Extension Agent, Ag (Horticulture)

Job description

Posting Details

Vacancy TypeNC Cooperative ExtensionIs Internal Transfer OnlyNoJob TypeFull-Time - PermanentTime-Limited Appointment LengthNoIf Yes, Appointment LengthTitleExtension Agent, AgWorking TitleExtension Agent, Ag (Horticulture)Salary RangeAnticipated Hiring RangeMinimum Bachelor's $40,000; Minimum Master's $45,000; Minimum Doctorate $50,000Position NumberNC-00100720-0920Work Schedule8:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday-Friday, nights and weekends as requiredFull Time Equivalent (FTE)1.00Department117537 - North Central District- DavidsonDepartmentJob City & StateLexington, NCPrimary Function of Organizational Unit

North Carolina Cooperative Extension gives our residents easy access to the resources and expertise of NC State University and NC A&T State University. Through educational programs, publications, and events, Cooperative Extension field faculty deliver unbiased, research-based information to North Carolina citizens.

Davidson County is located in the piedmont region of North Carolina, which consists of gently rolling terrain frequently broken by hills or shallow valleys formed by rivers and streams. As of the 2010 census, the population was 162,278. The county seat is Lexington, and the largest city is Thomasville. Parts of Davidson County are in the Yadkin Valley wine region.

Essential Job Duties

The agent in this position will have educational responsibilities for consumer and commercial horticulture programs in Davidson County. The successful candidate must be able to conduct educational programs that focus on profitability and sustainability, utilizing best practices based on research to include adoption of proven technology, business, and financial practices. This position also provides training and support for the Master Gardener program in Davidson County.

Other Work/Responsibilities

This position provides leadership for the development, implementation, and evaluation of an effective educational program to meet the needs in the county for commercial and consumer horticulture.

The agent will be expected to:

•Develop and market educational programs with measurable impacts.

•Provide support and educational training for commercial, public and municipal landscape providers – including certification and recertification training.

•Provide educational opportunities for consumers dealing with home horticulture, fruit and vegetable producers, viticulture, turf grass and ornamentals

•Support three farmer’s markets

•Collaborate with coworkers, other agencies, groups and organizations in order to effectively reach intended audiences throughout the county.

Minimum Experience/Education

One of the following educational requirements: – A Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 overall or a 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) in an agricultural or related field. The minimum GPA requirement will be waived for NCCE Program Associates with a Bachelor’s degree. – A Bachelor’s degree and the completion of at least one-half of coursework in a Master’s degree curriculum with a cumulative grade point average 3.0 or higher with at least one of the degrees in an agricultural or related field, or – Completion of a Master’s degree with at least one of the degrees in an agricultural or related field. Also required: a personal automobile; computer literacy; strong oral and written communication skills; the ability to plan, implement, market, and evaluate educational programs; willingness to work as a team member and support a total Extension program; and the ability to handle multiple demands and set priorities. Personal Attributes: Successful performance of the duties encompassed in the Extension Agent’s job requires that the individual possess habits of industry, a sense of responsibility, and a genuine appreciation for the worth of the individual. The employee must be adept in both oral and written communication. The Extension Agent is eligible to become a member of the non-tenure track/special faculty at North Carolina State University. The Extension Agent has primary responsibility for planning, executing, and evaluating that phase of Extension programs within assigned areas of program responsibility. The Extension Agent cooperates with colleagues in the North Carolina Cooperative Extension and leaders in performing assigned responsibilities. The performance of assigned responsibilities is governed by the philosophy, objectives, policies, and procedures of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension.

Departmental Required Skills

A bachelor’s degree in horticultural science or a related agricultural field is required.

Travel within the county is required.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

A Master’s degree is preferred.

Extension or other professional experience, including a high level of computer competency, exceptional customer service, organization, and time management skills.

Required License or Certification

Within six months of employment – required to obtain NCDA&CS Pesticide Certification – Category L

Special InstructionsJob Open Date09/04/2020Must Be Open Until

Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.09/18/2020Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?NoProposed Hire DateAA/EOE

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at www.wes.org or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
    • NCSU Website
    • Job Alert (automated email from our system)
    • NCSU Executive Search Services
    • Monster.com
    • CareerBuilder.com
    • InsideHigherEd.com
    • HigherEdJobs.com
    • Other Online Job Board
    • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
    • Job / Career Fair
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Professional Journal
    • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
    • Radio / Television Advertisement
    • Professional Organization
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
    • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
    • NCSU Employee Referral
    • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
    • Other
  2. * If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * All agent positions require a minimum education requirement of: A. A Bachelor's degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 overall or 3.0 in major field of study (based on a 4.0 scale); B. A Bachelor's degree and the completion of at least one-half of coursework in a Master's degree curriculum with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher; C. A completed Master's degree. Do you meet this minimum education requirement?
    • Yes, I meet the requirement listed in section A above.
    • Yes, I meet the requirement listed in section B above.
    • Yes, I meet the requirement listed in section C above.
    • No, however I am in my last semester of study.
    • No, I do not meet this requirement.
Application Materials RequiredRequired Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Contact Information for References
Optional Documents
  1. Transcripts
  2. Letter of Recommendation 1




Diversity Profile: University



View more

Learn more on Inside Higher Ed's College Page for University

Arrow pointing right
Job No:
Posted: 9/9/2020
Application Due: 9/24/2020
Work Type: