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Extension Educator – 4-H Youth Development (Buffalo County)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Focused Expertise Assignment – 4-H Youth Development Education (Approximately 80% of time): This is a full-time, year-round, non-tenured position. This educator’s home base will be Buffalo County. This educator‘s geographic region includes Buffalo County. The major responsibility of this position is to provide regional leadership for University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension’s 4-H and Youth Development Program.   This educator is expected to interact closely with 4-H clientele in these communities and deliver programs in their geographic area.  This focused extension educational program supports 4-H Youth Development including:  a) science education; b) animal science; c) agricultural literacy; d) career development; e) community development; and f) healthy living.  In this position the extension educator will: 1. Use innovative strategies and current technologies to support a robust 4-H youth education program designed to inspire young people’s understanding of agriculture. 2. Engage in a collaborative-learning environment with young people and volunteers to apply research-based information. 3. Deliver educational programming for youth development programming statewide and within the assigned geographic region. Within their geographic region the educator will also engage with unit leaders, extension advisory committees, and local stakeholders to determine needs and provide access to educational opportunities. 4. Work in a multi-disciplinary team environment with extension professionals and partners to translate and teach the latest research based information. 5. Use entrepreneurial practices to secure grants, program fees and partnerships to leverage the extension educational program’s resource base and reach. 6. Partner with research faculty in action research that can be applied to educational programming. 7. Practice effective extension scholarship by conducting needs assessments, identifying priorities, measuring program impact and reporting results at professional meetings and in professional publications. 8. Develop a professional development plan by teaching to enhance and maintain professional expertise in youth development and extension pedagogy.

Organizational Assignment (Approximately 20% of time):

The focused extension educator will also connect with unit leaders in the region for the purpose of developing local support for UNL Extension. These responsibilities include: 1. Support the Unit Leader with engagement of advisory or policy groups. 2. Cooperate with local faculty and staff in a team environment to promote Extension’s educational opportunities in the host county. 3. Foster and build community relationships for Extension and a positive, professional image of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and or university level.

Some travel is required.  Must meet driver standards according to UNL policy and have a valid driver’s license.  Criminal history background check will be conducted.

Review of applications will begin on 12/12/17. Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found or search is closed. Candidates must apply online at http://employment.unl.edu for details and to apply.   (Requisition number:  F_170167).

UNL does not discriminate based upon any protected status.  Please see http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination .


Extension Educator – 4-H Youth Development (Keith County)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Focused Expertise Assignment: 4-H Youth Development Education (Approximately 80% of time): This is a full-time, year-round, non-tenured position. This educator’s home base will be Keith County. This educator‘s geographic region includes Keith and Arthur Counties. The major responsibility of this position is to provide regional leadership for University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension’s 4-H and Youth Development Program.   This educator is expected to interact closely with 4-H clientele in these communities and deliver programs in their geographic area.  This focused extension educational program supports 4-H Youth Development including:  a) science education; b) animal science; c) agricultural literacy; d) career development; e) community development; and f) healthy living.  In this position the extension educator will: 1. Use innovative strategies and current technologies to support a robust 4-H youth education program designed to inspire young people’s understanding of agriculture. 2. Engage in a collaborative-learning environment with young people and volunteers to apply research-based information. 3. Deliver educational programming for youth development programming statewide and within the assigned geographic region. Within their geographic region the educator will also engage with unit leaders, extension advisory committees, and local stakeholders to determine needs and provide access to educational opportunities. 4. Work in a multi-disciplinary team environment with extension professionals and partners to translate and teach the latest research based information. 5. Use entrepreneurial practices to secure grants, program fees and partnerships to leverage the extension educational program’s resource base and reach. 6. Partner with research faculty in action research that can be applied to educational programming. 7. Practice effective extension scholarship by conducting needs assessments, identifying priorities, measuring program impact and reporting results at professional meetings and in professional publications. 8. Develop a professional development plan by teaching to enhance and maintain professional expertise in youth development and extension pedagogy.

Serve as Unit Leader: (Approximately 20% of time): 1. Partner with other content focused Extension Educators assigned to their geographic area to: a. Inform them of critical local issues in their content area, b. Partner in promoting access to and participation in educational programming addressing those critical issues, c. Update extension advisory groups, county commissioners/supervisors, stakeholders, etc. of the latest educational opportunities. 2. Promote effective working relationships and teamwork among staff.  Hire, supervise and provide professional development for support staff. 3. Provide leadership for the annual budget planning, accountability of financial operations and IT audit/inventory to conform to county, university and state regulations and “best management practices”. 4. Network with elected officials, advisory groups and community stakeholders and provide them impact on the total extension program.

In addition to the above-described duties, the individual will be expected to accept committee assignments, reporting responsibilities, and other special ad hoc assignments as requested at the administrative unit, college/division, institute, and or university level.

Some travel is required.  Must meet driver standards according to UNL policy and have a valid driver’s license.  Criminal history background check will be conducted.

Review of applications will begin on 12/6/17. Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found or search is closed. Candidates must apply online at http://employment.unl.edu for details and to apply.   (Requisition number:  F_170166).

