Urban Agriculture Ext Agent (Jefferson County)
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.
This position will be located in Jefferson County
SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY:
The Urban Agriculture Extension Agent serves as a key resource in consumer horticulture, local foods and sustainability related efforts in Jefferson County. This position is responsible for working with minority and underserve audiences to develop and implement contemporary comprehensive Urban Extension programming, which includes gardening, horticulture, local foods, sustainability, conservation and environmental stewardship. The Urban Agriculture Extension Agent is responsible for building partnerships and strengthen linkages with county and regional agencies, agricultural organizations, decision makers, homeowners, and residents interested in the science of urban agriculture. This position is also responsible for non-formal educational programs in appropriate technology, alternative enterprises, urban agriculture planning and management, marketing, and leveraging community collaboration. This position will be a member of the off-campus Extension staff of Kentucky State University and the position will be located in Jefferson County. This position will report to the KSU Assistant Extension Administrator for County Operations.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: (ex: duties that are essential to performing the job with or without an accommodation)
• Deliver educational programming using a range of approaches and media, including but not limited to one-on-one meetings, workshops, field days, site visits, phone calls, email, and other virtual methods of communication.
• Works collaboratively with Extension specialists and associates in the piloting and implementation of urban Extension relevant programs.
• Complete monthly and yearly statistical reporting requirements through Kentucky Extension Reporting System that include success stories and telecommuting impact reports.
• Attend various meetings for Land-Grant, Cooperative Extension, and County operations.
• Knowledge of local county trends and situations within content/subject area.
• Routinely conducts countywide programs and demonstrations to address critical issues and needs identified by urban stakeholders.
• Identity and implement appropriate programs for minorities and underserve audiences based on issues and needs.
• Utilizes evaluation techniques/tools provided, by content specialists, to conduct program assessments and evaluations.
• Work with and/or develop councils, advisory groups, and committees to facilitate community involvement in urban programming.
• Design, implement, and evaluate educational programs in the areas of urban agriculture, agribusiness, alternative enterprises, local food production, and marketing.
• Develop urban field days, urban field trials, and demonstrations related to alternative enterprise production.
• Serve as a conduit to additional programing and information available at Kentucky State University such as community gardening, school gardening urban agriculture, vegetable production, and other related programing.
• Assist urban farming planning to improve income from agricultural production.
• Assist farmers with electronic recordkeeping.
• Advise farmers on opportunities to apply for available grant programs such as the KSU Small Scale Farm Program grants, USDA grants, and other grant programs.
• Perform other job-related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
• Bachelor’s Degree in horticulture, agriculture, agribusiness management, agricultural education, or a related field. Masters in horticulture or agricultural related field is preferred. One to three years of related experience in Extension is preferred. Must have own transportation.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:
• Extensive knowledge of horticultural production and pest management.
• Knowledge of agriculture and local food production.
• Ability to communicate effectively, orally, and in writing.
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders.
• Skill in the use of personal computers and related software packages.
• Experience with planting and farm work.
• Knowledge of data presentation and organization methods and techniques.
• Ability to maintain concise and accurate records.
• Work could involve some exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
• Requires some standing or walking.
• Ability to lift 40 lbs.
• No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
• Extensive travel required.