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County Extension Agent - Agriculture

Employer
University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
Location
Arkansas, United States
Salary
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Sep 2, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Agriculture & Animal Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Extension Services, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach
Salary Band
Not specified
Employment Type
Full Time
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Type of Position:Management (Non-Classified)

Workstudy Position:

No

Job Type:Regular

Work Shift:

Sponsorship Available:

No

Institution Name: Division of Agriculture of the University of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is a state wide campus, with faculty based on University campuses, at Research and Extension Centers and in every Arkansas county. It consists of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) and the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service (CES), and is home to more than 1400 employees. The Division was established in 1959 and is headed by the Vice-President for Agriculture. The Division headquarters is located in Little Rock with the rest of the University of Arkansas System Administration. As an employer, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance.

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Department:CEA * Staff Chair * St. Francis County

Department's Website:

Summary of Job Duties:Summary:
The County Extension Agent – Agriculture conducts educational programs for county clientele in agriculture & 4-H youth. The agent works closely with a broad audience base to solicit support & participation within the county.

The focus of this Agriculture position will be mainly in row crop production.

Duties:

Develops and implements annual agriculture plan of work based on issues identified by the Agriculture Advisory Committee. Conducts educational programs and demonstrations in commercial livestock and row crop agriculture that benefit the county agriculture clientele. Provides opportunities for educational programs and activities at the county, district, and state levels, including transportation of clientele to such activities as necessary. Provides educational information to leaders in organized groups that facilitate and assist in carrying out the county Extension agriculture program.
Develops grant applications for funding of club equipment purchases and assist with fundraising activities.

Maintains a thorough knowledge of the social, economic, political and cultural characteristics of the county and an effective liaison with local commodity leaders and agencies. Maintains an up-to-date and working knowledge of state Extension agriculture programs.

Maintains compliance of civil rights and knowledge of current rules and regulations. Plans and implements educational programs to target minorities to achieve 80% parity of participation in program areas by race and gender. Assures that groups worked with are open to the public. Maintains necessary records for civil rights compliance.

Utilizes Extension specialists and other appropriate subject matter resources to conduct county educational programs. Responsible for answering subject matter clientele calls and for farm visits to diagnosis and provide advisement as needed.

Utilizes sound evaluation techniques to measure impacts of the county agriculture programs. Reports impacts to the county agriculture advisory committee and county Extension Council. Reviews evaluation data from delivered programs and makes adjustments as needed to enhance future programs. Seeks advice from county and district supervisors.

Works with county advisory committee members in identifying and developing programs that meet the needs of county clientele. Assists with interpretative activities of the County Extension Council. Provides leadership in preparing and presenting relevant educational material for planning and updating the county agriculture plan of work. Works with 4-H club volunteer leaders in planning educational activities for the club youth members.

Assists with county 4-H activities and competitive events. Assists with district and state level 4-H activities as needed.

Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in agriculture or related area is required. Must have transportation for use on the job with liability insurance in effect.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledge of the organization, operation, philosophy, & objectives of the Cooperative Extension Service. Ability to plan & conduct programs without discrimination based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Ability to evaluate programs & recognize when they are not having the anticipated impact & take corrective actions to achieve the desired results. Knowledge of & ability to apply principles of management. Ability to work effectively with other Extension personnel, county leadership, & the general public. Ability to supervise county staff. Ability to recognize the need for counseling or disciplinary actions & take corrective action. Ability to speak & write clearly & communicate ideas effectively. Ability to work long & irregular hours & travel frequently.

Salary Information:

Commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Letters of Recommendation, Resume, Unofficial/Official Transcript(s)

Optional Documents:

Additional Information:

Special Instructions for the Applicant :

For consideration, applicants must upload a Resume, Cover letter, Transcript, and three (3) Letters of Recommendation. If you have technical issues uploading a document or if you would like to provide additional documentation after submitting your application, contact Human Resources at humanresources@uada.edu

Recruitment Contact Information:

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site https://uasys.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/UASYS

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:Criminal Background Check, Motor Vehicle Reports Check, Sex Offender Registry

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture may conduct pre-employment background checks on certain positions for applicants being considered for employment. The background checks may include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal background check or arrest pending adjudication information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absences of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a consistent, non-discriminatory manner consistent with the state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture commits itself to policies of affirmative action and diversity with respect to both employment opportunities and program participation. The Division complies with these policies not merely because of legal requirements, but because we believe that such practices are basic to human dignity. As such, the Division welcomes all applicants to apply without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status. Candidates must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity:N/A

Frequent Physical Activity:Climbing, Crouching, Driving, Hearing, Kneeling, Lifting, Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding, Pulling, Repetitive Motion, Sharps, Sitting, Standing, Talking, Walking

Occasional Physical Activity:N/A

Benefits Eligible:Yes
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