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Extension Educator- Agriculture & Natural Resources Climate Resilience
University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota
 
 
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Date Posted 01/13/2022
Category
Faculty-Agriculture-Agricultural Extension
Faculty-Agriculture-Entomology
Salary $60,000 - $70,000.00  USD Per Year
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

Extension Educator- Agriculture & Natural Resources Climate Resilience

Full Job Description

Candidates must meet all REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS, and must document them in application materials (cover letter and resume/CV).

Required Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree in a field closely related to natural, physical, or social science; including, but not limited to: agronomy, applied or natural resources economics, climate science, adaptation science, natural resource science, public policy, and rural sociology.
  • Two years of post–Bachelor’s professional experience designing, delivering, and evaluating extension or outreach and engagement programs.
  • Two years of post-Bachelor’s professional experience in applied climate or adaptation science, agricultural and natural resources resiliency, or related experience. (The experience in applied climate science may be in combination with the experience in delivering Extension and outreach programs, but it is not required that they are combined.)
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate complex scientific information in clear and concise language appropriate for diverse audiences, particularly in the agriculture and natural resource sectors (e.g., scientists, community members, decision makers, students, media, etc.).
  • Professional or education experience with climate projection data.
  • A proven ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships and collaborations with colleagues, stakeholders, and communities, including those that may have diverse missions, goals, cultures, and backgrounds.
  • Excellent communications skills, including through oral, written, and graphic/image formats.
  • A proven ability using technology to enhance learning.
  • Experience with complex, multi-organization collaborations.

Additional Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license and reliable vehicle with required liability insurance, to be utilized for travel to workshops and transporting materials and supplies to events; the need to transport other people/employees may occur.
  • Personal cell phone that can be used, as needed, for work purposes and published in the Extension public staff directory.
  • Ability to maintain a flexible work schedule, including an occasional evening or weekend work.
  • Must have reliable internet if/when working outside of assigned office location.
  • Must be able to travel within the designated communities and provide in-person programming.
  • Working ability to perform tasks involving prolonged sitting, standing, bending, or twisting, with occasional exertion of up to thirty pounds of force, frequent repetitive motions

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD in a field closely related to natural, physical, or social science; including, but not limited to: agronomy, applied or natural resources economics, climate science, adaptation science, natural resource science, public policy, and rural sociology.
  • Rigorous scientific training in climate science, adaptation, and/or climate communication, evidenced by publications or previous professional experience.
  • Experience engaging across the various networks, professions and organizations engaged in agricultural and natural resources management.
  • Experience in participatory research, community engagement, and knowledge co-production.
  • Experience evaluating complex social and policy processes and comfort working in complex institutional contexts.
  • Experience with local or regional climate services, including training on the appropriate use of future climate change data.
  • Experience in project management.
  • Interest in co-authoring peer-reviewed papers based on this programmatic work and that of MCAP.
  • Experience writing and administering grants.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and ability to work independently with little or no supervision.

Working Title: Extension Educator- Agriculture and Natural Resources Climate Resilience

Classification: Assistant Extension Professor, Job Code 9623

Appointment: Full-time, Academic Professional, annually renewable

Program Area: Extension Center for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR)

Office Location: An Extension Regional Office outside the Twin Cities metro area.

A map of Extension Regional Offices is available at: https://extension.umn.edu/local

Apply By: February 9, 2022

ABOUT THIS POSITION

The Agriculture and Natural Resources Climate Resilience Extension Educator will bring in-depth expertise to assist Minnesota’s agricultural sector and natural resource managers respond to the stressors and impacts of changing weather and climate extremes. The educator will collaborate with diverse organizations to identify, develop, implement, and evaluate educational programs that will have a measurable impact towards enhancing climate adaptation capacity and resiliency on Minnesota’s working lands. This will include communicating critical weather and climate impacts-related science and emerging climate trends, translating global climate science, and sharing of global, national, and regional agricultural adaptation strategies to increase local and state-wide adaptation knowledge and capacity. The position will require working with a diverse set of partners and communities, including:

  • Farmers, foresters, crop advisors, and others integral to agricultural and natural resource management decision-making;
  • Industry leaders and other private sector entities;
  • Diverse community groups, including rural communities;
  • Federal and state agency leadership and staff;
  • Non-profits and foundations; and
  • Climate science professionals and researchers.

