District Extension Water Educator - Irrigation

Location
Athens
Posted
Feb 04, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Summary: The District Extension Water Educator is a member of the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension and is responsible for carrying out the agricultural water conservation initiative and promoting education and best management practices related to water and conservation both with adult and youth audiences. This position is administratively attached to the District Extension Office and administratively reports to the District Extension Director. This position will also work closely with the Extension Irrigation Specialist and the Faculty and Staff at UGA Stripling Irrigation Research Park, Camilla, GA; to strengthen the extension and applied research program focusing on agricultural water conservation. This position reports directly to the Southwest District Director and is housed at the UGA Stripling Irrigation Research Park. Programmatically, the District Agriculture & Natural Resources Program Development Coordinator will provide leadership in developing a plan of work and coordinating overall work flow. http://striplingpark.org/

Responsibilities: Plan and coordinate educational programs and events related to water and conservation Aid in the development and conduction of educational programs for both youth and adult audiences Develop additional programs and educational activities that make use of employee's skills and are a need for Extension Educate agricultural producers and landowners on proper irrigation permitting and water use, in addition to planning and implementation of agricultural best management practices related to water conservation Educate agricultural producers and landowners on record keeping methods and techniques to assist them with conservation best management practice use and maintenance and provide assistance for compliance with USDA Conservation Plans Collaborate with the other District Extension Water Educators to promote Extension Water Education Work with appropriate UGA Extension and Research Faculty including the Extension Irrigation Specialist to develop an extension and applied research program focused on agricultural water conservation Provide assistance in water conservation issues to County Extension Agents in the assigned district as requested Provide water conservation techniques and methods to agricultural producers and landowners in the assigned district Coordinate irrigation system audits using Mobile Irrigation Labs with other District Extension Water Educators Set up visits with agricultural producers and landowners through County Extension agents to update irrigation systems with the end goal to conserve water

Qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in appropriate field and one (1) year of applicable experience. Ability to learn about all of the services and resources available to county Extension clientele and the ability to assist clientele with access to these services and resources; Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with county, district, and state staff, local government employees, and clientele; Ability to successfully complete 4-H Chaperone Training; Proficiency in current word processing and data management and accounting software programs (e.g. QuickBooks, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel); and Certified Master Gardener training is preferred

About UGA: The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state's oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (http://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University's main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University's enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

Full time/Part time: Full Time

EEO Policy Statement: 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.

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