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Agriculture Extension Educator

Company:
University of Wisconsin Extension
Job Location:
Baldwin, Wisconsin 54002
Category:
Education
Type:
Part time
The Agriculture Extension Educator serves the people and communities of Wisconsin by addressing local, statewide and national issues, improving lives through research-based education, fostering partnerships and action, and facilitating positive impacts that support: Thriving individuals and families; Effective organizations; Healthy and vibrant communities; and Strong economies.

OFFICE LOCATION: St. Croix County, UW-Extension Office, 1960 8th Ave., Suite 140, Baldwin, WI 54002. This is a 50% position.

INITIAL PROGRAMMING FOCUS:
This Agriculture Extension Educator position will primarily serve St. Croix County.

The Agriculture Extension Educator designs, delivers, and evaluates research-based educational programming and services aligned with the position's programmatic focus. Initial programming focus will include :
*Responding to commercial and homeowner questions, including plant problem diagnosis, weed identification, pest and disease management for a diverse audience.
*Provide commercial horticulture educational programming addressing existing and emerging needs for fruit and vegetable production, which may include production for farmers markets, CSA's, direct marketing, cooperatives, and other venues.
*Provide commercial horticultural programming addressing existing and emerging needs for the green industry, which may include nurseries, greenhouses, landscapers, garden centers, landscape maintenance firms and others.
*Collaborate with the UW-Extension Pierce County Horticulture Educator

This individual will apply the University of Wisconsin's research, education and outreach resources to address locally identified needs and opportunities.

PRIMARY DUTIES :

Programming
*Utilize knowledge of local communities and partners to identify needs and deliver relevant programming;
*Access, develop or adapt culturally-relevant, research-based educational programming to meet identified needs and opportunities;
*Expand access by reaching and engaging diverse audiences and ensuring full access to programs, facilities, and educational services; and
*Evaluate and report on programming by utilizing established tools and processes to inform future program design, improve effectiveness and demonstrate value.

Collaboration & Relationships
*Collaborate with local colleagues to promote a positive office environment, determine local needs, and share resources;
*Develop and maintain respectful working relationships;
*Collaborate with statewide colleagues within and across organizational structures to develop and adapt standardized and relevant programming; and
*Promote Cooperative Extension and its programs to build greater access, visibility and value.

Administrative & Programmatic Accountability
*Reports to the Area Extension Director;
*Works with the Area Extension Director and local partners to identify programming needs and seek input on performance;
*Creates a plan that identifies local audiences, describes the programming to meet their needs, connects to larger program objectives of Cooperative Extension and assesses programming effectiveness;
*Communicates plans, activities, and achievements to relevant stakeholders;
*Ensures programs serve and reach audiences reflective of the diversity of the state; and
*Submits reports that meet the requirements, policies, and established practices of Cooperative Extension and partners, including federal Civil Rights requirements.

INSTITUTIONAL AFFILIATION:
The Agriculture Extension Educator is an employee of the UW-Cooperative Extension, a member of the Agriculture Institute and will choose one primary program within the Agriculture Institute. Extension Educators may choose a secondary focus with another program.

QUALIFICATIONS :

Required :
*Bachelor's degree; in horticulture, plant sciences, agronomy, botany, soil science, plant pathology, entomology
*Work experience relevant to the programmatic responsibilities of the position as related to commercial horticulture
*Ability to communicate effectively using a variety of methods and technology; and
*Ability to effectively work with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity.

Preferred :
*A Master's degree in a field relevant to the programmatic responsibilities of the position;
*At least three years of relevant field and work experience in the area of programming and service delivery such as; work in the green industry (ornamental, landscape design, nursery, green house, etc.), fruit and/or vegetable productions.
*Ability to work cooperatively with other agencies, community-based services, or organizations to address educational needs;
*Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to build and maintain professional work environments;
*Experience managing multiple tasks, timelines, and schedules while maintaining high quality work;
*Demonstrated skill in interpreting, utilizing, and applying evidence-based information and research findings;
*Demonstrated success in developing, delivering, and evaluating educational programs for diverse audiences utilizing a variety of educational techniques, methods, and modes; and
*Demonstrated experience developing effective partnerships or coalitions with community partners and local governments.

WORKING CONDITIONS:
Expected to make individual arrangements for transportation adequate to meet position responsibilities and essential job functions;
Work evenings or weekends as needed to meet local needs; and
Carrying educational equipment, up to 25 lbs.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:
This is a part-time (.5 FTE) academic staff position. Final salary is commensurate with experience and education. State of Wisconsin benefits including retirement, vacation, sick leave, health insurance, and other insurances. For a more detailed description of available benefits, please see https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/.

TYPE OF APPOINTMENT:
This position is a fixed-term renewable academic staff appointment in the University of Wisconsin-Extension's Division of Cooperative Extension. Reappointment to this position after the initial term is dependent upon performance and availability of funding.

ORGANIZATIONAL INFORMATION:
UW-Cooperative Extension is the educational resource that helps the Wisconsin Idea become reality. Valuing leadership, relationship-building, and inclusion; UW-Cooperative Extension teaches, learns, leads, and serves the people of Wisconsin by connecting them with the University of Wisconsin research and resources. Located in all 72 counties of Wisconsin, UW-Cooperative Extension engages with communities to influence their lives beyond the boundaries of the classroom.

SPECIAL NOTES:
As an affirmative action employer, UW-Extension provides equal opportunity in programs and employment and is strongly committed to maintaining an organizational climate that supports and respects differences and equality of opportunity. UW-Extension does not discriminate on the basis of age; race; creed; color; disability; sex/gender; sexual orientation; national origin; ancestry; religion; marital status; identity as a veteran, disabled veteran, Vietnam veteran or any other military service; arrest record or non-program related conviction record. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

Materials will be made available in alternative format upon request. Please call 711 if you are hearing or speech impaired and need assistance. Direct inquiries concerning equal opportunity to: University of Wisconsin-Extension Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Room 201; 432 N. Lake Street; Madison, WI 53706. oedi@uwex.uwc.edu(email); 608.890.0259 (fax)

An offer of employment is contingent upon the following: 1) the establishment of identity and verification of employment eligibility as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, 2) if required, submission of an official transcript upon hire, and 3) a criminal background check prior to employment. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, convictions and pending charges will be considered only as they relate to this position.

CLICK APPLY:
Applicants are required to apply online. UW-Extension will not consider paper, emailed or faxed applications. Online application, with all required documents, must be received by 2/27/2018.

Required application materials:
A letter of application that addresses how your education and experience meet all of the required qualifications for the position;
Professional resume that includes degree information;
Transcripts; and
Names and contact information (e-mail address, phone number, and mailing address) of at least three references.





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