Calhoun County Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

Open Until Filled: Yes

Job Summary: This position will be responsible for the management of the Agricultural and Natural Resources programming in Calhoun County by providing educational opportunities in production agriculture and natural resources to a wide variety of audiences utilizing a variety of teaching methods. With Agriculture remaining strong in the rural South, Calhoun County is no exception. Calhoun County had a 2015 Farm Gate Value of $92,455,419. With figures like this, it is obvious that the county is dependent on agriculture for its economic stability. Calhoun County is diverse in that it ranks 5th in the state in grape production, 9th in pecan values (over 9 million) and 1.25 million in pine straw production. This is in addition to the total row crop production of $44,107,306 and Beef cows at $1,800,000 and Poultry values at $16,982,784. This position serves as a UGA Public Service Faculty Member and a member of the Calhoun County Extension Staff (http://www.caes.uga.edu/extension/calhoun/) and is under the direction and leadership of the Calhoun County Extension Coordinator and the Southwest District Extension Director. Other 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 This position requires frequent night meetings, some weekend work, and attendance at out-of-county meetings. A valid driver's license and a county vehicle for official duty travel is provided.. Hiring rank will be commensurate with candidate's experience, achievements and stature in the discipline. http://extension.uga.edu/about/join/careers.cfm http://www.calhouncountyga.com/ The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Minimum Qualifications: * A Master's degree is required for hiring as a public service faculty member. A Bachelor's degree is acceptable for a Public Service Professional position. A Public Service Professional 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/.) * A demonstrated ability to work as a team member and engage with groups and committees * The ability to design, coordinate, and teach educational programs to meet community needs * A demonstrated communication ability as well as skills in leadership and management

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: Starting minimum of $46,000/year for Master's Degree or $34,500/year for Bachelor's Degree as well as an excellent benefits package. Reimbursement for business travel will be provided.

Faculty Rank: Open Rank

Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track

Employee Percentage: 100

Location od Vacancy: Other South Georgia Area