Extension Agent, Ag (Horticulture)

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NC State University
Location
Greensboro, NC
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

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Job Details

Posting Number:

PG190197CE

Position Number:

NC-00100698-0721

Position Type:

NC Cooperative Extension

Job City & State:

Greensboro, NC

Department :

NC Cooperative Extension - Guilford County

Working Title:

Extension Agent, Ag (Horticulture)

Appointment:

12 Month Recurring

Job Type:

Full-Time - Permanent

FTE:

1.0

Essential Job Duties:

The agent in this position will have educational responsibilities for commercial and consumer ornamentals horticultural production. The successful candidate must be able to conduct educational programs that focus on the profitability and sustainability of North Carolina Green Industry professionals, utilizing best practices based on research to include the adoption of proven technology, business, and financial practices. The agent in this position will provide leadership for the development and implementation of the urban horticulture program in Guilford County, including a large Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program. The agent will proactively conduct needs assessments and program evaluations to provide future direction for the program.

Other Work/Responsibilities:

The agent in this position provides leadership for the development, implementation, and evaluation of an effective educational program to meet the needs in the county in the following areas of responsibility: ornamentals and turf production, pesticide education, grounds maintenance, and volunteer management.

The agent in this position will also have educational responsibilities in all phases of the urban horticulture program.

The agent will be expected to develop and market educational programs with measurable impacts and to collaborate with coworkers, other agencies, groups, and organizations in order to more effectively reach intended audiences throughout the county.

The person in this position must possess a high degree of agricultural subject matter competence and excellent people and communication skills, be computer literate, and have the necessary education and experience to lead a strong Extension education program.

Number of Permanent Employees this Position Supervises:

N/A

Percent of Time Spent:

N/A

Identify if the Position is Mandatory / Essential / Key:

Not Applicable

Work Schedule:

8 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday; evenings/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 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.

Department Required Skills:

A bachelor’s degree in horticulture or plant sciences or a related area is required.

Travel within the district and occasional travel outside of the district is required.

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education:

A Master’s degree is preferred.

Desired skills and abilities include the ability to manage volunteers; strong home landscaping background including pesticide recertification needs of our green industry; willingness to work as part of a team; strong written and verbal communication skills; and good computer skills.

Required License or Certification:

Valid driver’s license.

Valid NC Driver's License required?:

Yes

Commercial Driver's License Required?:

No

Physical Required?:

No

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Minimum Bachelor's $40,000; Minimum Master's $45,000; Minimum Doctorate $50,000

Internal Transfer Only:

No

Job Open Date:

07/13/2021

Quick Link:

https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/146473

AA/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.

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Our research doesn't just get published in a journal or sit on a shelf; it makes an impact. NC State is No. 6 nationwide in commercialization agreements based on university research, and we're No. 2 among universities without a medical school. Our Cooperative Extension Service provides research-based information to citizens in all 100 North Carolina counties. In addition, our industrial extension unit — Industry Expansion Solutions — has created an economic benefit for the state's manufacturers averaging $149 million per year since 2005.

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