Current Position Openings

West Virginia University Extension
Extension Agent Agriculture and Natural Resources

Location: Clarksburg, West Virginia

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Brief Description: The WVU Extension Service, in Morgantown, West Virginia, is seeking a dynamic individual who will implement a comprehensive Extension program in agriculture and natural resources (ANR) with a major emphasis on local foods and horticulture. This is a county based position serving Harrison County and the region. The office is located in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

Major Responsibility of the County Extension Agent,
This position's major responsibility is the interpretation and delivery of relevant educational information to the citizens of the county and region, with specific emphasis on an effort to insure the application of this knowledge.

The Agent is responsible to the Program Unit Director for all programmatic and administrative matters. However, the Agent works cooperatively with the appropriate County Program Coordinator (CPC) to integrate his/her program efforts into the total County Extension program.

The amount of time which an Agent spends in specific program areas and/or in program components is determined in concert with the Unit Director and other the County Faculty.

Functions and Tasks of the Agent
1. Conducts educational programs in his/her designated program area to help people more effectively interpret and use findings of science and technology.
a. Assumes responsibility for developing and executing a Plan of Work.
b. Involves the appropriate program advisory committees in the development and implementation of programs.
c. Develop, market, deliver, facilitate and evaluate non-credit educational programming in response to locally identified priority needs in forage and livestock production.
d. Uses the resources of the West Virginia University and the community to effectively implement county programs.
e. Identifies, recruits, and develops volunteer leadership to assists with the carrying out the program of work in the county.
f. Develops and uses appropriate systems for reporting program accomplishments.
g. Functions at all times as a professional educator.
h. Actively participate with Extension work teams to help focus and develop regional and statewide programs in designated program areas.
2. Follows a sound process in developing educational programs in his/her designated area of responsibility.
a. Works with a program advisory committee in analyzing the county situation and in identifying priority problems.
b. Establishes clear objectives and uses appropriate subject matter content and learning experiences to reach these objectives.
c. Designs and implements a variety of program delivery methods to reach target clientele.
d. Takes necessary action to insure that sufficient groundwork is laid for programs to succeed.
e. Evaluates results and accounts to appropriate publics for program accomplishments.

3. Develops an understanding of the county, the needs of its citizens and Extension's role in meeting those needs.
a. Understands the county situation in terms of social and economic factors.
b. Understands the role of County Extension Service in effecting changes in the county situation.
c. Continuously examines his/her role as a change agent.

4. Understands the philosophy of Extension and utilizes effective methodology in program delivery and evaluation.
a. Understands and conveys the philosophy, objectives and policies of WVU CES.
b. Assists in determining and obtaining resources needed to implement the Plan of Work.
c. Plans and provides the training needed to equip volunteer leaders to carry out the program.
d. Develops and maintains two-way communications with volunteer leaders.
e. Establishes and maintains rapport with personnel of the mass media and arranges for appropriate releases in the program area.
f. Determines the impact and assesses the effectiveness of the program.
g. Uses the results of program evaluation to initiate changes in the implementation of the program.
h. Understands and implements the provisions of EEO, ADA, WVU's diversity plan, and other Affirmative Action programs within Extension.

Qualifications include:
• Completed master’s degree in in an agricultural related field of study is required. Training and experience in a plant science, animal science, or extension education field of study is highly preferred.
• If the required degree is not in the specified academic field, applicants may qualify with any degree plus three years of relevant work experience in the required fields. Demonstrated leadership and management skill through collaborations and partnerships with agencies and organizations is necessary. Extension or similar work experience is preferred; experience working with volunteers is desirable.
• Evidence of ability to use research skills, assess needs, evaluate programs, and conduct applied research related to area of placement is desired.
• Documented experience in volunteer management, supervision, resource development, and team leadership is preferred.
• Proficiency in oral and written communication and knowledge and use of computer technology for educational programming and management are required.
• Experience working with advisory committees.
• Experience working with the media and web-based information delivery methods.
Special Requirements:
• Ability to pass a criminal background check.
• Ability to meet travel demands of position (overnight stays), such as 4-H related events, conferences, professional development sessions/trainings.
• Willingness to work flexible hours, including some nights and weekends.
• Valid WV Driver's License required.
• Ability to lift and carry materials needed to conduct trainings and perform duties of the position.
• Must be able to pass the Children on Campus and Title IX training.
Position Assignment:
• This is a 12-month, full-time, tenure-track position.
• The successful candidate will be evaluated for providing a significant contribution in teaching and service with a reasonable contribution in research/professional development with WVU Extension Service.
• The position will provide agriculture and natural resources programming in Harrison County and the region with a primary focus on horticulture and local foods. The agent will also be a subject matter resource person for regional and statewide programming as needed.
• Appointment is subject to the approval of the Harrison County Extension Service Committee


Application Process:
If you meet the stated requirements and would like to be considered for the position, ALL of the following information must be submitted using https://careers.wvu.edu/career-opportunities:
• A cover letter indicating the position title and number that you are applying for and outlining experience and qualifications.
• Resume or curriculum vitae including date(s) of employment, supervisor(s) names, and contact information.
• A list of three references (including address, e-mail, and phone) who can reflect on your professional strengths.
• Transcripts conferring your Bachelor’s and Master’ degree. Required degree must be conferred by Fall 2019 semester.
• First consideration for applications received before December 8, 2019.
Special Notice: Upon completion of the application, screening, and interview process, a candidate will be presented to the Harrison County Extension Service Committee for their consideration. Final placement of the agent in the Counties is subject to the approval of the Harrison County Extension Service Committee.

