Natural Resources Team Lead/Water Resources Educator

North Carolina State University

Raleigh, NC, USA 🇺🇸

Posting Details

Position Information

Posting NumberPG190361CE
Position NumberNE-00060497-0822
Position TypeNC Cooperative Extension

Department Information

Job City & StateRaleigh, NC
DepartmentNCCE Wake County Center

System Information

Working TitleNatural Resources Team Lead/Water Resources Educator
Appointment12 Month Recurring
Job TypeFull-Time – Permanent

Position Information

Position Overview

Essential Job DutiesThe Extension Agent in this position will provide leadership for the development, implementation and evaluation of an effective Ag & Natural Resources educational program to meet the needs of Wake County residents. This position demands a responsible and self-motivated individual with outstanding relationship skills and a strong background in Ag & Natural Resources and Water Resources Education. Extension’s Ag & Natural Resource Team Leader will provide leadership for expanded educational outreach opportunities for the One Water Partnership in addition to working to strategically position the Wake ANR Team for success.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit
North Carolina Cooperative Extension gives our residents easy access to the resources and expertise of NC State University and NC A&T State University. Through educational programs, publications, and events, Cooperative Extension field faculty deliver unbiased, research-based information to North Carolina citizens. Our mission is to partner with communities to deliver education and technology that enrich the lives, land and economy of North Carolinians.

Wake County is the fastest growing and largest urban community in North Carolina, with 11 municipalities, experiencing a net gain of 62 residents per day. Many urban and metropolitan areas face challenges associated with urban flooding, storm-water management, air and water quality, urban heat islands, chronic diseases and public health issues, access to green spaces, equity and social justice. The impact of these issues in urban areas continues to grow resulting from climate change and sustained growth. Urban green infrastructure has a role in addressing all these issues. Green infrastructure includes vegetation, soils, and other elements and practices that restore some of the natural processes required to manage water and create healthier urban environments. Green Infrastructure elements may be integrated in communities in single, small-scale applications or networks of practices spanning entire watersheds. Examples include land conservation, urban tree canopy, green roofs, green parking, green streets and alleys, permeable pavements, bioswales, planter boxes, rain gardens, rainwater harvesting and downspout disconnection.

NC Cooperative Extension’s Wake County Center collaborates with campus-based faculty from NC State’s College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, Biological and Agricultural Engineering, NC Sea Grant, NC State’s College of Natural Resources Department of Forestry & Environmental Resources, with Wake County’s Soil and Water District, NRCS, municipal storm water engineers and Wake County’s Environmental Services Department to support water quality. Wake County’s One Water Partnership envisions expanded opportunities for water quality education and coordinated, intentional efforts that target developers, HOA’s, homeowners and addresses workforce development opportunities for sustaining green storm water infrastructure (GSI) best practice. Extension’s Ag & Natural Resource Team leader will provide leadership for expanded educational outreach opportunities for the One Water Partnership in addition to working to strategically position Wake ANR Team for success.

To learn more about the NCCE Wake County Center, visit:
To find out more about Wake County, you may go to:
Other Work/ResponsibilitiesWake County Cooperative Extension’s (WCCE) Water Resources Educator coordinates with the Area Extension Water Quality Specialized Agent and local partners to develop an educational plan for Wake County’s One Water Partnership and to execute specific components of that plan. The person in this role also serves as the Agriculture and Natural Resources Team leader for the County’s related Extension resources, providing strategic leadership to align educational efforts relatedto producers, commercial and consumer horticulture, urban agriculture with outcomes associated with sustainable farming, water quality and climate resilience.

Duties Include but are not limited to:
—Strategic Planning with multiple partners aligned through collective impact initiatives related to water quality, climate resilience and agriculture
—Facilitation and Partnership Development
—Working closely with local partners to site, plan, install and educate landowners and homeowners onwater quality protection measures that they can implement on their properties
—Organizing, delivering hands-on educational workshops with resource persons
—Serving on county and stakeholder advisory boards
—Establishing water quality protection demonstration projects in the field and holding related
workshops and mass media products
—Creating science-based, educational, instructional products for stakeholder groups using video mass media and social media to reach, educate and instruct diverse audiences in partnership with
the Communications Team
—Managing data and developing reports
—Evaluation and Outcome measurement


