Work Location: The area to be served includes a seven-parish region located along the Mississippi River in southern Louisiana, commonly called the River Parishes. While this position will have responsibilities in the seven-parish region, the proposed domicile for this position is the St. James Parish Extension Office located in Lutcher, Louisiana. The two primary agronomic crops in the region are sugarcane and soybeans. In 2019, an estimated 115,000 acres of sugarcane was harvested in the region along with 8,800 acres of soybeans harvested.
Job Description: This is a non-tenure track, agent level position (100% Extension ANR) with responsibilities for agronomic crops (primarily sugarcane and soybeans) in assigned parishes within the LSU AgCenter’s Southeast and Southwest Regions. The proposed parishes of responsibility include Ascension, Assumption, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, and Terrebonne parishes. The Agent will provide research-based information and educational opportunities in row crop production to producers and related agricultural industries in the seven-parish region through a variety of delivery methods including on-farm visits, area-wide demonstrations, workshops, field days, and other educational meetings. The agent will establish advisory committees to identify clientele needs, develop extension programming, implement a system of program evaluation, and report program accomplishments and impacts annually. The Agent will disseminate LSU AgCenter recommendations, contribute to the web page of assigned parishes, and provide pesticide re-certification training. As an Extension employee, the agent must be willing to continue professional development and remain current with agriculture and natural resources research and its application to programming. The incumbent is expected to be an effective team player, work cooperatively with other Extension faculty at the parish, region and state levels and perform other tasks that may be assigned by supervisor(s). The agent will work under the administrative supervision and direction of the parish chair and regional director. In order to attend and conduct training to meet the needs of clientele, this position requires some overnight travel and work on evenings and weekends.
Qualification Requirements: A baccalaureate degree in agronomy, plant sciences, environmental sciences, horticulture or a closely related field is required. A Master’s degree in those fields and/or some experience in row crop production, specifically sugarcane production, is desirable. Must have an undergraduate degree with an overall grade-point average of at least 2.5 (all GPA requirements based on a 4.0 system) and a 3.0 for graduate work attempted. Candidate must demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills. Experience in planning and executing educational programs and working cooperatively with individuals and groups is desired. Knowledge of public relations and the ability to cope with change are highly desirable characteristics. Ability to work with and through others is essential as is the ability to function with minimum supervision.
Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options. Benefits offered include retirement, multiple medical insurance options, supplemental insurances (dental, life, long-term disability, accident, vision, long-term care, etc.), Tax Saver Flexible Benefits Plan (saves tax dollars on some child care and medical expenses), university holidays (14 per year, typically includes a week off at Christmas), generous annual (vacation) and sick leave benefits, Employee Assistance Program, and possible educational leave and tuition exemption for coursework at campuses of the LSU System. Specific benefits depend on job category, percent effort and length of employment.
Conditions of Employment: A personal automobile and appropriate insurance coverage is required (travel allowance provided). Some work on evenings and weekends should be expected. A cell phone is required. Satisfactory completion of two specific graduate level extension courses (6 credit hours) generally required in the first two years of employment. Additionally, a faculty member who does not have a related master’s degree must complete an additional 9 hours of related graduate level coursework in order to be promoted to associate agent and such promotion must occur in the first seven years of employment. An exception is that additional agent experience may be substituted for nine hours of coursework, but not for the two required courses.
Application Deadline: February 21,2021 or until a suitable candidate is identified
Application Procedure: Apply online at https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU (or through Workday for internal applicants) by attaching cover letter with resume including a statement of professional interest and goals, university transcripts and two letters of reference. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted. In lieu of attaching the letters of reference, they may be sent directly to:
Dr. Albert Orgeron
St. James Parish Extension Office
2430 Louisiana Avenue
Lutcher, LA 70071
The LSU Agricultural Center is a statewide campus of the LSU System and provides equal opportunities in programs and employment. An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer