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Animal Science and Forages Regional Extension Agent-West Central AL

Auburn University
Alabama, United States
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Sep 19, 2023

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Animal Science and Forages Regional Extension Agent-West Central AL

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Extending knowledge, improving lives! Make an impact in your community and in the lives of Alabamians.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is seeking qualified applications for a Regional Extension Agent ( REA ) in the West Central region of Alabama. Applicants must be self-directed and able to thrive in a flexible work environment.

This position is a 100% non-tenure track faculty Extension assignment covering multiple counties.

Program Priority Area: Animal Science and Forages

Geographic Area: West Central Alabama Region (Pickens, Tuscaloosa, Sumter, Greene, Hale, Perry, Choctaw, Marengo, Dallas, Wilcox counties).

Responsibilities: The Regional Extension Agent ( REA ) will participate as a cohesive member of the Animal Science and Forages Extension. The Regional Extension Agent will be responsible for organizing, delivering, and evaluating educational programs for livestock, equine, and forage production. Programming should focus on research-based management practices and their environmental and animal well-being impacts. The REA will use multiple educational delivery methods to disseminate information to clientele including, but not limited to: printed communication, workshops/group meetings, applied research and demonstration projects on farms or using Auburn University research farms, farm consultation visits, social media and web resources. The REA will participate in writing grants and in activities that support applied research/demonstrations beneficial to clientele. The REA will assist the team leader and administrators in project outcome and impact evaluations.

The REA is expected to be an integral part of the Animal Science and Forages team and assist in developing and implementing new programs as needed to meet producer needs and challenges. The REA will join a highly motivated team of agents and specialists with several existing programs including, but not limited to Alabama Forage Focus, Beef and Pork Quality Assurance, Alabama Beef Cattle Improvement Association, and Value-Added marketing programming. The REA may also provide expertise to support 4-H livestock and equine programming.

The candidate will work with local clientele, advisory groups, commodity organizations, and other interested parties to determine program needs in the region. As a team member, the REA will partner with Animal Science and Forages ( ASF ) team members and the region’s County Extension Coordinator’s (CEC’s) to plan, implement, and evaluate animal science and forages educational programs conducted in the region. Participating in regional and state discipline-related associations, and other stakeholder groups, is important for the REA to develop a reputation as an educational leader with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Team Description: Regional Extension Agent’s (REA’s), Urban Regional Extension Agent’s (UREA’s), County Extension Coordinators (CEC’s), and Specialists form the core of Extension teams. This REA will participate as a cohesive team member working with local clientele, advisory groups, volunteers, and other interested parties to determine regional needs for program outreach. As a team member, the REA will partner with other REA’s and CEC’s to provide educational leadership in planning, implementing, evaluating, and reporting programs conducted in the region.

Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in animal science, agronomy or related field and applicable previous work experience in field of study.

The successful candidate must demonstrate capability in planning and executing educational programs in animal science and forages and should have practical knowledge of environmental best management practices related to livestock and forage production. Applicants must have a working knowledge in operating a personal computer and experience with software programs including Microsoft Word, Explorer, Excel, and Outlook. Candidate must demonstrate effective communication skills, possess the ability to work cooperatively with individuals and groups, and be willing to utilize various forms of outreach for program delivery.

This position requires regular travel to carry out Extension responsibilities, and the successful incumbent must have access to reliable transportation.

Desired Qualifications
  • A Master’s degree in animal science, agronomy or related field is strongly preferred or 3 to 5 years of applicable work experience in lieu of a Master’s degree. If the successful incumbent does not have a Master’s degree, the candidate will be required to obtain a master’s degree within five years of successfully completing a probationary period.
  • Knowledge of and experience with cattle and forage production systems in the Southeastern United States.
  • Experience working with individuals, coworkers, and teams to accomplish individual and/or group goals, as evidenced by college, career, and/or community activities.
  • Outstanding leadership skills as demonstrated by roles in college, career, and/or community activities.
  • Ability to utilize electronic and online technologies for educational program delivery.
  • Successful experience teaching livestock and forage production in a formal and/or non-formal setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate (i.e. publications, presentations, web, and/or social media).
Special Instructions to Applicants

****Minimum Starting Salary****
$43,860 for a Bachelor’s Degree
$47,860 for a Master’s Degree
Salary increases for years of relevant, professional work experience

For more information on this position, please contact Dr. Kim Mullenix ( ; 334-707-4471), Animal Science and Forages Extension Team Coordinator.

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