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Title:
Junior or Assistant Extension Agent
Position Number:
0085440
Hiring Unit:
C of Trop Agr and Human Resources, Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences
Location:
Hilo, HI
Date Posted:
August 15, 2016
Closing Date:
Continuous - application review begins July 31, 2017
Monthly Type:
11 Month
Tenure Track:
Tenure
Full Time/Part Time:
Full Time
Temporary/Permanent:
Permanent

Other Conditions:
  • To begin approximately October 2017 or soon thereafter. For best consideration, all application materials should be submitted by July 24, 2017.
Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Develop an extension program in sustainable agriculture in support of the edible crop industries on the Island of Hawaii. The program will focus on science-based methods and techniques that improve plant and soil health, and soil fertility, and incorporate good agricultural practices (GAP), and integrated crop (ICM) and pest management (IPM) practices that impact economic viability, yield, postharvest quality and improve farm food safety in all types of edible crop farming that includes organic and ethnic-specific systems. The individual will also coordinate the East Hawaii Master Gardener program.
  2. The extension program will identify current and developing issues, involve priority setting and long-range planning through community input, carry out industry facilitation activities, implement extension methodologies and successful practices in collaboration and in partnership with private and public stakeholders and disseminate accurate information to the industry.
  3. Serve as liaison between edible crops industry members, industry organizations, government agencies and private companies/individuals. Work with stakeholders involves some meetings that occur after normal working hours and/or weekends at off-site locations.
  4. Provide information using various means such as social media, newsletters, reports and other communication and media alternatives, workshop and training development materials, presentations, exhibits, performances and publish scholarly information that address the edible crops industry needs.
  5. Obtain local, regional, and national funding to establish a nationally recognized program.
  6. Participate in Department, College, and University service and governance.
  7. The position may include some statewide responsibilities.
Junior Extension Agent Minimum Qualifications
  1. Bachelor's degree from a college or university of recognized standing with major coursework in agriculture or a related field, whichever is appropriate to the position involved.
  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 Hawaii 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 or university of recognized standing with major coursework in horticulture, agronomy or related field or in addition to a Bachelor's degree, 30 credit hours of post-baccalaureate academic work in the above-mentioned fields.
  2. At least three (3) years of successful experience in Cooperative extension work, Sea Grant or equivalent in closely related fields.
  3. Ability to exercise independent judgement 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 Hawaii Driver's License (class 3), comparable driver's license, or other means of transportation which meets position needs.
Desirable Qualifications
  1. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through oral, written and visual channels, using traditional educational tools.
  2. Demonstrated ability to obtain external funding or other in-kind program resources.
  3. Experience with developing educational materials for websites and using social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for educational purposes.

To Apply:
Submit the following to the address listed below: 1) Cover letter indicating how you satisfy the minimum and desirable qualifications, 2) curriculum vitae, 3 ) names and contact information for at least three professional references and 4) official transcripts (copies accepted, however official transcripts will be required upon hire). Please indicate position number and island in your cover letter.
Address:
  1. Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences
  2. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources
  3. 3190 Maile Way
  4. St. John 101
  5. Honolulu, HI 96822
Inquiries:
  1. Dr. Robert Paull; 808-956-8389; paull@hawaii.edu

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