Agent (Urban Horticultural Production and Management)
University of Maryland College of Agriculture Ellicott City, MD Full-time Education
Posted on May 22, 2023
|Functional Title:||Agent (Urban Horticultural Production and Management)|
|Category Status:||02-Faculty Non-Tenured, On Track|
|Applicant Search Category:||Faculty|
|University Authorized FTE:||1.0|
Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.
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|Position Summary/Purpose of Position:||
University of Maryland Extension (UME) invites applications for a 12-month tenure-track position of Agent to conduct applied research, provide educational programming, and offer expertise in urban horticultural production and management to growers, agricultural service providers, and UME personnel throughout Maryland. The candidate will have training in the principles of urban horticultural production and management and familiarity with urban agriculture in the state. The incumbent will also serve as the Maryland representative for urban horticultural production and management information and training efforts. The position will be based at the Central Maryland Research and Education Center-Clarksville.
University of Maryland Extension is seeking to fill two (2) Extension Specialist positions, in Urban Horticultural Production and Management.
M.S. degree in horticulture, plant science, or closely related field of study with a strong background in one or more aspects of urban agriculture production.
Experience conducting applied research to improve urban farm and agribusiness production management and sustainability.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
The Specialist is part of a diverse team (College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, UME, and key stakeholder groups) working on applied research and extension education for urban agriculture. The individual will provide leadership for relevant urban horticultural production and management programming within the Agriculture and Food Systems Program, one of four UME program areas.
The incumbent will conduct needs assessments to identify research and education program priorities. The Specialist is expected to develop an extramurally funded, applied research program focused on the use of horticultural production and management strategies for urban agriculture in Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. The Specialist will develop scholarly works and educate the public on research related to urban horticultural production and management. Excellent farm, greenhouse, and laboratory facilities are available to carry out the research program.
A majority of the Specialist’s time will be spent developing and providing educational programming to urban farmers on crop production and management, which comprises the following:
The Specialist will contribute to the development of recommendations for urban horticultural production and management operations; present information using websites, extension publications, academic journals, mass media, social media, webcasts, and at research and education meetings; gather and communicate research information to UME personnel; and contribute to urban horticulture demonstrations at university research and education centers. The individual will collaborate closely with farmers, field and campus Extension colleagues, state and federal agencies, industry representatives, agricultural leaders, and other stakeholders to address urban agriculture issues.
The Specialist will use entrepreneurial practices to secure grants, contracts, program fees, partnerships, and sponsorships to develop a robust Extension program that delivers, measures, and interprets the impacts of programs and engagements regarding urban agriculture in Maryland and beyond. Innovative strategies and cutting-edge teaching and learning methods will be used to design, develop, deliver, and evaluate programs for a robust Extension education program that engages participants in a collaborative-learning environment and encourages adoption of research-based information in decision-making. The Specialist will support youth development programs related to urban agriculture.
The individual works to ensure that Extension priorities and initiatives are addressed for target audiences. The Specialist will participate in professional development to enhance and maintain professional expertise in urban horticultural production and management and extension pedagogy. The incumbent will also serve on department, college, and university committees as assigned, and as opportunity and expertise permits. The Specialist is responsible to work intentionally and collaboratively to increase the visibility and reach of Extension programs through education designed to meet the needs of diverse audiences.
The incumbent represents UME and the University of Maryland, College Park. The Specialist ensures that educational programming is in alignment with UME’s current strategic plan and plan of work, especially as it relates to the United States Department of Agriculture. The faculty member will be on track for tenure and promotion to a higher rank in accordance with university policy and UME tenure guidelines within a defined timeframe.
In carrying out these duties, the individual reports to the Assistant Director and Program Leader, Agriculture and Food Systems Program.
|Open Until Filled||Yes|
|Best Consideration Date||06/19/2023|
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
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