Open Rank Extension Educator - Soil Health Management (Statewide)

University of Nebaraska-Lincoln

United States

December 3, 2021


Position Information

Working Title Open Rank Extension Educator - Soil Health Management (Statewide)

Department Cooperative Ext Division-0788 Requisition Number F210169 Posting Open Date 10/12/2021 Application Review Date: (To ensure consideration, please submit all application materials before review date) 12/03/2021 Posting Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Description of Work

Overview: As a member of the Water and Integrated Cropping Systems (WICS) team, the incumbent develops and delivers extension programming focused on soil health management practices that: a) improve

profitability and sustainability; b) reduce environmental risk; c) encourage good stewardship; d) enhance resiliency; and e) expand awareness of resilient soil management systems. The incumbent serves the state of Nebraska and provides support to statewide WICS extension programming.


  • Collaborates closely with colleagues, state and federal agencies, industry representatives, and crop producers delivering precision agriculture strategies addressing the goals and objectives of the WICS team.
  • Develops, delivers, and measures impacts of programs and engagements regarding rainfed and irrigated crop production systems in Nebraska.
  • Participates in collection and interpretation of data to develop management strategies for clientele to enhance adoption of technology for data driven agriculture, digital agriculture, and precision agriculture.
  • Uses innovative strategies and cutting-edge teaching and learning methods to design, develop, deliver and evaluate programs for a robust extension education program focused on water and integrated cropping production systems as a member of the statewide WICS Team.
  • Engages in a collaborative-learning environment with crop producers and encourages adoption of research-based information in decision making.
  • Participates in and supports the Nebraska On-Farm Research Network.
  • Identifies needs and provides access to educational opportunities, working with unit leaders, extension advisory committees, and local stakeholders (e.g., Natural Resource Districts and local commodity associations).
  • Works in a multi-disciplinary team environment with extension professionals and other partners to translate and teach the latest research-based information.
  • Uses entrepreneurial practices to secure grants, contracts, program fees, and partnerships to leverage the extension educational program's resource base and reach.
  • Partners with research faculty members in action research that can be applied to educational programming.
  • Conducts needs assessments, identifies priorities, measures program impact, and reports results at professional meetings and in professional publications.
  • Participates in professional development to enhance and maintain professional expertise in cropping systems and extension pedagogy.
  • Supports youth development programs by teaching in areas related to water and integrated cropping systems.
  • The incumbent accepts committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and/or university level.

    Nebraska Extension Educators are committed to engaging with community partners, organizations, and all audiences, as well as individuals in ways that reflect an understanding and value for individual differences (e.g., race/ethnicity, abilities, gender, sexual orientation, religion). Nebraska Extension strives to ensure that innovative programming, translational research, and learning opportunities promote equity and inclusion.

    Some travel is required. Must meet driver standards according to UNL policy and have a valid driver's license.

    Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources ( IANR) and Nebraska Extension are committed to creating learning, research, Extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of all forms of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of individuals from underrepresented groups.

    As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See https:// www.

    Minimum Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree required and must be completed prior to start date in Agronomy, Crop Science, Soil Science, Agricultural Engineering, or related discipline with emphasis in soil health management.
  • Field experience in production agriculture with emphasis in cropping systems.
  • Experience working with individuals, coworkers, and teams to accomplish individual and/or group goals, as evidenced by college, career, and/or community activities.
  • Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience using precision agricultural strategies to address soil health practices in cropping and/or agricultural systems.
  • Successful experience in developing financial support for educational programs including securing grants and contracts, as well as cost recovery efforts.
  • Outstanding leadership skills as demonstrated by roles in college, career, and/or community activities.
  • Experience in the development and implementation of social media communication and education, including managing website, blog, Facebook page, and Twitter accounts for a professional organization.
  • Pre-Placement Driving Record Review Required Criminal History Background Check Required Yes Posted Salary How to Apply

    Click “Apply to this job” and complete the information form. Attach the following documents:

  • A letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job and anticipated contributions.
  • Your curriculum vitae.
  • Contact information for three professional references.
  • In addition, within the application, please complete the required supplemental question(s), one specifically about the value you place on diversity and your anticipated contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters (see https: // writing-about-commitment-to-deib for guidance in writing this statement).

    For questions or accommodations related to this position contact

    Jodi Mackin, 402-469-0273,

    Job Category Faculty Non-Tenure Leading Job Category (old) Faculty Non-Tenure Leading Job Type 12 Month (Faculty Only) Position funded by grant or other form of temporary funding? No If Temporary, indicate end date Planned Hire Date Appointment End Date

    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • Provide a statement of the value you place on diversity and your anticipated contributions to creating inclusive environments in which every person and every interaction matters.
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • Share an example of how you have worked as a team member to accomplish a common goal.
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • Share an example of an innovative program that you have developed for teaching soil health systems.
  • (Open Ended Question)

  • Share examples of how you have collaborated with agriculture-focused organizations and/or agribusinesses.
  • (Open Ended Question)

    Required Documents

    Required Documents

  • Letter of Interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of References
  • Optional Documents

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