The agent in this position will be responsible for educational programming and informational assistance related to consumer horticulture, commercial ornamentals and landscaping, turf management and forestry. Additional responsibilities include recruiting and training Master Gardeners and coordinating an active local Master Gardener Association, serving as Local Foods Coordinator, Wildlife and Pond Management, and developing and coordinating youth horticultural programs.
The agent will also work with local farmers markets, community-supported agriculture entities, and other small scale farmers including vegetable and commercial nut production. 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. A bachelor's degree in horticulture or related area of science is required. Experience preparing and presenting educational resource materials in face to face settings or via other forms of writing and the internet, including social media, is required.
The successful candidate is expected to be a team player working with the Extension staff and other organizations and have the ability to work independently. Knowledge and experience in public relations, leadership, time management, organization, networking, and resource development is essential. Travel within the county is required and occasionally within the state.
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