Summary: Under general supervision of the County Conservationist, provides educational programs in subject matter areas relating to dairy, livestock, and crop production, farm business management, and rural leadership development. Designs, delivers, and evaluates research-based agricultural and natural resource educational programming and services aligned with identified primary programmatic focus areas. Performs related duties as required.Examples of Duties
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
The Agricultural Educator position’s primary programmatic focus will include:
- Crop production and management, including cropping systems, agriculture technology, integrated pest management, alternative crops, soil health, nutrient and manure management;
- Agricultural economics, agricultural entrepreneurism, farm sustainability, and agricultural risk management;
- Farm financial/business management;
- Dairy production and management;
- Non-dairy livestock production and management;
- Land use and environmental issues; and
Coordinating and distributing periodic agricultural newsletters, brochures, and flyers utilizing a variety of methods including websites and social media.
Responsible for coordinating and administering informational and educational programs/training.
Utilizes knowledge of local community and partners to identify needs and deliver relevant programming and services.
Evaluate and report on programming effectiveness.
Provide educational support for local agricultural groups.
Deliver program services through farm visits, workshops, pasture walks, facility tours, or other appropriate methods.
Create a work plan that identifies local audiences and describes primary programmatic focus needs and steps that will be implemented to address those focus needs.
Maintains a variety of complex electronic and paper records and reports.
It is unlikely an employee will perform all the duties listed, nor is the list exhaustive in the sense it covers all the duties an employee may be required to perform. The examples are merely indicative, not restrictive.
This job has no supervisory responsibilities.Typical Qualifications
Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Education and/or Experience
Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture, Agriculture Education, Agronomy, Soil Science, Animal Science, Dairy Science, Natural Resources, or related field; Master’s Degree preferred. One (1) to two (2) years related technical work experience in natural resources, conservation or agriculture; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret technical data and information, professional journals, technical procedures, governmental regulations, and maps. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing; and effectively present information, and respond to questions from department personnel, employees of the County, landowners, local government officials, and the general public.
Ability to communicate effectively using a variety of methods and technology.
Ability to assemble, copy, record, and transcribe data and information.
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry. Ability to interpret inferential statistical reports and/or formulation and equation data. Ability to classify, compare, compute, tabulate, categorize, differentiate, measure and/or sort data.
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
To perform this job successfully, an individual should have knowledge of internet, spreadsheet, word processing, Snap-Plus nutrient management software, and GIS mapping software.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Valid Wisconsin Driver’s License, with access to a dependable automobile and carrying at least the minimum automobile insurance coverage.
Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) preferred.
Other Skills and Abilities Ability to work with minimal supervision.
Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships with agencies, citizens, community based services, co-workers, and organizations.
Ability to determine and understand the various programs, agencies, and partners related to the purpose of this position.
Knowledge of conservation practices and agricultural practices.
Demonstrated success in developing, delivering, and evaluating educational programs.
Demonstrated skills in interpreting, utilizing, and applying evidence-based information and research findings.
Physical Demands 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, talk or hear and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. The employee is frequently required to walk, stand, and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Regularly tours sites outside of the office. Field inspections may include climbing and working on slippery ground which requires good balance.
Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee may occasionally encounter individuals that may be under emotional stress. The noise level in the inside work environment is usually quiet, but may be loud in the outside work environment.
The benefits listed below represent an employee who works full-time (100%). Regular part-time employees working half time or more per week may be eligible to receive employee benefits on a prorated basis. Qualifying employees working an average of 30 hours per week are eligible to receive health insurance coverage at the same premium contribution level as regular full-time employees. The percentage of employment which has been established by the budget or Board, shall determine the benefit pro-ration, with the exception of Home Health Aides, who will be pro-rated in July of each year based on the percentage of full-time hours worked in the previous twelve (12) months.
1. PTO. (Paid Time Off). Calumet County's PTO Plan combines vacation, sick leave, holiday, and bereavement leave into a single leave plan – PTO. Newly hired full-time employees will be credited with six (6) days of PTO immediately upon hire. The accrual will be based on the employee's length of service with the County and the hours paid in a pay period. PTO may be carried over from year to year provided the balance does not exceed the maximum allowable amount. 2. ELB. (Extended Leave Bank). The Extended Leave Bank is a bank of time separate from PTO that is intended for use in situations where the employee is absent from work due to medical necessity lasting more than three (3) days, or for events qualifying under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). 3. Holidays. The official County holidays are factored into the PTO Accrual as follows: New Year's Day, Friday before Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day After Thanksgiving, the Day Before Christmas Day, Christmas Day, and the Day Before New Year's Day. 4. Insurance. Employees eligible to participate in a High Deductible Health Insurance Plan. The County pays ninety (90%) percent of the single or family premium for full time employees who complete the Wellness Program criteria. To assist in meeting deductibles, the County will also contribute, to an HSA, for eligible employees. Dental and Vision Insurance is also available. 5. PEHP. (Post Employment Health Plan). The County provides a PEHP for regular full-time and eligible regular part-time non-represented employees. The PEHP is a multi-employer trust (IRS Code 501(c)(9)). The plan allows for a tax-free pre-funding of post employment medical expenses. The County contributes a biweekly flat dollar amount per employee. Contributions will be allocated to the universal reimbursement sub-account. 6. Life Insurance. The County provides a life insurance policy to qualifying employees equal to the estimated calendar year earnings of the position, with the County paying the premium. Additional units of insurance are also available along with spouse and dependent coverage, with the employee paying the full premium. 7. Disability Insurance. Long-term and short-term disability insurance is available, with the employee paying the full premium. 8. Retirement Plan. The County provides a pension plan through the Wisconsin Retirement System. The County pays 50% of the actuarially required WRS contributions for qualifying general employees. 9. Section 125 Flexible Spending Program. The County provides a Section 125 Flexible Benefits Program wherein the employee may set aside pre-tax dollars to use for expenses not covered by insurance or for dependent care expenses. 10. Deferred Compensation Program. The County provides a Section 457 Deferred Compensation Program wherein pre-tax dollars can be deposited in an investment of the employee's choice through providers used by the County.