Extension Agent for Agriculture & Natural Resources Job Description

Major Job Responsibility 1:  Educational Programming

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate a plan of work based on locally identified needs which will lead to improved agricultural and environmental practices.
  • Develop and implement educational programs in agricultural production and environmental stewardship.
  • Use demonstrated and research based teacing methods to instruct community members on locally revevant agricultural topics.
  • Develop field trials, test demonstration and result demonstrations or other hands on learning experiences related to agriculture/natural resources production and practices to use for educational purposes using instruction techniques verified through research.
  • Collaborate with other agents and specialist to plan, execute and evaluate educational programs at the county, district and state level. 
  • This position will serve all clientele ensuring that all youth and adults have an equal opportunity to participate in extension programs regardless of race, gender, age, color, sex, religion, disability, or national origin. 

Competencies/Skills: planning, organizing, oral and written communication skills, understanding of agricultural practices, ability to serve as a role model, leadership abilities, presentation skills, desire and ability for professional development

Major Job Responsibility 2: Advisory Councils

  • Determine appropriate volunteer positions.
  • Recruit, develop and utilize members of the ARN Advisory Council to help identify local issues, conduct and evaluate educational programs, secure resources for Extension progrmas and communicate curriculum needs to the University.
  • Ensure that all Client Protection guidelines are implemented within the ANR program area.
  • Develop and utilize individuals to serve on councils, advisory groups, and program committees to facilitate community involvement in determining program priorities and conducting programs.
  • Ensure that ANR leadership is representative of the agricultural diversity of the county.

Competencies/Skills: recruitment  and marketing skills, confidentiality, attention to detail, ability to work with and value a wide range of personalities

Major Job Responsibility 3:  Leadership

  • Partner with agricultural businesses and organizations to build leadership in the agricultural community.
  • Work with community and civic leaders to enhance the economic and social well-being of the county and communities contained therein.
  • Provide citizens with the opportunities to learn and practice leadership skills.
  • Determine appropriate volunteer positions and identify, enlist, and train volunteer leaders to help carry out program responsibilities.
  • Demonstrate professionalism and personal leadership skills.

Competencies/Skills:  Recruitment and marketing skills, confidentiality, ability to make decisions, teaching skills

Major Job Responsibility 4:  Public Accountability and Public Relations

  • Generate and utilize evaluation data on programming to document and publicize accomplishments.
  • Share program outcomes with community and elected officials to help them understand the value of Extension.
  • Demonstrate open and efficient communication among agents, support staff and Extension clientele.
  • Provide latest research based information in a customer friendly manner to clientele.
  • Network and build relationships among diverse groups and individuals to market and support Extension.
  • Use new technology to communicate with clientele and University officials.
  • Contribute to the information base used to document accomplishments of the Cooperative Extension Service to key decision makers and Federal partners.

Competencies/Skills:  written and oral communication skills, dependability, courteous and responsive to the public, social media skills

Major Job Responsibility 5:  Facilitation, Collaboration and Teamwork

  • Collaborates with groups which will lead to new audiences seeking opportunities to participate in Extension programs.
  • Serve as a group facilitator to convene or intervene with groups that need a neutral facilitator to help the group identify, solve problems and /or make decisions.
  • Partner with other groups/agencies in the county such as FSA, SCS, or agricultural businesses to provide programs.
  • Build collaborations with other agencies and organizations to solve community problems and multiply effectiveness.
  • Serve as a source of expertise in the community for agriculture and natural resources subject matter areas.
  • Exhibit and promote teamwork within Extension organization at county, district and state levels, acting as mentor and contributing to the professional development of all agents.
  • Support the overall office operation by having input on support staff evaluations, budget, county extension council, as well as other office-wide responsibilities and serving as a lead person in operational areas as needed. 

Competencies/Skills:   initiative, leadership abilities, able to easily meet people and form relationships, open and honest communication skills, team player

Major Job Responsibility 5:  Professional Development

  • Agents hired without a Master’s degree will be expected to enroll in an approved graduate program and earn at least 12 hours of graduate credit within the first 5 years as an agent
  • Understand and stay up-to-date on current and emerging issues involving agriculture and natural resources.
  • Attend in-service trainings to stay current on ANR guidelines and new program opportunities
  • Participate in agricultural professional associations.
  • Share expertise by presenting sessions or serving in leadership roles for relevant state and national associations and/or conferences. 

Competencies/Skills: ability to learn new concepts, leadership and presentation skills

Major Job Responsibility 6:  Supervision

  • Provide training, supervision and evaluation for support staff and program assistants.
  • Provide training, supervision and evaluation for volunteer leaders. 

Competencies/Skills: supervision & coaching skills