Wyoming County 4-HY Extension Agent

Location
Pineville, Wyoming County
Posted
Mar 11, 2014
Special Filters
Tenured & Tenure-Track
This position will be primarily responsible for conducting WVU Extension Service programming in the area of 4-H and youth development and will be affiliated with the WVU Extension Program Unit for 4-H Youth Development. This Agent will facilitate other Extension programs based on identified needs in Wyoming County. The selected candidate will be involved in developing programs to enable youth and adult volunteers to build on their strengths, manage their resources, and expand their capabilities for the future. They will also coordinate access to agriculture and natural resources programs and subject matter experts in agriculture and natural resources. They will work closely with the second part-time agent in the county to coordinate integration of programming especially in the area of families and health. • Evaluate local needs and determine appropriate subject matter and teaching methods relevant to Wyoming County communities; • Integrate research-based knowledge into the development and implementation of Extension programs; • Support statewide initiatives, such as camping, volunteer management, reaching underserved audiences, health promotion, family strengthening, community leadership development, and literacy; • Recruit, train, and develop a management program for a diverse audience of volunteers; • Conduct research and evaluate the results of teaching, research, and service in terms of measurable impacts and outcomes; • Serve on a multicounty program team and support statewide program initiatives of the 4-H Youth Development Unit, such as civic engagement, STEM education, healthy living, camping, literacy, volunteer management, and reaching the underserved; • Conduct teaching and public service programs in identified priority areas; • Enhance youth programs through involvement of youths and volunteers in a variety of educational experiences, including 4-H clubs, special-interest groups, camps, youth agriculture programs, and literacy programs such as Energy Express; • Develop leadership capacity among community volunteers to support Extension programs; • Develop effective collaborative programs with Extension faculty in neighboring counties to provide a broad array of integrated, multicounty programs; • Serve as an adviser to the Wyoming County 4-H Leaders Association, and a teen leader organization; • Coordinate programming in horticulture and agriculture working with subject matter experts as needed. • Coordinate Extension educational programs in the areas of community, economic, and workforce development. This includes adult leadership development. • Build community support through a diverse and effective network of agencies, businesses, and civic groups to sustain relevant and high-impact Extension programs; • Develop financial and in-kind resources to support priority program initiatives. The position requires some travel and occasional overnight stays out of county as well as some evening and weekend work time and time in a residential camp setting. Working with volunteers is a crucial part of the job and requires knowledge of recruiting, training, and managing a diverse audience of volunteers.