Thomas 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 Thomas County by providing educational opportunities in production agriculture and natural resources to a wide variety of audiences utilizing a variety of teaching methods. Thomas is a county that is dedicated to agriculture and agribusiness diversity. According to UGA Farm Gate Values, Thomas County has a 2015 Total Farm Gate Value of $97,792,152. The County ranks First in Catfish production for the State of Georgia. This brings in over $20 million in revenue. Horses are important to this area. Thomas ranks 3rd in the state for Horse boarding, training and breeding- this is an $8.75 million dollar business. Total Row Crop and Forage values are a contributing factor to the Thomas County economy, bringing in $31.95 million to the area. The County produces corn ($1.7 mill), cotton ($15.2 mil), peanuts ($11.4 mill) and soybeans ($1.9 mil). Grapes (ranking 8th in the State) and Pecans are hot commodities in the area with a total Fruit & Nut value of $4.748 million. Horticulture and Container Nursey products are of value to the area, bringing in $2.2 million to the economy. (Rank 11th in the State) This position serves as a UGA Public Service Faculty Member and a member of the Thomas County Extension Staff (http://www.caes.uga.edu/extension/thomas/) and is under the direction and leadership of the Thomas County 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 or County funds for travel are available -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.thomasvillechamber.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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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/.)
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 * 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
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