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Associate Extension Agent, Agriculture & Natural Resources - Goochland County

Company:
Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, 24061
Category:
Extension and Outreach
Type:
Full-Time

Job Description

The position is housed in Goochland County. Goochland County, traditionally a rural county, is located in central Virginia, 30 miles west of Richmond and 45 miles east of Charlottesville. Goochland residents recognize the value of their county's rural charm. Goochland is bounded on the south by a 40-mile stretch of the James River and on the north by I-64. The combination of rural character and desirable location has caused residential growth to boom in the eastern part of the county. While residents understand that growth is inevitable, they wish to keep the county as rural as possible, and an 85/15rural/urban development plan is in place to accomplish this.

An Associate Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources, provides leadership in determining, implementing, and evaluating educational programs that are designed to solve social, economic, and environmental problems. The agent is an educator, an information provider, a needs assessor, and a problem-solving resource for clientele. The agent networks with the agriculture industry, Extension agents and specialists, and agency representatives. The ANR Associate Extension Agent: provides current research-based information to citizens through a variety of teaching methods targeted to diverse audiences; works closely with agricultural producers, agribusiness, community leaders, Extension Leadership Councils and appropriate agents and specialists to identify and prioritize issues, problems and opportunities; uses farm and business visits as a means to remain knowledgeable of specific local needs and problems related to agricultural production, marketing, and environmental protection; fosters communication among agricultural producers, marketers, processors and consumers; maintains a high level of subject matter proficiency by participating in training and professional activities; works closely with citizens and local, state, and federal officials to aid Virginia in preparing for and responding to emergencies and natural disasters. The Goochland Agricultural and Natural Resources agent will respond to a wide variety of client questions, interests, and needs. These are very likely to include, but will not be limited to: pasture and forage, equine, pond, small ruminant, beef cattle production, vegetable production, niche farming/marketing, and crop and soil-related management concerns, among others. The agent will conduct agriculture damage assessments in the event of severe weather and collaborate on county emergency plans. The agent will also collaborate with colleagues on agriculture-related youth programs and county field days, administer testing for private pesticide applicators, and conduct yearly recertification trainings. The agent will assist Extension Specialists with monitoring and sampling of insect pests on crops, assist localities with Rural Economic Development initiatives, and work with the Master Gardener Association, Soil and Water Conservation District, area farmers' markets, and a variety of other programming partners. The person in this position is expected to provide in-person leadership and to build community partnerships with few exceptions for telework.

Individuals with a bachelor's degree will be hired at the Associate Extension Agent title level. A master's degree and promotion to Extension Agent are required no later than the sixth year of employment.

Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

Virginia Tech has an excellent benefits package; including graduate tuition waiver.

Required Qualifications

Agent faculty positions require a minimum of a bachelor's degree (BA or BS) in a relevant discipline from an accredited college or university. A master's degree and promotion to Extension Agent are required no later than the sixth year of employment. Demonstrated ability to recruit, select, train and manage volunteers; demonstrated ability to lead groups, plan, implement, facilitate, teach, and evaluate educational information programs; knowledge and use of computer technology in educational programming and management and presentation skills; excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively with low income, limited resource and minority audiences; ability to work with minimal supervision in an unstructured setting. Extension agents demonstrate flexibility, adaptability; a teamoriented mindset, yet are able to work independently, and; strong desire to help clients succeed. Extension agents recognizes the importance of diversity and inclusion in the development and delivery of Extension programs, actively work to diversify program participation and are responsible for VCE's civil rights policies and compliance with affirmative action.

Virginia Tech is unable to sponsor applicants for work visas for this vacancy.

Preferred Qualifications

Prior experience with extension programs; A master's degree is preferred.

Appointment Type

Regular

Salary Information

$45,000 - $65,000

Review Date

July 29, 2024

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a driver's license check with an acceptable and safe driving record.

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, ethnicity or national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Morris White at morrisfw@vt.edu during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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