This position be a significant contributor to the outreach and Extension activities of the Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership (MCAP), a joint program of University of Minnesota Extension and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS).

This Extension Educator will be integral to the development of new climate services programming at Extension and will be a formal partner in developing and delivering education and programming related to the management and use of future climate projection data. MCAP is currently generating these data and this position will be responsible for helping to craft appropriate educational materials and capacity-building approaches to support understanding and use of these data in agricultural and natural resources management contexts.

MCAP works to develop critical climate science knowledge, champion climate adaptation leadership and supports climate resilience actions and collaborations across communities, sectors, and levels of government to ensure Minnesota is making needed progress to prepare for our changing climate. MCAP is a leading multi-sector group dedicated to climate adaptation and resilience in Minnesota and partners directly with state, federal and local governments, the private sector, non-profit, Tribes, community organizations, and individuals.

The intended starting salary for this position is $60,000 - $70,000, depending on qualification and experience. Salary will be negotiated at the time of hire.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Create educational programs for agricultural and natural resource professionals to inform them about climate impacts and the use and application of climate projection information.
  • Develop and implement monitoring, evaluation and reporting protocols to ensure program efficacy and identification of emerging needs of agriculture and different natural resources sectors.
  • Contribute to applied research that supports Extension programs, education, and outreach related to climate change, adaptation, and climate resilience.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of a climate and community resilience research, education, and capacity-building agenda, in collaboration with MCAP Leadership and the MCAP Advisory Board. This will include helping MCAP to develop partnerships and approaches to ensure effective delivery of regional climate services that are responsive to on-the-ground-needs.
  • Work collaboratively across the University and with partners, including MCAP, other Extension programs, and external stakeholders.
  • Adapt Extension programs for audiences with a range of knowledge, background, and cultures.
  • Be an active member of the Minnesota Climate Adaptation Partnership, Extension, and broader University of Minnesota community.

LOCATION OF POSITION

Currently, MCAP personnel are participating in a mix of both in-person and remote work, and we plan to employ elements of a virtual work environment into the future. When a physical workspace is needed, this position will be located at a mutually negotiated Extension Regional Office. A map of Extension Regional Offices is available at: https://extension.umn.edu/local.


TRAVEL

This person will travel overnight to locations across Minnesota approximately 1-3 nights per month and day trips approximately 1-3 times per month.


BENEFITS/APPOINTMENT

  • This is a full-time, Extension Educator position with an annual University Academic Professional appointment at the level of Assistant Extension Professor, Job Code 9623.
  • The appointment will be annually renewable with continuation dependent on performance, results, availability of funds, and program needs.
  • The position carries Extension academic rank. Rank is assigned at hire contingent on education and professional experience and accomplishments. Successful advancement in rank is expected and contingent on accomplishments as an Extension Educator as governed by Extension’s promotion system policies and procedures.
  • University of Minnesota appointment and benefits, including health and life insurance, https://humanresources.umn.edu/new-employees/benefits-summaries
  • Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy.


ABOUT EXTENSION

University of Minnesota Extension is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. Our mission is to make a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota. Extension strives to attract and retain high-quality, passionate employees, and weave diversity, equity and inclusion into all aspects of Extension’s programming and employee engagement https://extension.umn.edu/


Please note: this position is not eligible for H-1B or Green Card sponsorship.

To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position. Please include the following attachments with your online application:

  • Resume/CV: Include your qualifications based upon the job requirements.
  • Cover letter: Expressing how your experience and skills match the required and preferred qualifications

Three professional references and transcripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) will be required during interview process.

Additional documents may be attached after the application by accessing your My Job Applications page and uploading documents in the "My Cover Letters and Attachments" section. See full instructions, https://humanresources.umn.edu/find-job/using-job-app-system.

To request an accommodation during the application process, email employ@umn.edu or call 612-624- UOHR (8647).


For questions about this position, contact:

Nathan Meyer, Program Leader, Natural Resources, meyer179@umn.edu.

For questions about applying online, contact:

Tiffany McMillan, Extension Human Resources, tiffmcm@umn.edu.

University of Minnesota Extension shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. To learn more about diversity at the U: http://diversity.umn.edu.

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to report complete vaccination against COVID-19 or submit documentation requesting a medical or religious exemption on their first day of employment. To learn more, please visit the University's COVID-19 Response webpage

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