An Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is provided for AgCenter employees through contract with Business Health Services (BHS). The EAP provides employees and their immediate family members and household members with easy access to confidential assistance for personal and work-related problems that can affect their lives. There is no charge to the employee.

Issues Typically Addressed By the EAP

Daily life problems, such as relationship difficulties and financial troubles, can be resolved through the EAP. Through education and assistance, the EAP allows employees and their immediate family/household members to get early help for problems before they begin to interfere with job performance and life in general. The program provides information and assistance on problems such as:

• Stress

• Depression

• Drugs or alcohol addiction

• Family and marital problems

• Financial issues

• Gambling addiction

• Anger management

• Legal issues

• Dealing with grief and loss

• Job performance or work issues

• Problems with children

• Mental illness

Accessing the EAP

The EAP can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by calling 1-888-327-7300 (toll-free). BHS case managers are licensed mental healthcare professionals who are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The case manager will ask your questions to determine the appropriate type of provider for you and then refer you to an EAP provider in your area. (Providers are located statewide.)


There are two types of access to the EAP: self-referral and supervisory referral.

SELF-REFERRAL – You contact the EAP directly. Your contact is highly confidential. The AgCenter will not receive the names of individuals who use the EAP through self-referral and you do not have to go through any AgCenter office to use the EAP by self-referral. Simply call the telephone number provided above.

SUPERVISORY-REFERRAL - A supervisory referral is coordinated through the HRM Office and may be made when an employee is demonstrating problems at work. The goal of a supervisory referral is to help the employee identify the issues causing the performance problems, devise solutions, and thereby resolve the performance problems.

Counseling Sessions

Under the EAP, employees may receive free counseling from professional healthcare providers. Employees and their immediate family members and household members may each receive up to three counseling sessions per problem episode. Use of the EAP by one family/household member does not count against the other members’ three sessions. Additionally, a supervisory referral does not count against their option through self-referral. Employees often ask what happens if they still need additional assistance after their three counseling sessions. In such cases, the EAP provider will help identify the type of additional assistance needed and the employee’s medical insurance may provide coverage depending on the problem and provider. There are often social services agencies that can also be of assistance.


Questions should be directed to the AgCenter HRM Office to either Denise Fontenot (225-578-8685,, Sharon Salzer (225-578-4643, or Gena Doucet (225-578-4640,

Annual Enrollment Information (Plan Year January 1, 2018 - December 31, 2018) - Every year employees are given the opportunity to make changes to their current health-related benefits. This section provides updated information for the upcoming plan year.

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Employee Assistance Program - This program provides employees and/or their immediate family members with easy access to confidential assistance for personal and work-related problems which can affect their lives.

Holidays - This link provides a listing of Policy Statements. Scheduled holidays are among them (PS5). They are established for the AgCenter. Holidays are set by the LSU System in accordance with Act 139 of the 1991 Legislative Session, which authorizes fourteen (14) paid holidays per year.

Insurance - This section gives an overview of insurance coverages available for eligible employees. Included is insurance for health, life, accident, critical illness, disability, dental, long-term care and vision.

Leave - Eligible employees receive several types of leave in addition to time off for illnesses and vacation. This section provides the types of leave available and guidelines for using leave.

Moving/Relocation Services - Whether you are a new employee of the AgCenter or an existing employee, you may have a need to relocate. Go to this section for additional information.

Retirement - Participation in a retirement program is required of all employees with few exceptions. This section outlines the retirement plan enrollment options available to employees.

Schedule of Employee Benefits - The LSU Agricultural Center offers a wide range of benefits to its employees. This brochure includes a general explanation of the major benefits.

Supplemental Retirement Accounts (SRA) - This section provides information about the voluntary tax sheltered annuity program (Sections 403(b) and 457(b) of the IRS Code) and the Thrift Savings Plan for Federal Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS) members.

Student Tuition Assistance and Revenue Trust Program (START) - This savings program was created by the State of Louisiana to help residents save for their children's postsecondary education. Click on this link for additional information.

Tax Saver Flexible Benefit Plan - This section provides information relative to the opportunity for employees to participate in a Premium Only Plan and/or a Spending Account Plan which results in tax savings.

Tuition Exemption Program - Under certain conditions, employees may register for a job -related course each semester (up to six college credit hours per regular semester) and receive tuition and fee exemptions. This section provides guidelines and qualification requirements for eligibility.

WellnessWorks - Helpful information regarding physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing with previous and upcoming information on the "Lunch and Learn" and "Wellness" workshops being offered by the AgCenter.

Worker's Compensation - An insurance program paid by the LSU AgCenter and designed to protect employees from loss of income due to injuries sustained in the scope of their employment.

To apply for positions you must follow the application procedure listed on the advertisement. The on-line system will be used to apply for all positions unless stated otherwise.

Job Opportunities:
Classified Job Opportunities
Non-Classified & Academic Job Opportunities

On-Line Application System:


Several other LSU System campuses will also be using the new on-line system and are at various points in the transition process.

Types of positions found in the AgCenter are listed below:

Classified Positions

Non-Classified & Academic Positions

These are Civil Service positions that include, but are not limited to the following series:
  • Accounting
  • Clerical
  • Maintenance
  • Nutrition educator
  • Research farm workers

If you need special accommodations, please submit a written request.

The LSU AgCenter has an attractive benefits package with a wide variety of benefit options.

Schedule of Benefits

Links to related Websites:

Links to other Job Opportunities:

For more information:

Human Resource Management Office Torii Freeman, Director LSU AgCenter 103 J. N. Efferson Hall, 110 LSU Union Square, Baton Rouge, LA 70803 Phone: (225) 578-2258 FAX: (225) 578-8284 E-mail: The LSU Agricultural Center is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Employment Opportunities with the LSU AgCenter

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