Extension Educator – Environmental Management

Organization: 

Michigan State University

MSU Extension Position Announcement Agriculture & Agribusiness Institute Extension Educator – Environmental Management Gratiot County w/ Statewide Responsibilities

As part of Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) and the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute, this position will provide local as well as statewide leadership and educational programming expertise in environmental issues related to livestock production, including but not limited to nutrient management. Located in Alma, Michigan (Gratiot County), this position will collaborate across work teams, and Institutes, and work with faculty, specialists, educators, commodity groups and state agencies for overall advancement of Michigan agricultural industries. Mid-Michigan (from Lake Michigan to Lake Huron) has diverse and intensive livestock industries. The successful applicant will lead programs that assist farmers and agri-businesses in the implementation of practices that reduce the environmental impact of landapplied nutrients from livestock farms, facilitate implementation of practices and behaviors that improve regulatory compliance, and provide education and guidance on siting livestock facilities along with odor mitigation strategies. The successful applicant will design, implement and evaluate researchbased educational programming, address the needs of clientele groups; ensure dissemination of research-based information through various methods including multi-media, personal education and written articles; provide farmers and agri-business professionals with the knowledge to profitably produce agricultural products, contribute to the short and long-term viability of farms, and the economic well-being of Michigan citizens; and serve as an informational resource for Extension personnel and clientele. Ultimately, the successful applicant will lead programs that assist farmers and agri-businesses in the implementation of practices that will reduce the environmental impact of landapplied nutrients from livestock farms, provide education and guidance on siting livestock facilities along with odor mitigation strategies and ultimately improve water and air quality in an economically sustainable manner.

Characteristic Responsibilities

  • Develop, conduct and evaluate innovative educational programs that meet current and projected needs;
  • Communicate and interact with commodity groups to evaluate the needs of clientele;
  • Serve as an information resource to clientele, partners and Extension staff;
  • Collaborate with MSU Extension staff to conduct and evaluate programming efforts;
  • In concert with the MSUE work team(s), work with federal, state and county agencies to complete needs assessment of the livestock industry and develop effective programming;
  • Create and promote positive public relations for MSU Extension and the Agriculture & Agribusiness Institute;
  • Author, produce and submit regular research-based educational articles;
  • Develop and utilize appropriate media methods to communicate current and timely information, research results, and relevant industry updates, as well as a schedule of current and future activities;
  • Actively participate in professional development opportunities;
  • Gather and report programming outputs and impacts, to demonstrate program effectiveness and to guide future program priorities for MSUE, the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute and the work team aligned with;
  • Work to ensure that educational needs assessments, program development and recruitment efforts include the engagement of Michigan’s diverse residents across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences;
  • Understand and implement Civil Rights policies and procedures;
  • Other duties or projects as assigned by the Institute Director.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to Animal Science, Agronomy, or Agriculture Engineering with expertise related to environmental management, engineering, and/or nutrient utilization must be earned by date of hire;
  • 3-years’ experience in Extension program delivery or demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation and evaluation (relevant experience acquired within the last 5- years preferred);
  • Ability to create and carry-out a project plan from research of initial concept to project completion and follow-up;
  • Experience with marketing/promotion of educational programs;
  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills;
  • Experience and proven ability working productively with a team;
  • Proficiency in use of technology (e.g. web research, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook for mail/calendaring, distance technology, etc.) for day-to-day work and educational program delivery, record keeping, reporting, team-based communications and overall management;
  • Demonstrated success in program development and delivery to diverse audiences/communities including but not limited to race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences;
  • Proven ability in establishing and working with a diverse network of constituents and community members across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences to assist with program development and outreach;
  • Understanding of and ability to implement Civil Rights principles and compliance standards;
  • Ability to travel as a regular part of the position including some overnight travel;
  • Ability to lift, carry and move educational materials, equipment, etc. up to 25 lbs. Desired Qualifications
  • PhD encouraged;
  • Understanding of and/or experience working with farm nutrient management practices in the livestock industry;
  • Experience in designing, establishing and analyzing field research projects conducted with farm cooperators.

Special Instructions/Information for the Applicant Interested and qualified applicants should go to jobs.msu.edu and apply for posting #3372. For full consideration all applicant materials should be submitted by January 2, 2017. Applicants should include the names and contact information, including email addresses, of four professional references with the cover letter. This position is a full-time, end-dated appointment renewable annually based upon successful performance and continued funding.

Location: 

Gratiot County, MI

Deadline: 

Monday, January 2, 2017