Extension and Outreach Program Specialist, Irrigated Agriculture
Description of Work Unit
The Department of Soil and Crop Sciences is focused on education, research, and outreach to solve the world’s most pressing food production issues and crucial matters about Earth, its ecosystems, and their services. Our faculty and staff apply research-based solutions to benefit Colorado and the world. We offer academic programs to prepare students to address national and global crop production, sustainability, and environmental quality challenges such as waste management, water quality, and reclamation of drastically disturbed lands. There are numerous opportunities for students to be involved in cutting edge research related to global food production and ecosystem function and protection.
This position will serve as a project-wide extension and outreach specialist for a multi-institutional research project focused on improving water conservation across the Ogallala Aquifer region. This individual will work closely with the project manager and the extension team that spans 6 states to synthesize existing irrigated agriculture extension resources and develop and share resource guides across a variety of distribution formats. In addition, the program specialist will aid in overall project web development, social media content, and outreach, including the development of producer case studies, info-graphics, and other extension products. The position will be based in Fort Collins, CO, but will require occasional travel across the Ogallala Aquifer region. The position is annually renewable for up to 3 years, contingent on performance and available funding.
Required Job Qualifications
- Completed bachelor’s degree. Degree must have been conferred in agriculture, education, natural resources, engineering, or a closely related field. Coursework and/or professional experience must include a broad and significant understanding of irrigated agriculture.
- Ability to communicate effectively through social media and writing for digital and print publications as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
- Demonstrated experience working with people as individuals and in groups; ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with other professionals and organizations.
Preferred Job Qualifications
- Master’s degree in a relevant field or commensurate experience.
- Evidence of drive and initiative. Must be a self-starter and committed to meeting deadlines.
- Demonstrated experience in project management, including establishing project timelines, organizing meetings, and using distance communication tools.
- Successful professional experience in developing and maintaining web pages using WordPress.
- Experience in identifying audience needs, developing programs and evaluating impacts of programs for diverse audiences.
- Experience using graphic design tools to develop materials for outreach and education audiences.
- Experience with Geographic Information Systems (ArcGIS).
- Appreciation and understanding of rural agricultural communities and the opportunities and challenges facing them.
- Professional experience with, or knowledge of, Extension and the land-grant university system.
- Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Job Duty Category Program Planning, Development, Delivery Duty/Responsibility
- Facilitate a multi-institutional extension team and lead development and synthesis of technical, educational and outreach-related materials.
- This individual will coordinate monthly calls, develop a plan, and help implement a plan to integrate irrigation related extension materials across the 9 institutions involved in the USDA Ogallala Water CAP project. The team includes extension faculty at each of these institutions, including Texas A&M, University of Nebraska, Texas Tech University, Kansas State University, New Mexico State University, and Colorado State University. There are also graduate students and postdoctoral researchers working with these faculty who may be generating extension materials that would be included. The materials will primarily include extension factsheets, as well as web pages and webinars. These will be synthesized by region and topic area and made available primarily online through the www.ogallalawater.org webpage.
- Develop online information center focused on irrigation tools, technologies and management strategies using existing and by developing new extension materials. This person will not develop new tools, but will develop an online web resource that compares the available irrigation scheduling tools as well as emerging irrigation–related technologies, such as soil moisture probes and remote sensing applications. We have project staff that can help with webpage development and this person will primarily focus on the content and design of this online resource. Printed materials may also be developed.
- This position is not developing management strategies. Again, his/her responsibility is to synthesize existing resources. If there are gaps in the information about management strategies, they will work with the project team to develop this material, but they will not develop new material independently.
- Coordinate with research team to develop an online irrigation technologies and tools comparison resource guide.
- Provide program, editorial and information delivery support to colleagues in area(s) of specified expertise as appropriate.
Percentage Of Time 80 Essential Duties
Job Duty Category Administration Duty/Responsibility
- Provide administrative and program leadership for strategic delivery of Extension educational materials (printed and disseminated online) for the Ogallala Water multi-state extension team.
- In addition to the development of print and online extension materials, this person will assist the program manager for the Ogallala Water CAP project with project communications, as needed. This could include posting announcements on twitter, maintaining an extension events calendar, and attend regional extension events to interview and develop case studies of innovative producers or to develop articles about the events to be posted on the project webpage
- Assist Ogallala Water project manager with administrative work as needed to support the Ogallala Water project’s research and extension goals.
Percentage Of Time 20
Special Instructions to Applicants
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but for full consideration, all materials must be received by Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Applicants should upload the following: (1) A cover letter addressing your qualifications; (2) resume; and (3) contact information of three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.
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