College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Agent (Extension Educator, Agriculture)

University of Maryland Extension  |  Salisbury, MD  |  Posted: Aug 9 2017


Position Number: 103476
Category Status: Faculty Non Tenured, On Track, Full-Time
Unit: AGNR-UME- Lower Shore Cluster (Somerset, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties)


Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation's legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation's capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.


Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Extension Agriculture Educator is responsible for planning, organizing, developing, implementing, and evaluating Extension educational programs for the agricultural community.  Specifically, this position will provide leadership and delivery of educational programming related to fruit and vegetable growers, commercial horticulture and general agronomy. This includes production, harvesting, packing and marketing as well as good agricultural practices, food safety, and other sustainability issues. The Educator will facilitate partnerships with local and state agencies, elected officials, communities, landowners, residents, industry and environmental groups in developing economic opportunities while protecting, as well as advocating for a science-based and responsible approach to handling the state’s natural resources.  The faculty member will be on track for tenure and promotion to a higher rank in accordance with University policy and UME tenure guidelines within a timeframe defined.

 


Position Responsibilities:

  • Develop, promote, implement and evaluate agriculture education programs in Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties.
  • Develop and provide leadership in fruit and vegetable production, commercial horticulture, farm management, integrated pest management, pesticide safety and handling, nutrient management, financial management and natural resource conservation for producers, as well as diverse and underserved populations, in the Lower Shore Cluster Counties.
    • Teach targeted audience farming practices, procedures, techniques and skills that will ultimately result in positive behavioral and/or practice change over time.
  • Serve as a Core Member on the Agriculture and Food Systems Focus Team, working collaboratively with UME Action Teams to identify and develop statewide priorities and signature programs, as well as how and where they need to be implemented across the state.
    • Establish a subject matter expertise in agriculture and lead appropriate applied and problem-solving research in that area.
    • Interpret and disseminate the latest research findings in the fields relevant to the position utilizing publications and state of the art education and communication techniques.
    • Perform teaching, scholarship and service requirements of a faculty member of the University of Maryland.  This is a tenure track position requiring documented accomplishments in the areas of research, teaching, and service. 

 


Qualifications:

Required –

  • M.S. in horticulture or agricultural sciences or related field of study.
  • Background required in the area of fruit and vegetable production and commercial horticulture, with basic business and marketing skills.  Possess knowledge of agronomic farming practices that includes: IPM, high tunnel and greenhouse production, plasticulture systems, nutrient management, irrigation, and the harvesting and handling of safe produce under GAP protocol.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management abilities with evidence of being able to work well with volunteers and diverse clientele.
  • Personal transportation and valid driver’s license required. Must be willing to travel within the assigned counties and state. 
  • Flexible work schedule required for delivering evening and weekend educational programs and activities as determined by clientele availability and needs.
  • Evidence of excellent teaching & communication skills.
  • Knowledge and use of computer technology for educational programming and management is required.
  • This position is subject to a Criminal History Record Check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and clearance of the Criminal History Record Check.

Preferences –

  • Ph.D. in horticulture or agricultural sciences or related field of study.
  • Extension or similar work experience (e.g., work with community economic development, energy technologies and business education).  Experience working with volunteers desirable.
  • Preference will be given to individuals with experience working with diverse audiences and all socioeconomic levels.


Application Instructions:

All candidates must apply online at www.ejobs.umd.edu. A complete application packet includes a letter of application, a current (signed) resume or Curriculum Vitae, copies of transcripts (official transcripts will be required if offered the position), and three (3) professional references, including name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address.


Position Closing Date:

Monday, August 28, 2017


The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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