The field specialist will work under the general guidance of Extension’s Food and Agriculture Program Team Leader and the Food and Agriculture Team. The field specialist will work for all agricultural clientele in Hillsborough County by providing outreach and programming and connecting clientele with the resources and expertise of Extension’s Food and Agriculture Program. The field specialist will also work for landscape and ecosystem services clientele statewide by providing expertise and programming alone and in conjunction with the Landscape & Greenhouse Horticulture team as well as with field specialists in other counties.
The field specialist will provide formal and informal education for businesses, communities, and individuals by organizing and implementing educational events including workshops, field tours, and grower meetings; disseminating current research-based information through development of fact sheets, articles, and other print and web-based resources; and providing one-on-one instruction and technical assistance to improve quality, sustainability, and profitability of products and services.
The field specialist, individually and in cooperation with UNH Extension colleagues and the Hillsborough County Extension Advisory Council, will determine educational needs of clientele and will develop educational programs to meet these needs. The field specialist will collaborate with a team of state and field specialists specializing in diverse areas of agricultural production and business management on all aspects of developing and implementing innovative, relevant, and impactful programming, including needs prioritization, writing curriculum, marketing, implementation, evaluation and reporting.
UNH Extension maintains relationships of support and respect with state and federal agencies such as NH Department of Agriculture, Markets and Food and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and collaborates with non-profit organizations such as NH Farm Bureau Federation, grower associations, and the NH Association of Conservation Districts. In partnership with these and other agencies and organizations, UNH Extension’s Food and Agriculture Program works to build profitable and sustainable local agriculture.
A Master’s Degree and two years relevant experience in landscape or related environmental services, Extension education, and/or program development is preferred. At least one degree must be in horticulture or a closely related field, earned from an accredited institution. Applicants with a Bachelor’s Degree in an appropriate field with three years relevant experience may be considered contingent upon their agreement to obtain a Master’s degree within seven years of employment.
Additional Preferred Qualifications
- High degree of subject matter competence in landscape and greenhouse horticulture, including problem diagnosis and best practices.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Ability to work effectively and cooperatively with coworkers and clients with a variety of values and interests and of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, income and education levels.
- Demonstrated evidence of good judgment, flexibility, and innovative problem-solving skills.
- Demonstrated competency in presenting educational programs.
- Demonstrated willingness to learn on an ongoing basis.
- Experience or familiarity with Extension programs.
- Competency in assessing industry needs and developing high-quality educational programs to meet those needs.
- Demonstrated competency with computers and current technology.
- Possess the ability to work with minimum supervision, handle multiple demands, and set priorities.
- Willingness and ability to accomplish year-round field work and be available to work some nights and weekends.
- Maintain a valid driver’s license and access to a personal vehicle for frequent local travel. Mileage will be reimbursed at the federal rate.
Salary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.
The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status, genetic information, and political orientation. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.
The University of New Hampshire is an R1 Carnegie classification research institution providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs of distinction. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast, and is convenient to New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 13,000 students, with a full-time faculty of over 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs. The University actively promotes a dynamic learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, life experiences, and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.
The UNH Diversity Resource Guide with information and programming available in the seacoast area, New Hampshire and the region can be found here: https://www.unh.edu/hr/diversity-resource-guide