Work Location: The position will work in both St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes. The position will be domiciled at the St. Bernard Parish Cooperative Extension Office located in Chalmette, LA and will have responsibilities in St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes in the Southeast Region of the LSU AgCenter.
Job Description: The Assistant/Associate Extension Agent (100% ANR) will engage the communities in St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes with research-based educational information on citrus production and general horticulture (commercial and consumer). The agent will establish advisory committees for citrus and horticulture and other related focus areas to identify clientele needs, develop extension programming, implement a system of program evaluation and report program based accomplishments and impacts annually. The Agent will provide commercial and consumer horticultural practices in St. Bernard and Plaquemines parishes with research-based information and educational opportunities in citrus production and horticulture through a variety of delivery methods including on-farm visits, area-wide demonstrations, workshops, field days, demonstration gardens (community/school), commercial vegetable and citrus demonstration/field days, home gardens and grounds, fruits and other educational programs and meetings. The Agent will also have responsibilities in being a part of the AgMagic on the River steering committee and be an integral part of the educational area of AgMagic on the River held at Docville Farm. The Agent will disseminate LSU AgCenter recommendations, contribute to the web explore the potential of implementing a Master Gardener program in the parish. Involvement with agricultural associations such as Farm Bureau will be necessary. 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 agricultural education, an agricultural/environmental science; horticulture with a focus in citrus, biological sciences or closely related areas is required. A Master’s degree in a field listed above is desired. 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, if any, or master’s degree or a current grade-point average of at least 3.0 on at least 12 hours of graduate credit. The applicant must demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills. Experience in recruiting, training and supervising volunteers and experience in teaching and applying principles of leadership development are desired. Knowledge of public relations and media experience are highly desirable characteristics. Ability to work and through others is essential as is the ability to function with minimum supervision.
Salary and Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications 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 include 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). Satisfactory completion of two specific graduate level extension courses (6 credit hours) is generally required in the first two years of employment. Additional, 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.
Date Available: Upon completion of the interview process.
Application Deadline: April 16, 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 a cover letter with resume including a statement of professional interest and goals, university transcripts and two letters of reference. Paper, faxed or emailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching the reference letters online, they may be sent directly to:
St. Bernard Parish Extension Office
8201 W. Judge Perez Drive
Chalmette, LA 70043
Phone: (504) 278-4234
Fax: (504) 278-4234