Extension Program Specialist II (Water Quality Program)

Iowa State University

Ames, IA, US

Posting Number 80223P

Working Title Extension Program Specialist II – Water Quality Program

Advertised Employing Department Agriculture & Natural Resources Extension and Outreach

Appointment Type Professional & Scientific – Term

Proposed Start Date As soon as possible.

Proposed End Date or Length of Term 06/30/2019

Number of Months Employed Per Year 12

Full or Part Time Full-Time

Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Extension to Agriculture and Natural Resources with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is seeking applications for an Extension Program Specialist II – Water Quality Program.

The Extension Program Specialist will work closely with the Water Quality Program Manager and the Conservation Learning Group to assist in the coordination, creation and delivery of communication and outreach programming, materials, publications, evaluation, and reporting related to water quality and flood reduction projects. The incumbent will assist with the development of water quality education and outreach, agricultural and conservation professional training, farmer field days and on-farm education; facilitate improved communication planning and social media relations with farmers, water quality professionals and others affiliated with the projects. The incumbent will serve as one of the educators conducting Conservation Station and Water Rocks! outreach events throughout the year. The incumbent will translate complex scientific knowledge on cover crops, water, soil health, and conservation into various displays and curriculum materials to appeal to a wide range of audiences from 5 year-olds to adults.

The Extension Program Specialist II will be expected to create and deliver comprehensive and complex communications and outreach materials on water quality and soil health issues; identify and implement innovative ways to meet clients’ needs; and provide project leadership and subject-matter expertise.

The successful candidate will possess the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with a wide variety of individuals and groups. A proven track record of successful farmer outreach is a strong requirement. The incumbent will be expected to work effectively both individually and in team settings and have the ability to develop strong working relationships with Iowa State University faculty and staff as well as partners and clientele within the water quality industry. In order to be successful in the position, the candidate will possess strong organizational skills and the ability to successfully manage multiple work assignments at one time.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of related experience; OR a Master’s degree and related experience.

Preferred Education and Experience

Degree in water resources, environmental science, geologic or hydrologic sciences, agronomy, agricultural engineering or closely related field.

Experience with water quality or natural resources education or outreach development as part of a watershed project(s).

Experience and demonstrated knowledge of Midwest agriculture and conservation practices including experience with demonstration plots and field days.

Experience with social media, web content creation, and GIS software.

Department Contact Name Kaela Black

Department Contact Phone 515-294-3283

Department Contact Email [email protected]

Department/Unit Website http://www.extension.iastate.edu/ag/

Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply for this Job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Contact Information for Three References

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email [email protected] or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Guaranteed Consideration Date 05/20/2018

Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISUpolicies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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