Penn State Extension is seeking applications for an Equine Extension Educator Since 1921, Penn State Extension has responded to the needs of local residents with unbiased, research-based information, tools, and education that people have come to depend on and trust. Our programs are developed in direct response to community input. They are based on current information from Penn State and other Land Grant universities nationwide. The Extension Educator will serve as a team member on the nationally recognized Penn State Extension Equine team to plan, design, implement and evaluate educational and applied research programs for equine owners. This position will also provide education and technical assistance for owners in equine farm management, health, nutrition, animal comfort, and well-being as well as conduct Extension education programs utilizing a variety of informal education methodologies.
The candidate will be part of a state team and thus expected to participate in and deliver programs statewide. The home base will be Washington or Mercer County depending on candidate preference. Compensation is based on the experience of the successful candidate.
Develop and/or participate in interdisciplinary collaborations across multiple disciplines and institutions.
Work closely with university-based research faculty to develop and conduct applied research relevant to clientele needs.
Develop original content to engage audiences through innovative educational methods such as online courses, videos, mobile apps, and electronic publications, in addition to traditional publications and in-person presentations.
Contribute to a significant effort in the state to improve horse care and management by developing new programs based on equine health and nutrition.
Participate in existing efforts to reduce nutrient loading into streams by improving horse pasture management and applying sustainable farm management practices.
Participate in developing a diverse external funding portfolio (e.g., grants, contracts, cost recovery, development) to support the team's programs.
This position will be filled as a level 3 or 4. A level 4 typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus five years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A level 3 typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus two years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Must work effectively on a team and with diverse populations and audiences.
Must be proficient in computer software such as Microsoft Office 365.
Must possess a valid driver's license, use of a private automobile, and the ability and desire to travel. Since this position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as part of your job duties, successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks.
Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Commitment to helping ensure diverse, equitable, and inclusive programs.
The candidate should demonstrate positive human relations and effective communication skills necessary to work effectively with team members, farmers, industry representatives, government officials, and the general public. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are required in English and valued in Spanish.
Additional Desired Qualifications:
Experience in parasite control protocols, pasture management, and environmental conservation are favorable attributes.
Penn State offers competitive benefits to full-time employees, including medical, dental, vision, and retirement plans, in addition to generous vacation time (18 days per year; accrued 12 hours monthly), sick time (12 days a year; accrued 8 hours monthly) and paid holidays (12 per calendar year). Flexible work arrangements available to optimize work/life balance.
Applicants can obtain additional details about this position by contacting Danielle Smarsh (Extension Equine Team Leader) at firstname.lastname@example.org or Amber Yutzy (Assistant Director of Animal Systems Programs) at email@example.com.
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Membership is open to individuals, organizations, or firms interested in research and application, instruction, or extension in animal science
or associated with the production, processing, marketing, or distribution of livestock and livestock products.