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The Ohio State University
OSU Extension
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Posted: 11/14/2022
County Extension Educator Agriculture and Natural Resources
Salary: $34,830 - $63,990

County Extension Educator

Crawford County, Agriculture and Natural Resources

Bucyrus, OH / Area 8



Post: November 11, 2022

Deadline: December 4, 2022

Screening Interview: TBD

County Interview: TBD

Salary: $34,830 to $63,990

This posting is for an Extension Educator (1, 2, or 3); salary and Educator level for final candidate will be determined by years of experience and education level:


Extension Educator 1

Requires a bachelor's Degree

Salary Range: $34,830-$58,050


Extension Educator 2

Requires a master's Degree

Salary Range: $43,500-$60,930


Extension Educator 3

Requires a master's Degree and 11+ years of direct or related work experience

Salary Range: $51,000-$63,990


JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: This position is located in Crawford County, Ohio.

The Ohio State University Extension (OSUE) seeks an Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Educator to work collaboratively with county, area and state teams of OSUE professionals and with local agency leaders and volunteers. The Extension Educator, ANR in Crawford County will provide overall leadership to developing and conducting a proactive applied research and education program in agriculture and natural resources to meet current and future needs in emerging issues and state-mandated rules such as nutrient and manure management, crop production, livestock production, farm management, succession planning, niche markets, and timber industry.

The Educator will plan, teach, deliver, disseminate, and evaluate educational programs and applied research on relevant local issues using innovative educational methods to adults and/or youth. The Educator may be required to replicate and adhere to existing programs that meet the needs of the local community. The Educator will be responsible for a broad range of basic to complex duties that could include but are not limited to: Maintaining a high level of visibility and facilitate communications with a wide range of clientele to promote understanding of agriculture and natural resource issues; Maintain a program of individual professional improvement in selected subject areas; Ensure diversity among potential clientele and learners and equal access to programs and facilities; Providing guidance and/or leadership for Agriculture and Natural Resources programming targeted to local and area needs. The Educator will maintain OSU Unger Farm conducting yearly agronomy research and maintaining the 52-acre farm for agronomy research and horticulture fruit demonstrations. The educator will work closely with other educators in the North central area of the state and state specialist. The Educator will work closely with local advisory committees, commodity groups, and volunteers to conduct needs assessment and priority setting to determine emphasis of education programs. The Educator will strengthen the partnership with local school based vocational agriculture programs. Approximately 10% of the Educator's time will be dedicated to statewide issues (required). The Educator will participate in shared stewardship responsibilities that assist county administrative duties and may be responsible for securing external funds to support local programming. The Educator will serve as an educational advisor and liaison for OSUE and The Ohio State University with federal, state, and local agencies and educational institutions at the local community level. The Educator will participate as a member of county, multi-county, and/or state Extension teams to further the overall mission, vision and values of both Ohio State University Extension and Agriculture and Natural Resources.

· Plan, teach, deliver, and evaluate adult educational programs on public issues such as farm management/succession planning, livestock and crop production, small farm and niche marketing and state-required certifications. The education would detail best management practices and encourage active stewardship of Crawford County resources. Maintain a high level of visibility and facilitate communications with a wide range of clientele including traditional and non-traditional learners, elected officials, agricultural and non-agricultural stakeholders, and environmental and special interest groups to promote the understanding of agriculture and natural resources issues. In addition to adult programming, youth programming will be implemented in the county in conjunction with the local 4-H program. It will focus on, but not limited to, local food production, quality care and handling of animals, and connecting youth with modern agriculture techniques and practices.

· Serve as an educational advisor and liaison for the Ohio State University Extension and the University to appropriate public issue and program related organizations. Represent OSU Extension and the University with federal, state and local agencies and educational institutions at the local community level.

· Develop effective advisory committee. Work closely with local advisory committees, commodity groups and volunteers to conduct needs assessment and priority setting to determine emphasis of educational programs. Provide networking and collaboration to coordinate public response and answering questions about agriculture for local consumers, media, and public.

· Work collaboratively with Extension educators in all program areas, where interdisciplinary efforts are needed to meet broad issues or carry out major programming efforts. Collaborate with other ANR educators in the north central area of the state to collaboratively program.

· Provide a minimum of 10% statewide specialization in an appropriate subject area (to be selected) with information distributed to area and state Extension professionals.

· Manage OSU Unger farm, maintain the 52-acre farm for the purpose of conducting agricultural applied research to meet local needs and horticultural demonstrations, along with educational programs on issues of importance to clientele

QUALIFICATIONS: An earned Bachelor’s or Master's degree at the time of hire is required. Preference will be given to candidates with a degree in agriculture or natural resources or other educationally related area (examples are: food science, biology, science education). The successful candidate will have strong written and oral communication skills and experience in working with diverse clientele and organizations. Demonstrated success in working as part of a team and initiating collaborative partnerships is sought. Leadership ability and strong teaching and subject matter expertise in at least one area of agriculture is necessary. Candidates must be willing to work flexible hours with a minimum of supervision.

Final candidates are subject to successful completion of a background check. A drug screen, physical, or psychological screening may be required during the post offer process.