Chatham Co. Extension Ag Educator University of Georgia Extension
- Date Posted May 15, 2019
- Location Savannah, GA
- Category Agriculture / Education
- Job type Full-Time
University of Georgia Cooperative Extension has local offices in 158 counties across Georgia. We've built a reputation of providing trusted, science-based research and education through a network of committed specialists, agents, and volunteers. We offer summer internships, full and part-time professional and paraprofessional positions working in agriculture & natural resources, family & consumer sciences and 4-H & youth development programs.
UGA Cooperative Extension was founded in 1914 to bring research-based agricultural information to the people of Georgia. County agents and specialists throughout the state share information on issues like water quality, profitability in agribusiness, family wellness, and life skills. County agents provide soil and water test kits and instruction, advice on safe pesticide use, publications, computer programs and lessons in consumer skills to improve Georgians’ quality of life. They are the local experts in food safety, proper eating habits, child safety, and parenting. UGA Extension coordinates 4-H, Georgia’s largest youth program. Each year, almost 200,000 young Georgians participate in community projects, summer camps and conferences on today’s issues while having fun and learning to work together. The leadership skills and values they learn in 4-H last a lifetime. UGA Extension reaches more than 2.6 million Georgians through education programs each year. Millions more rely on UGA Extension’s publications, educational news articles and public television programming for advice and information.
The County Extension Educator position is a professional staff role within UGA Extension responsible for coordinating and delivering specific components of the Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) program in a county office. This employee works cooperatively with all Extension faculty and staff where applicable and is administratively responsible to the County Extension Coordinator and the District Extension Director and programmatically responsible to the District Program Development Coordinator.Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies
· A high level of independent judgment is required to effectively carry out the essential duties of the job
· Possess or develop adequate computer skills to enhance communication to the public and Extension data management.
· Maintain consistent and effective work habits to make efficient use of time and resources.
· Ability to relate effectively to all clientele (youth and adults).
· Proficiency in current word processing and data management and accounting software programs (e.g. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
· Exceptional organizational skills
· Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with county, district, and state staff, local government employees, and clientele.
· Ability to successfully complete screening requirement.
Some heavy lifting, standing for long periods of time, ability to work outside in varying conditions
- Assist in the coordination and teaching of the county ANR program.
- Coordinate efforts with the District Program Development Coordinator and the County Extension Coordinator to establish community partnerships with agencies and organizations that will facilitate the delivery of ANR program in the assigned county.
- Conduct ANR programs with prepared curriculum that meets the needs of the communities.
- Incorporate the results of program evaluations and feedback in planning future programs and techniques used in implementing programs.
- Coordinate reporting with County Extension Coordinator (CEC) and make reports to appropriate clientele and public officials through media, personal contacts, and/or group meetings to provide information on progress of ANR programs.
- Achieve and maintain skills in teaching, communicating, and promoting ANR programs using current and up‐to‐date research‐ based data/information and staying abreast of the county’s emerging issues.
- Submit accurate, complete reports on time in Georgia Counts, and to District Office as required and provide supplemental documentation useful in evaluating and improving educational programs as needed.
- Express thoughts clearly and concisely through written and verbal communication.
- Show high standards of professionalism in personal contacts, appearance, and work habits (as a professional, it is understood that the work effort is frequently extended past the eight hour work day and forty hour work week including nights and weekends).
- Set goals to improve the personal level of competence in relation to the requirements of the job; and develop and pursue a continuous program of professional improvement that may include professional education, formal course work, in‐service trainings, involvement in professional organizations, and other methods that are relevant to the position.
- Attend and participate in training sessions/activities overnight and on weekends as directed by the County Extension Coordinator or District Extension Director.
- Use local mass media to publicize ANR events and accomplishments.
- Assist in the management and assignment of Master Garden Volunteers.
- Use county website and internet media to increase ANR program outreach.
- Participate in staff conferences for planning and evaluation of joint activities and share ideas among all co‐workers, leaders, district staff, and specialists.
- Conduct all duties in accordance with The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Equal Opportunity plan that ensures all educational programs, assistance, and materials to all people without regard to race, ethnicity, national origin, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability or veteran status.
- Perform specific tasks and assume leadership for certain program areas as specified by the County Extension Coordinator or District Extension Director.
- Demonstrate personal interest and involvement in local community by joining local civic organizations (or supporting their efforts) and networking with community leaders.
- Work with county staff to ensure allocated funds so that equipment, supply, travel expenses, and other program supports are within limits and seek additional resources for programs.
- Performs related work as required.