Number of Permanent Employees this Position Supervises2
Percent of Time Spent30%

Requirements and Preferences

Identify if the Position is Mandatory / Essential / KeyNot Applicable
Work Schedule8:30AM – 5:15PM M-F; frequent evenings and weekends
Minimum Experience/EducationOne of the following educational requirements: – A Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 overall or a 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) in an agricultural or related field. The minimum GPA requirement will be waived for NCCE Program Associates with a Bachelor’s degree. – A Bachelor’s degree and the completion of at least one-half of coursework in a Master’s degree curriculum with a cumulative grade point average 3.0 or higher with at least one of the degrees in an agricultural or related field, or – Completion of a Master’s degree with at least one of the degrees in an agricultural or related field. Also required: a personal automobile; computer literacy; strong oral and written communication skills; the ability to plan, implement, market, and evaluate educational programs; willingness to work as a team member and support a total Extension program; and the ability to handle multiple demands and set priorities. Personal Attributes: Successful performance of the duties encompassed in the Extension Agent’s job requires that the individual possess habits of industry, a sense of responsibility, and a genuine appreciation for the worth of the individual. The employee must be adept in both oral and written communication. The Extension Agent is eligible to become a member of the non-tenure track/special faculty at North Carolina State University. The Extension Agent has primary responsibility for planning, executing, and evaluating that phase of Extension programs within assigned areas of program responsibility. The Extension Agent cooperates with colleagues in the North Carolina Cooperative Extension and leaders in performing assigned responsibilities. The performance of assigned responsibilities is governed by the philosophy, objectives, policies, and procedures of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension.
Department Required SkillsBS in Horticulture, Soils, Chemistry, Plant Science, Environmental Science, Education and 3-5 years of experience in one or more of the following areas:
—Stream Restoration or Streambank Repair
—Conservation Development / Low Impact Development
—Stormwater Management / Sedimentation & Erosion Control Practices (SCMs)
—Water quality issues, water quality studies, sampling, equipment
—Program Development, management
—Strategic Planning or Facilitative Leadership
—Personnel Supervision
Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, EducationPrefer Masters or PhD in Horticulture, Soils, Chemistry, Plant Science, Environmental Science or
Education and 6-10 years of experience in one or more of the following additional areas:
—Certifications in Stormwater SCM maintenance and inspection
—Certification in Streambank Repair or Restoration
—Certification in Rain garden siting construction and maintenance
—Other NCSU or other University water-related workshops or training
—Grant writing
—Budget Management
—Horticulture, Soils, or Plant Science
—Native Plants
—Water Conservation, Soil Conservation
—Local Government Experience in Stormwater, Public Works, Parks and Streets
—Working with the public, Customer Service Experience
—Understanding of NCSU, NC Cooperative Extension and Land Grant Mission
—Environmental protection project management or construction
—Developing media or news packages
—Using video mass media and social media to reach, educate and instruction of diverse audiences
Required License or CertificationN/A
Valid NC Driver’s License required?Yes
Commercial Driver’s License Required?No
Physical Required?No
List any other medical/drug tests required


Recruitment Details

Anticipated Hiring RangeMinimum $40,000 Bachelor’s, $45,000 Master’s commensurate with experience, education and qualifications
Internal Transfer OnlyNo

Recruitment Dates

Job Open Date08/04/2022

Applicant Information

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AA/EEONC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
    • NCSU Website
    • Job Alert (automated email from our system)
    • NCSU Executive Search Services
    • Other Online Job Board
    • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
    • Job / Career Fair
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Professional Journal
    • Print Advertisement (Newspaper / Periodical)
    • Radio / Television Advertisement
    • Professional Organization
    • Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC)
    • Direct Contact from NCSU HR Representative / Recruiter
    • NCSU Employee Referral
    • Social Media (LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Other)
    • Other
  2. * If you learned about this vacancy from “other source” or “other website”, please provide the source.(Open Ended Question)
  3. * All agent positions require a minimum education requirement of: A. A Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 overall or 3.0 in major field of study (based on a 4.0 scale); B. A Bachelor’s degree and the completion of at least one-half of coursework in a Master’s degree curriculum with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher; C. A completed Master’s degree. Do you meet this minimum education requirement?
    • Yes, I meet the requirement listed in section A above.
    • Yes, I meet the requirement listed in section B above.
    • Yes, I meet the requirement listed in section C above.
    • No, however I am in my last semester of study.
    • No, I do not meet this requirement.
  4. * Are you available to work nights and weekends as needed?(Open Ended Question)

Application Materials Required

Required Documents

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Contact Information for References

Optional Documents