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Extension Educator - Community Environment #F_190125

University of Nebraska - Lincoln
Scottsbluff, NE Full-time
Posted on August 25, 2019

Extension Educator - Community Environment
(Nebraska Panhandle)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Do you have the drive to help us improve the production and marketing of fresh, locally-produced food in Western Nebraska? Can you be a strong regional expert and develop focused, comprehensive learning programs for expanding consumer awareness of locally produced foods, supporting sustainable landscapes, or improving stewardship of water and other natural resources? Innovative, productive, resilient and high-quality food systems are a priority for Nebraska. We do not produce enough fresh, locally-produced food to meet the needs of Nebraskans. Western Nebraska is a unique region well-suited to local food production with good water supplies and a climate conducive to the production of high-quality food. To this end, Nebraska Extension has formed a strategic partnership with Western Nebraska Community College and the North Platte Natural Resource District to foster the growth and success of local food production in western Nebraska.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension is an organization that values individuals who excel, adapt easily, exhibit passion for helping others, and are excellent communicators. As a member of the UNL Extension team, you will collaborate with research and extension faculty who are leaders in their field. You will work with high performing teams to create and deliver world-class, innovative learning experiences that empower Nebraskans to improve their lives around critical issues.

We have an excellent opportunity for a full-time faculty position located in Scottsbluff, Nebraska and serving 11 counties in the Nebraska Panhandle. We want individuals who are self-directed and able to work in a flexible environment. The focus of this position will be supporting locally-grown food production. This is a collaborative position with Western Nebraska Community College. The Extension Educator will provide instructional needs for specified courses in the pre-agricultural emphasis area. These needs are currently in the general area of agronomy and soil science. Greenhouse management will be the primary focus of this instruction.

This educator is expected to interact closely with local food producers and allied organizations to deliver programs in their geographic area as well as statewide, based on the intentions of the statewide issue team. The outcome of this focused Extension educational program for community environment includes: a) economical and sustainable production practices for locally grown foods; b) development and use of best management practices that result in fresh and safe products that meet the needs of a local clientele; c) growers of locally grown food products use production practices that result in stewardship of resources especially land and water resources; d) growers of locally grown foods will have a business plan that includes marketing and distribution components; e) in partnership with Community Vitality Educators, pursue expanded local and regional markets for local foods, and f) more locally produced foods, especially vegetables and fruits, will be a part of the diet of children and adults.

Required Qualifications:

o Master's degree with one degree in Horticulture, Fruit and Vegetable Production, Horticulture Entomology or other closely related field required. Master's degree must be completed by start date.
o Successful experience teaching in a formal or informal setting.
o Demonstrated ability to communicate (i.e. publications, presentations, web and social media).

Preferred Qualifications:

o Experience in working with individuals, coworkers, and teams to accomplish individual and/or group goals, as evidenced by college, career, and/or community activities.
o Outstanding leadership skills as demonstrated by roles in college, career, and/or community activities.
o Ability to utilize electronic and online technologies for educational program delivery.
o Understanding of different ethnic and socioeconomic audiences and a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming.
o Successful experience in developing financial support for educational programs including grant writing, fund generation, contracting and/or cost recovery efforts.
o Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and programs.
o Minimum of 2 years' experience with urban or landscape horticulture similar to Nebraska systems.
o Successful experience in teaching community environment topics in a formal or informal setting.
o Experience teaching or networking with homeowners, managers or public or commercial urban landscapes or horticultural industry.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See