Equal Employment Opportunity:
West Virginia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.
Meeting the needs of today’s professional couples is a critical factor in WVU’s success in recruiting and retaining new faculty and senior staff. Our Dual Career Program assists couples in your employment search. WVU belongs to the OH/Western PA/WV Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). Please visit dualcareer.wvu.edu and ohwpawvherc.org for more information and job postings.

Application Deadline: 12/08/2019


North Carolina Cooperative Extension
Extension Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops

Location: Monroe, NC

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Brief Description: Vacancy Type NC Cooperative Extension

Is Internal Transfer Only No

Job Type Full-Time - Permanent

Time-Limited Appointment Length No

Title Extension Agent, Ag

Working Title Extension Agent, Agriculture - Field Crops

Salary Range
Anticipated Hiring Range Minimum Bachelor's $40,000; Minimum Master's $45,000; Minimum Doctorate $50,000 Commensurate with experience.

Position Number SC-00002359-1119

Work Schedule 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday - Friday; Evenings and Weekends as needed

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.00

Department 117636 - South Central District- Union

Department NCCE Union County

Job City & State Monroe, NC

Primary Function of Organizational Unit North Carolina Cooperative Extension gives our residents easy access to the resources and expertise of NC State University and NC A&T State University. Through educational programs, publications, and events, Cooperative Extension field faculty deliver unbiased, research-based information to North Carolina citizens.

Union County is located in central North Carolina, bordering South Carolina, and has a population of approximately 223,000. Agriculture/agribusiness is the number one industry in the county generating over $502 million dollars annually. Field crops contributed over $70 million to the local economy last year. Union County is one of the top agriculture producing counties in the state, ranking third in total cash receipts. Union County is the leading county in the production of wheat and soybeans. Other major commodities include poultry, cattle, eggs, soybeans, corn and nursery and ornamental plant production. With close proximity to Charlotte, there is a large urban presence in the western half of the county providing nearby quality of life amenities not usually found in a rural area.

For more information on Union County visit their website at www.unioncountync.gov.

Essential Job Duties The County Extension Agent is a member of the faculty of North Carolina State University. The County Extension Agent has primary responsibility for planning, executing, and evaluating that phase of county Extension programs within assigned areas of program responsibility.
This position provides leadership for the development, implementation and evaluation of an effective educational program to meet the needs of the county population in the following areas of responsibility: field crops (corn, small grains and soybeans) and pesticide education. This position will serve as the county pesticide coordinator and assist with educational training opportunities for private, public, and commercial operators to obtain and maintain their licenses. The agent will be expected to develop specific educational programs and to collaborate with other Extension staff, agencies, groups, and organizations in order to more effectively reach intended audiences throughout the county.

Other Work/Responsibilities The successful candidate is expected to be a team player working with the Extension staff and other organizations, possess a high degree of subject matter competence, have excellent oral and written communication skills, and have the ability to work independently.

This person should be able to:
- Develop and maintain organized Agriculture programs that follow North Carolina Cooperative Extension, North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, state, county and national laws, policies, and guidelines.
- Determine clientele needs and impact by assessing and evaluating the Agriculture program and services on a regular basis.
- Work collaboratively with other Extension programs, staff, agencies and community organizations to meet the needs of the Agriculture program.
- Network with neighboring Agents, University Specialists, and local Ag Producers to plan and implement innovative research test plots and educational field days, as well as the ability to report findings for publication.
- Promote Agriculture within the community.
- Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Experience/Education One of the following educational requirements: – A Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 overall or a 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) in an agricultural or related field. The minimum GPA requirement will be waived for NCCE Program Associates with a Bachelor’s degree. – A Bachelor’s degree and the completion of at least one-half of coursework in a Master’s degree curriculum with a cumulative grade point average 3.0 or higher with at least one of the degrees in an agricultural or related field, or – Completion of a Master’s degree with at least one of the degrees in an agricultural or related field. Also required: a personal automobile; computer literacy; strong oral and written communication skills; the ability to plan, implement, market, and evaluate educational programs; willingness to work as a team member and support a total Extension program; and the ability to handle multiple demands and set priorities. Personal Attributes: Successful performance of the duties encompassed in the Extension Agent’s job requires that the individual possess habits of industry, a sense of responsibility, and a genuine appreciation for the worth of the individual. The employee must be adept in both oral and written communication. The Extension Agent is eligible to become a member of the non-tenure track/special faculty at North Carolina State University. The Extension Agent has primary responsibility for planning, executing, and evaluating that phase of Extension programs within assigned areas of program responsibility. The Extension Agent cooperates with colleagues in the North Carolina Cooperative Extension and leaders in performing assigned responsibilities. The performance of assigned responsibilities is governed by the philosophy, objectives, policies, and procedures of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

Departmental Required Skills Travel within the county is required. Some travel within the state and district is required.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education A Bachelor’s degree in the area of agronomy or related area of science is preferred. Knowledge and experience in communications, presentation, public relations/marketing, leadership, time management, organization, technology, networking, and resource development are also essential.

