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Animal Science & Forages Regional Extension Agent - Northwest Region
Auburn University

Date Posted Jun. 14, 2024
Title Animal Science & Forages Regional Extension Agent - Northwest Region
University Auburn University
Auburn, AL, United States
Department AL Cooperative Extension Systems
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Core Faculty
  • Animal Science
    Agricultural Extension
Who we are:
The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is the outreach organization for the land grant mission of Auburn University and Alabama A&M University. Our educational programs grow from these two land grant university campuses to serve the people of Alabama. We deliver science-based educational programs that enable people to improve their quality of life and economic well-being. Our information and programs are available online or in person in all 67 County Extension Offices and at teaching sites throughout Alabama communities.

Perks & Benefits:
This position allows for the opportunity to flourish in a self-directed work environment and in a variety of locations throughout the county as well as some travel. This position is an employee of Auburn University.

Reasons you’ll love being a part of ACES - Auburn:
  • Job Satisfaction! Be a part of life-changing work in your community!
  • Competitive retirement plan and benefits.
  • Generous leave (including two weeks off during the holidays!)
  • Fun, flexible & diverse work environment. Every day is different!
  • Opportunity for professional growth and continual learning and engagement!
  • Auburn University tuition assistance for yourself and dependents.
  • Supportive leadership & peers. The ACES team supports you and your work!

About Auburn: At Auburn, our work changes lives. Ranked by U.S. News and World Report as a premier public institution, Auburn University is dedicated to shaping the future of the people of Alabama, the nation, and the world through forward-thinking education, life-enhancing research, scholarship, and selfless service. Auburn is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, community outreach, positive work environment, student engagement, and thriving community.

Why employees choose Auburn: Auburn University was named by Forbes Magazine as one of the state of Alabama’s best employers, with employees staying an average of ten years. Employees enjoy competitive benefits that include top-notch health insurance, generous retirement plans, tuition assistance for employees and dependents, flexible spending accounts and more!

Learn more about Auburn’s impact, generous employee benefits, and thriving community by visiting

Extending knowledge, improving lives! Make an impact in your community and in the lives of Alabamians.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is seeking qualified applications for a Regional Extension Agent (REA) in the Northwest region of Alabama. Applicants must be self-directed and able to thrive in a flexible work environment. Successful candidate will have a home office in one of the following counties: Fayette, Winston, or Cullman.

This position is a 100% non-tenure track faculty Extension assignment covering multiple counties.

Program Priority Area: Animal Science and Forages

Geographic Area: Northwest Alabama Region (Marion, Lamar, Fayette, Winston, Walker, Cullman, and Blount counties).

Responsibilities: The Regional Extension Agent (REA) will participate as a cohesive member of the Animal Science and Forages Extension. The Regional Extension Agent will be responsible for organizing, delivering, and evaluating educational programs for livestock, equine, and forage production. Programming should focus on research-based management practices and their environmental and animal well-being impacts. The REA will use multiple educational delivery methods to disseminate information to clientele including, but not limited to: printed communication, workshops/group meetings, applied research and demonstration projects on farms or using Auburn University research farms, farm consultation visits, social media and web resources. The REA will participate in writing grants and in activities that support applied research/demonstrations beneficial to clientele. The REA will assist the team leader and administrators in project outcome and impact evaluations.

The REA is expected to be an integral part of the Animal Science and Forages team and assist in developing and implementing new programs as needed to meet producer needs and challenges. The REA will join a highly motivated team of agents and specialists with several existing programs including, but not limited to Alabama Forage Focus, Beef and Pork Quality Assurance, Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association, and Value-Added marketing programming. The REA may also provide expertise to support 4-H livestock and equine programming.

The candidate will work with local clientele, advisory groups, commodity organizations, and other interested parties to determine program needs in the region. As a team member, the REA will partner with Animal Science and Forages (ASF) team members and the region’s County Extension Coordinator’s (CEC’s) to plan, implement, and evaluate animal science and forages educational programs conducted in the region. Participating in regional and state discipline-related associations, and other stakeholder groups, is important for the REA to develop a reputation as an educational leader with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
Team Description: Regional Extension Agent’s (REA’s), Urban Regional Extension Agent’s (UREA’s), County Extension Coordinators (CEC’s), and Specialists form the core of Extension teams. This REA will participate as a cohesive team member working with local clientele, advisory groups, volunteers, and other interested parties to determine regional needs for program outreach. As a team member, the REA will partner with other REA’s and CEC’s to provide educational leadership in planning, implementing, evaluating, and reporting programs conducted in the region.

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