Extension Associate in Vegetable Horticulture

Job description

  PRINCIPAL PURPOSE OF JOB: The Extension Associate in Vegetable Horticulture will develop, conduct, and deliver Extension programming in vegetable and fruit science, as well as coordinate a national specialty/alternative crop trial, including hemp, for farm production and market feasibility as part of the new Center for Innovation, and Sustainable Small Farms, Ranches, and Forestlands (CISFRF).

SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY: The Extension Associate in Vegetable Horticulture will deliver Extension programming in vegetable science through workshops, farm to table events, extension bulletins, and a demonstration garden at the KSU farm and possibly other locations. Another priority for this position is to coordinate a national specialty/alternative crop trial, including hemp, for farm production and market feasibility as part of the new Center for Innovation, and Sustainable Small Farms, Ranches, and Forestlands (CISFRF). The position requires a customer-focused attitude and a passion for changing lives through education. The successful candidate will teach one course in Fruit and Vegetable Science and Production or Greenhouse Management as part of the undergraduate degree in Agriculture, Food, and the Environment.


ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: (ex: duties that are essential to performing the job with or without an accommodation)
1.    Coordinate a national specialty/alternative crop trial, including hemp, for farm production and market
feasibility as part of the new Center for Innovation, and Sustainable Small Farms, Ranches, and
Forestlands (CISFRF).”
2.    Establish a demonstration garden at the KSU Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm that
will include a range of vegetable trials.
3.    Coordinate a farm to table event held at the KSU Harold R. Benson Research and Demonstration Farm to
promote locally grown foods.
4.    Conduct extension programing in either vegetable or fruit crops.
5.    Teach one course in Fruit and Vegetable Science and Production or Greenhouse Management as part of
the undergraduate degree in Agriculture, Food, and the Environment.
6.     Develop agricultural and educational materials for outreach events.
7.    Actively participate in national organizations for the College of ACE and AFE Educators
8.    Other related duties as required.

OTHER DUTIES: (ex: tasks that may be necessary, but are not the main reason(s) the job was created)

The position will conduct other duties as required.

QUALIFICATIONS: Required: M.S. in Horticulture, Agriculture, or related area. One to three years of relevant experience preferred


KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:
    
•    Extensive knowledge in a specified area of expertise.
•    Ability to use a personal computer and a variety of related software applications.
•    Good knowledge and appreciation of program clientele.
•    Knowledge of research and educational capabilities of USDA and the Land Grant system knowledge base
in the area of expertise.
•    Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
•    Research skills.
•    Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

•    Work involves some exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dust, water, smoke,
and/or unpleasant odors.
•    This job involves travel. The position will have statewide responsibilities.

 

 

 

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Posted: 9/2/2020
Application Due: 11/1/2020
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