County Agent III (Assistant Professor) Urban Agriculture & Community Horticulture (Essex County)
Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey
Internal Number: 203850
The Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources within Rutgers Cooperative Extension, part of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station at Rutgers University, invites applications invites applications for a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track faculty position at the rank of County Agent III (equivalent to Assistant Professor). This position is located at the Essex County office of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, with offices in Roseland and Newark, NJ. This position will have a specific focus (teaching, extension practice, and service) in urban and community agriculture, with a strong emphasis on environmentally sustainable practices.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive organization, which empowers all faculty & staff to contribute towards a vision for success. Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to our work, regardless of title or position within the organization.
Minimum Education and Experience:
A Master's Degree from an accredited institution in horticulture, botany, plant or soil sciences, sustainability, or a combination of these or other closely related fields with a strong background in one or more aspects of urban and community agriculture production is required. In addition, applicants should have three years of related experience following their Bachelor's degree. Experience or course work in crop production, horticulture, integrated pest management, natural resource management, working with diverse audiences, and/or collaboration/coalition building are highly sought after. Bilingual fluency in Spanish is desirable but not required.
City: Newark & Roseland
Computer, printer, and related software including but not limited to Microsoft Office suite; Email for communications and research, locally and nationally; Equipment related to programming and teaching (laptop, LCD projector, etc.); digital cameras, etc. Working knowledge of current and changing electronic technology.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
This position frequently presents information through verbal and written communication to individuals of various ages, socio-economic, and educational backgrounds. This position requires the employee to work outdoors conducting field research, delivering programs, and teaching at events. This may occur during hot and/or inclement weather.
Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed.
Successfully and efficiently work in both office and research farm / urban landscape settings and field visits.
Comfortable and accustomed to working in highly urbanized settings.
Visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data and presentations.
Ability to travel in-state and, periodically, to out of state professional meetings and programs.
A routine part of this position's responsibilities would be to transport materials to and from field research plots and teaching/event locations, including loading and unloading the vehicle. The employee will frequently lift and/or move items weighing up to 20 pounds.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national public research university and the state's preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Rutgers is dedicated to teaching that meets the highest standards of excellence; to conducting research that breaks new ground; and to turning knowledge into solutions for local, national, and global communities. As it was at our founding in 1766, the heart of our mission is preparing students to become productive members of society and good citizens of the world. Rutgers teaches across the full educational spectrum: preschool to precollege; undergraduate to graduate and postdoctoral; and continuing education for professional and personal advancement. Rutgers is New Jersey's land-grant institution and one of the nation's foremost research universities, and as such, we educate, make discoveries, serve as an engine of economic growth, and generate ideas for improving people's lives.