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County Extension Agent - Agriculture

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service does not support permanent residency for employees. This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check. Screening information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Employment is contingent upon availability of funding and satisfactory performance. A resume, cover letter, transcript, and three letters of recommendation are required for consideration for this position. A valid email address for a minimum of three (3) references must be provided at the time of application. An email collecting the reference will be sent directly to the reference provider upon completion of your application. Additional reference letters or documentation can also be sent directly to Human Resources at jobs@uaex.edu For questions, contact Human Resources at 501-671-2219 or email jobs@uaex.edu

Posting Details

Posting Number

Posting Number 580

Position Information

Working Title County Extension Agent - Agriculture
Annual Salary/Hourly Rate Commensurate with education and experience
Position Number N26178
Pay Grade Level
Split Appointment
Benefits Category Full-Time
Position Type Non-Classified

Department Information

Position Location Little Rock - Pulaski County
Contact Person Beth Phelps
Contact Email bphelps@uaex.edu
Contact phone/extension 501-671-2020
Contact fax 501-671-2251

Nature of Position

Summary

The County Extension Agent – Agriculture conducts educational programs for county clientele in agriculture & 4-H youth with major efforts in cotton, corn, soybeans, wheat, rice, livestock, forages&grain sorghum. The agent works closely with a broad audience base to solicit support & participation within the county.

Job Duties

Maintains a thorough knowledge of the social, economic, political and cultural characteristics of the county and an effective liaison with local commodity leaders and agencies. Maintains an up-to-date and working knowledge of state Extension agriculture programs. Works with county advisory committee members in identifying and developing programs that meet the needs of county clientele. Assists with interpretative activities of the County Extension Council. Provides leadership in preparing and presenting relevant educational material for planning and updating the county agriculture plan of work. Works with 4-H shooting sports club volunteer leaders in planning educational activities for the club youth members. Develops grant applications for funding of club equipment purchases.

Develops and implements annual agriculture plan of work based on issues identified by the Agriculture Advisory Committee. Conducts educational programs and demonstrations in commercial livestock and row crop agriculture that benefit the county agriculture clientele. Provides opportunities for educational programs and activities at the county, district, and state levels, including transportation of clientele to such activities as necessary. Provides educational information to leaders in organized groups that facilitate and assist in carrying out the county Extension agriculture program. Recruits leaders and youth for the 4-H program. Coordinates with lead 4-H agent to plan and conduct county 4-H activities and competitive events. Assists with district and state level 4-H activities as needed. Works with county, district, and state fair personnel in conducting the livestock and judging shows. Utilizes Extension specialists and other appropriate subject matter resources to conduct county educational programs. Responsible for answering subject matter clientele calls and for farm visits to diagnosis and provide advisement as needed.

Utilizes sound evaluation techniques to measure impacts of the county agriculture programs. Reports impacts to the county agriculture advisory committee and county Extension Council. Reviews evaluation data from delivered programs and makes adjustments as needed to enhance future programs. Seeks advice from county and district supervisors.

Maintains compliance of civil rights and knowledge of current rules and regulations. Plans and implements educational programs to target minorities to achieve 80% parity of participation in program areas by race and gender. Assures that groups worked with are open to the public. Maintains necessary records for civil rights compliance.

Skills

Knowledge of agricultural subject matter appropriate to the county. Ability to plan&conduct programs & work with all clientele regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Ability to speak &write clearly& communicate ideas effectively. Ability to work long&irregular hours & travel frequently.

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in agriculture or related area of study is required. Must have transportation for use on the job with liability insurance in effect. Must agree to a background check authorizing release of relevant Arkansas Child Abuse & Neglect Central Registry records.

Preferred Qualifications

Masters Degree

Does this position require frequent driving (once a week or more)? Yes
Background Check/Drug Screen Criminal Background Check Only
Work Hours Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. with frequent night and weekend work required.
Posting Date 08/16/2017
Closing Date
Proposed Starting Date

Additional Information

Special instructions to applicants

The University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service does not support permanent residency for employees.

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check. Screening information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position.

Employment is contingent upon availability of funding and satisfactory performance.

A resume, cover letter, transcript, and three letters of recommendation are required for consideration for this position. A valid email address for a minimum of three (3) references must be provided at the time of application. An email collecting the reference will be sent directly to the reference provider upon completion of your application. Additional reference letters or documentation can also be sent directly to Human Resources at jobs@uaex.edu

For questions, contact Human Resources at 501-671-2219 or email jobs@uaex.edu

References

References

Accept References? Yes
Minimum Number of References 3
Maximum Number of References 5
Cut off Date?

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume or CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Unofficial Transcripts
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document 1
  2. Other Document 2
  3. Other Document 3
  4. Other Document 4

Supplemental Questions

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