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Rutgers University

Application Deadline: 2022-09-06

County Agent III (Assistant Professor) Commercial Agriculture Viability (Somerset County)

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Position Information


Recruitment/Posting Title County Agent III (Assistant Professor) Commercial Agriculture Viability (Somerset County)
Department Agric & Natural Resources
Salary Commensurate With Experience
Posting Summary

The Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources within Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension at Rutgers University invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track faculty position at the rank of County Agent III (equivalent to Assistant Professor). This position is located at the Somerset County office of Rutgers Cooperative Extension in Bridgewater, NJ. This faculty position would have a specific focus on commercial agriculture viability, inclusive of production, marketing, and business management, with a strong emphasis on on-farm food safety and FSMA training and compliance.

COVID-19 Immunization Requirement

Under Policy 60.1.35, Rutgers University requires all prospective employees to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated and have received a booster (where eligible) against COVID-19 prior to commencement of employment, unless the University has granted the individual a medical or religious exemption.  Prospective employees who are not eligible for a booster at the time of an offer of employment must provide proof they have received a booster within two weeks (14 calendar days) of eligibility.  Based on current guidance, individuals are considered fully vaccinated against COVID-19 two weeks after receiving the final dose of any COVID-19 vaccine authorized or approved for use in the United States by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).  Eligibility for a booster against COVID-19 varies and is explained on the University’s web site located at  Failure to provide proof of primary vaccination and booster will result in rescission of a prospective employee’s offer of employment and/or disciplinary action up to and including termination.

Posting Number 22FA0610
Posting Open Date 05/31/2022
Posting Close Date  



Minimum Education and Experience

A Master’s Degree from an accredited institution in agriculture crop production, horticulture, plant science, soil science, or other closely related fields is required. In addition, applicants must have three years related experience post bachelor’s degree. Experience or course work in commercial agriculture viability, inclusive of production, marketing, and business management, with a strong emphasis on on-farm food safety and FSMA training and compliance, working with diverse audiences, and/or collaboration/coalition building are highly sought after. Familiarity with on farm food safety and related safety protocols preferred.


A valid New Jersey driver’s license, ability to successfully complete Rutgers and / or Somerset County Defensive Driving Courses and other HR trainings as required.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

This position would be responsible for assisting commercial agricultural clientele in implementing and sustaining BMPs, GAP management techniques, and applicable FSMA requirements to improve their viability in production and marketing. The successful candidate is also expected to work with agricultural producers and commercial clientele regarding regulatory programs such as NJ DEP pesticide control and water allocations. This position also supervises county program and administrative staff delivering ANR volunteer training programs within Somerset County and in the region.

Demonstrated positive interpersonal communication skills (oral and written). Ability to address changing technology to serve clientele. Computer skills required. Evidence of recent educational materials and/or methods targeting diverse populations. Experience in fostering positive interpersonal relations and evidence of effective communication skills. Possess initiative, creativity, ability to take direction while also working independently to meet goals and deadlines, and a willingness to learn and improve proficiency in designated subject matter areas. Possess organizational skills, flexibility, and the ability to set priorities and manage multiple tasks within both office and field settings. Ability to plan, conduct, and evaluate programs for the commercial agricultural industry.

Equipment Utilized

Computer, printer, and related software including but not limited to Microsoft Office suite; Email for communications and research, locally and nationally; Equipment related to programming and teaching (laptop, LCD projector, etc.); digital cameras, etc. Working knowledge of current and changing electronic technology.

Physical Demands and Work Environment

Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed. Successfully and efficiently work in both office and research farm / landscape settings and field visits.


This ANR County Agent III position in Somerset County is expected to garner external funds and establish an outstanding program in commercial agriculture viability, the merits of which will lead to regional and/or national recognition.


General – Members of the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources focus on commercial agriculture and horticulture, fisheries and aquaculture, environmental and resource management issues, farm business development and marketing, pesticide safety and training, integrated pest management (IPM), and other related subjects.

Diversity – Rutgers Cooperative Extension is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive organization, which empowers all staff to contribute towards a vision for success. Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to our work, regardless of title or position within the organization.

Posting Details


Special Instructions to Applicants  
Quick Link to Posting
Campus Rutgers University-New Brunswick
Home Location Campus Off Campus
Location Details

Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension of Somerset County, Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station,310 Milltown Road,Bridgewater, NJ 08807-3587

Pre-employment Screenings

All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of all pre-employment screenings.

Infection Control and Safety

This position is subject to all Rutgers University policies, including TB surveillance and other infection control and safety policies. Please review the Tuberculosis Surveillance Policy for additional information.

Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

It is university policy to provide equal employment opportunity to all its employees and applicants for employment regardless of their race, creed, color, national origin, age, ancestry, nationality, marital or domestic partnership or civil union status, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, disability status, liability for military service, protected veteran status, affectional or sexual orientation, atypical cellular or blood trait, genetic information (including the refusal to submit to genetic testing), or any other category protected by law. As an institution, we value diversity of background and opinion, and prohibit discrimination or harassment on the basis of any legally protected class in the areas of hiring, recruitment, promotion, transfer, demotion, training, compensation, pay, fringe benefits, layoff, termination or any other terms and conditions of employment. For additional information please see the Non-Discrimination Statement at the following web address:


Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Are you willing to travel to various locations throughout the State of New Jersey?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * What would you consider your most admired quality and why?

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  1. Personal Statement
  2. Diversity Statement
  3. Resume/CV
  4. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  5. Curriculum Vitae
  6. List of Professional References (contact Info)
  7. Certifications/Licenses

Optional Documents

  1. Writing Sample 1
  2. Transcript (Unofficial)