Working Title Open Rank Extension Educator – Water and Integrated Cropping Systems (Red Willow County)
Department Cooperative Ext Division-0788
Requisition Number F_210038
Posting Open Date 04/05/2021
Application Review Date: (To ensure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date) 06/11/2021
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Description of Work
Based in McCook, NE, the incumbent serves Red Willow, Frontier, Hayes, and Hitchcock Counties, which contribute significantly to Nebraska’s agricultural economy. Primary responsibilities are developing and delivering Water and Integrated Cropping Systems (WICS) extension programming that: a) improves profitability and sustainability; b) reduces environmental risk; c) encourages stewardship; d) enhances resiliency; and e) expands consumer awareness of food, forage, grain, and fiber. The incumbent is an active participant in developing solution-based resources as a member of the state-wide WICS team.
As a Water and Integrated Cropping Systems Educator (0.80 FTE):
• Collaborates closely with colleagues, state and federal agencies, industry representatives, and crop producers delivering precision agriculture strategies to address agronomic and management issues in irrigated and dryland cropping systems.
• Cooperates with educational programming at Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture.
• Develops, delivers, and measures impacts of programs and engagements regarding rainfed and irrigated crop production systems in Nebraska;
• Participates in collection and interpretation of data to develop management strategies for clientele for diverse rainfed and irrigated cropping systems;
• Uses innovative strategies and cutting-edge teaching and learning methods to design, develop, deliver and evaluate programs for a robust extension education program focused on water and integrated cropping systems within the assigned geographic region, and as a member of the statewide WICS Team;
• Engages in a collaborative-learning environment with crop producers and encourages adoption of research-based information in decision-making;
• Participates in and supports the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network;
• Identifies needs and provides access to educational opportunities within the assigned geographic region, working with unit leaders, extension advisory committees, and local stakeholders (e.g., Natural Resources Districts and local commodity associations);
• Works in a multi-disciplinary team environment with extension professionals and other partners to translate and teach the latest research-based information;
• Uses entrepreneurial practices to secure grants, contracts, program fees, and partnerships to leverage the extension educational program’s resource base and reach;
• Partners with research faculty members in action research that can be applied to educational programming;
• Conducts needs assessments, identifies priorities, measures program impact, and reports results at professional meetings and in professional publications;
• Participates in professional development to enhance and maintain professional expertise in cropping systems and extension pedagogy; and
• Supports youth development programs by teaching in areas related to water and integrated cropping systems.
Organizational Citizenship/Lead Educator Assignment (0.20 FTE):
Serve in, contribute to, or support the Lead Educator role. Coordinate with Engagement Zone Coordinator(s) and other Extension professionals locally and in accountability region to develop a robust Nebraska Extension presence.
• Cooperate with local faculty and staff in a team environment to promote Extension’s educational opportunities and impact in the host county.
• Cultivate a culture of collaboration with local leaders and community members that builds positive relationships between the University and the community.
• Support engagement of advisory or policy groups such as the Extension Board, Ag Society, or County Commissioners/Board of Supervisors.
• Understand and adhere to Equal Employment Opportunities; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; and Civil Rights compliance efforts.
• Serve in the following Lead Educator roles as described in the Roles and Responsibilities of the Lead Educator document found at https://myextension.unl.edu/: (none assigned at this time)
The incumbent accepts committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university level.
Some travel is required. Must meet driver standards according to UNL policy and have a valid driver’s license. Criminal history background check will be conducted.
Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and Extension are committed to creating learning, research, Extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of individuals from underrepresented groups.
As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.
Minimum Required Qualifications
• Master’s degree required (completed prior to the start date) in Agronomy, Crop Science, Agricultural Mechanization, Agricultural and Biological Systems Engineering or closely related field.
• Field experience in irrigated production agriculture.
• Experience working with individuals, coworkers, and teams to accomplish individual and/or group goals, as evidenced by college, career, and/or community activities.
• Experience using precision agriculture strategies to address agronomic and management issues in irrigated and dryland crop production.
• Successful experience in developing financial support for educational programs, including securing grants and contracts as well as cost recovery efforts.
• Outstanding leadership skills as demonstrated by roles in college, career, and/or community activities.
• Experience in the development and implementation of social media communication and education, including managing website, blog, Facebook page, and Twitter accounts for a professional organization.
Pre-Placement Driving Record Review Required
Criminal History Background Check Required Yes
How to Apply
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– Cover Letter
– List of three professional references
– Transcripts (official or unofficial) or grade report listing courses taken, the institution where they were taken and final grade. Transcripts must be attached to the online application (as “Other Document”) or attached to an email and sent to [email protected]
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Job Type Full-Time
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