Extension Educator (Poultry: Ethologist)
Penn State University
The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an individual trained in poultry science or ethology to join our nationally recognized Penn State Extension Poultry Team. The individual will be responsible for actively working with the team to identify important poultry industry welfare issues, formulate learning objectives, develop educational events and materials to support these objectives and participate in evaluations to measure the team’s educational impact. While we are seeking disciplinary expertise in ethology and poultry welfare and how these are impacted by alternative and novel poultry housing and management systems, it is expected that competitive candidates will have a general understanding of avian biology, husbandry, nutrition, poultry ventilation, housing equipment, agricultural engineering principles related to animal housing and advanced poultry production practices. Experience in general flock management, precision technologies, disease diagnosis and biosecurity are favorable attributes. Team members will be expected to work closely with university-based research faculty in developing and conducting applied research that is relevant to clientele needs. Expectations include contributing to a major effort toward the sustainable growth and welfare of the state’s diverse poultry sectors (broilers, layers, breeders, ducks and game birds). The individual must be able to work effectively on a team and with diverse populations and audiences. The successful candidate will need to develop and/or participate in interdisciplinary collaborations across multiple disciplines and institutions. All team members will be 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 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. Major responsibilities will include planning, implementing, conducting and evaluating a broad educational program for commercial poultry enterprises of any size, especially initiatives that can increase poultry welfare by measureable standards, improve sustainability, and enhance food safety and meat and egg quality. Success in these educational initiatives enables Pennsylvania poultry enterprises to contribute to economic growth and jobs creation. While the successful candidate will be stationed in Extension District 8 (Cumberland, Franklin, Adams, Dauphin, Perry and York Counties), he/she will be part of a state team and thus expected to participate and deliver programs statewide. The home base will be in Franklin County (Office location: 181 Franklin Farms Lane, Chambersburg, PA 17202). This job will be filled as a level 3, or level 4, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree and strong work experience may be considered. Preference will be given to candidates who have one or more degrees in poultry science, animal science, animal ethology or related disciplines and work experience with multiple aspects of poultry production. The successful individual must possess skills for excellent teaching, program development, impact evaluation, and grant management. The candidate must demonstrate the capacity to develop and maintain positive human relationships and the communication skills necessary to work effectively with team members, farmers, industry representatives, government officials, and the general public. Excellent verbal and written communications skills are required in English and valued in Spanish and one must be proficient in the application of computer software and on-line tools. Must possess a valid driver's license, use of a private automobile, and the ability and desire to travel. 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 an exciting new business model that encourages innovation and a variety of learning environments.
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