An Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources, provides leadership in determining, implementing, and evaluating educational programs which are designed to solve social, economic, and environmental problems in agriculture and natural resources. The agent is an educator, an information provider, a needs assessor, a problem solving resource for clientele, and networks with the agricultural industry, specialists, Extension agents and agency representatives.
This position is housed in Amelia County. Established in 1735, Amelia County, Virginia is rich in history. Located just 35 miles southwest of Richmond, Amelia County has access to all resources of a large urban center, while offering the benefits of a small community. Amelia's diverse agriculture ranks seventh in the state in terms of gross receipts. To learn more about Amelia County visit http://www.ameliava.com.
The Amelia County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension agent will respond to a wide variety of client interests and needs, with an emphasis on crop and soil science, farm business and financial management, agricultural economics, soil fertility, pest and weed management, and agritourism. Additional subjects addressed are likely to include, but not be limited to: pasture and forage management, animal science, and environmental horticulture.|
The Extension Agent provides current research-based information to citizens by employing various delivery methods targeted to diverse audiences; works closely with producers, agribusiness, community leaders, Extension Leadership Councils and appropriate agents and specialists to identify and prioritize issues, problems and opportunities; uses farm and business visits as a means to remain knowledgeable of specific local needs and problems related to agricultural production, marketing, and environmental protection; fosters communication among agricultural producers, marketers, processors and consumers; maintains a high level of proficiency in subject matter field by participating in inservice training and professional activities; works closely with citizens and local, state, and federal officials to aid Virginia in preparing and responding to natural or other emergencies and disasters. Extension agents demonstrate flexibility, adaptability; a team-oriented mindset, yet are able to work independently, and have a strong desire to help clients succeed.
Extension agents recognize the importance of diversity and inclusion in the development and delivery of Extension programs, actively work to diversify program participation and are responsible for VCE's civil rights policies and compliance with affirmative action.
Individuals with a bachelor's degree will be hired at the Associate Extension Agent title level. A master's degree and promotion to Extension Agent are required no later than the sixth year of employment.
Virginia Cooperative Extension programs and employment are open to all, regardless of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.
Virginia Tech has an excellent benefits package, including graduate tuition waiver.