NC Cooperative ExtensionJob City & State:
Spindlale, NC Department :
NCCE - Rutherford CountyWorking Title:
Extension Agent, HorticultureAppointment:
12 Month RecurringJob Type:
Full-Time - PermanentFTE:
1Essential Job Duties:
The agent in this position will provide leadership for the horticulture programs in Rutherford County in both the areas of commercial and consumer horticulture.The agent will provide relevant educational programming and training, as well as proactively conduct needs assessments and program evaluations.Other Work/Responsibilities:
Primary Function of Organizational Unit
North Carolina Cooperative Extension gives our residents easy access to the resources and expertise of NC State University and NC A&T State University through educational programs, publications, and events. Cooperative Extension agents deliver unbiased, research-based information to North Carolina citizens.Rutherford County is located in the foothills of North Carolina within approximately one hour’s drive of Asheville to the west, Charlotte to the east, and the Greenville Spartanburg metro area of South Carolina to the south. According to data estimates from the US Census, Rutherford County’s population is 66,956.Rutherford County covers 361,034 acres of land with nearly 66,000 acres in farming production. Beef Cattle, broilers, and the forestry industry are the major contributors to the county’s agricultural economy. The average farm size is 93 acres, with 96.3% of farms being family owned. Other agricultural operations include, but are not limited to: row crops, commercial vegetable production, small-scale blueberry production, small-scale strawberry production, small-scale dairy production (cow and goat), numerous backyard gardens, community gardens, numerous landscaping contractors, and a local farmers’ market.Rutherford County has an active Extension Master Gardener volunteer program. Master Gardner volunteers assist at the Extension Center with Horticulture-based programs, client calls, and the Extension educational garden.
The agent in this position will have educational responsibilities in all phases of consumer and commercial horticulture (including but not limited to): insect and disease diagnosis, turf, ornamental, and nursery operation support, fruits, and vegetable production, sustainable agriculture, specialty crops, organics, community-supported agriculture, local farmer’s markets, and pesticide education.
Major ResponsibilitiesThis position demands a responsible and self-motivated individual with outstanding relationship skills and possesses a high degree of horticulture subject matter competence along with excellent people and communication skills, is computer literate, and has the necessary education and experience to lead a strong program in the designated areas of focus.
- Develop, implement, and evaluate educational programs using appropriate delivery methods and technologies, including integrated and multidisciplinary programming.
- Outcomes and impacts are to be documented and marketed.
- Develops and maintains a comprehensive understanding of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service as an educational agency and its implications for programming in the county.
- Markets county Extension programs and services to the community using various media.
- Work collaboratively with other Extension programs, staff, agencies, and community organizations to meet the specialized needs of the community.
- Maintains liaison with civic organizations, related businesses, informal educational organizations, and other voluntary groups.
- Other duties as assigned.
Additional responsibilities include providing customer service and horticultural resources and education to consumers. Training and oversight of the Extension Master Gardener volunteers. Managing pesticide education as it pertains to the green industry. Developing and coordinating youth horticulture programs, innovative strategies for marketing, and evaluating educational programs by showing measurable impacts.Identify if the Position is Mandatory / Essential / Key:
Not ApplicableWork Schedule:
8:30 am - 5:00 pm; nights and weekends as requiredMinimum 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:
N/APreferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education:
Knowledge and experience in communications, presentations, public relations/marketing, leadership, time management, organization, technology, networking, and resource development preferred.The candidate should possess a high degree of subject matter competence, be a good communicator, have the ability to work independently and within a team, handle multiple demands, and set priorities in accordance with the mission and philosophy of NC Cooperative Extension.Required License or Certification:
n/AValid NC Driver's License required?:
YesCommercial Driver's License Required?:
NoAnticipated Hiring Range:
$40,000 - $45,000Internal Transfer Only:
NoJob Open Date:
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