Lanier/Clinch Counties- Agricultural & Natural Resources Agent

Location
Athens
Posted
Jun 20, 2017
Administrative Jobs
Academic Affairs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Open Until Filled: Yes

Job Summary: This position would be responsible for assisting in the management of Agricultural and Natural Resources programming in Lanier and Clinch Counties by providing educational opportunities in production agriculture and natural resources to a wide variety of audiences utilizing a variety of teaching methods. Lanier and Clinch Counties are located in a section of rural South Georgia that is very dependent on agriculture for its' economic stability. Total 2014 Farm Gate Value for Clinch is $114,065,000 and Lanier is $46,244,000. Clinch's large values rest on its' production of blueberries, ranking 2nd in state value, with $81.23 million and Clinch ranks 4th in state blackberry values. Total Fruit/Nut Production puts the County at $81,300,00 and values are 2nd highest in the state. Honeybee & honey production stands at $5.1 million- making them 1st in state values. The total row crop/forage value of $1,454,000, consist of cotton, peanuts and forage crops. Lanier blackberry production surpasses Clinch. It is valued at $1.3 million and makes them 1st in state value. Blueberries are grown in Lanier also and the value is $ 7.8 million, pecan production is at $7.3 million, the Fruit/Nut totals equals to $16.5 million and stands at 10th in state value. Lanier is a diverse county; cotton, peanuts and tobacco values are over $12.4 million, with forestry valued at $2.8 million, turf grass at $4.7 million and Catfish production at $1.5 million (2nd in State value). Lanier and Clinch Counties partner with each other in sharing an Agent. This arrangement has worked well for both Counties in the past. Because of the fruit/nut and honey bee production values being so impressive for these counties, the UGA Ag Specialist partner with the Agent in these counties to conduct and maintain various research trials. Major Responsibilities: * Utilizes the expertise of advisory groups, community leaders, public officials and representatives of intended audiences to analyze data, identify needs, and assist in developing educational programs * Develops a plan of work that is equitable in meeting the varied socio-economic needs of the county * Targets specific audiences for educational programs addressing critical issues identified in plan of work * Implements the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences' Civil Rights/Equal Opportunity plan * Develops and conducts relevant interdisciplinary programs with other staff members based on critical issues * Collaborates with other agencies and community groups to plan and implement programs * Conducts promotional efforts to expand the public's view of extension programming * Utilizes current research data and information on emerging issues in program development and teaching * Demonstrates personal interest and involvement in community by participating in and supporting civic/community activities/organizations and networking with community leaders * The ability to design, coordinate, and teach educational programs to meet community needs.

Minimum Qualifications: Qualifications: * Successful experience in program development and management; * A demonstrated communication ability as well as skills in leadership and management; * A demonstrated ability to multi-task, to work as a team member, and with groups and committees; * The ability to design, coordinate, and teach educational programs to meet community needs; and * A Bachelor's degree in Forestry, Crop & Soil Science, Plant Protection & Pest Management, General Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Science, Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness, Agricultural Education or closely related area (a Master's degree is strongly preferred). **While a Master's degree is preferred, a Bachelor's degree is acceptable for a Public Service Provisional appointment. This provisional faculty classification is offered for no more than six years without review. You may apply for a regular public service faculty appointment upon completion of an advanced degree or successful progression through the public service promotion process. See the University of Georgia Guidelines for Appointments and Promotions for Public Service and Outreach Academic Rank for complete details. http://outreach.uga.edu/policies/appointment-and-promotion-guidelines/

Preferred Qualifications: A Master's degree in Crop & Soil Science, Plant Protection & Pest Management, General Agriculture, Horticulture, Animal Science, Agricultural Economics, Agribusiness, Agricultural Education or closely related area

Salary:

Faculty Rank: Open Rank

Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track

Employee Percentage: 100

Location od Vacancy: Other South Georgia Area