Extension Educator (Dairy Extension Educator)
The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an individual trained in dairy science or dairy business management to
join our nationally recognized Penn State Extension Dairy Team. The individual will be responsible for actively working
with the team to identify important dairy industry issues, formulate learning objectives, develop educational events and
materials to support these objectives and participate in evaluations to measure the team’s educational impact. While
we are seeking disciplinary expertise in dairy business management or dairy nutrition and forage management and
storage systems, it is expected that competitive candidates will have a general understanding of nutrient management
principles and advanced dairy production practices. Experience in general dairy herd management, milk cow transition
management, ventilation principles, precision technologies; and forage feed management are favorable attributes.
Team members are expected to work closely with university based research faculty in developing and conducting
applied research that is relevant to clientele needs. An expectation would be contributing to a major effort in the state
to reduce nutrient loading into streams by improved management of nutrients utilized in feeding dairy cattle, as well
as assisting diary operations to determine cost of production and opportunities to improve cash ow. The individual
must be able to work effectively on a team and with diverse populations and audiences. The successful candidate will
need to develop and/or participate in interdisciplinary collaborations across multiple disciplines and institutions. All
team members are expected to participate in the development of a diverse external funding portfolio (e.g. grants,
contracts, cost recovery, development) in support of the team’s programs. The individual will 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. Major responsibilities will include
planning, implementing, conducting and evaluating a broad educational program for adults with dairy enterprises,
especially initiatives that can increase dairy pro tability and advance farm level measures to enhance food safety and
milk quality. Success in these educational initiatives enables Pennsylvania dairy enterprises to contribute to economic
growth and employment in the Commonwealth. While the successful candidate will be stationed in Extension District
9 (Lancaster, Lebanon, Chester, Berks, Schuylkill Counties), they will be part of a state team and thus expected to
participate and deliver programs statewide. The home base will be the Penn State Extension of ce, Lancaster County
( f ce Location
Arcadia oad, Lancaster, PA
). The successful individual must possess skills for excellent
teaching, program development, impact evaluation, and grant management.
The candidate must demonstrate positive human relations and effective communication skills necessary to work
effectively with team members, farmers, industry representatives, government of cials, and the general public. Excellent
verbal and written communications skills required in English and valued in Spanish. Must be pro cient in the application
of computer software. 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. This position is an opportunity
to join one of the nation’s leading extension organizations at a time when it is embarking on an exciting new business
model that encourages entrepreneurship and innovation. This job will be lled as a level , or level , depending upon
the successful candidate’s competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Master’s degree or higher plus
two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level . Additional
experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree
and strong work experience may be considered. Preference will be given to candidates who have one or more degrees in
dairy science, dairy business management, agricultural economics, animal science, dairy nutrition or related disciplines
and work experience with multiple aspects of dairy management.
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