Regional Extension Agent

Alabama Cooperative Extension System

Alabama , Alabama

Commercial Horticulture Program Priority Area is diverse covering agricultural production of commercial fruits, vegetables, turf, nursery, greenhouse, and landscape maintenance. The Commercial Horticulture Extension Team is comprised of specialists, coordinators, and regional extension agents. Commercial Horticulture programs support the need for global food security and growing farm profits for experienced and beginning farmers, along with educational support to the ornamental and landscaping industry.

The Regional Extension Agent (REA) will be a participating member of the Commercial Horticulture Team and develop his/her expertise to compliment the team activities as well as provide educational leadership to deliver research based information in the area of commercial horticulture within their assigned region. The REA will participate in regional/state associations and other groups representing commercial horticulture and develop a strong relationship as an educational leader among these entities. Educational programming will be developed independently and collectively based on measurable situational needs assessment for accomplishing short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals within commercial horticulture. The REA will utilize all available and emerging technologies in their educational efforts as well as utilize more traditional educational methods such as newsletters, news articles, timely information sheets, workshops, group meetings, demonstrations, and farm visits. The REA will participate in grant writing process and participate in activities that support applied research/demonstrations beneficial to clientele within their region. REA will assist team leader and administrators in project outcome and impact evaluations from time to time. REA will participate in professional development opportunities offered within the System and through professional associations to enhance themselves both professionally and personally within the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Job Specifications
A Bachelor's degree in horticulture, agronomy, plant science or related field with at least two years of relevant work experience is required.

The successful candidate must demonstrate a strong interest in the technology transfer and transformational education missions of the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Candidate must have the ability to work with and deliver programming to audiences from a variety of educational, racial and sociocultural backgrounds. Candidate should have an understanding of extension work and be highly motivated to report major outcomes to extension administrators.
The candidate must have exceptional written and oral communication, and organizational skills and the ability to deliver educational programming and resources to a diverse clientele. This position requires regular travel to carry out Extension responsibilities, and the successful incumbent must have access to reliable transportation.