Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Extension Agent, Ag
University or Organization :
NC State Extension
State or Territory :
N. Carolina
Application Deadline :
Nov 30, 2018
Descriptive Job Title :
Agricultural Extension Agent,
Keywords separated by commas :
Extension, EBCI, Agricultural
Location :
Cherokee, NC
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Full/Part Time :
Salary :
Minimum $35,000; Minimum Master's $40,000 I
Start Date:
Jan 01, 2019
The individual selected for this position will be responsible for educational programming to groups and individuals in all areas of agricultural production, agronomic crops, local food systems, forage and pastures, beekeeping, pesticide education, natural resource conservation & adaptation to environmental change, and other areas as needed.The agent provides agricultural producers with research based information on production, technology, economics and crop and animal culture and assist with problem solving on production issues. The agent assesses needs, plans and executes programs and evaluates the program results. The agent follows Federally Recognized Tribes Extension Program goals and objectives.
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Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
The Cherokee Tribal lands are located in the Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina and are home to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). The land is fragmented into more than thirty parcels, scattered across five of the most remote and mountainous counties in North Carolina. The United States Government holds the land in trust for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians (EBCI). The largest tract is the Qualla Boundary, where the town of Cherokee is located. Other parcels of tribal land are located in surrounding counties. The town of Cherokee is a gateway community to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Tribal government, tribal services and the Cherokee Extension office are centered in the town of Cherokee.The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians operates under a corporate charter granted by the State of North Carolina. The tribal government collects a 7.50% levy on sales within the reservation, instead of state sales tax. The proceeds from this levy are used to administer tribal government, provide municipal services, educational scholarships for Native American students, and for promotion of tourism and economic development. A casino operates in Cherokee providing employment opportunities for tribal members and revenues for tribal operations. The Tribe consists of approximately 15,000 enrolled members and holds 56,000 acres for the Qualla Boundary. The major income source is tourism with local agriculture contributing to the economy.
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Minimum education level :
One of the following educational requirements: A Bachelors 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 Bachelors degree and the completion of at least one-half of coursework in a Masters 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 Masters 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 Agents 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.
Years of experience :
A degree in an agricultural or related field is required. The successful candidate must possess a high degree of agricultural subject matter competence, have excellent people and communication skills, and have the necessary education and experience to lead a strong Extension education program in the assigned program areas.Computer literacy including Word, Excel, Power Point and Publisher is expected. Candidates should have excellent time and resource management skills, should be personable, and able to build networking coalitions.Grant writing, reporting and management skills are required.
Travel Requirements:
Travel within the county and district is required. Occasional travel outside the district required. Overnight trips will also be required occasionally in the district and state for meetings and professional development.
Other Requirements:
Significant course work or experience in agriculture and food systems is preferred. Education or experience in horticultural crops is a plus. Knowledge and experience in leadership, communications, educational presentations, public relations, marketing, effective use of technology, building relationships and networking with other agencies and groups are preferred.


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Contact :
Kelley Hiemstra
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Application Instructions :
Please advertise for 30 days.