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Extension Educator - Ag and Natural Resources/ Community Development - Bartholomew County

Columbus IN

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 Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator builds partnerships with county and regional agencies, agricultural producers, landowners, agricultural organizations, homeowners, decision makers, and citizens interested in the science of agriculture. The ANR Educator serves as a key resource in agriculture and natural resources in their county, and has responsibility for developing and implementing comprehensive programming, which may include cropping systems, farm business/farm management, livestock systems, horticulture, agriculture economics, natural resource conservation and environmental stewardship.

Provide leadership in the creation and implementation of a vibrant and sustainable educational and engagement program that is customized to the local area. Programming will typically emphasize one or more of the following themes: entrepreneurship; planning and visioning; workforce development; leadership and civic engagement; and/or community and public policy engagement. Responsibilities include the delivery of educational programs, workshops and technical services; the brokering of resources for community-based initiatives; building and sustaining local and regional partnerships; acquiring grants and leveraging resources; serving as the primary local contact for Purdue’s university-wide engagement effort; working with the media; and facilitating teamwork.



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

Academic training and/or professional experience relevant to position responsibilities

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


Additional Information:

Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position

A valid driver’s license is required for all Extension Educator positions

A background check and MVR check is required for employment in this position

Travel using personal vehicle (mileage reimbursement provided) and evening and weekend work is an integral part of this position

Please attach the names and email addresses of at least three (3) references. As the application review process moves forward, an e-Reference form may be sent to the references for completion

FLSA: Exempt (Not eligible for overtime)

Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contribution Waiting Period

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply



Posted June 12, 2019

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