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University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley
Texas, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Sep 20, 2023


Posting Number: SRGV6824
Number of Vacancies: 1
Location: Edinburg, Texas
Department: College of Sciences/ Sustainble Agr & Rural Advncmt
FLSA: Exempt

Scope of Job:
To assist in the operation of a program and/or multiple projects focusing on assisting and training beginning farmers and ranchers, exercising independent judgment and authority as required. Responsible for all phases of the program, including program deliverables, program promotion, staff supervision, planning, and innovation.

Description of Duties:
• Coordinates various activities of agricultural and rural development programs.
• Coordinates and assists with resources for small- and mid-size farmers in Texas to start and develop a successful farm operation.
• Provides training and hands-on technical assistance on sustainable production practices to agricultural producers and organizations.
• Provides guidance and instruction in the performance of a variety of maintenance and light repair tasks including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, carpentry, and drip-irrigation systems.
• Develops, cultivates, and maintains working relationships with internal/external departments/agencies and other organizations associated with and/or receiving benefit from the program.
• Helps/trains customers with agricultural site selection and preparation, production, harvesting, and marketing.
• Attends meetings, conferences, and seminars related to the program’s mission and goals.
• Assists others in writing and developing grant proposals for funding projects.
• Provides appropriate project reports and evaluations as required.
• Drafts brochures, letters, agendas, and contracts.
• May plan, develop, organize, and coordinate research and survey designs.
• Provides staff development, onsite demonstrations, and field-based experiences for faculty, students, and community partners related to sustainable agriculture.
• Coordinates and delivers mentoring, counseling, teaching, and/or training activities—performed in person and remotely—of the program.
• Represents department in official functions.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervision Received:
General direction from the assigned supervisor.

Supervision Given:
Supervises assigned staff.

Required Education:
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.

Preferred Education:
Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited university. Bilingual, able to speak Spanish

As a condition of employment this position requires the applicant to be authorized to operate a University-Owned Vehicle for Official University Business. Per University of Texas System Policy 157, applicants will be subject to a motor vehicle record check for their most recent thirty-six (36) month history. Out of State Drivers are required to submit a 36-month history MVR from their prior State of residence(s). 

Required Experience:
• Three (3) years of experience in farming, agriculture, and agricultural extension with knowledge of the farm, agricultural-related equipment, and its care maintenance including program planning/coordination or related experience, or
• One (1) year of the required experience with a Master’s degree, or
Five (5) years of the required experience with an Associate degree or 60 hours of College Credit, or Seven (7) years of the required experience with a High School Diploma or equivalent.

Preferred Experience:

Use of standard office equipment. Must be able to demonstrate the use of farm and agricultural-related equipment, such as tractors, mowers, trimmers, etc. Knowledge of general trades tools, such as screwdrivers, hoes and shovels, wrenches, and pliers.

Working Conditions:
Needs to be able to successfully perform all required duties, including occasional lifting and physical activities related to farming and ranching. Normal office, classroom, or outside environment. Some travel, and weekend and evening work are required. UTRGV is a distributed institution, which requires presence at multiple locations throughout the Rio Grande Valley. Program may require the ability to drive a car for local or distant travel for consultation, training, meetings, or on-site demonstrations.

Ability to interact in a professional manner with faculty, staff, students, and the public. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Computer skills, familiarity with MS software and videoconferencing software preferred. Demonstrated interpersonal skills. Independent decision making and problem-solving ability. Must demonstrate effective project promotion skills, and the ability to develop and maintain strong working relations with internal and external agencies and entities. May require the ability to lift and manipulate tools and bags weighing up to 50 pounds.

Physical Capabilities: N/A
Employment Category: Full-Time
Minimum Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Posted Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Position Available Date: 07/21/2023
Grant Funded Position: Yes
If Yes, Provide Grant Expiration Date: 08/31/2024

EEO Statement:
It is the policy of The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to promote and ensure equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information or protected veteran status. In accordance with the requirements of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended, our University is committed to comply with all government requirements and ensures non-discrimination in its education programs and activities, including employment. We encourage women, minorities and differently abled persons to apply for employment positions of interest.

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Dear Applicant,

Human Resources will not be held responsible for redacting any confidential information from the documents you attach with your application. The confidential information includes the following:

Date of Birth

Please make sure that you omit this information prior to submission. We are advising that Human Resources will be forwarding your application to the department as per your submission. The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley reserves the right to discontinue accepting applications prior to the stated close date of this position, after meeting the posting requirement of three (3) calendar days.

If you have any questions, please visit our Careers site at for detailed contact information.

Additional Information:
UTRGV is a distributed location institution and working location is subject to change based on need.

All UTRGV employees are required to have a criminal background check (CBC). Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Substitutions to the above requirements must have prior approval from the Chief Human Resources Officer.

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