SE District Area Agronomy Agent

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SE District Area Agronomy Agent


CAES Southeast District CES

About 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 ( 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.

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Benefits Eligible

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SE District

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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. Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ([email protected]).

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Public Service Professional AC

Faculty Rank:

Open Rank

Contract Type:

Fiscal (12 mo.)

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Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree

Position Summary:

This new UGA Extension faculty role will work closely with southeast Georgia growers. The successful candidate will collaborate closely with commodity-oriented teams of research and Extension scientists and will be expected to develop and lead a nationally recognized Extension and applied research program on agronomics and production in the Southeast District. Extension responsibilities will focus on developing educational materials and programs for County Extension Agents, growers, and other agribusinesses. The applied research program will focus on addressing relevant and practical issues facing Georgia’s row crop industry.

Additional Requirements:

Master’s degree in Plant & Soil Sciences, Plant Pathology, Entomology, Natural Resources or related field

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

-Working knowledge of commercial agronomic crop production
-Competencies in conducting field demonstration trials and interpreting and applying research information
-Ability to organize and carry out activities and support educational programming
-Demonstrated communication ability
-Skills in leadership and management
-Ability to design, coordinate, and teach educational programs to meet community needs
-Demonstrated ability to work as a team member and engage with groups and committees
-Computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
-Ability to speak to/teach large groups of residents
-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

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Provide programming for County Extension Agents and commercial clients on issues related to agronomic crop production (additional audiences include other public agencies, commodity and conservation groups, community and business leaders, volunteers, youth, and elected officials). Respond to client needs in counties posing vacant Cooperative Extension Agent positions.

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Develop a comprehensive plan of work based on agronomic needs and issues affecting Southeast District.

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Lead and cooperate on applied research and demonstrations with Agents and Specialists faculty at the Midville Research & Education Center, Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center, and on-farm trials.

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Utilize the expertise and work closely with advisory groups, community leaders, public officials, and representatives of intended audiences to analyze data, identify needs, and assist in developing educational programs.

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Participate in partnerships and facilitate partnership development with other state and federal agencies, non-government organizations, and other institutions.

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Work with State Specialists to develop and implement training opportunities for County Extension Agents in the areas of agronomic crop production, processing, and marketing. Facilitate and participate in grant writing and other extramural funding development efforts to support programs.

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Posted: 11/13/2020
Application Due: 1/12/2021
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