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Extension Educator - Urban Agriculture

Position Deleted on 12/26/2013. This position is no longer an active posting on HigherEdJobs.
Indianapolis, IN
  • Faculty - Agriculture - Extension
  • Faculty - Agriculture - Horticulture & Landscape Architecture
Application Due:
Open Until Filled
Full Time
included on Affirmative Action email


Extension Educators provide the link between Land Grant University research and Indiana residents by creating innovative learning opportunities that address local issues. Dedicated to helping improve the quality of life for current and future residents, Educators collaborate with local, county and state agencies, partner organizations, businesses and schools to analyze needs, develop, implement and oversee vibrant and sustainable research based educational programs, and provide resources and expertise to the local community.

As the agricultural industry responds to the growing demands for food, fiber and fuel, Extension outreach is becoming more dynamic as it incorporates agriculture and natural resource based strategies into economic development plans and programs. The Urban Agriculture Educator builds partnerships and strengthens linkages with county and regional agencies, agricultural organizations, decision makers, homeowners, and residents interested in the science of urban agriculture. The Urban Agriculture Educator serves as a key resource in consumer horticulture, local foods and sustainability related efforts in their county, and has responsibility for developing and implementing contemporary, comprehensive programming, which may include gardening, horticulture, local foods, sustainability, conservation and environmental stewardship.


  • Work with state and local advisory committees in conducting needs assessments to identify critically important issues.
  • Develop effective and contemporary approaches to plan, deliver and evaluate programming.
  • Ensure all efforts are made to reach diverse audiences and provide equitable access to programs and facilities.
  • Identify, recruit and develop the volunteer leadership necessary to help carry out the mission of Purdue Extension.
  • Develop regular and effective communications and working relationships with colleagues, partners and stakeholders within the community.
  • Quantify, communicate and promote the value of Extension education to key stakeholders, partners and decision-makers.
  • Develop and cultivate external funding sources to enhance educational programming.
  • Participate in and/or lead teams to enhance the scope and reach of Extension programming.
  • Other responsibilities as required.
  • Master's Degree.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, including prioritizing workloads to meet deadlines.
  • Knowledge and skill with computer technology in preparing and making reports, presentations, data analysis and retrieval, email and internet applications.
  • Knowledge of basic educational methods and the ability to effectively communicate/teach program specific material.
  • Ability to work with diverse audiences and stakeholders.
  • Strong communication, leadership, mentoring, teamwork and group process skills.
  • Flexibility and creativity in the workplace.
  • Coursework in Agriculture or related degree.
  • Minimum 2 yrs. experience in Urban Agriculture, Consumer Horticulture, Local Foods or Sustainability
  • A valid driver's license is required for all Extension Educator positions.
  • Successful completion of a background and BMV check is required.
  • Travel using personal vehicle (mileage reimbursement provided) and evening and weekend work is an integral part of this position.
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not Eligible For Overtime)
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contribution waiting period.
  • Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer.
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  • Please attach all undergraduate and graduate transcripts in Taleo for this position. As the application review process moves forward, official transcripts may be requested.
  • Please attach the names and email addresses of at least three references in Taleo. An e-Reference form may be sent to your references as the process moves forward.

Purdue University is an equal access/equal opportunity/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.
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