Extension Educator 3 (Field and Forage Crops)
Penn State University
- Franklin County Cooperative Extension Office, Chambersburg
- Date Announced:
- Date Closing:
- open until filled
- Job Number:
- Level/Salary Band:
- 03 – H – Exempt
- Work Unit:
- College of Agricultural Sciences
- Penn State Extension, Franklin County
- Full/Part Time:
The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an individual trained in Nutrient Management, Agribusiness Management, Precision Agriculture or Agronomy to join our nationally recognized Penn State Extension Field and Forage Crops State Team. As a member of the Field and Forage Crops Extension Team, the individual will be responsible for actively working with the team to identify important educational learning objectives, develop and lead educational events to support these learning objectives. All team members are expected to participate in the development of a diverse external funding portfolio (e.g. grants, contracts, cost recovery, development) in support of the team’s programs. The individual will be expected to develop original content to engage audiences through innovative educational methods such as online courses, videos, mobile apps, and electronic publications in addition to traditional publications and in-person presentations. It is expected that the individual in the position will be able to provide technical support to agricultural producers to accomplish three objectives: adopt production practices that contribute to improved water quality through reduced nutrient and pesticide contamination, develop value added crop production enterprises that contribute to economic growth, and improve pesticide management practices to reduce human exposure, pesticide runoff into surface waters and reduce the likelihood of pest resistance. Critical outcomes would be an increased number of nutrient management plans and adoption of approved water quality practices by producers; development of close collaborations with conservation districts would be a positive impact; development of examples of value added crop production and demonstration of improvements in the awareness, knowledge and use of pesticides would also be critical for success. While we are seeking disciplinary expertise in nutrient management or, it is expected that competitive candidates will have a general understanding of agronomic practices. Team members are expected to work closely with university-based research faculty in developing and conducting applied research that is relevant to the state-wide customer needs. The individual must be able to work effectively in a team and with the diverse populations and audiences. The successful candidate will need to develop and/or participate in interdisciplinary collaborations across multiple Extension Program Teams and outside institutions. While the successful candidate will be based in Franklin County, (181 Franklin Farm Lane Chambersburg, Pennsylvania 17202) he or she will be part of a state team and thus expected to participate and deliver programs across the state. Excellent verbal and written communications skills required in English, valued in Spanish. Must possess teaching and interpersonal skills; ability to build effective working relationships with colleagues and clientele, and to work as a member of a team. The candidate must be organized and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Desired experience includes writing articles and formal reports on clientele information, managing grants, and providing leadership in a group. Proficiency in the use of computer software packages such as Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint is required. Candidate must have the ability to carry equipment, educational materials and supplies with or without accommodation. They must possess a valid driver's license, use of a private automobile, and the ability to travel across several counties. This position is an opportunity to join one of the nation’s leading extension organizations at a time when it is embarking on a new and exciting new business model that encourages risk taking and innovation. Review of applications will begin December, 1 2017 and will remain open until a suitable candidate is hired. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preference will be given to candidates with degree(s) in nutrient management, plant science, agri-business or other related disciplines, and to those that have related work experience in education or industry Since this position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as part of your job duties, successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. This is a fixed-term appointment funded through December 31, 2018 with excellent possibility of re-funding.
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