Required License or Certification Valid Driver’s License and reliable, personal transportation required. Valid NCDL required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained.

Special Instructions
Job Open Date 11/08/2019

Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time. 11/22/2019

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No

AA/EOE NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or workatncstate@ncsu.edu. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at www.wes.org or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.
Apply at https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/125759

Application Deadline: 11/22/2019


University of Minnesota Extension
Extension Educator – Agriculture Production Systems

Location: Carlton County Extension Office, 317 Chestnut Ave, Carlton, MN 55718

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Brief Description: Job Opening ID 334116

Title: Extension Educator – Agriculture Production Systems
Appointment: Assistant Extension Educator (9625ST), Full-time
Location: Carlton County Extension Office, 317 Chestnut Ave, Carlton, MN 55718
Position: Funded by Carlton County
Program Area: Extension Center for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR)
Application Review: December 9, 2019 initial deadline. Position is open until filled.

ABOUT THE COUNTY
Carlton County has the distinct competitive advantage of “location – location – location” as it is just minutes southwest of the City of Duluth covering 875 square miles. Carlton County is strategically located along Interstate 35 running north to south and State Highway 210 from west to east. According to the U.S Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 861 square miles. The population estimate for 2018 is 35,837 people and 13,413 households in the county. The median income in 2017 was $58,874.

ABOUT THIS POSITION
University of Minnesota Extension is seeking qualified candidates with skills and experience in engaging stakeholders in agriculture; developing and strengthening networks, teaching and facilitating informal educational programs relevant to Carlton County. Candidates should have expertise in soils, forages and pastures. Other emphasis areas include livestock production and small farms. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge to new and future programs that enhance and expand the programming in agriculture and assist in the educational support to the Carlton County Soil Improvement Program. Special efforts will be required to maintain competency in multiple Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) discipline areas as well as knowledge of local/federal/state related programs.


THIS POSITION WILL:
1. Build relationships with agriculture professionals to foster educational efforts and economic development.
2. Provide relevant education and support to agriculture enterprises.
3. Design/conduct educational programs and make them accessible and inviting to diverse participants.
4. Provide technical assistance and expertise in the agricultural area.
5. Provide educational support to the Carlton County Soil Improvement Program.
6. Communicate effectively and positively with colleagues and stakeholders about the work.

For example:
• Design, develop, deliver/implement and evaluate local AFNR programs based on local needs and expectations. Engage with producers, agricultural professionals to build rapport and working relationships to benefit educational efforts.
• Foster and contribute to a positive work climate by developing and maintaining effective relationships with county, regional, university and state partners and collaborators to further the development and delivery of Extension educational programs.
• Engage with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies, Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD), Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), county environmental and land management services, noxious weed inspector, and agricultural and natural resources professional organizations to provide educational programs and partnerships relevant to the county.
• Provide technical assistance, engage in information sharing, and respond to local agriculture needs.
• Provide education and expertise to support the Carlton County Soil Improvement Program through soil testing, soil test analysis, and research plot development.
• Supervise AFNR Intern if applicable.
• Ensure that Extension programs, facilities, committees, and employment opportunities are accessible to new, diverse, and historically underserved audiences.
• Grow as a professional through publication, attendance at conferences, self-directed study and other means.
• Document professional performance using the annual performance review, professional plan of work and promotion for educators without rank.

QUALIFICATIONS
Required Education: Bachelor’s degree in agriculture or natural resources related discipline, i.e. agronomy, soils, nutrient management, livestock production, agricultural economics, and/or agricultural education.

Required Skills/Abilities:
• Demonstrated ability to create new educational programs based upon past successes or failures.
• Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated capacity to develop and maintain positive working relationships with colleagues, partners and various stakeholders.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
• Skilled in Microsoft office programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Appointment also requires:
● Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and appropriate vehicle insurance.
● Reliable cell phone to be used and number published publicly.

Preferred Skills/Abilities:
● Master’s degree agriculture or natural resources related discipline.
● Bachelor’s degree in agronomy, soils and/or nutrient management.
● Current knowledge in agronomy, soils and nutrient management.
● Experience developing and conducting educational programs.
● Commitment to ongoing professional development.
● Experience using technology for communication, information-finding, teaching and report writing.
● Ability to articulate public value of educational programming in agriculture and natural resources.
● Experience in supervising temporary or full-time staff.
● Previous experience as an Extension professional or other educationally related position (within agriculture production systems) is preferred.

APPOINTMENT/BENEFITS
1. This is a full-time position as an Extension Educator (University job code 9625ST, Assistant Extension Educator) and renewal is dependent on local funding, program needs, performance, and results.
2. University of Minnesota benefits package includes medical, dental, life and retirement plans listed at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/new-employees/benefits-summaries.
3. Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy. (Must use personal cell phone, provide own means for traveling throughout the state, and legally required vehicle insurance).
4. Salary commensurate with education and experience.

ABOUT EXTENSION
University of Minnesota Extension is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota, a land-grant institution with the mission to serve the public through applied research and education. Extension’s mission is “Making a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota.” Find further information at https://extension.umn.edu/.

TO APPLY
Please apply at: https://extension.umn.edu/about-extension/careers, Job Opening ID 334116

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click on the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position. Please include the following attachments with your online application:
• Cover letter
• Resume or Vitae

Three professional references and transcripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) will be required during the interview process.

