Ext. Agent, ANR, Crop and Soil, Northumberland/Lancaster
VA Tech - Virginia

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This position will serve Northumberland/Lancaster counties. It will be housed in Northumberland County. Northumberland and Lancaster Counties lie at the tip of the Northern Neck of Virginia between the Potomac and Rappahannock Rivers. The counties are also bordered by the picturesque Chesapeake Bay. They both offer a rural setting with excellent recreational opportunities for families while being located just a short drive from Washington DC, the Capital of Richmond and the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. The position requires basic knowledge of soil science; integrated pest management, including plant physiology, pathology, weed science, and pesticide management; post harvest management; economics and marketing; production of specific commodities; water quality; biotechnology developments; and field plot research. The Extension Agent provides current research-based information to citizens by employing various delivery methods targeted to diverse audiences; work closely with producers, agri-business, community leaders, Extension Leadership Councils and appropriate agents and specialists to identify and prioritize issues, problems and opportunities; uses farm and business visits as a means to remain knowledgeable of specific locals needs and problems related to agricultural production, marketing, and environmental protection; fosters communication among agricultural producers, marketers, processors and consumers; maintains a high level of proficiency in subject matter field by participating in in-service training and professional activities; works closely with citizens and local, state, and federal officials to aid Virginia in preparing and responding to natural or other emergencies and disasters. Extension agents demonstrate flexibility, adaptability; a team-oriented mindset, yet are able to work independently, and; strong desire to help clients succeed. Extension agents recognizes the importance of diversity and inclusion in the development and delivery of Extension programs, actively work to diversify program participation and are responsible for VCE's civil rights policies and compliance with affirmative action.

Minimum Qualifications

Agent faculty positions require a minimum of a bachelor's degree (BA or BS) in a relevant discipline from an accredited college or university. A master's degree and promotion to Extension Agent are required no later than the sixth year of employment. Demonstrated ability to recruit, select, train and manage volunteers; demonstrated ability to lead groups, plan, implement, facilitate, teach, and evaluate educational information programs; knowledge and use of computer technology in educational programming and management and presentation skills; excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively with low income, limited resource and minority audiences; ability to work with minimal supervision in an unstructured setting. Extension agents demonstrate flexibility, adaptability; a team-oriented mindset, yet are able to work independently, and; strong desire to help clients succeed. Extension agents recognizes the importance of diversity and inclusion in the development and delivery of Extension programs, actively work to diversify program participation and are responsible for VCE's civil rights policies and compliance with affirmative action.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree and at least one degree in a discipline related to the subject matter specialty area.

Special Requirements

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