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The Ohio State University
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Posted: 09/14/2022
Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
Salary: 38,000 - 60,000

This position is located in Cuyahoga County, Ohio and focuses on urban farming, community gardening, and supporting the progress of local growers. 

Job Description

The Urban Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Extension Educator in Cuyahoga County works collaboratively with county, regional and state teams of The Ohio State University (OSU) Extension, and with local leaders and volunteers to provide needs-based programming. The Educator holds leadership roles and utilizes their urban agriculture specialization in both county, multi-county, and/or state Extension teams. Leadership roles are also utilized with professional associations at state and national level in an effort to further the overall mission, vision and values of both Ohio State University Extension and Agriculture and Natural Resources. 

This Educator joins the Area Leader in providing guidance to the Program Coordinators for the Master Gardener Volunteer and Summer Sprout Community Gardening programs. This includes applying agricultural knowledge to answer hundreds of questions received annually via phone, email, and office drop-in.

Utilizing appropriate formal and informal community assessment methods the Educator identifies and addresses educational needs and opportunities of our local community. The Educator will convene and facilitate the Urban Farmer Network, and actively participate with local coalitions, committees, etc. as appropriate. The Cuyahoga County ANR Advisory Committee is regularly convened to share and receive feedback on existing and upcoming programs and funding opportunities. 

Coordinating and facilitating Cuyahoga's legacy Master Gardener Basic Training, Dig In! Training and Market Gardener Training provides a foundation of programming. Designing, implementing and teaching additional educational programming, based on needs and interests, to groups and individuals comprised of adults and/or youth is also an important responsibility. Collaborating with internal and external partners to create a pipeline for next generation farmers is a great opportunity for this position to pursue.    

The Educator also applies their personal specialty in urban agriculture in the development of publications and research. This position designs and conducts evaluations on program quality and interprets and applies research findings to professional practice. 

They will have the opportunity to design new resources to increase impact and dissemination of knowledge. The Educator develops promotional material, leads and develops volunteers, and maintains community partnerships that support building local agricultural capacity. 

The Educator actively participates in discussions with partners and elected officials within the county concerning program funding and is responsible for the project budget management and attracting external funds to support local programing.

Supporting the Cuyahoga County office is also integral to this position and includes program promotion, creating a regular urban agriculture newsletter, planning and participating in staff meetings, and offering support to the office team as needed.

Required Experience

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: 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. Demonstrated experience in the areas of urban farm management/economics, urban agriculture, volunteer management and community partnerships.

Candidates must be willing to work flexible hours with minimal supervision.

Desired Experience

Experience mentoring and training others. Ability to interpenetrate and apply research findings to personal practice. Experience attracting external funding to support programing.