Home Grounds, Gardens & Home Pests Regional Extension
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Job Description Summary
Program Priority Areas: Home Grounds, Gardens & Home
Geographic Area: Northwest Alabama, serving Colbert, Fayette,
Franklin, Lamar, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Marion, Morgan,
Walker, and Winston Counties. This position will be housed in an
office located in one of the counties in the region served.
Responsibilities: Programming from this team is diverse, covering
training opportunities for green industry professionals, and for
non-commercial gardeners/homeowners. Green industry programs can
include athletic field management, pesticide safety training, and
irrigation. Non-commercial horticulture can include backyard fruit,
nut and vegetable culture, lawn and ornamental installation and
maintenance, water quality, waste management, and pest management.
All of these must promote best management practices and the
appropriate use of all pest management products.
The Regional Extension Agent ( REA ) will utilize all available
technologies in their educational outreach as well as more
traditional methods such as newsletters and workshops/group
meetings. Related to non-commercial horticulture, the Master
Gardener volunteer program is a responsibility of this team. REA’s
coordinate volunteer training classes and guide volunteer efforts
in public outreach. Designing and participating in applied
research/demonstration with other agents and Specialists benefits
both green industry and non-commercial audiences. All REAs are
expected to support the team’s program impact evaluations each
year. All REAs are expected to participate in regional and state
horticulture associations, developing their reputation as
educational leaders with the Alabama Cooperative Extension
Team Descriptions: The Home Grounds team includes Regional
Extension Agents (REAs), Urban Regional Extension Agents (UREAs),
County Extension Coordinators (CECs), and Extension Specialists.
The 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 REAs and the region’s CECs
to provide leadership in planning, implementing, evaluating, and
reporting the team’s programs conducted in the region.
A Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, plant science or related field
WITH at least two years of relevant work experience is
The successful candidate must demonstrate capability in planning
and delivering educational programs in residential horticulture
related to plant/pest management, and should have practical
knowledge of horticultural and environmental best management
practices in ornamental and fruit/vegetable crops. Candidates must
demonstrate effective written and interpersonal communication
skills, and the ability to work cooperatively with individuals and
groups representing diverse clientele.
Successful applicants must possess strong leadership and
organizational skills, and the ability to respectfully
self-motivate their daily priorities. This position requires
regular travel to carry out Extension responsibilities, and the
successful incumbent must have access to reliable
A Master’s degree is preferred and does not require work experience
Experience recruiting, teaching, and leading volunteers to deliver
horticulture related programs is highly valued.
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