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Extension Program Assistant

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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 Program Assistant/Associate
Working Title Extension Program Assistant
Salary Range
Anticipated Hiring Range $30,925
Position Number NE-00065456-0318
Work Schedule Monday - Friday, 8-5, occasional programming on nights and weekends as the need arises.
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.0
Department 117705 - Northeast District - Currituck
Department Currituck County
Job City & State Barco, N.C.
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 agents deliver unbiased, research-based information to North Carolina citizens.

Essential Job Duties

Under general supervision, performs technical and administrative work in supplying information to homeowners concerning consumer horticulture while coordinating the Master Gardener Volunteer Program.

Assists the agriculture agent in carrying out comprehensive educational programs and field trials for commercial agriculture producers.

Work involves visiting landowners to trouble shoot plant and pest problems, and water quality problems.

Reports to the Agricultural Agent.
Assists the Agricultural Agent with commercial agricultural needs, such as: laying off, planting and harvesting field plots, recording and calculating yields for agriculture commodity crops.

Recruits, trains, and prepares volunteers for (re)certification for the Extension Master Gardener Program and evaluates individuals’ performance as needed; provides leadership to volunteers.

Gathers data and information for analyzing agricultural information, plant identification, and analysis.

Makes follow-up contacts with landowners providing encouragement and technical assistance in the application and maintenance of recommended practices.

Plans and develops educational programs based on needs assessment.

Prepares and maintains records of preparation and activity in various agricultural programs.

Other Work/Responsibilities

Physical Requirements: Must be physically able to operate a variety of agricultural machinery and other equipment, including computers, calculators, design instruments, laser-equipped transits, global-positioning equipment, soil augers, measuring chains, axes, saws, shovels, etc. Must be physically able to operate a motor vehicle. Must be able to exert up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 25 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 10 pounds of force constantly to move objects. Requires the ability to physically maneuver over and/or upon varying terrain, surfaces or physical structures. Physical demand requirements are for Medium to Heavy Work.

Data Conception: Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable, functional, structural or composite characteristics (whether similar or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people or things.

Interpersonal Communication: Requires the ability to speak and/or signal people to convey or exchange information. Includes receiving instructions, assignments or directions from superiors.

Language Ability: Requires the ability to read a variety of reports, correspondence, ordinances, maps, site plans, spreadsheets, engineering charts, surveys, guides, manuals, technical references, etc. Requires the ability to prepare correspondence, reports, contracts, forms, etc., using prescribed formats. Requires the ability to speak to people with poise, voice control and confidence.

Intelligence: Requires the ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions; to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagrammatic form; and to deal with several abstract and concrete variables.

Verbal Aptitude: Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, to follow oral and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in a variety of technical or professional languages, including engineering and agricultural terminology.

Numerical Aptitude: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; to add and subtract; multiply and divide; calculate decimals and percentages; interpret graphs; perform calculations involving variables, formulas, square roots and polynomials; perform statistical calculations, which include frequency distributions, reliability and validity tests, correlation techniques, factor analysis and econometrics; perform algebraic operations.

Form/Spatial Aptitude: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width and shape.

Motor Coordination: Requires the ability to coordinate hands and eyes rapidly and accurately in using office equipment and surveying tools.

Manual Dexterity: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items, such as keyboards, control knobs, toggle switches, levers, etc. Must have minimal levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

Color Discrimination: Requires the ability to differentiate between colors and shades of color.

Interpersonal Temperament: Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under stress when confronted with persons acting under stress.

Physical Communication: Requires the ability to talk and hear: (Talking: expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words. Hearing: perceiving nature of sounds by ear.) Must be able to communicate via telephone.

Minimum Experience/Education

The minimum requirement for employment with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service (NCCES) is a high-school diploma or equivalent. Advanced training in related fields is preferred.

Departmental Required Skills

Considerable knowledge of applicable federal, state and local laws, and standard practices, methods and techniques of agriculture and agricultural and forestry operations.
General knowledge of tools and supplies used in soil and water management.
Ability to use common office machines, including popular computer-driven word processing, spreadsheet and file maintenance programs.
Ability to recognize types of soil and to determine soil content and suitability for various uses.
Ability to exercise considerable independent judgment in applying program standards in individual cases.
Ability to exercise considerable tact and courtesy in contact with landowners, land users, Extension volunteers and the general public.
Ability to perform rigorous outdoor work in various types of weather.
Ability to perform physical labor as necessitated by work assignments.
Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships as necessitated by work assignments.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

Associate’s degree in agriculture, forestry or related field, and one to two years of experience in agriculture or any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Required License or Certification

Possession of a valid North Carolina driver’s license. Possession of or ability to secure a Public Operator (L & O) pesticide license. Must obtain Master Gardener certification.

Special Instructions
Job Open Date 03/29/2018
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)

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. Letter of Recommendation 3