Primary Purpose of Position
The Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) is based in Catawba County and is responsible for planning, developing, executing and evaluating effective and comprehensive educational programs and training designed to solve social, economic, and environmental problems in agriculture and natural resources confronting small-scale, limited-resource and socially-disadvantaged farmers of Catawba County. Programs address high priority needs and issues directed toward these farming populations in Catawba County, and align with the mission and vision of the Cooperative Extension Program at NC A & T. The Extension Agent is responsible for formal and non-formal education for limited-resource audiences and small-scale farmers that is focused on improving farming techniques, alternative enterprises, farm management, and marketing skills for the sale of produce. Responsibilities also include collaborating with limited-resource communities and schools by providing train-the-trainer education for the development of community and school gardens. The Extension Agent organizes, communicates, and delivers course materials in formal and informal instructional settings; collaborates with county and community based organizations to deliver programs and recruit program participants; determines program needs
and priorities by conducting needs assessments; and evaluates data collected from multiple sources including advisory committee members, county residents and program participants.
Primary Function of Organizational Unit
The Cooperative Extension Program at **MEMBERS ONLY**SIGN UP NOW***. is an educational outreach organization within the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Cooperative Extension at A & T provides researched-based educational information, programming and technical assistance to limited-resource audiences that address a diverse range of issues in four programmatic areas - Agriculture and Natural Resources, Family and Consumer Sciences, Community and Rural Development, and 4-H Youth Development. Together with its partners - North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, state and county governments, a dynamic and resourceful system is formed. In addition to campus operations, The Cooperative Extension Program has professionally staffed offices in almost half of the 100 counties in North Carolina and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
-Masters degree from an accredited university in agricultural education, extension education, agricultural science, horticulture, or a related field is required; or a bachelors degree in these or related fields in addition to work experience in Extension or working/teaching in diverse communities, with an understanding that a Masters degree will be pursued.
-Ability to work independently without direct supervision.
-Ability to work and interact with diverse populations.
-Skills in leadership, communication, networking, budgeting and public relations.
-Computer literacy (proficiency in MS Excel, PowerPoint, Word, and Office)
-Strong oral and written communication skills as well as strong interpersonal skills.
-Ability to handle multiple demands and set priorities.
-Valid Drivers license and personal transportation.
-Ability to travel and work after hours/weekends as needed.
-Must be able to lift and carry training supplies and equipment needed for farm demonstrations and workshops.
Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education
Masters degree in agricultural education, extension education, plant and soil science, horticulture, or a related field and two or more years of experience with horticulture crop production or plant production systems (including, but not limited to, soil, water, crop and pest management).
-Experience planning programs and working in diverse communities.
-Experience working effectively as a team member.
-Ability to manage time and resources.
-Experience and knowledge in mass media, marketing and presentations.
-Skills in leadership, budgeting and public relations.
Required License or Certification
Working TitleExtension Agent -ANR
Salary RangeCommensurate with education and experience
Position TypeCooperative Extension
Appointment TypePermanent - Full-time
FTE40 hours/week, 12 months
If Time Limited, Appointment Length09/30/2018
Posting Detail Information
Close Date - for postings that do not use Open Until Filled
Open Until FilledYes
Open Until Filled Minimum Application Period Postings: Positions remaining posted after this date are continuing to accept applications, but may close at any time. Applications received by this date will receive full consideration, applications received after this date may receive consideration depending upon the status of the search02/26/2018
Date Position AvailableApril 2018
Special Instructions to Applicant
You must complete and submit an electronic application for employment to be considered. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing an electronic application.
Applicants seeking Veterans Preference must attach a DD 214 form. Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty with your application during the process of applying to the job posting. Final candidates are subject to criminal and sex offender background checks.
North Carolina A & T 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.
North Carolina A & T State University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. No one who applies or seeks employment will be denied admission to or employment at North Carolina A & T State University on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disabling condition, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or sexual orientation and sexual identity.
If invited to interview you must bring the official transcripts for each degree. Copies will not be accepted.
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