Extension Agent, Ag-Horticulture at North Carolina State Univ.

Job Type
Full Time
North Carolina State Univ.
Elizabethtown, NC

Essential Job Duties:

The agent in this position will be responsible for educational programming and informational assistance related to consumer horticulture, commercial ornamentals and landscaping, turf management and forestry. Additional responsibilities include recruiting and training Master Gardeners and coordinating an active local Master Gardener Association, serving as Local Foods Coordinator, Wildlife and Pond Management, and developing and coordinating youth horticultural programs. The agent will also work with local farmers markets, community-supported agriculture entities, and other small scale farmers including vegetable and commercial nut production. This is a position REPOST, current applicants for this position do not need to reapply.

Other Work/Responsibilities:

This position requires an individual with an understanding of how to assess needs, implement programs, and evaluate program impacts in the area of horticulture for the county. Candidate must be able to recruit, train, and incorporate volunteers into programming efforts. Collaboration with other government agencies, public and private non-profits and corporations is expected. This person must enjoy working with individuals as well as groups, be able to work with diverse audiences, and have the ability to manage multiple tasks with little supervision. The pursuit of outside resources such as grants and donations will be necessary to support program expansion.

Minimum Experience/Education:

One of the following educational requirements: - A Bachelor's degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 overall or a 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) in an agricultural or related field, - A Bachelor's degree and the completion of at least one-half of coursework in a Master's degree curriculum with a cumulative grade point average 3.0 or higher with at least one of the degrees in an agricultural or related field, or - Completion of a Master's degree with at least one of the degrees in an agricultural or related field. Also required: a personal automobile; computer literacy; strong oral and written communication skills; the ability to plan, implement, market, and evaluate educational programs; willingness to work as a team member and support a total Extension program; and the ability to handle multiple demands and set priorities. Personal Attributes: Successful performance of the duties encompassed in the Extension Agent's job requires that the individual possess habits of industry, a sense of responsibility, and a genuine appreciation for the worth of the individual. The employee must be adept in both oral and written communication. The Extension Agent is eligible to become a member of the non-tenure track/special faculty at North Carolina State University. The Extension Agent has primary responsibility for planning, executing, and evaluating that phase of Extension programs within assigned areas of program responsibility. The Extension Agent cooperates with colleagues in the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service and leaders in performing assigned responsibilities. The performance of assigned responsibilities is governed by the philosophy, objectives, policies, and procedures of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service.

Departmental Required Skills:

A bachelor’s degree in horticulture or related area of science is required. Experience preparing and presenting educational resource materials in face to face settings or via other forms of writing and the internet, including social media, is required. The successful candidate is expected to be a team player working with the Extension staff and other organizations and have the ability to work independently. Knowledge and experience in public relations, leadership, time management, organization, networking, and resource development is essential. Travel within the county is required and occasionally within the state.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education:

A related Master’s degree is preferred.

Necessary Licenses or Certifications:

Valid driver’s license and reliable personal transportation required and must be maintained. In order to operate a state vehicle, a valid driver’s license is required and must be maintained.

About the Department/Unit:

North Carolina Cooperative Extension gives our residents easy access to the resources and expertise of NC State University and NC A&T State University. Through educational programs, publications, and events, Cooperative Extension field faculty deliver unbiased, research-based information to North Carolina citizens. An array of company benefits and perks are offered to eligible employees. For more information about benefits and eligibility, please visit Bladen County is located in Southeastern North Carolina and has a population of approximately 34,000. Bladen County is the 4th largest county in the state in area and is located approximately 100 miles from Raleigh and 45 miles from Wilmington and the Atlantic Ocean. Life in Bladen provides a rich neighborly atmosphere with a leisurely lifestyle but at the same time provides easy access to more urban population centers. The agricultural sector of the Bladen County economy is strong and critical to the overall economy of the area. The county ranks 6th among NC counties in total farm cash receipts and in cash receipts from livestock. The Extension staff is a high performing team with close connections to the people of Bladen County, especially as it relates to the core Extension program areas of agriculture, food, and 4-H youth development. For more Information about Bladen County, visit


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