(This is a grant-funded, non-tenure track position. Funding must be available for any continuation of appointment.)
WORK LOCATION: This position will be housed in the Southwest Region at a parish extension office. The goals of the 4-H Youth Development Program include increasing youth leadership development and community service learning; strengthening the partnership between 4-H and formal education; and expanding volunteer involvement to increase contact hours per youth.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Extension Associate will work full-time in the LSU AgCenter’s Southwest Region to assist with implementation of the 4-H Youth Wetlands Education and Outreach Program (YWP). The goal of the position is to promote the 4-H Youth Wetlands Program and raise student awareness about the importance of wetlands to the state of Louisiana. This position will help develop, promote, and teach 4-H YWP lessons to teachers and students. The teaching of wetland lessons will be accomplished through organizing class field trips, restoration projects, and teacher trainings, as well as, recruiting community volunteers and partner organizations to participate in outreach events. Field activities and educational presentations may involve collecting and handling wetland plants and animals. The Outreach Extension Associate will be involved in organization and implementation of wetland summer camps.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (education, natural resources, environmental science, etc.) is required. Other degrees will be considered if combined with related experience. The ideal candidate should be outgoing and exhibit a passion for teaching outdoor environmental education programs with proven success and experience working with youth organizations. Demonstrated competence in methods of non-formal youth development curriculum design and solo program delivery highly desirable. Computer skills required. Knowledgeable about basic ecological principles and wetland plants and animals with a willingness and ability to work outdoors in a wetland environment. Ability to manage a multitude of tasks with competing interests and deadlines, while remaining pragmatic and flexible. Physical requirements include standing, walking, carrying gear, equipment, supplies, and comfort in and on the water. Ability to travel daily within the region and work evenings and weekends on occasion.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 2, 2018 or until suitable candidate is located.
DATE AVAILABLE: Upon completion of interview process.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Must apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or through Workday for internal applicants) ) by attaching cover letter with detailed resume including educational and employment experience, transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and any other pertinent information. Letters of recommendation can be sent directly to:
Human Resource Management
LSU Agricultural Center
103 J. Norman Efferson Hall
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803
Phone: 225-578-2258; Fax: 225-578-8284
Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com