Working Title Open Rank Extension Educator - Water and Integrated Cropping
Systems (Eastern NE)
Department Cooperative Ext Division-0788
Requisition Number F210170
Posting Open Date 10/13/2021
Application Review Date: (To ensure consideration, please submit all
application materials before review date) 11/19/2021
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Description of Work
The four positions will be based in the following towns, serving the listed
counties, which contribute significantly to Nebraska's agricultural economy.
Columbus, NE – serving Platte, Boone, and Nance Counties
Schuyler, NE – serving Colfax, Cuming and Stanton Counties
Fremont, NE - serving Dodge and Washington Counties
Lincoln, NE – serving Lancaster, Cass, and Otoe Counties
Primary responsibilities are developing and delivering Water and Integrated
Cropping Systems (WICS) extension programming that: a) improves
profitability and sustainability; b) reduces environmental risk; c)
encourages stewardship; d) enhances resiliency; and e) expands consumer
awareness of food, forage, grain, and fiber. The incumbent is an active
participant in developing solution-based resources as a member of the state-
wide WICS team.
Water and Integrated Cropping Systems Educator (0.80 FTE):
Collaborates closely with colleagues, state and federal agencies, industry
representatives, and crop producers to address agronomic and management
issues in diverse cropping systems.
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 data
driven, digital, and precision agricultural management strategies for
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 within the assigned geographic region, and 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 within
the assigned geographic region, working with unit leaders, extension
advisory committees, and local stakeholders (e.g., Natural Resources
Districts and local commodity associations).
Works in a multi-disciplinary team environment with extension
professionals and other partners to translate and teach the latest
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
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 WICS.
Organizational Citizenship/Lead Educator Role (approximately 0.20 FTE):
Serve in, contribute to, or support the Lead Educator role. Coordinate with
Engagement Zone Coordinator(s) and other Extension professionals locally and
in accountability region to develop a robust Nebraska Extension presence.
Serve in the specific Lead Educator roles as described in the Roles and
Responsibilities of the Lead Educator document found at
https: // myextension.unl.edu/lead-educator-position-description as
determined in partnership with the supervisor(s).
Cooperate with local faculty and staff in a team environment to promote
Extension's educational opportunities and impact in the host county.
Cultivate a culture of collaboration with local leaders and community
members that builds positive relationships between the University and the
Support engagement of advisory or policy groups such as the Extension
Board, Ag Society, or County Commissioners/Board of Supervisors.
Understand and adhere to Equal Employment Opportunities; Diversity,
Equity, and Inclusion; and Civil Rights compliance efforts.
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
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. unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.
Minimum Required Qualifications
Master's degree required (completed prior to the start date) in
Agronomy, Crop Science, Agricultural Mechanization, Agricultural
Engineering, or closely related field.
Field experience in production agriculture with emphasis in cropping
Experience in working with individuals, coworkers, and teams to accomplish
individual and/or group goals, as evidenced by college, career, and/or
Experience using precision agriculture strategies to address diverse
cropping systems; additional experience with cover crop or forage
management and working with absentee landowners.
Successful experience in developing financial support for educational
programs including securing grants and contracts, as well as cost recovery
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
How to Apply
Click “Apply to this job” and complete the information form. Attach 1) a
letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job and
anticipated contributions; 2) your curriculum vitae; and 3) 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: // ianr.unl.edu/tips-
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().
There are four positions available: one each in Dodge, Platte, Colfax and Lancaster Counties. Please list those counties in which you wish to be considered.
(Open Ended Question)
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 to accomplish a common goal.
(Open Ended Question)
Share an example of an innovative program that you have developed for teaching crop production systems.
(Open Ended Question)
Share examples of how you have collaborated with agriculture-focused organizations and/or agribusinesses.
(Open Ended Question)
Letter of Interest
List of References