Wilcox County Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent
Posting DetailsPosting Details Posting NumberF0399PWorking TitleWilcox County Agriculture and 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/county-offices/wilcox.htmlPosting TypeExternalRetirement PlanTRS or ORPEmployment TypeEmployeeBenefits EligibilityBenefits EligibleUnderutilizationAdvertised SalaryAnticipated Start Date01/01/2020Effective End Date (for Limited-Term postings)Job Posting Date09/18/2019Job 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 Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) by providing educational opportunities in production agriculture, horticulture, and natural resources to a wide variety of audiences utilizing multiple teaching methods. Wilcox County is located in Southwest Georgia, east of I-75. The County is very rural and is dependent upon the agricultural industry. Wilcox County had a total 2017 Farm Gate value of $117,858,252 and is a very diverse AG county. It has a total Poultry Grower Value of $87,772,812 and a total row crop value of over $38.3 million. Beef cows values are $11,649.880; however, not only does the county excel in poultry and beef cattle production, but it has a total vegetable value of $10,062,764. Of those Vegetables, they rank eighth in cabbage production, twelfth in cantaloupe production, fifth in southern peas and watermelon production.
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
Ability to work outdoors in adverse weather conditions- heat, rain and cold.
Some stooping and bending is required to perform routine crop analysis or work with various research projects.Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?NoDoes this position require a P-Card? NoIs having a P-Card an essential function of this position? NoIs driving a responsibility of this position?YesDoes this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?YesDoes this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications)NoCredit and P-Card policy
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 Agriculture & 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)
-Utilizing 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 the county
-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 Science
-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.
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
- Public Job Posting
- Internal Job Posting
- Agency Referral
- Personal Referral
- Have you ever served as a UGA Extension Summer Intern?
- This position is located in Wilcox County, Rochelle, GA. Are you willing to work from this location?
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- List of References with Contact Information
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