Area Agent, Horticulture

Job description

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Position Number:


Position Type:

NC Cooperative Extension

Job City & State:

Raeford, NC

Department :

NCCE Hoke County

Working Title:

Area Agent, Horticulture


12 Month Recurring

Job Type:

Full-Time - Permanent



Essential Job Duties:

This two county position will be responsible for Horticulture in Hoke and Scotland Counties. The Horticulture Area Agent is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating an outcome-based program addressing issues and opportunities identified in each county. The area agent in this position must have technical competence in both consumer and commercial horticulture and in the delivery of non-formal education programs, and the identification of plants and pests and the diagnosis of plant problems. The area agent in this position develops and works with stakeholder-based committees that provide direction for Extension programs; works with community organizations to effectively link Extension with local resources and clients; and assists effectively with recruiting, training, and managing Extension Master Gardener and other volunteers to expand outreach efforts. In addition, this agent will provide support to community gardens and conventional and organically grown methods of food production.

Other Work/Responsibilities:

The applicant will be responsible for working with homeowners, community groups, commercial horticultural crop producers, professional landscape and turf professionals, and others to increase their knowledge of horticultural issues and implementation of best management practices.

Additional responsibilities include assisting with recruiting and training new Master Gardeners, pesticide education as it pertains to horticulture and the green industry, and developing and coordinating youth horticulture programs. Responsibilities also include commercial horticulture production including educational programs in fruit and vegetable production, sweet potatoes, nursery and greenhouse production, turfgrass management, beekeeping, pond weeds and forestry.

The applicant must be self-directed, have effective oral and written communication skills, and be willing to work with diverse audiences. Grant writing and project management experience is essential. Computer, organization, interpersonal and networking skills are crucial for success. Ability to effectively deliver information via mass media including television, radio and social media is expected. Candidates must be willing to work with the staff to support the entire Extension program.

Number of Permanent Employees this Position Supervises:


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Identify if the Position is Mandatory / Essential / Key:

Not Applicable

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday- 8 AM - 5 PM Business Hours - Evenings and Weekends as required

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 the job 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 the job related field, or – Completion of a Master’s degree with at least one of the degrees in the job 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 County Extension Area 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 County Extension Area Agent is eligible to become a member of the non-tenure track/special faculty at North Carolina State University. The County Extension Area Agent has primary responsibility for planning, executing, and evaluating that phase of county Extension programs within assigned areas of program responsibility. The County Extension Area Agent cooperates with colleagues in the North Carolina Cooperative Extension and county 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.

Department Required Skills:

Travel within the counties and district is required.

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education:

A bachelor’s degree and academic training in horticulture or a closely-related field; a master’s degree is preferred.

Required License or Certification:

Valid Driver’s License and reliable, personal transportation required. Valid North Carolina driver’s license is required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained.

Valid NC Driver's License required?:


Commercial Driver's License Required?:


Physical Required?:


Anticipated Hiring Range:

Minimum Bachelor's $40,000; Minimum Master's $45,000; Minimum Doctorate $50,000 Commensurate with experience.

Internal Transfer Only:


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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 or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

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Job No:
Posted: 4/2/2021
Application Due: 7/1/2021
Work Type: Full Time