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The position will be housed in the Carroll County Extension Office in Hillsville, Virginia. However, the position will cover Carroll, Grayson, and Wythe Counties in the Southwest District. These counties represent a very diverse array of horticulture crops that include, but not limited to, cabbage, pumpkins, broccoli, squash, tomatoes, cucumbers, apples, and Christmas trees along with a very viable green industry. This area ANR-Horticulture Agent is responsible for area educational programs including vegetable production, integrated pest management, plant physiology, pathology, weed science, pesticide management and safety, postharvest management, economics and marketing, biotechnology developments, field plot research and demonstration. This Agent position will require knowledge of Good Agriculture Practices (GAP) and the ability to educate growers, aid in the implementation of needed practices, and prepare appropriate documentation to better prepare growers for necessary audits. In addition, the Agent in this position will be expected to be or become familiar with other farm/marketing certifications needed to expand grower marketing opportunities. Agents are responsible for determining program needs by monitoring issues and trends, involving Extension Leadership Councils, and other leadership committees. Agents develop and deliver unbiased research based educational programs that meet the needs of target audiences, specify programs goals and objectives, identify resources, and inform clientele of program activities. Agents will need to be able to utilize technology to enhance their programs
The Extension Agent provides current research-based information to citizens by employing various delivery methods targeted to diverse audiences; work closely with producers, agri-business, 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 locals 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 proficiency in subject matter field by participating in in-service training and professional activities; works closely with citizens and local, state, and federal officials to aid Virginia in preparing and responding to natural or other emergencies and disasters. Extension agents demonstrate flexibility, adaptability; a team-oriented mindset, yet are able to work independently, and; strong desire to help clients succeed.
Extension agents recognize 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.
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 team-oriented mindset, yet are able to work independently, and; strong desire to help clients succeed.
A master’s degree is preferred.
Employee Category: Administrative and Professional Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Percent Employment: Full-time
Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran 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 any other basis protected by law.
For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.
Review Date: 03/08/2017