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Job ID: 151999

Extension Agent - ANR
North Carolina A & T State University

Date Posted Dec. 21, 2020
Title Extension Agent - ANR
University North Carolina A & T State University
Greensboro, NC, United States
Department County Operations/State Prog
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Professional Staff
  • Agricultural Extension
    Agricultural - General

Primary Purpose of Position
The Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) in Forsyth 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. Programs address high priority needs and issues for these farming populations that align with the mission and vision of the Cooperative Extension Program at NC A&T. The Extension Agent is responsible for non-formal education and farm demonstrations in fruit and vegetable production, specialty crops, local food marketing, sustainable agriculture, and techniques for urban agriculture. 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.

In Forsyth County, small farm and urban farming opportunities are escalating and becoming increasingly important as a supplemental income for the preservation of small agricultural lands. Interest and demand in locally produced products is rapidly expanding . Economic development opportunities for growers, the need for agricultural processing infrastructure and strategies for addressing food insecurity and proper nutrition are important issues. Interest in gardening has grown tremendously. Education within the large grounds maintenance industry is critical in establishing and maintaining proper, environmentally friendly horticulture practices. Prioritized issues are currently identified which include agriculture/horticulture sustainability including alternatives; environmental resource utilization including conservation, recycling, urban storm water and farmland preservation; and agriculture/horticulture business management including diversification and value-added opportunities. Emphasis on locally grown produce – both consumer interest and education, grower education, marketing and infrastructure development, continue to be an area of focus and supported by Forsyth county and its community leaders.

Minimum Requirements
Master’s degree from an accredited university in agricultural education, extension education, agricultural science, horticulture, or a related field or a Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 overall or a 3.0 in the major field of study (based on a 4.0 scale) ; a personal automobile and valid driver’s license; 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.

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.

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