Extension Agent, Ag- Horticulture

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Miscellaneous

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Vacancy TypeNC Cooperative ExtensionIs Internal Transfer OnlyYesJob TypeFull-Time - PermanentTime-Limited Appointment LengthNoIf Yes, Appointment LengthTitleExtension Agent, AgWorking TitleExtension Agent, Ag- HorticultureSalary RangeAnticipated Hiring RangeMinimum Bachelor's $40,000; Minimum Master's $45,000; Minimum Doctorate $50,000 Commensurate with experience.Position NumberSC-00062831-0520Work ScheduleMonday - Friday- 8 AM - 5 PM Business Hours - Evenings and Weekends as requiredFull Time Equivalent (FTE)1.00Department117610 - South Central District - MooreDepartmentNCCE Moore CountyJob City & StateCarthage, NCPrimary Function of Organizational Unit

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 agents deliver unbiased, research-based information to North Carolina citizens.

Moore County is a largely rural county with eleven incorporated small towns which include the Village of Pinehurst, a vacation and retirement destination often referred to as the “Home of Golf.” The county covers almost 700 square miles of land area in central North Carolina. It is part of a region known as the “Sandhills” characterized by sandy soils and rolling hills. Moore County’s population is currently estimated to be at 98,682.

There are 733 farms with the average farm being 122 acres. Currently, many farms are transitioning away from traditional commodities and tobacco into alternative crops, and fruit and vegetable production. The market value of agricultural products sold in Moore County is $150,349,000.

For more information about Moore County, visit http://www.moorecountync.gov/ and https://moore.ces.ncsu.edu/

Essential Job Duties

The agent in this position will provide education and leadership for the Extension horticultural program in Moore County. The agent will proactively conduct need assessments and program evaluations to determine program objectives.

Other Work/Responsibilities

Additional responsibilities include recruiting, training and oversight of Extension Master Gardener volunteers and the Master Gardener program.

Other tasks include the management of pesticide education as it pertains to the green industry, coordinating and assisting with youth horticulture programs, being responsive to public inquiries relating to horticulture, developing innovative strategies for marketing, and evaluating educational impacts of the overall horticultural program. The position will also involve collaborating with area Extension specialists and the Moore County Livestock Agent to coordinate Extension area row crop workshops and educational programs as needed.

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. The minimum GPA requirement will be waived for NCCE Program Associates with a Bachelor’s degree. – 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 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.

Departmental Required Skills

A bachelor’s degree in horticulture related field is required.

The agent in this position must have technical competence in horticulture and be able to deliver educational programs.
Travel within the district is required.
Occasional travel outside the district required.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

A Master’s degree is preferred.

Work experience with commercial fruit and vegetables is preferred.

Desired skills and abilities include the ability to manage volunteers, willingness to work as part of a team, strong written and verbal communication skills, and good computer skills.

Required License or Certification

Valid Driver’s License and reliable, personal transportation required. Valid North Carolina driver’s license is required within 60 days of hire and must be maintained.

Special InstructionsJob Open Date05/05/2020Must Be Open Until

Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.05/19/2020Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?NoProposed Hire DateAA/EOE

NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or workatncstate@ncsu.edu. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. If highest degree is from an institution outside of the U.S., final candidates are required to have their degree equivalency verified at www.wes.org or equivalent service. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
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    • Carolina Job Finder / Employment Guide
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    • Other
  2. * If you learned about this vacancy from 'other source' or 'other website', please provide the source.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * All agent positions require a minimum education requirement of: A. A Bachelor's degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 overall or 3.0 in major field of study (based on a 4.0 scale); B. 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 of 3.0 or higher; C. A completed Master's degree. Do you meet this minimum education requirement?
    • Yes, I meet the requirement listed in section A above.
    • Yes, I meet the requirement listed in section B above.
    • Yes, I meet the requirement listed in section C above.
    • No, however I am in my last semester of study.
    • No, I do not meet this requirement.
Application Materials RequiredRequired Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Contact Information for References
  4. Transcripts 1 (required of finalists)
Optional Documents
  1. Transcripts

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