Program Area: Extension Center for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR)
Application Review: August 16, 2019 initial deadline. Position is open until filled.
ABOUT THE COUNTY
Carlton County has the distinct competitive advantage of “location – location – location” as it is just minutes southwest of the City of Duluth covering 875 square miles. Carlton County is strategically located along Interstate 35 running north to south and State Highway 210 from west to east. According to the U.S Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 861 square miles. The population estimate for 2018 is 35,837 people and 13,413 households in the county. The median income in 2017 was $58,874.
ABOUT THIS POSITION
The University is looking for candidates with skills and experience in: engaging stakeholders in agriculture; developing and strengthening networks; and teaching and facilitating informal educational programs that are relevant to Carlton County. Emphasis areas of the position include soils, forages, pastures, livestock production, commercial horticulture and small farms. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge to new and future programs that enhance and expand the programming in agriculture and assist in the educational support for the Carlton County Soil Improvement Program. This educator will also work closely with the horticulture coordinator in Carlton County to support educational programming. Special efforts will be required to maintain competency in multiple Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) discipline areas as well as knowledge of local/federal/state related programs.
THIS POSITION WILL:
Build relationships with agriculture professionals to foster educational efforts and economic development.
Provide relevant education and support to agriculture enterprises.
Design/conduct educational programs and make them accessible and inviting to diverse participants.
Provide technical assistance and expertise in the agricultural area.
Provide educational support to the Carlton County Soil Improvement Program.
Communicate effectively and positively with colleagues and stakeholders about the work.
Design, develop, deliver/implement and evaluate local AFNR programs based on local needs and expectations. Engage with producers, agricultural professionals to build rapport and working relationships to benefit educational efforts.
Foster and contribute to a positive work climate by developing and maintaining effective county, regional, university and state partnerships that further the development and delivery of Extension educational programs.
Work in collaboration with Carlton County horticulture coordinator. Engage with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies, Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD), Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), county environmental and land management services, noxious weed inspector, and agricultural and natural resources professional organizations to provide educational programs and partnerships relevant to the county.
Provide technical assistance, engage in information sharing, and respond to local agriculture needs.
Provide education and expertise to support the Carlton County Soil Improvement Program through soil testing, soil test analysis, and research plot development.
Supervise AFNR Intern if applicable.
Ensure that Extension programs, facilities, committees, and employment opportunities are accessible to new, diverse, and historically underserved audiences.
Grow as a professional through publication, attendance at conferences, self-directed study and other means.
Document your professional performance using the annual performance review, professional plan of work and promotion for educators without rank.
This is a full-time position as an Extension Educator (University job code 9625ST, Assistant Extension Educator) and renewal is dependent on local funding, program needs, performance, and results.
Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy. Must use personal cell phone, provide own means for traveling throughout the state, and legally required vehicle insurance.
Salary commensurate with education and experience.
Required Education: Bachelor’s degree in agriculture or natural resources related discipline, i.e. agronomy, soils, nutrient management, livestock production, agricultural economics, and/or agricultural education.
Demonstrated ability to create new educational programs based upon past successes or failures.
Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills.
Demonstrated capacity to develop and maintain positive working relationships with colleagues, partners and various stakeholders.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Skilled in Microsoft office programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
Appointment also requires:
Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and appropriate vehicle insurance.
Reliable cell phone to be used and number published publicly.
Master’s degree agriculture or natural resources related discipline.
Current knowledge in agronomy, soils, nutrient management and/or livestock production.
Experience developing and conducting educational programs.
Commitment to ongoing professional development.
Experience using technology for communication, information finding, teaching and report writing.
Ability to articulate public value of educational programming in agriculture and natural resources.
Experience in supervising temporary or full-time staff.
Previous experience as an Extension professional or other educationally related position (within agriculture production systems) is preferred.
Internal Number: 331658
About University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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