UNL does not discriminate based upon any protected status.  Please see http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination .

Research Technologist I
West Central Research & Extension Center – North Platte, NE
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

The primary duties of this position will be to lead wind tunnel operations, research duties  and report writing.  The candidate will also assist with field plot research including spray drift management, pest management studies and pesticide efficacy studies according to established procedures and guidelines.  Duties will include planting, spraying, data collection, harvesting, data entry and operation and maintenance of research equipment.  This person will also be responsible for helping with greenhouse and laboratory research related to pesticide applications.  Record data pertaining to experimentation.  Operate research equipment, sprayers and trucks.  Summarize experimental results.  Communicate with the research manager, investigators, summer help, graduate students, industry professionals and clientele.  Position will warrant the ability to obtain a Nebraska private pesticide applicators license within six months of hire.  Position is located in North Platte, NE.

Review of applications will begin on 11/22/17. Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found or search is closed. Candidates must apply online at http://employment.unl.edu for details and to apply.   (Requisition number:  S_170652). 

Research Technologist I
West Central Research & Extension Center – North Platte, NE
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

This position will be responsible for the management and implementation of field, laboratory, and greenhouse experiments for the Soils Program at the West Central Research and Extension Center.  Duties will include experimental design and implementation, data collection including the use of radioactive neutron soil probes, data processing, statistical analysis, and interpretation of results.  Duties will also include use and maintenance of field, laboratory, and greenhouse equipment related to soil fertility research.  Additionally, the Technologist will be responsible for independent establishment and maintenance of field plot areas (planting, harvesting, fertilizing, pest management, etc.).  The technologist is also independently responsible for hiring and supervision of summer employees and assisting graduate students.  The technologist is responsible for applying the knowledge of science in analyzing data, writing reports, and preparation of scientific presentations.  The focus of the Soils Program is on effective, efficient use of fertilizers and water to produce maximum yields with optimum inputs of nutrients (e.g. fertilizers) and water on variable soils of Central NE.  Position requires obtaining a pesticide applicator’s license within 6 months after hire and the ability to obtain radioactive neutron probe operation authorization through UNL.

Review of applications will begin on 1/31/18. Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found or search is closed. Candidates must apply online at http://employment.unl.edu for details and to apply.   (Requisition number: S_170232). 



Extension Educator – 4-H Youth Development (Harlan County)
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Focused Assignment – 4-H Youth Development Education (approximately 80% of time):
This is a 12-month, non-tenured position. The major responsibility of this position is to provide regional leadership for University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension’s 4-H and Youth Development Program. This educator’s home base will be in Harlan County. This educator’s geographic region includes Harlan and Furnas Counties. This educator is expected to interact closely with 4-H clientele in these communities and deliver programs in their geographic area. This focused extension educational program supports 4-H Youth Development including: a) science education; b) animal science; c) agricultural literacy; d) career development/college readiness; e) community engagement; and f) healthy living. In this position the extension educator will:
1. Use innovative strategies and cutting-edge technologies to design, develop, deliver and evaluate programs for a robust statewide 4-H Youth Development program designed to inspire young people’s understanding of agriculture.
2. Engage in a collaborative-learning environment with young people and volunteers to encourage the adoption of research-based information in decision-making.
3. Deliver educational programming for youth development programming statewide and within the assigned geographic region. Within their geographic region the educator will also engage with unit leaders, extension advisory committees, and local stakeholders to determine needs and provide access to educational opportunities.
4. Work in a multi-disciplinary team environment with extension professionals and other partners to translate and teach the latest research based information.
5. Use entrepreneurial practices to secure grants, program fees and partnerships to leverage the extension educational program’s resource base and reach.
6. Partner with research faculty to engage in action research that can be applied to educational programming.
7. Practice effective extension scholarship by conducting needs assessments, identifying priorities, measuring program impact and reporting results at professional meetings and in professional publications.
8. Develop a professional development plan by teaching to enhance and maintain professional expertise in youth development and extension pedagogy.

Serve as Unit Leader (approximately 20%):
1. Partner with other content focused Extension Educators assigned to their geographic area to:
1) inform them of critical local issues in their content area,
2) partner in promoting access to and participation in educational programming addressing those critical issues, and,
3) update extension advisory groups, county commissioners/supervisors, stakeholders, etc. of the latest educational opportunities available.
2. Promote effective working relationships and teamwork among staff. Hire, supervise and provide professional development for support staff.
3. Provide leadership for the annual budget planning, accountability of financial operations and IT audit/inventory to conform to county, university and state regulations and best management practices”
4. Network with elected officials, advisory groups and community stakeholders and provide them impact on the total extension program.

Some travel is required. Must meet driver standards according to UNL policy and have a valid driver’s license. Criminal history background check will be conducted.

Review of applications will begin on 10/20/17. Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found or search is closed. Candidates must apply online at http://employment.unl.edu for details and to apply.   (Requisition number: F_160242).

UNL does not discriminate based upon any protected status.  Please see http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination .