Decatur County Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent

Location
Athens
Posted
Oct 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Open Until Filled: Yes

Job Summary: This position will be responsible for the management of the Agricultural and Natural Resources programming in Decatur County by providing educational opportunities in production agriculture and natural resources to a wide variety of audiences utilizing a variety of teaching methods. Decatur County is known for its intense, high quality agricultural production mostly due to the dedication and expertise of the growers and advisers available. The 2015 Decatur County Farm Gate income is over $282 million per year in this large land mass county that is dedicated to agriculture and agribusiness diversity. Impressively, Decatur County contributes $255 million in AG dollars, to the State economy. Field corn (rank #1) is a $17 million dollar business. Peanuts bring in over $27.4 million. The production of peanuts and processing facilities employ and affect many people in Decatur County. Cotton is still as important as ever in this county with $17.6 million in farm gate revenue. Vegetable production cooling and packing businesses are as important as row crops in Decatur County with Tomatoes ($30 million) and Sweet Corn ($74.6 million) being prevalent. The total of all vegetable farm gate values combined is over $112 million. This position serves as a UGA Public Service Faculty Member and a member of the Decatur County Extension Staff (http://www.caes.uga.edu/extension/decatur/) and is under the direction and leadership of the Decatur 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.bainbridgegachamber.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. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (facultyjobs@uga.edu). Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.

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