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Extension Agent/Agriculture and Natural Resources-Horticulture/Cass County
Post Date: 04/15/2019
Close Date: 05/14/2019
North Dakota State University

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$30,000 - $49,999

Fargo, ND

Job Description:
The Extension Agent will work collaboratively with a team of Extension and research professionals and volunteers to provide innovative leadership for the Cass County Extension agriculture and natural resources-horticulture program (85%) and assist with 4-H youth development (15%). Supervision is provided by the Extension District Director serving Cass County.

This is a full-time position planning and delivering educational programs in Cass County and when appropriate, programming cooperatively in neighboring counties. This position is based in the Cass County office of the NDSU Extension, which is located in Fargo, ND.

This position includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:
• Teach, deliver, and evaluate programs in horticulture and assist with programs in economic development, community and leadership development, agronomy-related needs, and 4-H youth development for adult and youth audiences. Successful Extension programs will require you to:
o Conduct needs assessment and issues identification that result in programs based on the needs of county citizens.
o Interpret and integrate pertinent research information into educational programs.
o Develop expertise in a subject matter competency area, and plan, implement and deliver educational programs on a county and/or communities-of-interest basis.
o Evaluate and market the impact of the educational programs delivered.
• Serve as a lead for horticultural related consumer questions specifically in fruit production, vegetable production, trees, shrubs, flowers, lawn, weeds, diseases, insects and other related community issues.
• Coach Master Gardeners to assist in answering horticultural related consumer questions in the county.
• Develop horticultural expertise of local citizens to collaborate on local and regional arboretums, pollination projects, community orchards, community gardens, grant and local project opportunities related to agriculture/horticulture.
• Participate, facilitate and present in statewide horticulture/forestry conference calls during the growing season to share current information on insects, diseases, abiotic conditions, and other problems that are observed in Cass County.
• Develop a regional spring gardening workshop in collaboration with NDSU Extension specialists.
• Cultivate a strong relationship with and use multiple media outlets and resources to market programs and impacts.
• Participate in professional development experiences offered by the NDSU Extension and other entities as appropriate.

Collaborate and Facilitate
• Develop horticultural expertise of local citizens to collaborate on local and regional arboretums, pollination projects, community orchards, community gardens, grant and local project opportunities related to agriculture/horticulture.
• Collaborate on projects with NDSU Extension specialists, local nurseries, city park districts, conservation entities, grant-funded community projects and other agriculture and horticultural related groups working towards shared visions and initiatives.
• Cooperate and collaborate with local, county and state agencies, organizations and businesses to enhance agriculture and natural resources programming.
• Utilize stakeholder input to formulate program plans to address issues that affect people throughout their life span.
• Be an effective relationship-builder with community members, program partners, office team and local decision makers (commissioners, legislators, State Board of Agricultural Research and Education members, etc.)
• Collaborate with local office team to ensure high quality 4-H youth development programming and a safe, supportive environment for youth and volunteers.
• Collaborate with NDSU professionals to develop interdisciplinary programs, some of which will be delivered on a community-of-interest or program team basis.
• Develop and implement volunteer recruitment and retention procedures, supplemental training and assist with developing and supervising master gardener projects and other related volunteers.

• Ensure compliance with equal opportunity policies.
• Be an active learner to keep relevant with new teaching strategies, advances in the professional field, technology, news and with related research.
• Be self-directed with minimal supervision in the work environment.
• Some weekend and evening work is required.
• Travel within the county and district and occasional travel outside the district is required.
• Overnight trips will also be required on occasion for meetings, 4-H/youth development activities, and professional development. ?
• Perform other duties as assigned in support of Extension programming.
• Fulfill all duties and expectations if assigned county coordinator.

Behavioral expectations include:
• Work ethically, with integrity, and respect confidentiality.
• Contribute to an environment of cooperative, supportive and positive working relationships with co-workers and clientele.
• Resolve differences constructively. Use tact and courtesy at all times.
• Exhibit positive attitude, image and personal motivation at all times. Be an engaged professional.
• Use effective time management.
As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.
North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable

Minimum Requirements:
1. Bachelor’s degree in horticulture or related field with the academic capacity to successfully enroll in a relevant graduate program in the future.
2. The ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, partners, and stakeholders.
3. Basic computer skills and ability to use Microsoft office programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
4. Ability to use technology for communication, information finding, program delivery, and reporting.
5. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals, groups and through mass media.
6. Ability to conduct oneself professionally, be self-directed in the work environment and work flexible and extended hours.
7. Familiarity with various ethnic and socioeconomic audiences, interest and ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds, and a commitment to the principles of diversity.
8. Valid driver’s license.
Preferred Requirements:
1. Master’s degree in horticulture and/or other related agricultural field.
2. Experience recruiting and managing volunteers.
3. Experience in designing and delivering educational programs.
4. Experience with problem solving and conflict management.
5. Experience disseminating information through social and mass media.
6. Recent Extension work experience.
7. Working knowledge of and experience with 4-H and/or other youth programs.
8. Experience in consumer horticulture.

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