As a member of the Water and Integrated Cropping Systems (WICS) team, the incumbent has statewide responsibilities for developing and delivering extension programming focused on adoption and use of precision agriculture technologies and digital agriculture farm management practices that: a) improve profitability; b) encourage stewardship and reduce environmental risks; c) enhance resiliency and sustainability; and d) expand consumer awareness of Nebraska crop production systems. The incumbent also develops and provides learning opportunities for extension educators through professional development in-service activities.
Digital Agriculture Educator:
Collaborates closely with university colleagues in research and extension to lead in visioning, developing, and delivering educational programming (both internally and externally) related to digital agriculture strategies addressing the goals and objectives of the WICS team;
Conducts needs assessments and identifies educational program priorities by working with unit leaders, extension advisory committees, and local stakeholders (e.g., farmers, agribusinesses, Natural Resource Districts and local commodity associations);
Facilitates a collaborative-learning environment with crop producers, state and federal agencies, and industry representatives by supporting the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network to collect, analyze, and interpret data, resulting in development of research-based decision-making strategies for clientele utilizing precision agriculture technologies (e.g., variable rate systems, crop canopy sensors, unmanned aerial vehicles) and digital agriculture techniques (e.g., farm management software, mobile apps for ag, crop models);
Uses innovative teaching strategies and learning methods coupled with a variety of cutting-edge platforms (e.g., podcasts and canvas catalog courses) to design, develop, deliver, and evaluate programs (via impact assessment) for a robust extension education program focused on WICS topics in Nebraska, and as a member of the multi-disciplinary Digital Ag group;
Participates in professional development to enhance and maintain professional expertise in digital agriculture in cropping systems and extension pedagogy, and leverages knowledge gained to provide learning opportunities via professional development in-service activities for extension educators;
Uses entrepreneurial practices to secure grant funding, contracts, program fees, and partnerships/sponsorships to leverage the extension educational program resource base, and to expand the reach of the program;
Supports youth development programs by providing knowledge of digital agriculture related to water and integrated cropping systems.
The incumbent accepts committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university level.
Some travel is required. Must meet driver standards according to UNL policy and have a valid driver's license. Criminal history background check will be conducted.
As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.
Minimum Required Qualifications:
Master's degree must be completed prior to the start date; one degree in Agronomy, Crop Science, Soil Science, Agricultural Mechanization, Agricultural/Biological Engineering, or closely related discipline, with emphasis on strategies and technologies to manage inputs for crop production systems.
Experience employing current digital management strategies and technologies for crop production.
Working knowledge of and experience with the use of precision agriculture technologies and digital agriculture techniques in crop and livestock production.
Experience teaching in a formal or informal setting.
Ability to effectively communicate technical and non-technical information (e.g., publications, presentations, web, and social media).
Experience working with individuals, coworkers, and teams to accomplish individual and/or group goals, as evidenced by academic, career, and/or community activities.
Leadership skills as demonstrated by roles in academic, career, and/or community activities.
Experience in the development and implementation of traditional and innovative program delivery methods (e.g., websites, blogs, Facebook, and Twitter, Pinterest, or other media platforms).
Job Type: Full-Time
Internal Number: 71477
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