The Extension Field Specialist-Land and Water Conservation, Rockingham County, individually and in cooperation with co-workers, UNH specialists and faculty, and natural resources/forestry/conservation related organizations, county advisory councils and agencies has the responsibility to develop, implement, monitor, evaluate and report on the following program areas: 1) statewide programming in land and water conservation specifically in one or more of these areas: land and water stewardship, fiscal impacts of land use, resource management, social marketing for natural resources, natural resources related laws, estate planning and land conservation best practices 2) county/regional support for land, water, wildlife management, stewardship planning, estate planning, current use and natural resources related taxes, federal tax, cost share programs, water resources, and land protection. Audiences/clientele will include private landowners, agency staff, communities, municipal/government officials, land trusts and conservation organizations, professionals, practitioners, volunteers, youth and the general public. The Field Specialist will also provide leadership in determining needs, establishing priorities, and in developing, marketing, implementing, evaluating and reporting educational programs in an assigned Area of Expertise (AoE) , and in alignment with the program team's vision and goals (as outlined in the program business plan). The Field Specialist will implement UNH Cooperative Extension's mission through the application of research-based knowledge and information from the University of New Hampshire, the nationwide Land-Grant System and other sources of reputable research to ensure informed decision-making that strengthen youth, family and community, sustain natural resources and improve the economy.
Acceptable Minimum Qualifications
A Master's degree in a related field is required and two years of relevant experience are preferred. One degree must be in forestry, wildlife, natural resources or a closely related field from an accredited institution. A strong candidate with a B.S. level degree in an appropriate discipline with related experience may be considered if willing to obtain a M.S. degree within 7 years of hire.
The successful candidate must: be willing and able to work some nights and weekends for programs, events or meetings; have the ability to accomplish extensive, year-round field work; have excellent written and oral communication skills; have the ability to work effectively and cooperatively with co-workers and people with a variety of values and interests; be willing to participate in professional development activities to add and enhance knowledge in land and water stewardship, fiscal impacts of land use, resource management, marketing, natural resources related laws, estate planning and land conservation.
Additional Desirable Qualifications:
At least 2 years of relevant professional experience in the area of land and water conservation/management, with Extension education and/or similar outreach experience is preferred.
Demonstrated competency with computers and current technology, such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning Systems (GPS).
Additional Job Information:
1) Conduct statewide programming in land and water conservation specifically in one or more of these areas: land and water stewardship, fiscal impacts of land use, resource management, social marketing for natural resources, natural resources related laws, estate planning and land conservation best practices.
2) Helping communities and landowners to weigh options that consider appropriate land uses, enabling them to balance stewardship, working landscapes and development options (assistance with calculating the fiscal impacts of future land use scenarios, engagement of public and stakeholder input, etc.).
3) To assist communities in the development of Natural Resources Inventories, including supporting the use of the NH Method for Wetland Assessment, incorporating the NH Wildlife Action Plan data and NH Forest Action Plan strategies.
4) Provide communities and landowners with information and guidance regarding public funds that might be available (Wetlands Reserve Program/LCHIP/Fish and Game/Moose Plate grants, etc.) to help cost-share conservation easements/fee purchase of rights on forest land.
5) Building the capacity of conservation organizations to identify, manage, and monitor conservation easements through education and training.
6) Providing education and training to help communities mitigate and prepare for impacts of coastal change and increased frequency of natural disasters on community infrastructure and the environment.
7) Recruit and train volunteers to assist in outreach, education, habitat enhancement and the monitoring of easements.
8) Assist Rockingham County government in sustainable management of county lands through updated stewardship plans, marketing information and assistance, cost sharing and other revenue opportunities.
9) Promote good forestry, wildlife, and water quality protection practices by utilizing demonstration areas on county and other public and private lands.
10) Market UNH Cooperative Extension in cooperation with the Marketing & Communications Manager and co-workers as it relates to the mission of Cooperative Extension.
11) When appropriate and in keeping with the mission, seek external funding and/or cost recovery to sustain and enhance programs.
12) Engage the Rockingham County Extension Advisory Council members in aspects of the Natural Resources Team programs. Keep Council members well informed and look to the Council for guidance regarding meeting the needs of people in the county.
13) Be available and prepared to serve effectively as the UNH Cooperative Extension Rockingham County Office Administrator, if and when the need is identified.
14) Other responsibilities to meet the needs of clientele, County Extension Advisory Council, funders and key partners, such as the NH Division of Forests and Lands, NH Fish and Game Department, US Forest Service, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, NH Coastal Program and NH Department of Environmental Services.
Applicants should be prepared to upload the following required documents at the time of application: cover letter, resume and contact information for three professional references.
Is this position responsible for the supervision of staff?
Yes, this position is responsible for supervision
If yes, what kind of staff does this person supervise?
Adjunct Hourly Staff
Professional, Administrative, and Technical
Background check may be required prior to employment.
The University of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action institution. The university seeks excellence through diversity among its administrators, faculty, staff, and students. The university prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged.
Additional Salary Information:
Salary is complemented by a generous benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, and tuition.
Program Development & Evaluation
Work with a team of Extension State and Field Specialists to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate innovative educational programs in a specific field of study as specified in the Plan of Work, under supervision of the Program Team Leader. Involve the County Cooperative Extension Advisory Council and local agencies and organizations in educational needs assessment and program development. Cooperate with colleagues to support, develop, implement and report disciplinary and interdisciplinary programs that benefit the host county and entire state. Serve on internal committees and external boards at the local, state or national level as appropriate to the position's Plan of Work. Prepare appropriate reports required by UNH Cooperative Extension, County Government, partners and funders. Design and conduct programs and recruit volunteers as appropriate in accordance with the spirit and policies of Civil Rights, Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity.
Engagement & Outreach
Develop and implement county, regional, and statewide marketing strategies to promote UNH CE and its programs in accordance with good public relations and the organization's established marketing policies. Build and maintain relationships with UNH faculty in relevant disciplines. Develop partnerships with local and state agencies and organizations. Strive for productive relationships with elected and appointed officials.
External Funding & Fiscal Management
In consultation with the Program Team Leader and the AOE chair, and in accordance with UNH and Cooperative Extension external funding guidelines, seek external funds to enhance programs and achieve educational goals. Participate in grant-funded projects with Extension colleagues as appropriate and as approved by the Program Team Leader. Utilize sound management strategies with county and state funding to enhance delivery of effective programs and provide assistance to clients.
Demonstrate effective interpersonal verbal and written skills. Make effective and innovative use of media and computer technologies in educational program development and delivery and in disseminating information to the public. Demonstrate effective problem-solving skills. Build productive working relationships with Extension colleagues in New Hampshire and other states. Maintain regular communication with the Program Team Leader and Area of Expertise Chair (an appointed Extension colleague who leads the Field Specialist's work team). Keep them fully apprised of county issues, programs, needs and accomplishments and involve them in programs to address these needs as appropriate.
Serve as the UNH CE County Office Administrator (COA) when the need is identified and as advised by the Program Team Leader and UNH CE Administration. When it is another colleagues' time to serve as COA, support that person in the performance of her/his duties and carry out appropriately delegated responsibilities. Serve in UNH CE organizational leadership or committee roles. Welcome new UNH CE staff and engage in their success. Serve in a mentor capacity as needed and where appropriate. Provide input into the evaluation of co-workers.
Develop and implement a Professional Development Plan to maintain and enhance competence in appropriate subject areas and professional skills such as leadership, group process and facilitation.
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