Position Summary

Salary and Other Benefits

Level 27 on the scale at https://www.umass.edu/humres/psu-salary-ranges (median is $60,900). Benefits info at https://www.umass.edu/humres/benefits-0 and additional union-specific information at https://www.umass.edu/humres/psu-unit-bargaining-agreement.

Position Description

The Urban Agriculture Extension Educator supports community-based agricultural enterprises in urban areas of Massachusetts, with a primary focus on the Greater Boston region. The Educator will oversee growth and development of the Urban Agriculture initiative, and will develop and maintain working relationships with organizations and professionals in urban agriculture and linked fields including food systems, food security and community development. As an integral member of the Extension Agriculture Program, the Educator will collaborate with other Program staff to facilitate learning opportunities for urban farmers. The Educator will provide educational support to urban farmers on issues including food production, land access, zoning, permitting, and community relations. The Educator will translate scientific principles into clear and easily understood language, communicating with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures and will be able to navigate the work in languages other than English.

Required Qualifications

- Bachelor’s degree in agricultural science, community development, community organizing or other subjects relevant to the duties. - Three (3) years working experience in urban agriculture or some form of urban community development. - Experience delivering fact-based information that helps others achieve their goals. - Demonstrated competency in multicultural environments, working with diverse populations. - Ability to work collaboratively at a distance from key colleagues. Capacity to travel statewide if needed.

Preferred Qualifications

- Fluency in Spanish or other non-English language relevant to the population of Greater Boston. - Experience with urban agriculture in Greater Boston. - Horticultural expertise. - Successful grant-writing experience. - Experience working for agricultural, social, environmental, or community change in urban contexts.

Travel Requirements

Capacity to travel statewide as needed.

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?

no

Contact Name

Clem Clay

Contact Email

cclay@umext.umass.edu

Application Instructions

Please see details at the application link and give yourself time to complete forms and statements in addition to uploading cover letter and resume. The search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified, but candidates are encouraged to apply by July 5 to ensure consideration in the first review round.

Equal Employer Statement(s)

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.