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The Ohio State University
College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences | Extension
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Posted: 06/13/2022
OSU Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Salary: $38,004 - $63,036

County Extension Educator
Gallia County, Agriculture and Natural Resources
Gallipolis, OH / Area 24

Post: June 10, 2022
Deadline: June 27, 2022
Screening Interview: TBD
County Interview: TBD
Salary: $38,004 to $63,036

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: $38,004-$48,000

Extension Educator 2
Requires a master's Degree
Salary Range: $43,500-$53,508

Extension Educator 3
Requires a master's Degree and 11+ years of direct or related work experience
Salary Range: $51,000-$63,036

This position is in Gallia County, Ohio.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES: 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 Gallia 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, farm management and succession planning, livestock and crop production, 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 (i.e. Mennonite Community) 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 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.

Actively work to ensure diversity among potential clientele and learners, as well as equal access to programs and facilities without regard to age, race, creed, color, handicap, sex, sexual orientation, developmental disability, national origin, marital status, arrest or non-program related conviction record.

· Plan, teach, deliver and evaluate adult educational programs on public issues such as farm management/succession planning, livestock and crop production, natural resources programming, small farm and niche marketing and state-required certifications. The education would detail best management practices and encourage active stewardship of Gallia 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. 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.

· Communicate with clientele, peers, and support teams. Pursue professional development activities that lead to the development of a Specialty or an Area of Expertise, appropriate to locally identified needs, provide expertise in the development, enhancement and support for statewide Extension and Agriculture and Natural Resources programming, including active participation in a state team. Attend and participate in appropriate in-services. Approximately 10% of this professional time is to be dedicated to statewide efforts.

· 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.

· Maintain and expand resources through grants, gifts, sponsorships, in-kind support and fees for program participation; Utilize impact evaluation data to create marketing and promotional reports for distribution to potential program partners and collaborators, elected officials and other local and state stakeholders; Utilize a variety of media efforts including video production, social media, and print media.

· 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.

· Work collaboratively with Extension educators in all program areas (4-H Youth Development, Community Development, and Family and Consumer Sciences), where interdisciplinary efforts are needed to meet broad issues or carry out major programming efforts.

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 are: food science, wildlife 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 including evenings and weekends, have effective time management, organization and prioritizing skills, and be able to work with minimal supervision.

Desired Experience: Training and work experience related to soil science, agronomy, livestock production, farm management, and natural resources. Experience relating to community engagement. Experience working with volunteers, advisory committees and related boards.

Additional Information: Ohio State is focused on enhancing the health and safety of our community. Therefore, the university is requiring every student, faculty and staff member to be compliant with Ohio State’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement.

By the start of employment, all newly hired employees must receive at least the first dose of a two-dose series or a single dose of a one-dose series COVID-19 vaccination. Individuals who choose a two-dose series vaccination must receive the second dose within 45 days of their start date. Proof of vaccination will be required at time of hire.

Candidates may request a medical or religious exemption from the vaccination requirement. Campus employees may also request an exemption for personal reasons. Ohio State Wexner Medical Center, College of Medicine or OSUP Employees are not eligible for personal exemptions. All exemptions are subject to Ohio State’s approval and subject to change, including revocation, due to legal and regulatory requirements.

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.