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Extension Agent, Ag (Commercial Fruit & Vegetables and Field Crops)

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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 (Commercial Fruit & Vegetables and Field Crops)
Salary Range
Anticipated Hiring Range Bachelors $35,000 minimum; Masters $40,000 minimum; Doctorate $45,000 minimum
Position Number NC-000100720-1017
Work Schedule 8 am - 5 pm; nights and weekends as required
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.00
Department 117539 - North Central District- Guilford
Job City & State Greensboro, 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.

Greensboro is a diverse community located halfway in between the mountains and the coast. Our residents enjoy a rich quality of life flavored by a vibrant downtown, 80 miles of walking and biking trails, close access to state-of-the-art healthcare, and a variety of cultural opportunities.

Greensboro comes alive in the spring with waves of blooms and green, tree-lined streets framing the community with new life.
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Essential Job Duties

The agent in this position will have educational responsibilities in all phases of field crops and commercial fruit & vegetable production. The successful candidate must be able to conduct educational programs that focus on the profitability and sustainability of North Carolina field crops and commercial fruits and vegetables, 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 the program area. This position will also coordinate with NCDA&CS, serving as the pesticide coordinator.

Other Work/Responsibilities

The agent provides agricultural producers with research-based information on production, technology, and economics for 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 county.

As it relates to local foods, this position will address the needs and learning behaviors of beginning and small-scale growers 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 community-based food systems; develop, coordinate, and deliver integrated educational programming that assists agricultural producers and stakeholders, community-based food focused agencies and other parties interested in community food security issues in building capacity and infrastructure addressing local food systems and affiliated activities.

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.

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

A Master’s degree is preferred.

Travel within the county is required.

Occasional travel outside the county/district is also required.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

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

Required License or Certification

Valid driver’s license and reliable, personal transportation required.

Special Instructions
Job Open Date 10/09/2017
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.
Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No
Proposed Hire Date

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 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
    • 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. Transcripts
  2. Letter of Recommendation 1