Agriculture Extension Educator (100%)
Outreach Specialist Series
The Agriculture Extension Educator serves the people and communities of Wisconsin by addressing local, statewide and national issues, improving lives through research-based education, fostering partnerships and action, and facilitating positive impacts that support:Thriving individuals and families;
Healthy and vibrant communities; and
Shawano County, UW-Extension, 311 N. Main St., Shawano, WI 54166-2198
This position is located in Shawano County; however location and programming coverage is contingent on county funding support and location may be reassigned to align with county and Extension programming priorities.
INITIAL PROGRAMMING FOCUS:
This Agriculture Extension Educator position will primarily serve Shawano County with an agronomy programming focus. There is an expectation of collaboration with neighboring Ag Educators to specialize when appropriate. There will also be programming opportunities with Stockbridge-Munsee Band of Mohicans and Menominee Tribal Nations.
The Agriculture Extension Educator designs, delivers, and evaluates research-based educational programming and services aligned with the position's programmatic focus. Initial programming focus will include:Crop production
Soil health, nutrient management
Aspects of dairy management
Home food production
Volunteer recruitment and development (Master Gardener Volunteers)
Farm Business Management including farm business transfer and succession planning
This individual will apply the University of Wisconsin's research, education and outreach resources to address locally identified needs and opportunities.
Utilize knowledge of local communities and partners to identify needs and deliver relevant programming;
Access, develop or adapt culturally-relevant, research-based educational programming to meet identified needs and opportunities;
Expand access by reaching and engaging diverse audiences and ensuring full access to programs, facilities, and educational services; and
Evaluate and report on programming by utilizing established tools and processes to inform future program design, improve effectiveness and demonstrate value.
Collaboration & Relationships
Collaborate with local colleagues to promote a positive office environment, determine local needs, and share resources;
Develop and maintain respectful working relationships;
Collaborate with statewide colleagues within and across organizational structures to develop and adapt standardized and relevant programming; and
Promote Cooperative Extension and its programs to build greater access, visibility and value.
Develop and/or support community coalitions and partnerships that extend programmatic reach and expand programmatic impact.
Administrative & Programmatic Accountability
Reports to the Area Extension Director;
Works with the Area Extension Director and local partners to identify programming needs and seek input on performance;
Creates a plan that identifies local audiences, describes the programming to meet their needs, connects to larger program objectives of Cooperative Extension and assesses programming effectiveness;
Communicates plans, activities, and achievements to relevant stakeholders;
Ensures programs serve and reach audiences reflective of the diversity of the state; and
Submits reports that meet the requirements, policies, and established practices of Cooperative Extension and partners, including federal Civil Rights requirements.
The Agriculture Extension Educator is an employee of the UW-Cooperative Extension, a member of the Agriculture Institute and will choose one primary program within the Agriculture Institute. Extension Educators may choose a secondary focus with another program.
1 year of work experience relevant to the programmatic responsibilities of the position;
Ability to communicate effectively using a variety of methods and technology; and
Ability to effectively work with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity.
Preferred:A Master's degree in a field relevant to the programmatic responsibilities of the position;
At least two years of relevant work experience in the areas of educational programming and/or service delivery such as agriculture education, agronomic consulting, nutrient management planning, or similar;
Experience recruiting, guiding and/ or supervising volunteers and/or staff;
Ability to work cooperatively with other agencies, community-based services, or organizations to address educational needs;
Strong interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to build and maintain professional work environments;
Experience managing multiple tasks, timelines, and schedules while maintaining high quality work;
Demonstrated skill in interpreting, utilizing, and applying evidence-based information and research findings;
Demonstrated success in developing, delivering, and evaluating educational programs for diverse audiences utilizing a variety of educational techniques, methods, and modes; and
Demonstrated experience developing effective partnerships or coalitions with community partners and local governments.
Expected to make individual arrangements for transportation adequate to meet position responsibilities and essential job functions;
Work evenings or weekends as needed to meet local needs; and
Carrying educational equipment, up to 25 lbs.
SALARY AND BENEFITS:
This is a full-time (1.0 FTE) academic staff position. Final salary is commensurate with experience and education. State of Wisconsin benefits including retirement, vacation, sick leave, health insurance, and other insurances. For a more detailed description of available benefits, please see https://www.wisconsin.edu/ohrwd/benefits/.