Montgomery County Agriculture & Natural Resources/4-H & Youth Development Agent

Employer
The University of Georgia
Location
Other South Georgia Area

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Job Details

Posting Number:

F1241P

Working Title:

Montgomery County Agriculture & Natural Resources/4-H & Youth Development Agent

Department:

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 (https://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 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 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department:

UGA Cooperative Extension was founded in 1914 to bring research-based agricultural information to the people of Georgia. County agents and specialists throughout the state share information on issues like water quality, profitability in agribusiness, family wellness and life skills.

County agents provide soil and water test kits and instruction, advice on safe pesticide use, publications, computer programs and lessons in consumer skills to improve Georgians’ quality of life. They are the local experts in food safety, proper eating habits, child safety and parenting.

UGA Extension coordinates 4-H, Georgia’s largest youth program. Each year, almost 200,000 young Georgians participate in community projects, summer camps and conferences on today’s issues while having fun and learning to work together. The leadership skills and values they learn in 4-H last a lifetime.

UGA Extension reaches more than 2.6 million Georgians through education programs each year. Millions more rely on UGA Extension’s publications, educational news articles and public television programming for advice and information.

College/Unit/Department website:

https://extension.uga.edu/county-offices/montgomery.html

Posting Type:

External

Retirement Plan:

TRS or ORP

Employment Type:

Employee

Benefits Eligibility:

Benefits Eligible

Underutilization:

Minorities & Females

Advertised Salary:

Minimum $52,000/year starting for Master’s Degree (Bachelor’s $42,000) as well as an excellent benefits package as a faculty member of the University of Georgia. Reimbursement for business travel will be provided.

Anticipated Start Date:

07/01/2022

Job Posting Date:

05/04/2022

Open until filled:

Yes

Location of Vacancy:

Other South Georgia Area

EEO Statement:

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]).

UGA Statement:

PLEASE NOTE: On December 7, 2021, the federal District Court for the Southern District of Georgia issued a preliminary injunction against enforcing the vaccine requirement for
Federal Contractors pending further review. As a result, the requirements of the Executive Order and associated guidance, including the vaccination requirement for covered contractor employees, are currently not in effect.

The University of Georgia is a Federal Contractor as defined by Presidential Executive Order 14042 and subject to the requirement that Federal Contractors must ensure that all covered employees, including those working remotely, are fully vaccinated by January 4, 2022. You may be required to show proof of your fully vaccinated status at the time of your start date, or have received a medical or religious exemption from the fully vaccinated requirement at the time of your start date. For more information regarding the Federal Contractor fully vaccinated employment requirement please visit https://coronavirus.uga.edu/executive-order/ or call (706) 542-2222.

Classification Title:

Public Service Professional AC

Faculty Rank:

Open Rank

Contract Type:

Fiscal (12 mo.)

Tenure Status:

Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A Master’s degree in Human/Youth Development, Sociology, Education, Agriculture, Family & Consumer Sciences, Recreation, or related area.
  • A Bachelor’s degree is acceptable for a Public Service Provisional appointment (see Additional Requirements for more information on this provisional appointment)

Position Summary:

This position will provide educational programming in the Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) area in Montgomery County providing educational opportunities in production agriculture, horticulture, and natural resources to a wide variety of audiences utilizing multiple teaching methods. Montgomery County has a rich history of an extraordinary Ag Row Crop program and its highest value commodities are onions, timber farms, farmland and rural community. County stakeholders rely heavily on the County Agent. Homeowners and Master Gardner Volunteers also depend on the Agent’s expertise to provide training and programming to the citizens of the community. Tended acres are covered with cotton, peanuts, tobacco, onions, corn, turf and pasture.

This role will also be responsible for managing the 4-H & Youth Development programming in the county by providing educational opportunities for youth in 4-H club meetings, coordinating local activities, and preparing youth for project and judging events. The Montgomery County 4-H Program is robust and provides a wide variety of educational opportunities for youth. This position will work cooperatively with county 4-H staff and provide oversight, management, and support of the 4-H program.

