Position Summary

Descriptive Title

The area agent in this position will have educational responsibilities in all phases of commercial horticulture, pesticide certification, and field crops (tobacco, soybeans, corn, wheat) for a two-county area.

Salary and Other Benefits

Minimum Bachelor's $40,000; Minimum Master's $45,000 Minimum Doctorate $50,000. Additional salary for previous work experience. Area Agent Supplement $2,000 annually. Full benefits.

Remote Position


Position Description

The area agent in this position will have educational responsibilities in all phases of commercial horticulture, pesticide certification, and field crops (tobacco, soybeans, corn, wheat) for a two-county area. The position is housed in Forsyth County. The successful candidate must be able to conduct educational programs that focus on the profitability and sustainability of North Carolina commercial horticulture, pesticide certification, and field crops, utilizing best practices based on research to include the adoption of proven technology, business, and financial practices. The successful candidate will be responsible for research development in these program areas. This position will coordinate with NCDA&CS, serving as the pesticide coordinator. The area agent provides agricultural producers with research-based information on production, technology, and economics for various crops and assists with problem solving on production issues. The agent will be expected to develop, market, and teach educational programs with measurable impacts and to collaborate with other agencies, groups, and organizations in order to effectively reach intended audiences throughout the two-county area.

As it relates to commercial horticulture, this position will address the needs and learning behaviors of beginning and small-scale horticultural professionals as follows: assist both established agricultural producers and beginning farmers in developing market-driven, systems-integrated, and sustainable specialty crop and/or alternative enterprises that are appropriate for commercial horticulture and farm operations develop, coordinate, and deliver integrated educational programming that assists agricultural producers and stakeholders, and other parties interested in commercial horticulture security issues in building capacity and infrastructure. Hold yearly pesticide education classes and exams; monthly reporting on educational contacts and program impacts is required; have an understanding of grants, grant writing, and reporting.

Required Qualifications

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 the job related field. The minimum GPA requirement will be waived for NCCE Program Associates with a Bachelor’s degree. – 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 the job related field, or – Completion of a Master’s degree with at least one of the degrees in the job 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 County Extension Area 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.

Preferred Qualifications

Extension or other professional experience, including a high level of computer competency, is desired.

Other Requirements

A bachelor’s degree in crop science, agronomy, or a related agricultural field is required. A Master’s degree is preferred.

Travel Requirements

Travel within the two-county area is required. Occasional travel outside the district is also required.

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?


Contact Name

Susan A. Kelly

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Application Instructions

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or workatncstate@ncsu.edu. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Equal Employer Statement(s)

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

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Transfer research-based knowledge to North Carolinians.
Translate knowledge into practical applications.
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