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Department: 117525 - North Central District - Wilkes
Location: Wilkesboro, NC
Essential Job Duties:
The agent in this position will have educational responsibilities for consumer and commercial horticulture programs in Wilkes County. The successful candidate must be able to conduct educational programs that focus on the profitability and sustainability of produce farms, utilizing best practices and encouraging adoption of proven technology, business, and financial practices. This position also provides training and support for the Master Gardener program in Wilkes County.
This position provides leadership for the development, implementation, and evaluation of an effective educational program to meet the needs in Wilkes County for commercial and consumer horticulture, including local foods and orchards (apple, peach, and other tree fruit).
The agent will be expected to develop and market educational programs with measurable impacts and to collaborate with co-workers, other agencies, groups, and organizations in order to more effectively reach intended audiences throughout the counties.
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, – 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 Service 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 Service.
A bachelor's degree in horticultural science or a related agricultural field is required.
A Master's degree is preferred.
A high level of computer competency is desired.
Required license or certification:
Position Number: NC-00002259-0419
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