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Position Title: Agroecology Extension Educator
Reports Directly To:  UTTC Land Grant Program Director
Opening Date:  May 5, 2014
Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Status:  Exempt, Full Time
Salary: $DOE

SUMMARY:

UTTC Land Grant Extension Program is seeking a highly motivated professional to develop, lead and teach classes, activities, and programs that focus on organic, sustainable and culturally appropriate gardening methods; greenhouse, high and low tunnel food growing environments; food and seed sovereignty issues; fruit tree culture; sustainable landscape; prairie restoration and cultural significance of plants found in the Northern Plains. Bachelor degree is required with a focus to agroecology, horticulture, or sustainable agriculture practices.

The UTTC campus includes 16 gardens and fruit orchards and a hoop house that have been developed and maintained by the Agroecology Extension Educator. Additional staff, college students and elementary students and community volunteers assist with these projects. The Agroecologist provides leadership to the development of traditional gardening projects that have included Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and Three Affiliated Tribes. UTTC is designated as a 1994 Land Grant Tribal College and receives funds from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  1. Develop and conduct educational programs and activities for the UTTC community, including adults and youth.
  2. Supervise the development and maintenance of campus gardens, fruit orchard and hoop house and existing and potential research projects.
  3. Provide leadership to sustainable gardening and landscape efforts, and the use of traditional plants that are found in the Northern Plains.
  4. Recruit adults and youth to participate in hands on activities (gardening, recycling, harvesting, tree pruning, etc.)
  5. Work collaboratively with the Land Grant director and others to fund program activities through grant writing and partnerships.
  6. Develop and publish programs, curriculums, and materials using written, technological and verbal presentations.
  7. Work as a team with the Land Grant program staff to develop and deliver educational programs that meet the needs of Tribal communities served by UTTC.
  8. Work collaboratively with other UTTC programs and government entities (tribes, state, and federal) and non-government organizations relating to Land Grant program goals and objectives.
  9. Participate at meetings, conferences, and workshops as needed.
  10. Provide progress reports to UTTC administration and other collaborative agencies as needed.
  11. Travel out of state or locally as necessary to carry out duties, goals and objectives.
  12. Other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISION EXERCISED:

Limited supervision of agriculture technician, student workers and volunteer youth and adults.

WORKING CONDITIONS:

Working conditions vary according to the season and the program needs. The Agroecologist Extension Educator works out of doors in a variety of weather conditions during the planting, growing and harvesting seasons. Schedule will vary depending on project needs. The winter schedule includes extended time in the office and traveling. The professional in this position is expected to work a minimum of 40 hours per week. Travel time, overnight travel and special projects may require additional time.

UTTC is a Tobacco-Free Keep Tobacco Sacred Community. Smoking and the use of all tobacco products including e-cigarettes are prohibited.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Baccalaureate degree in agroecology, horticulture, sustainable agriculture, natural sciences, permaculture, youth development or related field.

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Evidence of candidate’s ability to work with Native American communities, agencies and institutions of higher education.
  • Possess good oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to establish working relationships with Tribal officials, collaborative partners, and other agency representatives.
  • Work experiences with community education e.g. Extension, vocational education, or community gardens.
  • Ability to make effective presentations in Native American communities, agencies, and related organizations.
Preference will be given to bona fide American Indian applicants in accordance with UTTC policies and Federal Indian regulations for such preference.

If selected for the position, the applicant is subject to a complete background investigation with favorable determination.

UNITED TRIBES TECHNICAL COLLEGE DOES NOT DISCRIMINATE ON THE BASIS OF RACE, COLOR, NATIONAL ORIGIN, SEX, RELIGIOUS PREFERENCE, AGE, HANDICAP, MARITAL STATUS, POLITICAL PREFERENCE, OR MEMBERSHIP OR NON-MEMBERSHIP IN AN EMPLOYEE ORGANIZATION, EXCEPT AS ALLOWED BY THE INDIAN PREFERENCE PROVISION OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS ACT OF 1964, AS AMENDED.

PERSONS OF INDIAN ANCESTRY WHO ARE AT LEAST 1/4 DEGREE AND WISH TO CLAIM INDIAN PREFERENCE SHOULD SUBMIT A COPY OF THEIR TRIBAL ENROLLMENT CERTIFICATE INDICATING THEIR DEGREE OF INDIAN BLOOD AND AGENCY ENROLLED.

APPLICATION PROCESS:

Interested individual should submit the following application materials to the Human Resource Director:

  1. Cover letter.
  2. Current Resume.
  3. Completed UTTC Application - call for a copy, or you can download a copy from www.uttc.edu.
  4. Reference letters or names, addresses and daytime phone numbers of three individuals familiar with your preparation / experience.
  5. Unofficial copies of transcripts (Official copies required if hired).

HUMAN RESOURCE OFFICE
UNITED TRIBES TECHNICAL COLLEGE
3315 UNIVERSITY DRIVE
BISMARCK, ND 58504