Extension Educator, Commercial Horticulture/Agriculture and Natural Resources

Location: Painesville, OH
Deadline: October 16, 2016

DEADLINE: October 16, 2016 (Complete application at Jobsatosu.com— https://www.jobsatosu.com/postings/73255

Ohio State University Extension is seeking a qualified professional to fill the Lake County Commercial Horticulture/Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) Educator Position.

The Extension Educator, Commercial Horticulture/Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) in Lake County will:

  • Provide overall leadership to developing and conducting a proactive applied research and education programming in commercial horticulture/agriculture and natural resources to meet current and future needs in commercial horticulture, invasive pest management, plant pathology and diagnostics, weed management, home horticulture (Master Gardeners), innovative spray technologies, environmental quality and sustainability, and renewable energy.
  • Plan, teach, deliver, disseminate, and evaluate educational programs on public issues such as water quality, nursery production and pest management, fruits and vegetables, turf, trees, greenhouse and pesticides and spray application technology.
  • Work collaboratively with the team of Extension professionals to provide commercial horticulture and agriculture and natural resources programming within the Western Reserve Extension Education and Research Area (EERA).
  • Design and perform farm trials for new pesticide chemistries, sprayer calibration, on-site nursery, vineyard and field visits, and nutrient and irrigation management.
  • Give leadership to the development of pro-active educational programs using innovative educational methods.
  • Maintain a high level of visibility and facilitate communications with a wide range of clientele including traditional and non-traditional learners, elected officials, agricultural and non-agricultural stakeholders, and environmental and special interest groups to promote the understanding of commercial horticulture/agriculture and natural resource issues.
  • Develop effective advisory committees. Work closely with local advisory committees, commercial growers, and volunteers to conduct needs assessment and priority setting to determine emphasis of educational programs.
  • Serve as an educational advisor and liaison for the Ohio State University Extension and the University to appropriate public issue and program related organizations. Represent OSU Extension and the University with federal, state and local agencies and educational institutions at the local community level.
  • Identify, recruit and develop the volunteer leadership necessary to carry out relevant parts of their programming.
  • Provide volunteer management, educational training and program development to the Lake County Master Gardener Volunteer Program.
  • Provide a minimum of 25% statewide specialization, in commercial horticulture, to the Western Reserve EERA, region, and state Extension professionals. Approximately 10% of Educator’s time will be dedicated to statewide issues.  (required)
  • Identify and develop funding proposals to support new and /or enhanced programming
  • Provide effective grants management duties for multiple projects that include serving as a principal investigator.
  • Be an effective team player.  Work collaboratively with Extension educators in all program areas (4-H Youth Development, Community Development, and Family and Consumer Sciences), where interdisciplinary efforts are needed to meet broad issues or carry out major programming efforts.
  • Work closely with local advisory committees, commercial growers, and volunteers to conduct needs assessment and priority setting to determine emphasis of educational programs; serve as an educational advisor and liaison for Ohio State University (OSU) Extension and the University to appropriate public issue and program-related organizations.
  • Represent OSU Extension and the University with federal, state and local agencies, and educational institutions at the local community level.

This position is located in Painesville, Ohio; Western Reserve EERA

First round of interviews for selected candidates will be held in Columbus Ohio on Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Required qualifications:
An earned Master’s degree at the time of hire with at least one degree in production horticulture, commercial horticulture, or other related field. Strong advocate and practitioner of Invasive Pest Management (IPM) with a working knowledge of plant pathology and diagnostics, including identification and control methods for insect, disease, and weed pests. Strong technical writing and computer skills, written and oral communication skills, and experience working with diverse clientele and organizations. Demonstrated success working as part of a team and in initiating collaborative partnerships. Leadership ability and strong teaching and subject matter expertise in commercial horticulture. Willing to work flexible hours with minimal supervision.

Desired qualifications:
Production horticulture degree with two years of experience. Familiarity with soil types/characteristics, including nutrient requirements and appropriate amendments. Knowledge of nursery growing media would be a plus, with ability to formulate programs to evaluate compositional variables. Experience working with statewide growers groups.

To learn more or to apply, click on the link below:

County Extension Educator
Lake County, Painesville, OH
JR# 421629
1.0 FTE
Post Date:  September 17, 2016
Deadline Date:  October 16, 2016
Screen Date:  November 2, 2016

Or call Jackie Kirby Wilkins, NE Ohio Regional Director and supervisor for the position at 330-350-0512.