Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Extension Agent Conservation
University or Organization :
West Virginia State University Research and Development, Corp
State or Territory :
W. Virginia
Application Deadline :
Oct 04, 2019
Descriptive Job Title :
Extension Agent
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Location :
Institute, West Virginia
Area, Department or Unit :
Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources
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Salary :
Start Date:
None Stated
The half-time (50%) Extension Agent, Conservation is responsible for planning, delivery and evaluation of non-traditional educational programming of particular interest to Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) opportunities and alternative agriculture with a focus on specialty crop production and rotational grazing . The agent will work with other ANR Agents and staff to maintain NRCS demonstration sites and deliver programming and technical support specific to grant-funded opportunities. This position is funded by the NRCS Conservation Training and Certificate Program The Agent will work cooperatively with existing extension programming and grant-funded programs as necessary and as funding opportunities arise.Working with the assistant Program Director and/or the Principal Investigator, the agent will be responsible for developing and delivering training programs pertinent to NRCS programming and small, disadvantaged, military and veteran farmers. The Agent will assist in the preparation, recruitment and retention of program participants and will be responsible for reporting and delivering updates to the program director and/or federal agencies as required. As an Extension employee, the Agent must be willing to continue professional development applicable to the program efforts. The agent is expected to perform other tasks that may be assigned by supervisor(s) and work cooperatively with stakeholders and other Extension faculty at the county, regional, and state levels.
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Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.Program Development, Reporting and Fiscal ManagementEducational Program Development/Delivery Program Participant RecruitmentAdministrationTechnical Assistance and Other Duties as RequiredProgram Development, Reporting and Fiscal Management Work with PIs to proactively seek external funding (local, state, and national grants and foundation requests) to support continued program outreach efforts.Work with program staff, and Evaluator on grant reports.Promote the program at local and statewide events.Create monthly and annual reports for the Grant PI, Assistant Program Director ANR and administrators of WVSU and the WVSU Research and Development Corporation.Educational Program Development and Delivery Coordinate the delivery of various WVSUES programming with emphasis on NRCS Initiatives, including but not limited to rotational grazing and pasture management, pollinator support, high tunnel production and composting.Develop community-based events, workshops and training experiences.Collaborate with local, state, and national educational outreach programs to enhance educational workshops and outreach activities.Create curricula appropriate for WVSUES/NRCS programmingAdministrationSeek sustainability for future program funding and site locations.Assist to recruit, train, recognize, and retain program participants including volunteers.Assist in maintenance of accurate records on screening, job descriptions, placements, and evaluations of volunteersTechnical Assistance Provide field expertise to community and partners.Serve on community boards and committees.Submit articles or other information to internal and external publications.Participate in community events.Other Duties as Assigned Conduct activities to foster a positive public image of West Virginia State University Extension and West Virginia State University, an 1890 Land-Grant InstitutionRepresent West Virginia State University Extension with appropriate individuals, agencies, and organizations on a state, regional, national, and international basisWork collaboratively with other Extension Agents and staff to create and deliver interdisciplinary programs with West Virginia University Extension Service and other university partners as well as external agency and organizational partnersCreate and deliver professional presentations that highlight ANR work at WVSU and assist with delivery at conferencesOther duties may be assigned.Supervisory ResponsibilitiesResponsibilities of the position include: management of project team partners to achieve designated benchmarks; recruit, interview, and retain community volunteers; appraising performance, rewarding and disciplining volunteers; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
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Minimum education level :
A Bachelor's degree is required, Masters preferred in one of the following fields: agriculture and natural resources, nutrition, family and consumer sciences, biological or social sciences and education. The successful candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills and experience in working with diverse clientele and organizations.
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Travel Requirements:
Travel state-wide but may also include various portions of the United States based on attendance requirements for training and/or reporting for grant purposes.
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Contact :
Annette Ericksen
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Application Instructions :
Please send cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and recent letters of recommendation from three professional references with contact information to:Search Committee Chair, Extension Agent ConservationWest Virginia State University Research and Development Corporation, POB 1000, 204 ACEOP Administration Building,Institute, WV 25112.PREFERRED: Information accepted as e-mailed in Word or PDF format