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Company name : Oregon State University
Location : Ontario, OR
Position : Extension General Agriculture Educator
The Malheur County Extension Office is seeking a Extension General Agriculture Educator. This is a full-time (1.00
), 12-month, professional faculty position.
As a land grant institution committed to teaching, research and outreach and engagement, OSU promotes economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation and the world. This position contributes to the mission of the College of Agricultural Sciences, with principal responsibility for needs assessment, Extension educational program development, delivery, and evaluation, needed to support Extension activities.
The professional faculty position focuses on general agricultural and horticulturally based production systems with an emphasis on sustainable/biological methods appropriate for all agricultural producers. In addition, incumbent is expected to become knowledgeable of local, state, and federal land use and agricultural regulations and to conduct educational programming for agriculture producers on these matters. The individual will work collaboratively with area agricultural producers, agriculture and natural resource agencies, and OSU faculty to plan, organize, deliver and evaluate educational programs and provide farm-related problem-solving services.
This professional faculty position will serve as a spokesperson for some sectors of Treasure Valley agriculture. It is essential that the field crops extension professional faculty member understand the cropping systems sciences such that they can serve as a technical resource for local industry groups and provide science and research-based guidance to other governmental agencies that are developing policies that would affect the natural resource industries of the county.
What are considered to be “minor crops” on a national level (onions, alfalfa seed, dry beans, etc.) are the backbone of agriculture in Malheur County. Given this minor crop status, maintaining current and seeking new local pesticide registrations is critical to strengthening of agricultural industry success in the County. This individual must assist in the process to secure new and/or maintain existing pesticide registrations for use in local cropping systems. This work is to be done in cooperation with other OSU and University of Idaho colleagues in the Treasure Valley and regulatory/industry representatives.
Oregon State University is committed to practicing and delivery of tools for state-of-the-science interaction and engagement of partners and stakeholders. This individual is required to use modern learning tools including online and hybrid classes, employ and practice engaged scholarship, promote integration of programs across disciplines that are demand-driven and use open source tools that continually align with innovation and shifts in educational program delivery.
Active and effective communication with colleagues and key stakeholders is critical to the success of this position. This position will require traveling throughout the county and beyond to fulfill the requirements of this position.
About the division:
The Division of Extension and Engagement (Division) is core to Oregon State University’s mission. The Division helps create real solutions and positive impact across Oregon and beyond. The Division is aligned under the leadership of the Vice Provost for Extension and Engagement. To learn more about our Division and its core units and initiatives, please visit our website:
OSU Extension programs, partnerships and volunteer opportunities are focused on:
Healthy communities and economies
Resilient and productive forestry and natural ecosystems
Sustainable agriculture, food systems, and gardening
Thriving youth, individuals and families
Commitment to inclusive excellence:
Oregon State University is committed to creating and maintaining compassionate and inclusive learning and working environments for all learners, visitors and employees. We envision collaborative community environments that enhance civility and embrace diversity. All employees are responsible for achieving this commitment. This commitment includes, but is not limited to, complying with Civil Rights and Language Access regulations. In addition, this individual will design, develop, maintain and/or carry out Extension programs to ensure that educational programs and outreach activities serve diverse populations, including those that have been historically marginalized/excluded from participation.
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This Extension General Agriculture Educator embeds the commitment of the university to a collaborative and inclusive community in all interactions and duties performed. This individual ensures that educational programs and outreach activities serve diverse populations, including those that have been historically marginalized/excluded from participation. Our objective is to create opportunities for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and these activities will be included in the annual plan of work, impact statements, and summary of accomplishments/achievements.
Conduct needs-assessment/advisory activities to determine the educational needs of the region and its stakeholders and incorporate such input into the development of local educational programs.
Design, coordinate, implement, deliver, and evaluate mufti-faceted Extension agricultural education programs that focus on issues important to the Treasure Valley clientele. These include alfalfa, alfalfa seed, grass hay, pasture, cover crops, annual forages, small grain, corn, dry bean, mint, onions, alternative crops and home horticulture.
Assist field crop producers, field personnel and dealers with educational resources for applied research, production, management, and marketing needs. Work with other emerging and alternative crops as determined by the needs assessment.
Work cooperatively with Extension faculty, department heads, and other faculty and staff to provide non-credit instruction, teaching and delivery of educational programs and materials while maintaining contact and relationships with producer groups.
Work cooperatively with the Extension Service and Ag Experiment station faculty, other governmental agencies, commodity groups, and groups interested in crop production and pesticide registration in team efforts to offer needs-based Extension educational programs.
Offer educational events eligible for pesticide license recertification credits in topics germane to target audiences.
Respond to or refer routine phone calls, correspondence, Ask Extension, and walk-in questions regarding soil productivity, field crop production, natural resource management, watershed health, pest management, and general home gardening in Malheur County.
