County Extension Agent - Agriculture

University Of Arkansas Conway , AR 72034

Posted 2 months ago

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Type of Position:

Professional Staff - Extension

Workstudy Position:

No

Job Type:

Regular

Work Shift:

Sponsorship Available:

No

Institution Name:

Division of Agriculture of the University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is a state wide campus, with faculty based on University campuses, at Research and Extension Centers and in every Arkansas county. It consists of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and is home to more than 1400 employees.

The Division was established in 1959 and is headed by the Vice-President for Agriculture. The Division headquarters is located in Little Rock with the rest of the University of Arkansas System Administration. As an employer, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance.

Below you will find the details for the position including any supplementary documentation and questions you should review before applying for the opening. To apply for the position, please click the Apply link/button.

If you have a disability and need assistance with the hiring process and require reasonable accommodations, please contact the Division's Office of Inclusion, Access, and Compliance at bbatiste@uada.edu.

For general application assistance or if you have questions about a job posting, please contact Human Resources at 501-671-2219 or 479-502-9820.

Department:

District Director

  • Ozark

Department's Website:

Summary of Job Duties:

Summary:

The County Extension Agent-Agriculture conducts educational programs for county clientele in the areas of agriculture and natural resources for adult and youth audiences.

Duties:

Program Planning and Development

Develops and implements a plan of work based on needs assessment, issues identified by advisory sub-committees, and the Agriculture and Natural Resources and stakeholder input. Works with County Extension Council and advisory sub-committees that reflect the appropriate geographic, gender, age, racial-ethnic population, and socio-economic levels in the county to identify program priorities for Agriculture and Natural Resources, 4H and Youth, and Community and Economic Development educational programs. Collaborates with subject matter specialists to plan delivery of relevant programs based on local needs and issues.

Program Implementation

Recruits and trains volunteers to assist in delivery of educational programs. Identifies and recruits credible, well respected volunteers and producers as cooperators with on-farm demonstrations.

Plans on farm demonstrations that show innovative practices or solutions to problems in an actual farm situation to show its viability or applicability. Uses research based information in educational programming. Adapts program delivery to meet the needs of clientele.

Provides one-on-one consultation with homeowners, farmers, and ranchers to trouble shoot problems and give advice on best management practices. Shows evidence of superior presentation skills. Collaborates across program areas within the county and with peers across county lines.

Markets the Extension Educational program internally and externally for maximum visibility. Uses all available media to promote programs, including social media, traditional media, electronic delivery, and face to face. Contributes to an annual interpretive event that showcases County extension successes to local leaders, stakeholders and county extension council members.

Diversity, Inclusiveness and Cultural Awareness

Maintains compliance of civil rights knowledge, policies and practices to reach diverse and / or underrepresented clientele. Responds respectfully and effectively to people of all cultures, languages, classes, races, sexes, ethnic backgrounds, religions, sexual orientation, abilities and other diversity factors in a manner that recognizes, affirms, and values the worth of individuals families, and communities and protects and preserves the dignity of each. Maintains necessary records for evidence of civil rights compliance.

Technology and Innovation

Demonstrates the ability to integrate technology, information, knowledge and skills in applying solutions to specific issues identified by county stakeholders. Uses available and appropriate technology to reach clientele.

Program Evaluation/Accountability

Uses sound evaluation instruments to measure short, medium and long term outcomes of key educational programs that contribute to clientele behavioral and/or practice change and to improve educational efforts as well as improved quality of life, economic and/or environmental conditions. Conduct evaluations that validate the public value of extension educational programs and accountability to stakeholders and funders.

Reporting

Submits accurate reports in a timely manner. Collects and keeps data up to date and readily accessible. Provides impact reports on educational program results that shows accountability, transparency, honesty, and fairness.

Professionalism

Upholds the reputation of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture in order to maintain the trust and confidence of both the University community and the citizens of the State of Arkansas. Responds to client needs, questions or requests in a timely manner.

Regularly takes advantage of learning opportunities. Incorporates newly learned knowledge and skills from relevant professional development into the Extension educational program. Seeks continuous learning through research journals and other appropriate research-based sources of information.

Displays a positive cooperative attitude toward co-workers, clientele, work assignments and requirements, complies with established work rules and organizational policies. Manages time and resources and demonstrates initiative to meet commitments within established time frames. Responsible for working as a team with other Extension staff and support co-workers with their programming efforts.

Community and Organizational Leadership

Serves on county, multi-county and regional teams. Builds relationships with business and community leaders, with whom Extension collaboration, results in increased visibility and public value of extension programs. Effectively manages volunteers and stakeholder groups.

Resource Management

Seeks extramural funding to enhance and sustain the quality of Extension educational programs. Exhibits responsible stewardship of human, natural, and financial resources.

Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in agriculture or related area is required. Must have transportation for use on the job with liability insurance in effect.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Knowledge of the organization, operation, philosophy, & objectives of the Cooperative Extension Service. Ability to plan & conduct programs without discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status.

Ability to evaluate programs & recognize when they are not having the anticipated impact & take corrective actions to achieve the desired results. Knowledge of & ability to apply principles of management. Ability to work effectively with other Extension personnel, county leadership, & the general public.

Ability to speak & write clearly & communicate ideas effectively. Ability to work long & irregular hours & travel frequently.

Salary Information:

Commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Letters of Recommendation, Resume, Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)

Optional Documents:

Additional Information:

Applicants for this position are requested to upload a Resume (or CV), Cover letter, Official or Unofficial Transcript, and three (3) Letters of Recommendation prior to submitting the application. Once an application is submitted, the applicant will not be able to edit the application or upload additional documents.

If you have technical issues uploading a document or if you would like to provide additional documentation after submitting your application, email documents to humanresources@uada.edu

Documents will be uploaded to your profile after receipt of confirmation.

Recruitment Contact Information:

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site https://uasys.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/UASYS

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.


Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Criminal Background Check, Motor Vehicle Reports Check, Sex Offender Registry

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture may conduct pre-employment background checks on certain positions for applicants being considered for employment. The background checks may include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check.

Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal background check or arrest pending adjudication information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absences of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a consistent, non-discriminatory manner consistent with the state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture commits itself to policies of affirmative action and diversity with respect to both employment opportunities and program participation. The Division complies with these policies not merely because of legal requirements, but because we believe that such practices are basic to human dignity.

As such, the Division welcomes all applicants to apply without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status. Candidates must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity:

Talking

Frequent Physical Activity:

Driving, Hearing, Kneeling, Lifting, Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding, Reaching, Repetitive Motion, Standing, Walking

Occasional Physical Activity:

N/A

Benefits Eligible:

Yes



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County Extension Agent - Agriculture

University Of Arkansas