Additional documents may be attached after the application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents there.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please email employ@umn.edu or call 612-624-UOHR (8647).

For questions about this position, contact:
Nathan Winter, Program Leader, Extension Center for Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, wint0146@umn.edu.

For questions about applying online, contact:
Tiffany McMillan, Extension Human Resources, tiffmcm@umn.edu.

APPLICATION DEADLINE
Initial application screening will take place after the deadline of December 9, 2019 Applications will be accepted until position is filled.

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

The University of Minnesota Extension shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Application Deadline: 12/09/2019



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Florida Cooperative Extension Service
Regional Specialized Extension Agent II, III, or IV – Agriculture, OR Regional Specialized Program Extension Agent II, III, or IV – Agriculture; AND Director, Hastings Agricultural Extension Center (HAEC)

Location: Hastings, Florida

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Brief Description: Please note: The Extension Agent track is permanent status-accruing and the Program Extension Agent track is non-permanent status-accruing in the Florida Cooperative Extension Service (FCES). The track followed by a successful candidate who does not currently hold permanent status in FCES will be agreed upon by UF and the candidate and will depend on current position and experience. A successful candidate who currently holds permanent status in FCES will follow the Extension Agent track.

Job description:

The Florida Cooperative Extension Service is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments that provides quality, relevant education and research-based expertise to foster healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy. We are the resource that helps educate Floridians to address issues related to agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, youth development, families and communities.

University of Florida/IFAS Extension seeks to fill a Regional Specialized Extension Agent or Program Extension Agent position (RSA) with a self-starting, energetic, team-oriented individual that will also serve as our Hastings Agricultural Extension Center Director. As the HAEC Center Director you will be the administrative head of the unit, providing leadership and support for the HAEC multi-disciplinary extension and research programs essential to the agricultural, natural resource conservation, environmental, economic, and consumer interests of the area.

Since 1923, UF research and extension activities have assisted local producers in developing a sustainable industry, contributing to economic development in northeast Florida. UF scientists conduct research in cultivar development and evaluation, plant nutrition, and irrigation management along with pest management disciplines focusing on entomology, nematology, plant pathology, and weed science. HAEC researchers are involved in several USDA multi-state projects. You will be responsible for supporting these activities and will provide a platform for extension activities that bring science-based information to local, state, regional and international audiences.

Additionally, you will plan, organize, develop, implement, teach, evaluate, and report on educational programs that focus on production and marketing of major row crops, potato, cabbage, Asian vegetables, and fruit crops. Additionally, you will assist in identifying and evaluating alternative crops to enhance marketing opportunities for local growers. You will develop and deliver science-based educational programs in response to clientele needs and evaluate program outcomes and impacts. HAEC programs seek to improve the viability of the regional agricultural economy, protect and enhance natural resources, support sound urban and rural landscape practices, and encourage positive interests at the urban-agricultural interface.

Duties and Responsibilities – HAEC Director (80%)
• Provide management and oversight of the HAEC staff, facilities and operations.
• Strengthen and maintain strong ties and good will, supported by proactive communication, with agricultural commodity and support organizations, regulatory agencies, environmental groups, local and statewide governmental agencies, members of urban and rural clientele groups, and consumers.
• Practice sound management of HAEC resources, including transparent budgetary and personnel management. Develop short- and long-term goals involving programs, equipment, physical plant, and personnel.
• Obtain financial support (like grants, gifts, and endowments) for extension and applied research programs at the HAEC. Learn and practice the UF/IFAS grant management system.
• Regularly communicate with local faculty. Use appropriate communication and management to promote teamwork among HAEC-related faculty and staff, coordinate annual programs, and make timely decisions.
• Recruit, hire, and evaluate the performance of HAEC staff.
• Supervise all personnel at HAEC, particularly the Research Coordinator, Farm Managers, and Office Manager/Administrative Assistant.
• Lead the planning and development of comprehensive, interdisciplinary demonstration and research facilities. Work and collaborate with related researchers and the UF/IFAS Dean for Research office.
• Plan and direct the development and growth of HAEC, providing leadership for developing, implementing, and coordinating plans for land use and management, unit personnel management, building and facility use and management and all other operations. Work closely with the Assistant Director of the Florida Agricultural Experiment Station on new opportunities for HAEC growth, enhancing research capacities and capabilities. Continue to enhance local triage pest diagnostic clinic infrastructure.
• Work closely with county extension agents, state extension and research faculty, and agricultural industry representatives as well as advisory committees to accomplish unit and project goals.
• Prepare annual budget proposals and operational budgets for unit operations for each fiscal year. These proposals will include salary, facility maintenance, facility upgrades, and operational expenses. Oversee all record-keeping activities required by UF/IFAS or regulatory agencies and coordinate all administrative activities.
• Direct and manage all unit resources, budget, personnel, facilities and land to maximize demonstration activities through approved field projects coordinated by state and county extension faculty. Interact and cooperate with project leaders in planning and implementing demonstration programs and projects.
• Establish and maintain a functional and effective HAEC advisory committee.
• Maintain an HAEC website, newsletter, and related social media for communication, education and networking.

