Assistant/Associate Extension Educator For Controlled Environment Agriculture
University of Connecticut
Location: Brooklyn, Connecticut
Type: Full Time
Internal Number: 497672
This full-time, 11-month appointment for a non-tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant/Associate Extension Educator in CAHNR to collectively advance Controlled Environment Agriculture (CEA). The successful candidate is expected to develop strong working relationships with producers throughout the state; interact with UConn faculty, state, and federal agency personnel; and develop interdisciplinary extension programs. This is an off-campus, county-based position. Assignment of office location is negotiable in the northwest or northeast part of the state and requires the individual to travel.
Earned master’s degree in horticultural science, plant science, soil science, agricultural engineering, entomology or nematology, or closely related disciplines.
For the Assistant Extension Educator title, at least two years of experience is required and to be considered for the Associate Extension Educator title at least five years of experience as an Assistant Extension Educator or the equivalent is required.
Proven communication skills, including writing and presentation skills as evidenced in the applicant’s curriculum vitae.
Computer literacy, including working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite.
Must be willing and able to work occasional evening and weekend hours.
Must have reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license.
Must possess adequate physical stamina, agility, and fitness to perform the required duties.
Experience developing peer-reviewed scholarship, Extension reports, or articles in electronic media that communicate program impacts and results.
Experience serving in leadership positions, particularly within an agricultural context.
Experience working with integrated Extension programs and the land-grant university system.
Demonstrated ability to work cohesively with diverse audiences developing partnerships with other professionals and organizations to accomplish team goals.
Experience in grantsmanship, particularly obtaining progressively larger grants and/or leading medium to large multi-disciplinary, multi-functional grant-funded projects.
The Department of Extension in the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources works collaboratively with partners in all 169 municipalities across Connecticut, throughout the northeast region, and beyond. It is a non-tenuring unit with 35 faculty, and 50 program and administrative staff. Additional grant-specific program personnel assist in solving problems and enhancing the well-being of our state population where they live, work, and learn. Programs carried out by the Department constitute the majority of activity of the UConn Extension System. Faculty and staff conduct educational activities through eight county/community-based centers and may be co-located with additional community/agency-based working partners.
Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 stu...dents, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.