This position requires frequent night meetings, some weekend work, and attendance at out-of-county meetings. A valid driver’s license and access to a reliable private vehicle for official duty travel are required. Reimbursement for business travel will be provided. Transportation of others including 4-H Youth and adult clientele is also a common and necessary function of the job. 4-H competitions, overnight camps, and other events are conducted at district and state levels and necessitate travel and transport of participants.

http://extension.uga.edu/4h/
http://extension.uga.edu/about/join/careers.cfm

Additional Requirements:

See the University of Georgia Guidelines for Appointments and Promotions for Public Service and Outreach Academic Rank for information regarding the Public Service Faculty ranks.

Progression towards earning an advanced degree is expected while in a provisional faculty position. When a public service professional receives an advanced degree, recommendation for a public service faculty appointment can be initiated according to the public service faculty appointment process (see “Appointment and Promotion upon Receiving an Advanced Degree” on page 16 of the Guidelines).

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

  • Computer skills including knowledge of Microsoft Office suite
  • Ability to speak to/teach large groups of residents
  • Ability to organize and carry out activities and programming for youth
  • 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
  • Ability to work as a team member and engage with groups and committees
  • Ability to design, coordinate, and teach educational programs to meet community needs
  • Skills in leadership and management

Is this a Position of Trust?:

No

Does this position have operation, access, or control of financial resources?:

Yes

Does this position require a P-Card? :

No

Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? :

No

Is driving a responsibility of this position?:

Yes

Does this position have direct interaction or care of children under the age of 18 or direct patient care?:

Yes

Does this position have Security Access (e.g., public safety, IT security, personnel records, patient records, or access to chemicals and medications):

Yes

Credit and P-Card policy:

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.

Duties/Responsibilities:

  • Provides educational programming related to Agriculture & Natural Resources and 4-H & Youth Development in Montgomery County.
  • Utilizes the expertise of and works closely with advisory groups, community leaders, public officials and representatives of intended audiences to analyze data, identify needs, and assist in developing educational programs
  • Develops a plan of work that is equitable in meeting the needs of the county’s varied socio-economic population
  • Develops and conducts relevant interdisciplinary programs with other staff members based on critical issues
  • Collaborates with other agencies and community groups to plan and implement programs
  • Conducts promotional efforts to expand the public’s view of extension programming
  • Utilizes current research data and information on emerging issues in program development and teaching
  • Provides reporting of educational activities via UGA software programming.
  • Demonstrates personal interest and involvement in the community by participating in and supporting civic/community activities/organizations and networking with community leaders
  • Ensures the Civil Rights/Equal Opportunity plan of UGA Cooperative Extension is followed and that volunteers and clientele understand Cooperative Extension offers educational programs, assistance, and materials to all people without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, or veteran status.
  • Provides leadership for Program Assistants, volunteers, and teen leaders in delivering 4-H and Youth programs.
  • Works cooperatively with county 4-H staff to develop relevant programming, marketing plans and fundraising.
  • Works cooperatively with school administration, teachers and elected officials in fostering working relationships.

Percentage Of Time:

100

Organization

The University of Georgia, a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest and most comprehensive institution of higher education. Founded in 1785, it is the birthplace of public higher education in America.

Today, UGA enrolls more than 40,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. The main campus has 460 buildings on 767 acres of land. The total acreage of UGA in 30 Georgia counties is 41,539. UGA has 18 colleges and schools, which include Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Arts and Sciences, Business, Ecology, Education, Engineering, Environment and Design, Family and Consumer Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources, Graduate School, Journalism and Mass Communication, Law, Pharmacy, Public Health, Public and International Affairs, Social Work, Veterinary Medicine, and the Honors College. It offers 24 baccalaureate degrees in more than 140 fields; 33 master’s degrees in 144 fields; 8 educational specialist degrees; four doctoral degrees in 99 areas; professional degrees in law, pharmacy and veterinary medicine; and more than 170 study-abroad and exchange programs. UGA Libraries rank among the nation’s best research libraries and contain a total of 5.3 million volumes and one of nation’s largest map collections. The university has had 25 recipients of the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, making it one of the nation’s top Rhodes producers among public universities. UGA is home of the Peabody Awards, presented annually for distinguished achievement and meritorious public service for television, podcast/radio, and digital media. It also is home of Georgia’s State Botanical Garden, state Museum of Art and State Museum of Natural History. Additionally, UGA has one of the largest and most comprehensive public service and outreach programs conducted by an American educational institution.

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Telephone
706-542-3000
Location
215 S. Jackson St.
Athens
Georgia
30602
United States

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