Webster & Stewart Counties Agriculture & Natural Resources Agent
Posting DetailsPosting Details Posting NumberF0398PWorking TitleWebster & Stewart Counties Agriculture & Natural Resources AgentDepartmentCAES Southwest District CESAbout the University of Georgia
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.About the College/Unit/Department
UGA Cooperative Extension was founded in 1914 to bring research-based agricultural information to the people of Georgia. County agents and specialists throughout the state share information on issues like water quality, profitability in agribusiness, family wellness and life skills. County agents provide soil and water test kits and instruction, advice on safe pesticide use, publications, computer programs and lessons in consumer skills to improve Georgians’ quality of life. They are the local experts in food safety, proper eating habits, child safety and parenting. UGA Extension coordinates 4-H, Georgia’s largest youth program. Each year, almost 200,000 young Georgians participate in community projects, summer camps and conferences on today’s issues while having fun and learning to work together. The leadership skills and values they learn in 4-H last a lifetime. UGA Extension reaches more than 2.6 million Georgians through education programs each year. Millions more rely on UGA Extension’s publications, educational news articles and public television programming for advice and information.College/Unit/Department websitehttps://extension.uga.edu/about/districts--facilities--and-centers/southwest-district.htmlPosting TypeExternalRetirement PlanTRS or ORPEmployment TypeEmployeeBenefits EligibilityBenefits EligibleUnderutilizationAdvertised SalaryAnticipated Start Date01/01/2020Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings)Job Posting Date09/16/2019Job Closing DateOpen until filledYesSpecial Instructions to ApplicantsLocation of VacancySW District EEO 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, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.Position Details Position Information Classification TitlePublic Service Professional ACPay GradeFLSAFaculty RankOpen RankContract TypeFiscal (12 mo.)Tenure StatusNon-Tenure TrackMinimum Qualifications
Master’s degree (bachelor’s degree is sufficient for provisional hires)Position Summary
This position will provide educational programming in the Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) area by providing educational opportunities in production agriculture, horticulture, and natural resources to a wide variety of audiences utilizing multiple teaching methods.
Webster County is a rural Georgia County situated next to Stewart County. Stewart County borders Alabama in SW Georgia. In this timber-rich community, both counties flourish with agri-tourism. Hunting leases prevail, with visitors coming from neighboring states to roam these counties. (Webster timber/forestry revenue $2.3 million -Stewart timber/forestry revenue $7.555 million). Farming also reigns high in the community as Webster County has a 2017 Farm Gate income of $29,797,969 and Stewart has an income of $19,416,370. Row crops are popular with Webster bringing in over $5.592 million and Stewart County harvesting $ 3.1 mill. Peanuts cannot be forgotten with Webster picking over $7.7 million and Stewart Co $ 2.1 million. Both counties are well rounded, having some container nursery products and pecans as well. Livestock can be found in both counties. They have beef cattle/stockers on farm making these two counties well versed in the agriculture industry. Agriculture is the largest industry in the area thus making the assistance that a County Extension Agent can offer extremely valuable.
This position requires frequent night meetings, some weekend work, and attendance at out-of-county meetings. A valid driver’s license and access to a reliable private vehicle for official duty travel are required. Reimbursement for business travel will be provided. Transportation of others including 4-H Youth and adult clientele is also a common and necessary function of the job. 4-H competitions, overnight camps, and other events are conducted at district and state levels and necessitate travel and transport of participants.
A Master’s degree in Agriculture or related area.
A Bachelor’s degree is acceptable for a Public Service Provisional appointment. This provisional faculty classification is offered for no more than three years without review. You may apply for a regular 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/Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or CertificationPreferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies
-Computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
-Ability to speak to/teach large groups of residents
-Ability to organize and carry out activities and programming for youth
-Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with county, district, and state staff, local government employees, and clientele
-Ability to show high standards of professionalism in personal contacts, appearance, and work habits
-Ability to express thoughts clearly and concisely through written and verbal communication
-Ability to work as a team member and engage with groups and committees
-Ability to design, coordinate, and teach educational programs to meet community needs
-Skills in leadership and management
Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.Duties/Responsibilities Duties/Responsibilities
Serve as an adviser and teacher for AG & Natural Resources – to local community.
Develop a purposeful relationship with farmers, landowners, stakeholders and other county agents to accomplish outreach activities as related to Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR).
Utilize the expertise of these advisory groups, community leaders, public officials and representatives of intended audiences to analyze data, identify needs and assist in developing educational programs.
Develop a plan of work that is equitable in meeting the varied socioeconomic needs of both Counties.
Conduct promotional efforts to expand the public’s view of extension programming.
Utilize research data and information on emerging issues in program development.
Target specific audiences for educational programs addressing critical issues identified in plan of work.
Implements the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Civil Rights/Equal Opportunity plan.
Develop and conducts interdisciplinary programs with other staff members based on critical issues.
Partner and collaborate with other Extension programs – such as 4-H and Family and Consumer Sciences.
Collaborate with other agencies and community groups to plan and implement programs.
Other duties as assigned by District Director, Program Area Coordinator, County Coordinator or State Faculty.
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- How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
- Public Job Posting
- Internal Job Posting
- Agency Referral
- Personal Referral
- This position is based out of the Webster County Office (Preston, GA) and also has an office in Stewart County. The Candidate will spend approximately three days per week in Webster Co and two days per week in Stewart County (Lumpkin, GA). Are you willing to work under these arrangements?
- Cover Letter
- Unofficial Transcripts
- List of References with Contact Information
- Unofficial Letters of Recommendation