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Extension Agent- ANR

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

If invited to interview you must bring the official transcripts for all degree's received.

Posting Details

Classification Information

Classification Type EHRA

Position Overview

Primary Purpose of Position

This position will be located in Yanceyville, N.C. Caswell County.

The Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) in Caswell County is responsible for planning, 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. Programming in specific other areas include small livestock (goats and sheep) and consumer horticulture. Other ag related areas of programming will be assigned to the agent by the County Extension Director after training and experience has been obtained in that area of study. Aligned with the mission and vision of the Cooperative Extension Program at NC A&T, programs address high priority needs and issues for farming populations impacted by changing social, economic and demographic factors and align The Extension Agent is responsible for conducting educational programs and farm demonstrations in alternative agricultural enterprises, safe pesticide management, and Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) for the target audience. Specific projects will include facilitating and coordinating direct marketing through tailgate markets, collaboration with a local agri-business support center, agri-tourism enterprise development, and assisting with the production of specialty crops on small farms. 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 North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University 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.

Rural and primarily agrarian, Caswell County has over 500 active small and medium size farms. The farming profile is transitioning from a century long history of tobacco production. This fundamental change increases the need for education on marketing, distribution, packaging and food safety as well as a campaign to educate the local consumer. The Caswell County Extension Center focuses on the following agricultural objectives —profitable and sustainable agriculture systems; local food systems; and safety and security of food and farm systems.

Minimum Requirements

- Master’s degree from an accredited university in agricultural education, extension education, agricultural science, horticulture, or a related field is required; or a bachelor’s degree in these or related fields in addition to work experience in Extension or working/teaching in diverse communities, with an understanding that a Master’s 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 Driver’s 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

- Master’s 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

None

Position Information

Working Title Extension Agent- ANR
Position Number 008604
Salary Range Commensurate with education and experience
FLSA Exempt
Position Type Cooperative Extension
Appointment Type Permanent - Full-time
Tenure Track No
FTE 40 hours/week, 12 months
If Time Limited, Appointment Length

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number EPA0424
Open Date 12/20/2016
Close Date - for postings that do not use Open Until Filled
Open Until Filled Yes
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 search 01/20/2017
Date Position Available February 2017
Special Instructions to Applicant

If invited to interview you must bring the official transcripts for all degree’s received.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Letter of Reference 1
  4. Letter of Reference 2
  5. Letter of Reference 3
  6. Bachelor's Degree - Copy of transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (DD-214)
  2. Master's Degree - Copy of transcripts
  3. Terminal Degree - Copy of transcripts