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Junior or Assistant Extension Agent (Agricultural Finance)
Position Number:
Hiring Unit:
C of Trop Agr and Human Resources, Natural Resources and Environmental Management
Hilo, HI
Date Posted:
August 02, 2018
Closing Date:
Continuous - application review begins September 17, 2018
Monthly Type:
11 Month
Tenure Track:
Full Time/Part Time:
Full Time

Other Conditions:
  • To begin January 2019 to soon thereafter. For best consideration, all application materials should be submitted by September 12, 2018.
Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Develop an extension program in financing agricultural production in Hawai‘i that will identify issues and implement extension methods and techniques in collaboration and partnership with private and public stakeholders, for the island of Hawai‘i, which also includes statewide responsibilities.
  2. Serve as liaison between industry members and organizations, government agencies and private companies/individuals. Provide guidance to farmers and ranchers with government loan programs and support state agencies, when asked, with their annual reports on the financial state of the farm sector.
  3. Emphasis will include (but is not limited to) developing a business plan, risk strategies, evaluating new investment opportunities, labor needs, planning for family farm succession, and understanding the impact of new federal and state rules and regulations on farm management (including subsidies, available benefits, and emerging environmental markets).
  4. Address statewide problems in tandem with the Agricultural Economics Agent and other extension agents, extension specialists, researchers, industry organizations, and commercial farm and food businesses.
  5. Evaluate various decision-aid support tools for applicability to evaluating the financing of new agricultural opportunities (such as alternative crops or management options, whole farm system, or farmland diversification), or new technologies (such as new equipment or processing methods).
  6. Provide information to diverse populations using various means such as workshop, field days and training development materials, presentations, exhibits.
  7. Publish scholarly information that address industry needs through appropriate media methods such as hard copy publications; web-based publications, social media and other communication and media alternatives.
  8. Seek and obtain external funding to support implementation of educational programs.
  9. Conduct scholarly activities on the county, state, and national levels.
  10. Participate in county, department, college, and university service and governance.
  11. Work with stakeholders involves meetings that occur after normal working hours and/or on weekends at off-site locations.
Junior Extension Agent Minimum Qualifications
  1. Bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing, with major work in Agricultural Economics, or a closely related field.
  2. Ability to apply Extension teaching methods.
  3. Ability to travel independently to various geographical locations in a timely manner. Requirement may be fulfilled by a valid Hawai‘i Driver’s License (Class 3), comparable driver’s license, or other means of transportation which meets position needs.
Assistant Extension Agent Minimum Qualifications
  1. Master’s degree from a college of university of recognized standing with major work in Agricultural Economics, or a closely related field, or, in addition to the Bachelor’s degree, 30 credit hours of post-baccalaureate academic work in a field appropriate to the position.
  2. At least 3 years of experience in Cooperative Extension or equivalent in closely related fields.
  3. Ability to exercise independent judgment and to assume responsibility for developing an Extension program.
  4. Ability to work harmoniously with other agents in an integrated Extension system, and with related agencies.
  5. Ability to travel independently to various geographical locations in a timely manner. Requirement may be fulfilled by a valid Hawai‘i Driver’s License (Class 3), comparable driver’s license, or other means of transportation which meets position needs.
Desirable Qualifications
  1. Proven ability to work effectively with organizations and government agencies.
  2. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively using traditional and modern educational methods and tools.
  3. Ability to use electronic technology (e.g. computer-word processing, database management desktop publishing, web meetings, social networking platforms, etc.).
  4. Experience working with farmers and/or food businesses.
  5. Experience working in tropical or sub-tropical farm systems.
  6. Experience with grant writing and obtaining additional sources of programmatic support.
  7. Ability to work effectively with low income, limited resource and underserved populations.
  8. Experience working in tropical or sub-tropical agricultural systems.
  9. Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  10. Proficiency in a language of one or more populations that the position serves.

To Apply:
Visit (cut and paste link to your browser) and search for Position Number 0084045 to submit an application.
  1. Dr. Susan Miyasaka; 808-969-8258;
  2. Dr.Catherine Chan; 808-956-8708;

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