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Extension Agent for Small Farms & Horticulture

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Kentucky State University
Location
Frankfort, KY

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  TITLE: Extension Agent for Small Farms and Horticulture (West Regional Center)

DEPARTMENT: Cooperative Extension

REPORTS TO: Regional/ Area Extension Director  

LOCATION: Bowling Green, KY                   

STANDARD WORK HOURS: 37.5 hours per week 

EMPLOYMENT STATUS: Full-Time 

EMPLOYMENT CLASSIFICATION: Exempt 

 

JOB SUMMARY: 

 

The Extension Agent for Small Farms and Horticulture (West Regional) is a member of the off-campus public service staff of Kentucky State University. The Small Farms/Horticulture Agent provides unbiased research-based, practical, and useful information to underserve and socially disadvantaged Kentuckians through virtual methods, and face-to-face programs. The Extension Agent for Small Farms/Horticulture reports to the Regional Area Extension Director.. This position will serve all clientele ensuring that all youth and adults have equal opportunity to participate in Extension programs regardless of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, or age.

 

 

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:

Deliver educational programming using a range of approaches and media, including but not limited to one-on-one meetings, workshops, field days, site visits, phone calls, email, and other virtual methods of communication.Works collaboratively with Extension specialists and associates in the piloting and implementation of agriculture relevant programs.Works collaboratively with Extension specialists and associates in the piloting and implementation of Extension relevant programs.Collaborate with other Cooperative Extension Agents, school, and community leaders to establish gardening and aquaculture programs Develop, implement, and evaluate a county plan of work based on locally identified needs.Plan and conduct educational programs in horticulture and other agricultural related programs.Serve as a conduit to additional programming and information available at Kentucky State University such as community gardening, school gardening, urban agriculture, vegetable production, aquaponics, and other related programming.Recruit volunteers, create and utilize the expertise of advisory groups, community leaders, public officials, and representatives of intended audiences to analyze data, identify needs, and assist in developing educational programsDevelop and conduct relevant interdisciplinary programs with other staff members of KSU and the University of Kentucky based on critical issues.Advise farmers on opportunities to apply for available grant programs such as the KSU Small Scale Farm Program grants, USDA grants, and other grant programs.Establish methods and plans to promote programs and reach diverse and underrepresented audiences' representative of the service area including Limited English Proficient individuals.Serve as a link between researchers and specialists and the local communities served.Demonstrate personal interest and involvement in the community by participating in and supporting civic/community activities/organizations and networking with community leaders.Establishes, maintains, and updates files, databases, records, and/or other documents; develops and maintains data, and performs routine analyses and calculations in the processing of data for recurring internal reports. 

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:

Extensive knowledge of horticulture.Ability to communicate effectively, orally, and in writing.Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials.Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community.Records maintenance skills.Strong planning and organizational skills.Ability to plan and teach educational programs.Ability to use new technologies in order to promote programs and reach new audiences.Ability to work well in teams.Ability and understanding of the Land Grant mission and vision, University policies, procedures and objectives in planning and conducting Extension programs.  Knowledge of federal and state agricultural agencies. 

MINIMIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:


Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, agriculture, agribusiness management, agricultural education, or a related field.  Masters in horticulture or agricultural-related field is preferred. One to three years of related experience in Extension is preferred. Must have own transportation. 


     SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY 

This position does not have supervisory responsibility. 

WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYISICAL EFFORT:

 

Work involves 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. required.This position requires some night meetings, weekend work, and attendance at out-of-county meetings.A valid driver’s license and a personal vehicle for official duty travel are required. Mileage will be reimbursed at a rate established by the university. 

 

Internal Candidates are Encouraged to Apply

 

Applicants must be authorized to work for any employer in the United States. At this time, Kentucky State University is unable to sponsor or take over sponsorship of an employment visa

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Organization

Our Mission

Kentucky State University is the state's unique, small, liberal studies institution with the lowest student-faculty ratio in the state system. The University shall serve as a residential institution with a range of traditional collegiate programs appropriate to its unique role.

Geographic Region
Kentucky State University's geographic region shall be state-wide for its liberal studies mission, its land grant functions, and its service to state government. In addition, Kentucky State University's primary service area for commuting students shall be for Franklin and contiguous counties.

Institutional Admission Standards
Kentucky State University shall admit students to the institution under selective admission standards to which exceed the minimum guidelines established by the Council on Higher Education, with only limited exceptions. Institutional policy for admitting under-prepared students, including the removal of academic deficiencies within a specified time frame. Through this approach, the University seeks to provide broad access and high-quality programs.

Degree Levels
Selected associate and baccalaureate degree programs shall be oriented toward liberal studies and selected career opportunities related to state government services. Kentucky State University shall offer selected master's degree programs based on demonstrated need, with priority given to a public administration curriculum to meet the needs of state government.

Strategic Directions/Program Priorities
The University shall focus on liberal studies programming. Drawing upon its African-American heritage, the University will promote the values and methods of interdisciplinary and multicultural education in its liberal studies offerings. All students shall participate in common curricula that explore the liberal studies. Drawing upon the multicultural strengths of the University, emphasis shall be placed on preparing minority students for careers in education and in other selected professions including business, computer science, nursing, human services, and public services. These strategic priorities translate into a core of liberal arts baccalaureate degree programs, in addition to degree programs at the associate [A], baccalaureate [B], and master's [M] levels that may include the following: education [B]; business [B]; computer science [A,B]; nursing [A]; home economics [B]; human services [B]; and public administration [B,M].

Enhancement of Instruction
The University shall emphasize teaching. Meeting student needs shall be paramount. The University shall focus on the needs of its students, which include, but are not limited to, full-time and part-time residential students, commuting students from its primary service area, and state governmental employees.

Service and Research Functions
Kentucky State University, as the 1890 land grant institution in the system, shall carry out its responsibilities under federal law and participate fully in appropriate U.S. Department of Agriculture programs, in accord with the mission of the University.

Kentucky State University shall be the major repository for the collection of books, records, and artifacts relative to the history and status of African-American citizens of the Commonwealth and elsewhere. The University shall make such materials available for casual and scholarly study.

Kentucky State University shall focus on meeting the applied research and service needs of state government.

Collaborative Ventures
The priority master's degree program offered by Kentucky State University shall be carefully articulated with related doctoral programs offered by the doctoral-granting institutions in the system. The University shall develop and employ telecommunication resources to communicate with other institutions in the fulfillment of its mission. Curriculum development shall emphasize the transfer of credits form other institutions toward degree completion.

Kentucky State University shall promote cost effectiveness in academic programming and institutional management. Strategic planning resulting in the elimination of duplicative or non-productive programs is essential while the development of carefully selected new programs compatible with the mission is appropriate. Measures of quality and performance shall be the foundation of the University's accountability system which promotes the continuous improvement of programs and services.

Efficiency and Effectiveness
Kentucky State University shall promote cost effectiveness in academic programming and institutional management. Strategic planning resulting in the elimination of duplicative or non-productive programs is essential while the development of carefully selected new programs compatible with the mission is appropriate. Measures of quality and performance shall be the foundation of the University's accountability system which promotes the continuous improvement of programs and services.

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Telephone
502-597-6000
Location
400 E Main St
Frankfort
Kentucky
40601
US

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