County Extension Agent - Agriculture

University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture

Conway,  Arkansas

The County Extension Agent – Agriculture/Horticulture will provide leadership for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs in home and commercial horticulture. The agent will also provide leadership for the Master Gardener Program. The agent responsibilities include but are not limited to (1) Developing and maintaining advisory sub-committees to facilitate community involvement in programming; (2) conducting result demonstrations in areas related to horticultural production; (3) serve as a resource to the community through answering horticultural related consumer questions; (4) develop horticultural expertise of local citizens through educational programs such as the Master Gardener Program; (5) jointly share responsibility in community programming around issues involving leadership development, community involvement, local government, and other forms of community economic development.

Job Duties

  • Develops and maintains an adequate knowledge of the social, economic, political, and cultural characteristics of the county; maintains effective liaison with local leaders.
  • Helps analyze situational information with other county faculty members and identifies educational needs of clientele that can be met through Extension program activities.
  • Assists with identification of potential County Extension council members or sub-committee members. Works with appropriate Council committees for the position.
  • Gives leadership or assists in preparing the plan of work relating to area assigned.
  • Works with other faculty members on program planning in program area assigned.
  • Conducts the educational programs in area of assigned responsibility.
  • Seeks extramural funding to support position and program.
  • Provides educational information to leaders in organized groups that facilitate and assist in carrying out the county Extension Program.
  • Organizes program around needs of clientele for learning and leadership development.
  • Recruits and trains leaders; provides counsel and assistance to leaders in organizing, conducting and evaluating meetings and programs.
  • Uses Extension specialists and other resource personnel for subject matter, teaching methods, and other materials.
  • Uses appropriate educational methods in disseminating information relating to horticulture.
  • Successfully markets the extension educational program to increase visibility and reinforce its public value.
  • Provides logistical support for youth and adult events and activities as necessary.
  • Evaluates program efforts based on stated objectives. Recommends improvements as needed.
  • Uses county extension council and others to evaluate program process and results.
  • Plans and conducts programs in compliance with applicable civil rights policies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge of agricultural subject matter appropriate to the county. Ability to plan&conduct programs & work with all clientele regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Ability to speak &write clearly& communicate ideas effectively. Ability to work long&irregular hours & travel frequently.

Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in agriculture, horticulture or related area of study is required. Must have transportation for use on the job with liability insurance in effect. Must agree to a background check authorizing release of relevant Arkansas Child Abuse & Neglect Central Registry records.

Preferred Qualifications
Master’s degree preferred

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