Duties and Responsibilities – Agriculture RSA (20%)
• Use traditional and innovative educational methods to teach target audiences new practices, procedures, techniques, and skills related to row crop and/or fruit production and marketing that will ultimately result in positive behavioral and/or practice change. These methods will include the use of diverse teaching technology to develop and strengthen ties with key industry sectors that result in a better understanding of markets and opportunities in the Tri-County Agricultural Area (TCAA), in central Florida, and statewide.
• Work with community leaders to facilitate and coordinate partnerships with local and state agencies, elected officials, community leaders, landowners, citizens, and industry in developing rural, urban and community economic opportunities using a food system approach.
• Play an active leadership role with the faculty to develop modern, innovative, and proactive extension and applied research programs at HAEC and in the TCAA to address the present and future needs of the surrounding TCAA communities. You will collaborate with Extension and Research Associate Deans, County Extension Directors, related faculty in the area, and other UF units in program development.
• Develop and host field days and other educational events in collaboration with state and county extension faculty.
• Provide information, professional development, and mentoring for extension agents in the area of expertise.
• Participate in collaborative practical and applied research projects associated with the area of expertise.
• Secure external funding to conduct integrated projects to advance agriculture enterprises in the area.
• Communicate program outcomes and impacts to the stakeholders and residents of the Central Extension District and to UF/IFAS administration.

You will report to the Dean for Extension relative to Director responsibilities. You will be expected to keep the Dean for Extension fully advised of activities at the HAEC and consult with the Dean prior to major decisions affecting the scope and direction of the Center. This position will also interact with administration in the Office of the Dean of Research with a focus on land, equipment, and infrastructure needs and enhancement. You will provide an annual plan of work coinciding with the start of the state fiscal year and Report of Accomplishment/Plan of Work for extension program responsibilities. You will report to the Central District Extension Director (DED) for extension programmatic responsibilities and will assume other duties assigned by the Dean and DED.

You must be on call for any emergency after normal working hours and weekends. Because a main function of HAEC is to host research projects and demonstrations, it is anticipated that you will be present at scheduled educational events and demonstrations on evenings and weekends.

You must work outdoors during all seasons of the year and occasionally during adverse weather conditions. You must be familiar with farm equipment like tractors, backhoes, irrigation systems, and similar farm implements.

Minimum qualifications:

A master’s degree and at least 6 years of land-grant university extension experience or equivalent are required. Degrees may be in agriculture, horticulture, plant sciences, or a closely related field.

Preferred qualifications:

Holding Certified Crop Advisor status is preferred. The chosen candidate should be a proactive leader with a track record of managing complex projects with successful deliverables. You should: 1) have excellent leadership, communication, teaching, and facilitation skills; 2) be able to create and maintain resource networks; 3) demonstrate proficiency with electronic media and contemporary web-based tools for educational programs and communication; 4) have experience working with diverse audiences at all socioeconomic levels; and 5) have a commitment to UF/IFAS and Extension core values of excellence, diversity, global involvement, and accountability.

Application Deadline: 11/27/2019


Florida Cooperative Extension Service
Extension Agent I, II, or III – Environmental and Commercial Horticulture

Location: Marianna, FL

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Brief Description: Job Number: 0001-4019

Classification Title: Extension Agent I, II, or III – Environmental and Commercial Horticulture

Job Description:

The Florida Cooperative Extension Service is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments that provides quality, relevant education and research-based expertise to foster healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy. We are the resource that helps educate Floridians to address issues related to agriculture, natural resources, youth development, families and communities.

University of Florida/IFAS Extension and Jackson County are seeking an Extension Agent to lead both commercial and residential horticulture education through the design, implementation, and evaluation of extension programming that meets the needs of the county’s diverse population. As the Agent, you will spend roughly 60% of your time on commercial horticultural programs and 40% leading the Jackson County Master Gardener volunteers who provide residential horticulture education. Integrated into these two programs is a 5% assignment in 4-H Youth Development.

You will work as part of a team of Agents from neighboring counties that collaborates to measure the impacts of educational programs on 1) Best Management Practices (BMPs) to promote sustainability and conservation of resources in support of commercial and residential vegetable, fruit, citrus, nut, ornamental nursery, and sod production systems; and 2) promotion and implementation of Florida Friendly Landscapes.

You will develop and foster a volunteer group of Master Gardeners to expand program scope. You will build an advisory committee composed of citizens and professionals that will assist you with program priorities and design to reach your audiences. You will obtain financial resources to support your programs and you will manage all components (e.g., policies, records, risk, communication, and accountability). You will cooperate in interdisciplinary projects, provide service to schools, develop creative works (presentations, posters, website development, etc.), write non-technical people-friendly publications, and participate in professional societies.

This role provides the opportunity to make a positive impact in the Jackson County community as you help shape future generations. As such, you will collaborate with the County Extension Director and District Extension Director on other responsibilities that benefit the total county extension program.

Candidates will be reviewed as applications are received, but please be aware that interviews might not be scheduled until 4 to 6 weeks after the position closing date.
Minimum requirements:

The successful candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in horticulture or a related field. A flexible schedule that allows for irregular hours is necessary. If you have solely a bachelor’s degree upon hire, we want you to continue to grow in your career. As such, we expect you to make at least 50% progress towards obtaining your master’s degree within the first 6 years of employment. Course work completed within the State University System of Florida comes with a tuition waiver. A valid driver’s license, a national background screening, and a drug-screening test are requirements of this position.

