Purdue University - Extension

Requisition ID:  15827
Extension Educator – Ag and Natural Resources – Clark County
Job Summary
This position will be filled as an Associate Extension Educator or as an Extension Educator. The hiring manager will determine the job level based on the skills, experience and qualifications of the selected candidate.

 

Extension Educators provide the link between Land Grant University research and Indiana residents by creating innovative learning opportunities that address local issues. Dedicated to helping improve the quality of life for current and future residents, Educators collaborate with local, county and state agencies, partner organizations, businesses and schools to analyze needs, develop, implement and oversee vibrant and sustainable research based educational programs, and provide resources and expertise to the local community.

 

As the agricultural industry responds to the growing demands for food, fiber and fuel, Extension outreach is becoming more dynamic as it incorporates agriculture and natural resource based strategies into economic development plans and programs. The Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator builds partnerships with county and regional agencies, agricultural producers, landowners, agricultural organizations, homeowners, decision makers, and citizens interested in the science of agriculture. The ANR Educator serves as a key resource in agriculture and natural resources in their county, and has responsibility for developing and implementing comprehensive programming, which may include cropping systems, farm business/farm management, livestock systems, horticulture, agriculture economics, natural resource conservation and environmental stewardship.

 

Responsibilities:

Work with state and local advisory committees in conducting needs assessments to identify critically important issues
Develop effective and contemporary approaches to plan, deliver and evaluate programming
Ensure all efforts are made to reach diverse audiences and provide equitable access to programs and facilities
Identify, recruit and develop the volunteer leadership necessary to help carry out the mission of Purdue Extension
Develop regular and effective communications and working relationships with colleagues, partners and stakeholders within the community
Quantify, communicate and promote the value of Extension education to key stakeholders, partners and decision-makers
Develop and cultivate external funding sources to enhance educational programming
Participate in and/or lead teams to enhance the scope and reach of Extension programming
Other responsibilities as required
Associate Extension Educator
Required:

Bachelor’s degree
Experience in farm management, commercial agriculture, livestock production, horticulture industry, or another ag-related field
Experiences or leadership with taskforces and community coalitions or equivalents
Ability to work with minimal supervision, including prioritizing workloads to meet deadlines
Knowledge and skill with computer technology in preparing and making reports, presentations, data analysis and retrieval, email and internet applications
Knowledge of basic educational methods and the ability to effectively communicate/teach program specific material
Strong communication, leadership, mentoring, teamwork and group process skills
Flexibility and creativity in the workplace
Ability to work with diverse audiences and stakeholders
Extension Educator
Required:

Bachelor’s degree
2 years’ experience in farm management, commercial agriculture, livestock production, horticulture history, or another ag-related field
Experiences or leadership with taskforces and community coalitions or equivalents
Ability to work with minimal supervision, including prioritizing workloads to meet deadlines
Knowledge and skill with computer technology in preparing and making reports, presentations, data analysis and retrieval, email and internet applications
Knowledge of basic educational methods and the ability to effectively communicate/teach program specific material
Strong communication, leadership, mentoring, teamwork and group process skills
Flexibility and creativity in the workplace
Ability to work with diverse audiences and stakeholders

Preferred:

Master’s degree
Additional Information:

Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position
A valid driver’s license is required for all Extension Educator positions
A background check and MVR check is required for employment in this position
Travel using personal vehicle (mileage reimbursement provided) and evening and weekend work is an integral part of this position
Please attach the names and email addresses of at least three (3) references. As the application review process moves forward, an e-Reference form may be sent to the references for completion
FLSA: Exempt (Not eligible for overtime)
Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contribution Waiting Period
Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply

To apply for this job please visit careers.purdue.edu.