Kansas State University Douglas County Horticulture Extension Agent in Olathe, Kansas
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rDouglas County Horticulture Extension Agent
r Department: 3670035310 Ext Agents - Eastern Region
Job no: 511833
Employment type: Extension Agent / Educator
Categories: Agriculture, Horticulture, Extension Agent / Educator, Crop Production, Plant Sciences
Pay Grade: 001
rAbout This Role:
Douglas County is located along Interstate 70, between Topeka and Kansas City. The diversified urban, suburban, and rural population is over 118,000. There are three universities in the county: University of Kansas, Baker University, and Haskell Indian Nations University. There are four incorporated cities in Douglas County, with Lawrence, the largest, having a population of 98,000. Other cities include Baldwin City, Eudora, and Lecompton. Douglas County is a multiagent county with five agents and seven support staff.
There is an increasing interest in both home horticulture and natural resource management at all scales. There are 180 trained Extension Master Gardener volunteers in Douglas County.
Extension agents are community based faculty of Kansas State University who make a difference by connecting community needs with university resources. Agents are administratively responsible to the local extension director and the local extension board.
This position will provide primary leadership for the development and implementation of research-based educational programming related to horticulture and natural resources. Programming will include but is not limited to: horticulture crop production, marketing and economics, conservation of natural resources, horticulture waste management, and landscape maintenance and improvement.
Primary Area of Responsibility:
Extension agents are professional educators who serve as a link between Kansas State University and communities across Kansas. Agents are administratively responsible to the Director of K-State Research and Extension (represented by a designated administrator) and the local extension board.
+ Provide primary leadership for the development and implementation of research-based educational programming related to horticulture and natural resources. Programming will include but is not limited to: horticulture crop production, marketing and economics, conservation of natural resources, horticulture waste management, and landscape maintenance and improvement.
+ Manage Douglas County's large and active chapter of Extension Master Gardener volunteers.
+ Programming will include these steps:
+ Identify local needs and emerging issues related to K-State Research and Extension's five Grand Challenges: (water, community vitality, health, developing tomorrow's leaders and global food systems) by engaging with program development committees and other community organizations and professionals.
+ Design appropriate educational strategies to engage clientele. These strategies might include delivering educational programming in a community-based setting, coordinating events and activities that provide experiential learning opportunities, using innovative technologies, providing individual educational consultations and facilitating groups seeking similar educational outcomes. Some overnight travel and evening and weekend work will be required.
+ Develop and implement strategies to expand the reach of educational programming to under-served audiences and to make certain K-State Research and Extension is an equa opportunity provider of educational programming.
+ Collect and communicate evidence of educational program impact.
+ Develop specialized knowledge and skills by engaging as a member of a Program Focus Team.
+ Secure external funding such as grants, gifts and cost recovery to supplement local tax revenue to support and expand educational programming.
+ Serve as a member of the Douglas County team cooperating in the planning and delivery of county-wide programming and related events.
What You'll Need to Succeed:
+ Bachelor's degree
+ Academic coursework and/or professional employment related to the position responsibilities
+ Evidence of strong academic and/or professional performance as documented by college transcripts, acceptance into a graduate program or documented success in increasingly responsible professional position
+ Experience with volunteer recruitment and management
+ Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals, groups and through mass media
+ Leadership skills as evidenced by working with individuals, groups and co-workers
+ Master's Degree
+ Experience working with adults and youth from various ethnic and socio-economic backgrou