Work Location: The Extension Associate will be located in Baton Rouge on the LSU campus and will serve stakeholders throughout the state.This is a grant funded full-time position with time allocation approximately 50 % to the USDA funded Louisiana Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program (SAREPDP) and 50 % to support teaching and the Louisiana Harvest of the Month program.
Nature of Work: The Extension Associate will report administratively to the Louisiana Program Co-State Coordinators of the Louisiana Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Professional Development Program (SARE PDP) and the PI for the Louisiana Farm to School Program.
The successful candidate will support sustainable agriculture programming at the state level under the direction of the Co-State Coordinators.The program assistant will assist both state coordinators in carrying out various aspects of the SARE PDP including assisting with field days, training sessions, and workshops and also promotion of SARE programs, resources, and grant opportunities.The assistant will also manage the sustainable agriculture listserve/database and website and will facilitate communication and networking and maintain communication to county agents and other agriculture professionals, other universities, farm organizations, and NGO’s etc. that support sustainable agriculture activities in Louisiana. In addition the extension associate will contribute to the program web page and keep information current for clientele. The incumbent is expected to perform other tasks at the state level that may be assigned by supervisor(s). The Extension Associate will also support the activities of the Louisiana Farm to School program and also assist with teaching horticulture courses and working with students as needed. The goal of the Louisiana Farm to School program is to increase access to local crops in Louisiana institutions, encourage students and other consumers to make healthy food choices, provide information so that Louisianans better understand where food comes from, and support our community and specialty crops producers through increased purchases of local foods.
Qualification Requirements: A Bachelor’s of Science degree is required in horticulture or agriculture with a MS preferred. Prior experience in the field of agriculture/horticulture is desirable along with previous hands-on horticulture experience.The applicant must demonstrate effective oral and written communication, time management, event organization, as well as networking skills.Ability to work with and through others is essential as well as the ability to function with minimal supervision. Successful candidates will exemplify a positive attitude and a passion to improve the lives of others. Must exhibit initiative and resourcefulness and work cooperatively in a positive team environment.
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 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.
Application Deadline: August 2, 2022
Application Procedure: Apply online at Workday by attaching cover letter with resume, official university transcripts, and two letters of recommendation. Paper, faxed or e-mailed application materials will not be accepted, except that in lieu of attaching the reference letters online, they may be sent directly to:
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.