Extension agents are professional educators who serve as a link between Kansas State University and communities across Kansas. This position will provide primary leadership for the development and implementation of research-based educational programming related to production, management and marketing issues involved in crop production. Programs will include but are not limited to: tillage, planting, and variety selection; irrigation; weed, disease, and pest control; soil testing and fertilization and harvesting and post-harvest handling. Provide primary leadership for the dissemination of research-based information and implementation and development of horticulture educational programs. Programming will include, but not be limited to: horticulture crop production, marketing and economics, conservation of natural resources, horticultural waste management, and landscape maintenance and improvement.
Bachelor’s degree with knowledge of crop production and/or horticulture as evidenced by academic courses, professional development and/or professional experience.
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 positions.
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.
Access to a personal vehicle and the ability to obtain/maintain a valid driver’s license.
Experience working with adults and youth from various ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.
Commitment to personal professional development.
Ability to utilize electronic communication and computer applications to fulfill programming responsibilities.
Self-motivation and ability to work with a minimum of supervision, balancing multiple projects.
Ability to design, promote, implement and evaluate educational programs.
Skills in group facilitation.
Knowledge of adult and youth teaching/learning processes.
Experience in seeking and administering external grant funding.