Extension Educator 3 (Renewable Natural Resources - Water)
Penn State University
- Penn State Extension
- Date Announced:
- Date Closing:
- open until filled
- Job Number:
- Level/Salary Band:
- 03 – H – Exempt
- Work Unit:
- College Of Agricultural Sciences
- Penn State Extension - Jefferson County
- Full/Part Time:
The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an individual trained in water resources to join our nationally recognized Penn State Extension Water Resource Team. The individual hired 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 water quality, quantity and water systems education with the goal of improving both the safety of rural home/farm drinking water supplies and the quality of Pennsylvania’s waterways. As a result of these educational programs, measureable improvements in rural drinking water supply management and implementation of various watershed management practices will be critical outcomes. The individual will be responsible for developing and leading educational events for formal and informal educators, area landowners, industry representatives, and government officials in three team initiatives including drinking water/sourcewater protection, agricultural water resources, and green stormwater management. Examples of specific programs that could be included in these programs include rural water supply testing and interpretation, irrigation and livestock water supply management, pond and lake management, stormwater management and agricultural best management practices related to water quality. The individual will also respond to requests for assistance in troubleshooting water resources problems for homes, farms and businesses. Team members are expected to work closely with University-based research faculty in developing and conducting applied research that is relevant to 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 state teams and outside institutions. The position will be located in McKean or Jefferson County but he/she will be part of a state team that is expected to participate and deliver programs statewide. 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 renewable natural resources, water quality, environmental resource management, agricultural sciences, hydrogeology, agricultural systems management, or other related disciplines, and to those that have related work experience in education or industry. Candidates should have a basic knowledge of and commitment to water resources sustainability and enjoy the challenge of working as part of a team on a wide variety of educational efforts. Candidates must demonstrate ability to relate to a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students and have the ability to build effective working relationships with colleagues and clientele. Excellent verbal and written communications skills required. Candidates must possess strong computer skills, teaching skills, interpersonal skills and ability to work as a member of a team. The candidate must be organized and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously. 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. 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 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.
These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.