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Title: Extension Educator – Agricultural Production Systems
Classification: Assistant Extension Educator, Job Code 9625ST
Appointment: Full-time (100% time), Funded by Nicollet and Sibley Counties
Extension Center: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR)
Location: Nicollet County Extension Office, St. Peter, MN and Sibley County Extension Office, Gaylord, MN
Application Review: March 8, 2021; position is open until filled.
ABOUT THE COUNTIES
Nicollet and Sibley Counties are located southwest of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Gaylord is the County seat in Sibley County and St. Peter is the county seat in County. Agriculture is a major industry in the counties; the combined market value of products sold in both counties in 2017 was $658,028,000. Sibley County has about 898 farms and 350,036 acres in production; County has about 689 farms and 265,000 acres. Average farm size is 390 and 359 acres respectively in 2017; up about 6.5% from the previous census 5 years earlier. Crop income outpaces livestock income in in Sibley County, whereas, in County it is the reverse. The two counties are the largest counties producing eggs and pullets in Minnesota. Dairy, hogs and beef are the other major livestock in the two counties.
The University is looking for candidates with skills and experience in: engaging stakeholders in agriculture; developing and strengthening networks; and teaching and facilitating informal educational agricultural and horticultural programs that are relevant to Nicollet and Sibley Counties. This support will involve local program development, delivery, marketing, evaluation, coordination of logistics and possibly participation in scholarly research. This position will also be responsible for determining local needs involving AFNR programming and will provide technical assistance and information in the area of crops, livestock, agricultural business management, and horticulture, as well as oversight of the Master Gardener program.
The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge to new and future programs that support and enhance the production and economic development of agriculture in both counties. Effort will be required to maintain competency in multiple Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) discipline areas as well as familiarity with local/federal/state related programs.
Required Education: Bachelor’s degree is required. At least one degree in an agriculture-related discipline is required, i.e. livestock production, agronomy, soils, agricultural economics, or agricultural education.
Appointment also requires:
● A Master’s degree is preferred. At least one degree in an agriculture-related discipline is required, i.e. livestock production, agronomy, soils, agricultural economics, or agricultural education.
● Experience with crop, livestock production, or horticulture.
● Experience as a volunteer or in managing volunteers.
● Experience developing and conducting educational programs.
● Commitment to ongoing professional development.
● Experience using technology for communication, information finding, teaching and reporting, including evidence of social media expertise.
● Ability to articulate public value of educational programming in agriculture.
● Previous experience as an Extension professional or other related educational position (within agriculture production systems) is preferred.
The University of Minnesota Extension is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota, a land grant institution with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. The mission of the University of Minnesota Extension is: “Making a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota.” https://extension.umn.edu/
Please apply at: https://extension.umn.edu/about-extension/careers, Job Opening ID: 339361
Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click on the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position. Please include the following attachments with your online application:
Three professional references and transcripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) will be required during the interview process.
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For questions about this position, contact:
Sarah Chur, Program Leader, Extension Center for Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, email@example.com.
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Tiffany McMillan, Extension Human Resources, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Application review will commence on March 8, 2021. Position is open until filled.
Any offer of employment is contingent on the successful completion of a background check.
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