Preferred qualifications:

A master’s degree and extension experience or equivalent are highly desirable. You should be an effective written and verbal communicator, feel comfortable presenting in front of small and large crowds, be able to establish solid partnerships, and find innovative ways to attract new audiences. Your abilities to use computers, apply social media to your work, organize and motivate people, manage volunteers, and work in teams must be strong. Experience working in multicultural settings and coursework or training on multicultural topics are desirable. Expertise in getting groups to work together for a higher goal, managing competing priorities, and adaptability to handle unexpected situations is a plus for this role. Jackson County residency is preferred, as the agent is expected to be an active member of the community.

Further information:

Jackson County, a rural community of 49,000 residents, is located in the middle of the Florida Panhandle bordering both Alabama and Georgia. The Jackson County Extension office is located in the county seat of Marianna. Currently five faculty members, four support staff, and one program assistant make up the UF/IFAS Extension – Jackson County team. The Jackson County Extension office is located in the Jackson County Agriculture Office Complex.

Extension is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public. As such, all partners are involved in the supervision of the office and contribute to the salary and support resources. The primary goal of Extension is to disseminate the latest knowledge and applicable technologies in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences in order to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The UF/IFAS mission is accomplished through extension faculty members, scientists, educators, administrative staff, and volunteers working cohesively throughout Florida’s 67 counties.

Application Deadline: 11/27/2019


Florida Cooperative Extension Service
Extension Agent II, III, or IV – Agriculture/Community Resource Development and County Extension Director; OR Program Extension Agent II, III, or IV – Agriculture/Community Resource Development and County Extension Director

Location: Ocala, FL

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Brief Description: Job Number: 0001-3968

Classification Title: Extension Agent II, III, or IV – Agriculture/Community Resource Development and County Extension Director; OR Program Extension Agent II, III, or IV – Agriculture/Community Resource Development and County Extension Director

Please note: The Extension Agent track is permanent status-accruing and the Program Extension Agent track is non-permanent status accruing in the Florida Cooperative Extension Service (FCES). The track followed by a successful candidate who does not currently hold permanent status in FCES will be agreed upon by UF and the candidate and will depend on current position and experience. A successful candidate who currently holds permanent status in FCES will follow the Extension Agent track.

Job description:

The Florida Cooperative Extension Service is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments that provides quality, relevant education and research-based expertise to foster healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy. We are the resource that helps educate Floridians to address issues related to agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, youth development, families and communities.

The University of Florida /IFAS Extension and Marion County seek to fill an Extension Agent or Program Extension Agent position with a self-starting, responsive, energetic, team-oriented individual who will also serve as the County Extension Director (CED) of the UF/IFAS Extension Marion County, Extension Education Center in Ocala, FL.

As the CED, you will lead, manage, supervise, and coordinate the total county extension program including a faculty and staff of about 20, while building effective working relationships with employees, Extension Administration, county government, community leaders, private sector clientele, media, related agencies, residents, and the general public. It is essential that you have the ability to build cross-organizational capacity, engage external stakeholders, and build partnerships. A focus on strategic planning and thinking is critical as UF/IFAS Extension and Marion County government respond to evolving economic, social, and environmental trends.

As the Agent, you will develop and implement a well-defined and integrated extension education program in agriculture (plant or animal sciences, integrated crop management) and community resource development to meet community needs in a rural and urban setting. Management of natural resources is vital in Marion County. You will develop a special plan to lead natural resources and economic growth-related county faculty and liaison with county government related programs and departments.

You will create an annual Report of Accomplishment (ROA) and a Plan of Work (POW) and will work with a citizen advisory committee to analyze county situations, identify priority issues, advise on program budgets, and implement of a variety of educational programs. The CED also serves as the Marion County UF/IFAS Extension Services Department Director within Marion County government, with duties as assigned. Marion County government believes its Department Directors are critical to their team and that full leadership capacity and community involvement is essential.

In your leadership capacity, you will supervise and evaluate county extension faculty and staff who conduct and/or support programs in all extension program areas, including but not limited to agriculture, commercial and residential horticulture, 4-H Youth Development, family and consumer science, community development, natural resources, local food systems, and sustainability. You will manage an overall advisory committee; submit a county budget; manage resources efficiently; build strong relationships with county administration, stakeholders, and partners; guide and mentor county faculty and staff; address personnel issues professionally and timely; maintain good communications with all related parties; market local extension programs; and provide affirmative action leadership in the unit.

You will assume other responsibilities as assigned by the UF/IFAS District Extension Director and the related Assistant County Administrator of Marion County government. You will be expected to participate in professional development (in service training and professional organizations) to stay current in the relevant subject matter area and be familiar with county and university initiatives and priorities. You will be expected to be promoted at appropriate intervals per UF/IFAS guidelines. As a joint state/county appointment, you will follow all applicable UF/IFAS Extension and Marion County policies.

Minimum requirements:

This position requires an earned master’s degree in agriculture, plant sciences, agronomy, natural resources, or a related field with experience in some of these areas: community development, public policy, local food systems, or natural resources. At least 5 years of extension experience or equivalent is required. A flexible schedule that allows for irregular hours (some nights and weekends), travel with personal transportation, and occasional overnight travel is necessary. A valid driver’s license, a national background screening, drug screening, and a physical examination are requirements of this position.