Provide diverse educational experiences related to improving crop production systems by conducting area meetings, workshops, conferences, and field tours as needed.
Design programs to be delivered throughout various Malheur County locations in order to meet the diverse needs of clientele and offer online/virtual opportunities when appropriate.
Keep records and create necessary reports to the Division’s Administration and the college of Agricultural Sciences, including plans of work, narrative reports, statistical reports, and reports of accomplishment.
Participate in professional development opportunities to enhance the educational program capacity of this position.
Attend appropriate OSU training to maintain subject matter and institutional expertise.
Participate in Extension cropping systems and soils Working Groups as organized by the College of Agricultural Sciences to help develop collaborative programs that support the needs of growers in assigned region.
Explore and develop appropriate information and program delivery systems utilizing research results from disciplines associated with agriculture, education, marketing, community development and environmental management.
Create, review, edit, and update locally appropriate Extension publications that serve the needs of the clientele served.
Supervise temporary employees and/or student workers as needed and provide lead work for any assigned assistants as appropriate.
Other duties included but are not limited to agricultural statistical data collection and local emerging issues.
Travel is required to fulfill the requirements of this position throughout the county.
5% – Organizational Accountability
Utilize appropriate and effective methods of communication to promote programs and market Extension programs locally, statewide, and nationally.
Utilize technology as a tool to increase the impact of program delivery on constituents including participating with Ask an Expert (Ask Extension).
Meet the information needs of local and regional audiences by accessing information from a variety of sources and disseminating it through appropriate mechanisms (internet, newsletter, newspaper, radio, television, presentations, etc.).
Implement fee-based programming and cost-recovery practices, develop partnerships, and solicit external funding to support and enhance educational programs as appropriate.
Organize and maintain program advisory committees and/or networks to identify program needs, make recommendations, assist in program implementation, and evaluate program effectiveness.
Develop an annual plan of work addressing educational needs as well as evaluate the quality and impact of educational programs provided to audiences as appropriate.
Link program level output with the overall Extension Service and OSU brand in all opportunities. Provide community and statewide opinion leaders and decision makers the understanding and context on how program level Extension work relates to overall Extension Service mission. Annually provide impact statement reports adhering to the Extension Service criteria.
Participate in leadership training opportunities that builds expertise around equity, inclusion, and diversity.
Contribute to equity, inclusion, and diversity as part of teaching, educational delivery, advising, Extension, and service. Outputs and impacts of efforts to promote equity, inclusion, and diversity should be included in Division’s annual reporting system.
5% – Service
Practice a welcoming and respectful workplace culture.
Serve as an effective team member in the county office and the Eastern Region.
Participate in meetings/events (in a non-voting capacity) with governmental agencies, commodity groups, watershed councils, and Soil and Water Conversation District.
Provide service to college and university through committee service and leadership as appropriate and requested by administrators and peers.
Serve on state, regional, local, and national advisory committees appropriate to position responsibilities and participate in professional organization activities.
Participate as a team member in the delivery of all Extension programs in Malheur County.
Provide all requested reports and documentation about program outputs and impacts as appropriate and following OSU processes.
Maintain active membership and involvement in professional organizations.
Bachelor’s degree with academic studies directly related to agriculture, botany, entomology, plant pathology, or a related field. Degree must be completed by application date.
Demonstrated written and oral communication skills including the effective use of electronic (traditional and web-based) and printed mass media.
General knowledge of computers, including proficiency with e-mail, social media, and computer software such as or similar to Microsoft Office suite.
Must have or be able to obtain an Oregon Department of Agriculture Pesticide Consultant License within six months of employment and maintain it throughout employment.
Demonstrated commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
Ability to work as a team member with other professionals and volunteers.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.
This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030 et seq.
Preferred (Special) Qualifications
Master’s degree in agronomy, horticulture, crop science, weed science, field-based entomology or plant pathology, or a closely related field.
Experience in one or more of the following areas: irrigated crop management, pasture management, water quality monitoring, pesticide use/registration, and pesticide applicator licensing.
Demonstrated teaching experience (formal or informal) appropriate for adult learners.
Experience understanding the role of program advisory committees.
Demonstrated commitment to work with historically marginalized populations.
Demonstrated life experience, education, and/or training that broaden capacity to equalize the success or impact on underserved audiences.
Ability to incorporate multiple cultural perspectives in educational design and delivery.
Ability to adapt to the changing technological environment.
Working Conditions / Work Schedule
Flexibility to work evenings and weekends.
Travel is required to fulfill the requirements of this position throughout the county.
This position requires a clear and unambiguous commitment to compliance of all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) regulations for Division I (FBS) universities. No
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OSU commits to inclusive excellence by advancing equity and diversity in all that we do. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, and particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the criminal history check requirement.
This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the motor vehicle check requirement.
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