Program Specialist I – Pond Management: Texas

Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management
Overton, Texas
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Extension Program Specialist
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Program Specialist I - Pond Management Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service Texas A&M University POSITION: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service seeks applications for a Program Specialist I position in Pond Management. This is a full time, permanent position with 100% Extension responsibilities in the Department of Rangeland, Wildlife and Fisheries Management, Texas A&M University. Support of and cooperation with district and county Extension faculty and other Extension faculty in planning, conducting, and evaluating educational programs is required. The position will be headquartered at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center for Extension District 5 located in Overton, Texas. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will be expected to develop a high profile, effective educational program in Pond Management, with emphasis on practices beneficial to overall pond health and fish management which is recognized across Texas. Other major job responsibilities include: • Provide educational program support, technical expertise and training/professional development for County Extension Agents in pond management and related areas. • Work individually and as a team member to effectively educate adult and youth audiences on major aspects of pond management by planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs, applied research to support Extension programs, result/demonstration projects, pond tours and field days, and other educational events or activities. • Cooperate with internal and external stakeholders including other specialists and AgriLife personnel, state and federal agencies, commodity associations, private landowners, industry representatives and non-governmental organizations to develop innovative approaches to pond management programming and problem solving. • Cooperate with other specialists and faculty to pursue and acquire external funding support to assist in the development of Extension education programs. • Develop a portfolio of educational materials, Extension publications, articles and fact sheets, online and electronic applications, newsletters and other forms of educational output, such as podcasts and webinars, to support Extension programming efforts. • Develop relationships with appropriate media outlets (print, electronic, TV) and apply distance education approaches where appropriate to multiply Extension education and reach emerging, new and more diverse audiences. • Other duties may be assigned as required.
REQUIREMENTS: B.S. required, M.S. preferred in Fisheries Management, Fisheries Sciences and Management, Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture or 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 ability to travel and a valid U.S. driver’s license are required for this position. RESOURCES: The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service is a State of Texas agency housed with Texas A&M University (TAMU) with high-quality academic and agency units located across Texas. Opportunities will exist to collaborate with the Texas A&M Aquatic Diagnostics Laboratory and the Aquaculture Research and Teaching Facility and access will be provided to departmental facilities, labs and properties across the state. Departmental expertise in the following fields is also available: aquaculture, water quality, hatchery management, fish physiology, fish health/diseases, and aquatic vegetation management. APPLICATION PROCESS: Applications will only be accepted through Workday at: Applicants must submit: (1) a cover letter of interest, (2) 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. Expected start date is January 1, 2024. For questions, email inquiries to the attention of Dr. Jacob Dykes at: All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Texas A&M University System are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employers committed to diversity. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is aware that attracting and retaining exceptional faculty often depends on meeting the needs of two careers and having policies that contribute to work‐life balance. For more information, visit
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