Preferred qualifications:

Expertise in community resource development; experience with project management, marketing, and/or grant writing; strong people skills and ability to work effectively in teams and with volunteers; experience supervising faculty and staff; a responsive, creative, energetic and team oriented attitude to solving problems; experience with budgeting and grant management, personnel management, educational program delivery, and program evaluation methodology.

The successful applicant must have excellent oral and written communication skills and have the ability to mentor, motivate, train, and recruit faculty, staff and volunteers. Knowledge and competency in information technology is a must. Previous leadership and managerial experience is preferred.

Current UF/IFAS Extension faculty who hold permanent status and a master’s degree in any program area are eligible to apply.

Further information:

Marion County is located north of Central Florida and includes significant water and other natural resources. More info at https://www.marioncountyfl.org/

Extension is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public. As such, all partners are involved in the supervision of the office and contribute to the salary and support resources. The primary goal of Extension is to disseminate the latest knowledge and applicable technologies in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences in order to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The UF/IFAS mission is accomplished through Extension faculty members, scientists, educators, administrative staff, and volunteers working cohesively throughout Florida’s 67 counties.

Application Deadline: 11/13/2019


University of Minnesota Extension
Program Leader - Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Location: Location to be determined at time of hire

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Brief Description: Working Title: Program Leader, Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Classification: Education Program Manager 2, Job Code 9342M2 (P&A)

Appointment: Full-time, Academic Administrative

Reports To: Associate Dean, Extension Center for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources

Office Location: Location to be determined at time of hire
Application Deadline: November 1, 2019; open until filled

ABOUT THIS POSITION
The University of Minnesota Extension Center for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) is seeking candidates with skills and experience in: agriculture or horticulture educational programming; supervising staff; team development; internal/external network strengthening; and development. Special efforts will be required to understand AFNR programs at the local, regional and statewide levels to support local Extension educator efforts in their counties.

THIS POSITION WILL

1. Supervise locally-based (mainly county) Extension educators and coordinators in Minnesota (70%)
a. Supervision of individuals
i. Recruit and retain talent for various positions
ii. Conduct annual performance reviews and provide consultation on plans of work
iii. Provide oversight and management of finances and budgets for local educators
b. Guide professional development of supervisees
i. Organize staff development offerings for supervisees
ii. Lead educators through promotion process
iii. Mentor supervisees towards leadership and professional growth opportunities

2. Oversee locally-based programs (e.g. Farm Information Line) (15%)
a. Manage budgets and funding
b. Support locally-based program teams in developing vision and direction
c. Ensure reporting of program activities and outcomes per requests
d. Ensure that local Extension programs, facilities, committees, and employment opportunities are accessible to new, diverse, and historically underserved audiences

3. Lead your professional development planning (5%)
a. Participate in annual personal plan of work and annual review process
b. Pursue professional development opportunities in agreement with Associate Dean

4. Collaborate with internal and external partners for the success and development of AFNR programs (10%) such as:
a. Extension Regional Directors
b. Program Leaders in AFNR and other Extension Centers
c. County Extension Committees and county commissioners



QUALIFICATIONS

Required Education: Master’s degree is required. Examples of relevant degree subjects include: agricultural economics, agricultural education, agronomy, horticulture, livestock production, nutrient management, and/or soils.

Required Experience: Four (4) years of relevant experience as an Extension professional or other educationally related position (within agriculture production systems). Experience in supervising staff.

Required Skills/Abilities:
• Demonstrated ability to lead programs and/or people
• Demonstrated strong oral and written English communication skills
• Demonstrated capacity to develop and maintain positive working relationships with colleagues, partners and various stakeholders
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion
• Skilled in Microsoft office programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Preferred Skills/Abilities:
● Current knowledge of agricultural industry
● Current knowledge of adult education practices
● Financial management experience
● Experience developing and conducting educational programs
● Commitment to ongoing professional development
● Experience using technology for communication, information finding, teaching and report writing
● Ability to articulate public value of educational programming in agriculture, food safety and natural resources

Appointment also requires:
● Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and appropriate vehicle insurance
● Reliable cell phone to be used and number published publicly.


APPOINTMENT
1. This is a full-time, academic administrative appointment with the classification of Education Program Manager 2 (Job Code 9342M2).
2. This position will be annually renewable based on performance, funding, and program needs.
3. This is a University of Minnesota appointment and benefits, including health and life insurance, https://humanresources.umn.edu/new-employees/benefits-summaries.
4. Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy.
5. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.


ABOUT EXTENSION
University of Minnesota Extension is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota, a land grant institution with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. The mission of the University of Minnesota is: Making a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota. https://extension.umn.edu/






TO APPLY
Please apply at: https://extension.umn.edu/about-extension/careers, Job Opening ID: 333693

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click on the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position. Please include the following attachments with your online application:
• Cover letter
• Vitae or Resume

Three professional references and transcripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) will be required during the interview process.

Additional documents may be attached after the application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents there.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please email employ@umn.edu or call 612-624-UOHR (8647).

For questions about this position, contact:
Nathan Winter, Program Leader, Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, wint0146@umn.edu.

For questions about applying online, contact:
Tiffany McMillan, Extension Human Resources, tiffmcm@umn.edu.

