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Extension Agent III - Agr & Natural Resources Program

Date Posted
5th June 2017
Reference
VAC-25994
Sector
Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing
Job Type
Permanent
Location
St. John & St. Thomas
Salary
Not Disclosed

Job Summary

Under direction, performs difficult professional work to provide educational programs and technical advice to farmers, home gardeners, and the general community in the disciplines of agriculture, natural resources, and related areas.

Job Description

Job Duties        

  • Provides primary leadership in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of research-based programs to address pertinent problems related to agriculture and natural resources.
  • Provides technical advice. Answers general telephone questions from public about agriculture and/or natural resources. Visits homes, farms, gardens, and schools to evaluate methods, inspect conditions, identify problems, assess needs, and recommend practical ways to improve quality, productivity, profitability, safety, and conservation in agriculture and/or natural resources.
  • Provides educational programs. Plans and organizes classes, workshops, group meetings, short courses, demonstrations, fairs, field trips, tours, and utilizes other appropriate teaching methods to stimulate interest and provide training in agriculture and/or natural resources.
  • Defines problems; decides methods; conducts library research; collects field samples (e.g., water, soil, plants, and insects). Conducts interviews and surveys; analyzes field samples and databases; evaluates soil and water quality; identifies and classifies plants, animals, and pest specimens. Conducts pertinent research as necessary; identifies patterns and trends related to agriculture and natural resources.
  • Develops and produces research based publications, including facts sheets, pamphlets, bulletins, and news articles related to agriculture and/or natural resources to explain practical methods and procedures to farmers, gardeners, and the general public.
  • Working with clientele. Works directly with farmers, partner agencies, and related organizations to provide consultation, guidance, and outreach support related to agriculture and natural resources.
  • Makes exhibits. Plans and designs educational exhibits and displays (e.g., gardens, insects collections, etc.) to illustrate ideas or to demonstrate new methods and products in agriculture and/or natural resource management.
  • Maintains databases. Designs data collection procedures. Collects data on agriculture and/or natural resources (e.g., field samples measurements, and record surveys). Designs spreadsheet or database layouts and enters data into computer.
  • Maintains library. Collects and organizes catalogs, books, periodicals, maps, photographs, digital files, and other items used for reference purposes.
  • Secures external funding, as necessary, to support educational programming.

 


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