This is a non-tenure track, agent level position (100% Extension) with responsibilities for horticultural Extension programs in the Central Region’s parishes. The Assistant/Associate/Extension Agent will provide leadership for and work with producers, homeowners, and other LSU AgCenter personnel to plan and organize a well-balanced Extension educational program. Some examples of the activities conducted include, but are not limited to, on-farm/home visits, school gardens, demonstrations, workshops, Master Gardener, and educational meetings. The Assistant/Associate/Extension Agent will disseminate LSU AgCenter recommendations, contribute to the parish web pages and keep information current for parish clientele. The Assistant/Associate/Extension Agent is responsible for working with program advisory committees to identify clientele needs, to develop programs that respond to those needs, and to assess program impact. The successful candidate will be required to prepare a strategic plan for the development and execution of an educational program for the parishes emphasizing urban consumer horticulture interests and needs. Programming efforts will also address the interests and needs of the commercial horticulture industry including turfgrass, ornamentals, pecans, and vegetables along with alternative (non-traditional) horticulture enterprises. The incumbent is expected to perform other tasks that may be assigned by supervisor(s) and work cooperatively with other Extension faculty at the parish, regional, and state levels. As an Extension employee, the agent must be willing to continue professional development.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: A baccalaureate degree (Master’s degree is desired) in horticulture, agronomy, plant sciences, environmental sciences, agri-business or closely related areas is required. Some experience in urban and commercial horticulture is desirable. Must have an undergraduate degree with an overall grade point average of at least 2.5 GPA (GPA requirements based on a 4.0 point system) and a 3.0 GPA for any graduate work attempted. Candidate must be an effective communicator, utilize mass media in outreach programs and possess the ability to work cooperatively with individuals and groups. Candidate must be proficient in planning and executing educational programs in consumer and commercial horticulture and should have practical knowledge of horticultural best management and environmental practices.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: A personal automobile and appropriate insurance coverage is required (travel allowance provided). Satisfactory completion of two specific graduate level extension courses (6 credit hours) is generally required in the first two years of employment. Additionally, a faculty member who does not have a related master’s degree must complete an additional 9 hours of related graduate level coursework in order to be promoted to associate agent and such promotion must occur in the first seven years of employment. An exception is that additional agent experience may be substituted for nine hours of coursework, but not for the two required courses.
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