of a graduate program
  • Familiarity with social media, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc, Photo editing, Word and PowerPoint
  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills
  • A capacity to work with a wide variety of audiences
  • Ability to understand the critical issues surrounding invasive species
  • Ability to attend some evening meetings
  • Ability to travel overnight, out of state when necessary
  • Valid US or Canadian Drivers license



  • Master’s or PhD in Entomology, Forestry, Ecology or related science

Additional Information:

  • We will accept and begin reviewing resumes through June 24th or until we have filled the position.
  • Purdue will not sponsor an employment related visa for this position
  • A background check will be required for employment in this position
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contributions Waiting Period
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply

Nearest Major Market: Lafayette

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