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Working Title: Extension Educator, Water Resources and Irrigation
Appointment: 100% Time, Assistant Extension Educator (9623), P & A
Location: Extension Regional Office, St. Cloud (preferred), Andover or Morris
Extension Area: Department of Agricultural and Natural Resource Systems (ANR)
Application Deadline: August 13, 2023
ABOUT THIS POSITION
The Water Resources and Irrigation Extension Educator believes in clean, abundant water for all Minnesotans. They bring in-depth expertise to address complex water management issues, specifically in geographic areas with significant agricultural land use and irrigation. The educator will collaborate with diverse organizations to identify, develop, implement, and evaluate educational programs that will have a measurable benefit on water quality and quantity. A substantial portion of this person’s time will be focused on Extension education related to irrigation, although they will also work on other issues related to agriculture and water quality and quantity. The position will require working with a range of public, private, and non-profit stakeholders including:
The Extension Educator will develop, implement, and evaluate online and in-person educational programs to educate farmers, agriculture professionals, and other key audiences, focusing on irrigation, agricultural water management, and related topics. These programs may include seminars, workshops, non-credit courses, and materials such as newsletters, fact sheets, extension bulletins and articles, blog posts, and podcasts. The educator will lead or contribute to education programs for new and existing irrigation-focused Extension activities, including the Minnesota Irrigator Program, irrigation field days, and other irrigation Extension activities. The Educator is responsible for program development and delivery in cooperation with other teams at the University and with partners across the state.
This position is accountable to the Program Leader in Water Resources for program direction, performance evaluation and personnel actions. The educator will participate in annual performance reviews and more frequent team and individual check-in conversations. Long-term success will be evaluated through the Extension promotion process and these criteria.
Percentages listed here express the relative workload for these tasks. They may vary slightly depending on the evolving needs of the position and experience of the individual hired.
LOCATION OF POSITION
Extension Educator, Water Resources/Irrigation position will be housed at an Extension Regional Office – either in St. Cloud, Andover or Morris. Even though the position will be located at a specific regional office, this position serves a statewide programming area rather than a single region.
ABOUT THE WATER RESOURCES TEAM AND EXTENSION
This position is a part of the Water Resources Team, a group of Extension professionals at the University of Minnesota who want every Minnesotan to have access to clean, abundant water. The team is a part of the University of Minnesota’s Water Resources Center that aims “To advance the science of clean water for Minnesotans through innovation, workforce development, and knowledge exchange.” As part of the Water Resources Team, this Extension Educator will also work with other program teams to leverage expertise related to cropping systems, livestock management, and natural resources, among others.
University of Minnesota Extension is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. Our mission is to make a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota. Extension strives to attract and retain high-quality, passionate employees, and weave diversity, equity and inclusion into all aspects of Extension’s programming and employee engagement. Find further information at https://extension.umn.edu/
Please apply at: https://extension.umn.edu/home/careers, Job Opening ID: 356399
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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