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TITLE: Extension Assistant for Livestock Programming
DEPARTMENT: Cooperative Extension Program
EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full-time
EMPLOYMENT CLASSIFICATION: Non- Exempt
SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY: The Extension Assistant for Livestock Programming works in collaboration with Extension Specialist to plan, implement and evaluate effective and comprehensive educational programs designed to solve health, management, economic, and environmental problems in agriculture and natural resources challenging small and limited resource farmers. The Extension Assistant for Livestock Programming is responsible for educational programs in appropriate technology, alternative enterprises, farm planning and management, marketing, farm sustainability, and leveraging community collaboration. Provide outreach related to the use of USDA programs, obtaining farmlands, FSA Farm Ownership and Operating Loans and NRCS-EQUIP opportunities. The Extension assistant will report to the State Specialist of Animal Health and Extension Administrator.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: (ex: duties that are essential to performing the job with or without accommodation)
• Work with Small Farms or Agriculture Agents to develop educational programs and workshops
• Design, implement, and evaluate educational programs in the areas of agribusiness, alternative enterprises, farm management, local food production, and marketing.
• Organize field days, field trials, and demonstrations related to alternative enterprise production.
• Serve as an assistant to state specialist in conducting farm visits, communicating with stake holders, dispersing news about events and upcoming workshops.
• Create fact sheets and publishable education materials.
• Assist farmers with farm planning to improve income from agricultural production.
• Assist farmers in finding and applying for grants and loans for agricultural purposes
• Provide workshops and one-on-one trainings to assist farmers in financial programs and funding opportunities
OTHER DUTIES: The position will conduct other duties as required.
• Bachelor’s degree in animal science, agricultural education, or a related field.
• One to three years of experience in related field preferred. Must have own transportation.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ABILITIES:
• Experience with animals and agriculture.
• Knowledge of agriculture and local food production.
• Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with diverse stakeholders.
• Skill in the use of personal computers and related software packages.
• Knowledge of data presentation and organization methods and techniques.
• Ability to maintain concise and accurate records.
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
Working Conditions and Physical Effort:
• 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.
• Extensive travel required.
KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY is an Equal Opportunity Employer
The functions, qualifications, knowledge/skills, and physical requirements listed in this job description represent the essential duties of the job, which the incumbent must be able to perform either with or without reasonable accommodation. The Job Functions listed do not necessarily include all activities that the individual may perform.