Extension Agent, Ag - Field Crops

North Carolina State University Monroe, North Carolina
Job Type Full Time

North Carolina Cooperative Extension gives our residents easy access to the resources and expertise of NC State University and NC A&T State University. Through educational programs, publications, and events, Cooperative Extension field faculty deliver unbiased, research-based information to North Carolina citizens.

Union County is located in central North Carolina, bordering South Carolina, and has a population of approximately 223,000. Agriculture/agribusiness is the number one industry in the county generating over $502 million dollars annually. Field crops contributed over $70 million to the local economy last year. Union County is one of the top agriculture producing counties in the state, ranking third in total cash receipts. Union County is the leading county in the production of wheat and soybeans. Other major commodities include poultry, cattle, eggs, soybeans, corn and nursery and ornamental plant production. With close proximity to Charlotte, there is a large urban presence in the western half of the county providing nearby quality of life amenities not usually found in a rural area.

Essential Job Duties
The County Extension Agent is a member of the faculty of North Carolina State University. The County Extension Agent has primary responsibility for planning, executing, and evaluating that phase of county Extension programs within assigned areas of program responsibility.

This position provides leadership for the development, implementation and evaluation of an effective educational program to meet the needs of the county population in the following areas of responsibility: field crops (corn, small grains and soybeans) and pesticide education. This position will serve as the county pesticide coordinator and assist with educational training opportunities for private, public, and commercial operators to obtain and maintain their licenses. The agent will be expected to develop specific educational programs and to collaborate with other Extension staff, agencies, groups, and organizations in order to more effectively reach intended audiences throughout the county.

Other Work/Responsibilities

successful candidate is expected to be a team player working with the Extension staff and other organizations, possess a high degree of subject matter competence, have excellent oral and written communication skills, and have the ability to work independently.

This person should be able to:

- Develop and maintain organized Agriculture programs that follow North Carolina Cooperative Extension, North Carolina State University, North Carolina A&T State University, state, county and national laws, policies, and guidelines.

- Determine clientele needs and impact by assessing and evaluating the Agriculture program and services on a regular basis.

- Work collaboratively with other Extension programs, staff, agencies and community organizations to meet the needs of the Agriculture program.

- Network with neighboring Agents, University Specialists, and local Ag Producers to plan and implement innovative research test plots and educational field days, as well as the ability to report findings for publication.

- Promote Agriculture within the community.

- Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Experience/Education
One of the following educational requirements: – A Bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 overall or a 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) in an agricultural or related field, – A Bachelor’s degree and the completion of at least one-half of coursework in a Master’s degree curriculum with a cumulative grade point average 3.0 or higher with at least one of the degrees in an agricultural or related field, or – Completion of a Master’s degree with at least one of the degrees in an agricultural or related field. Also required: a personal automobile; computer literacy; strong oral and written communication skills; the ability to plan, implement, market, and evaluate educational programs; willingness to work as a team member and support a total Extension program; and the ability to handle multiple demands and set priorities. Personal Attributes: Successful performance of the duties encompassed in the Extension Agent’s job requires that the individual possess habits of industry, a sense of responsibility, and a genuine appreciation for the worth of the individual. The employee must be adept in both oral and written communication. The Extension Agent is eligible to become a member of the non-tenure track/special faculty at North Carolina State University. The Extension Agent has primary responsibility for planning, executing, and evaluating that phase of Extension programs within assigned areas of program responsibility. The Extension Agent cooperates with colleagues in the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and leaders in performing assigned responsibilities. The performance of assigned responsibilities is governed by the philosophy, objectives, policies, and procedures of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.

Departmental Required Skills
Travel within the county is required. Some travel within the state and district is required.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education
A Bachelor’s degree in the area of agronomy or related area of science is preferred. Knowledge and experience in communications, presentation, public relations/marketing, leadership, time management, organization, technology, networking, and resource development are also essential.

Required License or Certification
Valid Driver’s License and reliable, personal transportation required. Valid NCDL required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained


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