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Assistant University Extension Educator, Profitable and Sustainable Agricultural Systems (PSAS); Position #2562 - salary commensurate with education and experience, and availability of funds. Screening will begin September 30, 2014 and continue until a qualified candidate is identified.
Location Description: This is an area position in northwest Wyoming covering Park, Big Horn, Fremont, Washakie, and Hot Springs counties. The position will be based in Powell, Wyoming. Park County is a unique place to work and live. Within the boundaries of Park County are the spectacular Absaroka Range, Shoshone National Forest, the east entrance of Yellowstone National Park, Carter Mountain and Heart Mountain offering a multitude of recreational activities and unique lifestyles. Nearly 28,300 reside and work in Park County with 6,314 in Powell, and 9,520 in Cody, the county seat. Historically, the economy was based upon agriculture, petroleum, and mining. Today, agriculture enterprises are focused on row crops, small grains, forages, and livestock production. Powell is also home to the Powell Research and Extension Center. There is dynamic growth centered around the Cody area tourism and recreation economy. Cody, Powell and Meeteetse provide abundant outdoor recreation opportunities such as hunting, fishing, golf, river rafting, rock and ice climbing, hiking, mountain biking and camping. Attractions include the world-renown Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Yellowstone National Park and Old Faithful.
Nature and Purpose: Emphasis for this position is crop systems, crop/livestock systems, horticulture and small acreage management education. Training and/or experience in crops, agronomy, soil science, irrigation, fertilizer and nutrient assessments, weed and pest management, water quality and small acreage management will be important credentials.
Responsibilities/Essential Duties: The individual in this position will serve as a local representative of the University of Wyoming (UW) and foster a productive relationship with elected officials and other stakeholders in northwestern Wyoming. Primary duties include but are not limited to:
*Assess agriculture needs in a five county area.
* Develop, implement, and evaluate educational programs focusing on agronomy, irrigation management, fertilizer and nutrient assessments, weed and pest management, and water quality.
* Provide education to small acreage landowners to promote sustainable management strategies.
* Provide education to homeowners and respond to horticulture needs including continued support of the Master Gardener volunteer program.
* Provide educational programming in profitable and sustainable agriculture in accordance with the goals of UW Extension's Ag and Horticulture Systems Initiative Team.
*Work in collaboration with UW faculty, specialists, colleagues, and staff to plan and implement applied research projects to support educational programs.
* Work in collaboration with UW faculty and staff at the Powell Experiment Station to plan and implement applied research activities with local producers or other interested individuals and/or Extension specialists.
*Contribute to 4-H/Youth Development programs and support the general Extension operations in Park County.
Primary Clientele Served By This Position:
Commercial and recreational agriculture producers; owners/operators of farms, ranches, and rural non-farm residents.
Agriculture and natural resource professionals including personnel from federal, state, and local government agencies such as USDA, and local non-governmental organizations.
Youth and adult audiences interested in 4-H programs.
Homeowners with horticulture interests.
A master's degree from an accredited college or university. One degree must have been awarded in crop science, agronomy, soil science, natural resources or cognate field clearly and specifically related to the responsibilities of this position. Applicants must have demonstrated skills, as indicated by experience and references, in working with individuals, groups, and co-workers in an educational capacity. Excellence in ability to communicate verbally and in writing demonstrated by formal training, experience, and application materials. Ability to work with limited supervision. A valid driver's license and serviceable vehicle. A commitment to travel throughout rural counties. Some overnight travel, evening, and weekend work is required.
Knowledge of Cooperative Extension and the land-grant university system.
Knowledge of and appreciation for rural and agricultural communities.
Training and/or expertise in agriculture or agronomy.
Ability and necessary expertise to work with both traditional and non-traditional agriculture.
Knowledge and expertise in small acreage management and/or horticulture.
Subject matter expertise in crops and/or agronomy and/or irrigated pasture management.
Prior Extension experience.
Approximate Time Distribution:
Profitable and Sustainable Agricultural Systems 90%
4-H and Youth Development 10%
The University of Wyoming is an Equal Employment Opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law and University policy. Please see www.uwyo.edu/diversity/fairness.
We conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Offers of employment are contingent upon the completion of the background check.
Application Materials Required:
* An in-depth letter of intent that specifically addresses your qualifications relative to the responsibilities and essential duties of the position.
*Current resume or curriculum vita.
*Copies of all transcripts; official transcripts will be required at the time of hiring
* Four (4) letters of reference from individuals who can address your professional qualifications.
* A completed University of Wyoming application- http://www.uwyo.edu/ces/jobs/index.html.
*A brief (one page) narrative presenting your perspective on how to most effectively develop, deliver and evaluate a comprehensive educational program addressing the PSAS in a five-county area in Northwest Wyoming.
Contact for application information/send completed information packet to:
Marie Hanson, UW Extension
1000 E. University Ave. Dept. 3354
Laramie, WY 82071