Extension Program Specialist I
Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Service (Overton AgriLife Research and Extension Center)
Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management
Proposed Minimum Salary:
The Extension Unit within the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management, in the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service within the Texas A&M University System, invites applications for a Program Specialist position with an emphasis in pond management. This is a non-tenure-track agency appointment with 100% Extension responsibilities with anticipated start date no earlier than June 1, 2022.
The successful applicant will be expected to work to improve the management of ponds and sportfish within private waters in Texas. Collaboration with existing staff and faculty with expertise in the areas of aquaculture, water quality, hatchery management, fish physiology, fish health/diseases, and aquatic vegetation management is expected. The position will also have opportunities to collaborate with the Texas A&M Aquatic Diagnostics Laboratory and the Aquaculture Research and Teaching Facility. Texas also has more than 70 private pond and lake management companies and over 50 private aquatic herbicide applicator companies that this position will serve and work with. This position will be an integral component of the Department’s Extension programs in pond and fisheries management. The Department has a strong focus on the management of private fisheries and waters with over 1.3 million private ponds in the state of Texas. This position will have responsibilities for Extension programming in the pond and private fishery management in Eastern Texas. Given the outward-facing nature of Extension, this position will be located at the Overton AgriLife Research and Extension Center and will be expected to cooperate with other Specialists at the Centers and main campus, state and federal agencies (e.g. TCEQ, TDA, TPWD, USFWS), NGOs, private management companies, and other entities in the region to achieve common wildlife management goals.
Serve as an effective team member to plan, produce, implement and evaluate educational programs, products, and services.
Identify, train and support county extension agents and volunteers to enhance effective adult and/or youth education programs as appropriate for the position.
Contribute to faculty/staff training and assistance, as needed, and serve as a resource to other faculty and staff.
Manage projects and priorities to effectively plan and deliver educational programs utilizing available technology in program development and delivery.
Work to effectively coordinate and integrate programs relevant to subject matter expertise.
Determine and understand the needs and interests of targeted audiences for effective program delivery.
Implement effective approaches to the problem-solving processes involved in producing educational programs and services for clientele.
Develop effective learning environments for adult and youth audiences.
Assess and report impacts of programs, utilizing feedback and evaluations to improve teaching effectiveness.
Provide expertise for disciplinary, multi-disciplinary, and/or interdisciplinary programming and projects of the agency.
Support grant-seeking activities.
Work cooperatively with industry and other external groups to advance organizational goals.
Work with individuals, organizations, agencies and/or corporate entities to provide financial and in-kind support for Extension programming.
Contribute effectively to coordinated program efforts which extend beyond the department or unit.
Coordinate agency activities with appropriate units and individuals to increase efficiency and effectiveness.
Contribute to professional and industry organizations through membership, attendance, and service.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree in a related field
Two years of related experience.
M.S. in Fisheries Management or a related field is required. An ability to work with agencies, private landowners and other entities in a collaborative and collegial manner is essential to the success of this position.
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is a State of Texas agency housed with Texas A&M University (TAMU) and has high-quality academic and agency units conducting research in areas of natural resource conservation and management. The successful candidate will be offered a competitive salary, startup package, as well as access to research/extension facilities and real estate associated with the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management, Texas A&M AgriLife, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Applicants must submit: (1) a cover letter of interest, (2) a detailed curriculum vitae, (3) a two-page statement of Extension program development plans and 4) contact information for three professional references who can provide a critical evaluation of the applicant’s qualifications for the position. This position will remain open until a successful candidate is hired. For questions, email inquiries to the attention of the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-2138, via Ms. Theresa Nemec at: Theresa.firstname.lastname@example.org
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For questions, email inquiries to the attention of the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife, and Fisheries Management, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843-2138, via Ms. Theresa Nemec at: Theresa.email@example.com