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agriculture higher education faculty educator
9/12/13 4:27 PM


Title: Agent
Functional Title: Extension Educator – Agriculture
Position Number: 103528
Category Status: Faculty Non-Tenured, On Track
Unit: AGNR-UME-Somerset – Lower Shore Cluster units of Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties
Home Office Location: UME Somerset County Office, 30730 Park Drive, Princess Anne, Maryland 21853

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
This position will work in the Lower Shore Cluster units of Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worcester Counties. The primary purpose of this position is responsible for developing and conducting educational programs in agriculture in the Lower Shore Cluster (Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico and Worchester) counties. This includes leadership, interpretation and dissemination of latest research findings in the following fields: agronomic crop production and profitability, alternative agriculture crops, and other economically important crops within the cluster. Work with Extension colleagues within the cluster and other areas of the Eastern Shore to address priority needs of the area’s agriculture.

• Develop, promote, implement, and evaluate agriculture educational programs.
• Work with Agriculture Profitability and Sustainability Impact Team, other teams and other agricultural service providers in Maryland to advance sustainable agricultural education to enhance service providers’ skills and capacity.
• Develop and provide leadership in crop production, farm management, integrated pest management, pesticide safety and handling, livestock and forage production, nutrient management, financial management and natural resource conservation for agricultural producers in the Lower Shore Cluster Counties.
• Development of grant funded projects, including securing extramural funding, to enhance/expand educational programs including applied and demonstration projects.
• Work with new and existing agriculture producers on improving livestock and forage production on a variety of operations.
• Develop and implement educational programs focused on young and beginning farmers that assist them in operating a profitable AGNR business and collaborate with colleagues to develop innovative agriculture training programs.
• Provide leadership for the development, implementation, and evaluation of rural economic development initiatives and develop collaborations with local Economic Development Offices to increase economic opportunities for agricultural producers.
• Provide leadership in the identification of plant insects and diseases and input data into a state and national plant diagnostic system.
• Supervision of Nutrient Management Advisors, review of farm nutrient management plans;
• Preparation of information for the media.
• Remain current in assigned subject matter areas and participate in relevant professional improvement opportunities.
• Develop strong relationships with local agriculture and serve as the UME Lower Shore representative.
• Develop intellectual activities that are validated by peers and communicated; such as educational materials published and adopted by others, Extension publications, articles in refereed publications, participation in Extension or university research, conference posters, professional presentations, etc.
• Serve on County/City, regional, college and University committees, non-university committees, leadership on committees, leadership in professional associations, and special assignments/accomplishments, etc.

• Masters in agronomy or closely related field.
• Demonstrated leadership and management abilities with evidence of being able to work well with farm producers and community leaders;
• Demonstrated achievement in program development and evaluation; originality and creative ability in designing new programs.
• Evidence of excellent teaching and communication skills.
• Knowledge and use of computer technology for educational programming and management.
• Personal transportation and valid driver’s license.
• Must be willing to travel within the region and state.
• Flexible working hours required; must be available for evening and weekend programs and meetings.
• Must become certified Maryland nutrient management advisor/consultant and obtain the commercial pesticide applicators license in category X-public agency.
• Ph.D.
• Extension or similar work experience (e.g., work with formal or non-formal education and/or farm management experience).
• Preference will be given to individuals with experience working with diverse audiences and all socioeconomic levels.

Salary & Benefits:
Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Masters: Base $46,200
Ph.D.: Base $55,600
The University of Maryland offers an extensive benefits package.

All candidates must apply online at A complete application packet includes a letter of application, a current (signed) resume or Curriculum Vitae, copies of transcripts (official transcripts will be required if offered the position), and three (3) professional references, including name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

Closing Date:
For best consideration, complete application by September 30, 2013. Position will remain open until suitable candidate has been identified.

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.
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