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POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

Regular, Full-time


NO: 406140DATE: August 3rd, 2020
Position Title
Regional Extension Agent - Commercial Horticulture and Home Grounds, Gardens & Home Pests
Location
Pickens County
Closing Date
September 3, 2020
Salary
***Minimum Starting Salary***
$39,151 for a Bachelor's degree
$43,151 for a Master's degree
Picture of Pickens County
For Specifics About Job Duties Contact:
Dr. J. Mike Phillips
Assistant Director AFNR & Associate 
Dean Extension Adm-Agriculture
Office: (334) 844-4450 
Email: jmp0133@aces.edu 

Pickens County Extension Office
Service Center Bldg.
155 Reform St., Rm 300
Carrollton, AL 35447
Job Summary
Program Priority Areas: Commercial Horticulture (75%), and Home Grounds, Gardens & Home Pests (25%).

Geographic Area: West Alabama region, serving Choctaw, Marengo, Wilcox, Dallas, Perry, Hale, Sumter, Greene, Pickens, and Tuscaloosa counties. The Agent will be housed in an office located in one of the counties in the region served.

The Alabama Cooperative Extension System; Agriculture, Forestry, and Natural Resources program, is seeking a qualified applicants to fill a Regional Extension Agent (REA) position in the West Alabama Region. The REA will serve the Commercial Horticulture team and be aligned with the Home Grounds, Gardens & Home Pests team.

Responsibilities: Programming from these two teams is diverse, covering agricultural production of commercial fruits, vegetables, turf/lawns, ornamental nursery crops, greenhouse crops, and advising management of these plants in residential landscapes and gardens. Both teams promote safe environments through best management practices and the appropriate use of pest management products. Producers need these management tools to support a business profit while consumers need them for their enjoyment of private property.

The REA will utilize all available/emerging technologies in their educational efforts as well as more traditional methods such as newsletters, news articles, workshops/group meetings, demonstrations and farm/home visits. The REA will participate in grant writing and the activities supporting applied research/demonstrations that benefit local clientele. REAs will assist team leaders in project outcome and impact evaluations as assigned. Participating in regional and state horticulture associations, and other groups representing horticulture, is important for all REAs. This develops their reputation as an educational leader with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

The Master Gardener volunteer program is a responsibility within the Home Grounds team. REA’s coordinate volunteer training classes, and work with County Extension Coordinators (CECs) to guide volunteer efforts in public programming. Commercial Horticulture programs support the need for global food security and growing farm profits for both experienced and beginning farmers, along with educational support to the ornamental and landscape industry through the Alabama Green Industry Training Center.

Team Descriptions: Regional Extension Agents (REAs), Urban Regional Extension Agents (UREAs), County Extension Coordinators (CECs), and Specialists form the core of the Commercial Horticulture and Home Grounds Extension teams. This REA will participate as a cohesive team member working with local clientele, advisory groups, volunteers, and other interested parties to determine regional needs for programming. As a team member, the REA will partner with other REA’s and CEC’s to provide educational leadership in planning, implementing, evaluating, and reporting the horticulture programs conducted in the region.
Job Specifications
Required: A Bachelor's degree in horticulture, plant science or related field WITH at least two years of relevant work experience is required. Incumbents will be required to obtain a Master’s degree within five years of successfully completing a probationary period.

Preferred: A Master's degree is preferred and does not require experience to apply.

The successful candidate must demonstrate capability in planning and delivering educational programs in commercial and/or home horticulture related to plant/pest management, and should have practical knowledge of horticultural and environmental best management practices in ornamental and fruit/vegetable crops. Candidates must demonstrate effective written and interpersonal communication skills, possess the ability to work cooperatively with individuals and groups, and be willing to utilize various forms of educational program delivery to a diverse clientele. A demonstrated ability to recruit, teach, and cooperate with volunteers, such as Master Gardeners, in the delivery of horticulture related programs is highly valued. This position requires regular travel to carry out Extension responsibilities, and the successful incumbent must have access to reliable transportation. Successful applicants must possess strong leadership and organizational skills, and the ability to respectfully self-motivate their daily priorities.

Application Procedures:

Candidates should submit the following to apply:

(1) Four forms found on our web site at:
https://www.aces.edu/about-us-2/employment-opportunities/;
(2) Letter of application addressing each listed qualification in detail;
(3) Current resume;
(4) Names, addresses, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers for five references;
(5) Transcripts of all academic work (unofficial/copies acceptable during recruitment process; however, official transcripts will be required at time of hire).

The above information should be emailed to kkr0009@aces.edu by September 3, 2020 as a single PDF document. Please list the position title and number in the subject line of the email.

Current ACES employees should submit a letter of application addressing each listed qualification in detail; Names, addresses, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers for five references; resume, and ensure that official transcripts are on file in the ACES Business Office. Current ACES employees that are in probationary status, must inform their supervisor of their interest in applying with final approval being required by the Administrative Team prior to submitting application materials. Forms may also be obtained by calling ACES Business Office at (334)844-5352, or fax: (334)844-5544.

ONLY COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKETS WILL BE CONSIDERED.
ACES/Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

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