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

The University of Minnesota Extension shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Application Deadline: 11/16/2019


Rutgers University
County Agent III (equivalent to Assistant Professor)

Location: Salem County

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Brief Description: September 3, 2019
AGRONOMY AND AGRIBUSINESS EXPERTISE SOUGHT

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT – CONTINUING SEARCH – TENURE TRACK FACULTY

County Agent III (equivalent to Assistant Professor) – Salem County
Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension of Salem County, Woodstown, NJ
Apply online at http://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/83295

AVAILABLE: Immediately, open until filled

OVERVIEW: Salem County is located in southwestern New Jersey, with its western boundary formed by the Delaware River, while bounded to the northeast by Gloucester County and to the southeast by Cumberland County. As of the 2017 Census estimate, the county’s population was 62,792, making it the state’s least populous county. The county terrain is almost uniformly flat coastal plain, with minimal relief. The highest elevation in the county is likely one of seven low rises in Upper Pittsgrove Township that reach approximately 160 feet in elevation, with sea level the lowest point. The county’s natural features include six rivers, more than 34,000 acres of meadow and marshland, tidal and freshwater wetlands, 40 lakes and ponds, beaches, expansive woodlands, a critical underground aquifer, numerous streams, and important headwaters. The total annual precipitation is 44.04 inches; of this, about 23.5 inches, or 53%, usually falls in April through September, while the average seasonal snowfall is 19.2 inches. According to the 2012 Agricultural Census, Salem County has 825 farms comprising 101,847acres for an average farm size of 123 acres. That same census revealed $111.9 million in commodity sales, with crop sales totaling $94.0 million (84%) and livestock sales totaling $17.9 million (16%). Within the crop sales total, the “grains, oilseeds, dry beans, and dry peas” sector held the largest total with $37.2 million in activity (39.6%). This resulted in Salem County being ranked #1 in grain production and #1 in cattle and calves across the state in 2012.

NATURE & PURPOSE:
This tenure-track faculty position will provide leadership and support for the commercial agricultural industries in Salem County and throughout the southern region of NJ with specific emphasis and expertise in forage and grain; agribusiness planning, risk and financial management; with a working knowledge of animal agriculture systems. Coordinate implementation of programmatic efforts with fellow RCE faculty and staff to develop outreach/education methods and materials. Expected to garner external resources through grants and contracts, and alternative funding streams for support of the program. Participate in appropriate Departmental, Cooperative Extension, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), School of Environmental and Biological Science, Rutgers University and county administrative functions.

ACADEMIC RANK:
County Agent III (equivalent to Assistant Professor), Tenure track, 12 months, 100% Extension appt. in Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

SALARY: $75,348

BENEFITS: Excellent personal benefits package, including 22 days of annual leave per year, health insurance, life insurance, retirement program, and professional improvement opportunities

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE:
• Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees required from an accredited institution in agronomy (forage and grain emphasis), animal science (large animal emphasis), or related field, with three years minimum professional experience required for appointment to the rank of County Agent III (equivalent to Assistant Professor).
• Research experience in experimental design, data collection, evaluation and analysis is preferred.
• Effective public speaking and presentation skills for program delivery and communications to clientele are required.
• Supervisory or managerial experience is preferred.
• Evidence of successfully training, mentoring, and evaluating staff, ensuring the requirements and objectives of program outreach and impact.
• Have the ability to work cooperatively and communicate with staff and clientele.
• Computer proficiency is required.
• Willingness and dedication to commit to the long hours associated with the position are expected.
• A valid NJ driver’s license or ability to acquire said license is a necessity for the performance of this position

APPLICANT EXPECTATIONS
• Demonstrated expertise in and provide leadership to develop, implement, and evaluate educational programming and applied and evaluative research appropriate to the needs of the clientele in field and forage (grain) crops production; livestock and animal agriculture; pasture management; and animal waste management
• Maintain knowledge and provide assistance in wholesale marketing and financial agribusiness management
• Provide research for innovative practices, grain or crop production transition, and support for small farm / beginner farmer / lifestyle livestock and animal agriculture producers
• Design and implement applied or evaluative research with measurable impacts on clientele and the profession
• Collaborate with farmers and agricultural groups, municipal and county governments, non-governmental organizations in the county and region, and the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department’s Forage and Grain and Animal Agriculture Working Groups
• Assess needs, share research-based information to achieve knowledge gain and skills development, and document changes in clientele practice or conditions
• Coordinate implementation of programmatic efforts with fellow RCE faculty and staff in the region and across the state to develop outreach/education methods and materials
• Expected to garner external resources through grants and contracts, and alternative funding streams for support of the program
• Participate in appropriate Departmental, Cooperative Extension, New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES), School of Environmental and Biological Science, Rutgers University and county administrative functions.
• Expected to establish an outstanding program in forage and grain, animal agriculture and agribusiness management, the merits of which will lead to regional and/or national recognition.



EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, military status 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. Individuals covered by Section 503 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act of 1973 of Section 402 of the Veteran's Readjustment Assistance Act of 197 4 may self-identify; please do so in the cover letter transmitting your curriculum vitae/resume. Employment eligibility verification required. To learn more about Rutgers University, Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension and our employment opportunities, visit our websites at: http://www.njaes.rutgers.edu/jobs/. Public Safety Information regarding public safety at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is available in the annual security report "Safety Matters." This report may be viewed online at http://publicsafety.rutgers.edu.

Application Deadline: 12/10/2019


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