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Associate Extension Agent, Agriculture & Natural Resources - Campbell County

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Work type: Administrative & Professional
Senior management: Agriculture & Life Sciences
Department: Central District Coop. Extension
Location: Rustburg, Virginia
Categories: Agriculture / Life Science

Job Description

This position is in Campbell County in south central Virginia in the Piedmont Region near the Blue Ridge mountains. Centrally located in Virginia, Campbell County offers rural beauty and local cultural experiences while still being a reasonable driving distance to destinations such as Smith Mountain Lake, Crabtree Falls, and Mill Mountain Zoo. With a highly accredited public school system and within a 25-mile radius of seven colleges and universities, Campbell County provides exceptional opportunities for learners of all ages. Campbell County offers residents family-oriented communities as well as an adventurous environment.

The Associate Extension Agent provides current research-based information to citizens by employing various delivery methods targeted to diverse audiences; works closely with producers, agri-business, 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, agritourism, and environmental protection; pursue and collaborate on agriculture related grants; fosters communication among agricultural producers, marketers, processors and consumers; maintains a high level of proficiency in subject matter field by participating in in-service trainings 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 strong desire to help clients succeed. The person in this position is expected to provide in-person leadership and to build community partnerships with few exceptions for telework.

The Campbell ANR Extension Agent will respond to a wide variety of client interests and needs, with an emphasis on ag marketing and value added agriculture products, farm business management, agricultural economics, and soil fertility. Additional subjects addressed are likely to include, but not be limited to, pasture and forage management, animal science, and environmental horticulture.

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.

Virginia Tech is unable to sponsor applicants for work visas for this vacancy.

Required Qualifications

Agent faculty require a minimum of a bachelor's degree (BA or BS) in a relevant discipline from an accredited college or university. A master's degree and promotion to Extension Agent are required no later than the sixth year of employment. Demonstrated ability to recruit, select, train and manage volunteers; demonstrated ability to lead groups; plan, implement, facilitate, teach and evaluate educational information programs; knowledge and use of computer technology in educational programming and management and presentation skills; excellent communication skills and the ability to work effectively with low income, limited resource and minority audiences; ability to work with minimal supervision in an unstructured setting. Extension agents demonstrate flexibility, adaptability, and a team-oriented mindset yet are able to work independently and have a strong desire to help clients succeed.

Preferred Qualifications

A master's degree is preferred.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

$45,000 - $65,000

Review Date

July 5, 2024

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

The successful candidate will be required to have a driver's license check with an acceptable and safe driving record.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

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