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Extension Agent, Ag

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Posting Details

Posting Information

Vacancy Type NC Cooperative Extension
Is Internal Transfer Only No
Job Type Full-Time - Permanent
Time-Limited Appointment Length No
If Yes, Appointment Length
Title Extension Agent, Ag
Working Title Extension Agent, Ag
Salary Range
Anticipated Hiring Range Minimum Bachelor's $35,000; Minimum Master's $40,000
Position Number WT-00004340-0917
Work Schedule 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.00
Department 117105 - West District - Clay
Department
Job City & State Hayesville, NC
Primary Function of Organizational Unit

North Carolina Cooperative Extension gives our residents easy access to the resources and expertise of NC State University and NC A&T State University. Through educational programs, publications, and events, Cooperative Extension field faculty deliver unbiased, research-based information to North Carolina citizens.

Clay County is home for over 150 farming operations and an estimated 12,000 acres of land in farming. Key agricultural enterprises in Clay County include vegetables, cattle, wineries, row crops, and horses. Annual receipts by Clay farmers exceed 3 million.

The Town of Hayesville is the county’s largest municipality and the county seat. The county population is 8,000. Clay County is located in the mountain region of western North Carolina, approximately two hours west of Asheville, NC and approximately 350 miles from our State Capital, Raleigh, NC.

Essential Job Duties

The Extension Agent is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating an outcome-based program addressing issues and opportunities identified in Clay County including all areas of agronomic crops, local food systems, forage and pastures, animal production, high tunnel and vegetable production, and other areas as needed. This position must use all tools available to also market educational programs.

Other Work/Responsibilities

This position will demand a dynamic and enthusiastic individual with a broad background of knowledge in animal agriculture, horticulture, high tunnel, and vegetable production. This position works closely with the 4-H program to assist 4-H youth program. This position will also provide leadership to the Master Gardener Program, Pesticide Education, and Community Economic Development such as Farmers Markets. The agent will provide educational programs and presentations to producers and other groups. Public speaking, planning and evaluation skills are a must.

Minimum Experience/Education

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 an agricultural or related field, – 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 an agricultural or related field, or – Completion of a Master’s 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 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. The Extension Agent is eligible to become a member of the non-tenure track/special faculty at North Carolina State University. The Extension Agent has primary responsibility for planning, executing, and evaluating that phase of Extension programs within assigned areas of program responsibility. The Extension Agent cooperates with colleagues in the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and leaders in performing assigned responsibilities. The performance of assigned responsibilities is governed by the philosophy, objectives, policies, and procedures of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.

Departmental Required Skills

A degree in an agricultural or related field is required.

Travel within the county is required. Some travel within the district and state is also required.

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.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

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

Required License or Certification

N/A

Special Instructions
Job Open Date 08/31/2017
Must Be Open Until

Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.
09/14/2017
Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No
Proposed Hire Date
AA/EOE

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.

Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree verified at www.wes.org. Degree must be obtained prior to start date.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
    • NCSU Website
    • NCSU Executive Search Services
    • Monster.com
    • CareerBuilder.com
    • InsideHigherEd.com
    • HigherEdJobs.com
    • Other Online Job Board
    • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
    • Job / Career Fair
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Professional Journal
    • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
    • Professional Organization
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
    • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
    • NCSU Employee Referral
    • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
    • Other
  2. * If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * All agent positions require a minimum education requirement of: A. A Bachelor's degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 overall or 3.0 in major field of study (based on a 4.0 scale); B. 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 of 3.0 or higher; C. A completed Master's degree. Do you meet this minimum education requirement?
    • Yes, I meet the requirement listed in section A above.
    • Yes, I meet the requirement listed in section B above.
    • Yes, I meet the requirement listed in section C above.
    • No, however I am in my last semester of study.
    • No, I do not meet this requirement.

Application Materials Required

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Contact Information for References
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Recommendation 1
  2. Letter of Recommendation 2
  3. Other Document (1)