University of Nevada, Reno- Extension
Jan 02, 2020Full time
The University of Nevada, Reno Extension is recruiting for a full-time, 12-month Lecturer II, non-tenure track or an Assistant Professor, Extension Educator, tenure-track for its Lander County Nevada location. This position will reside in Battle Mountain, NV . The primary role of this position is to establish a non-formal (non-credit) community-based education program focused upon identified local needs in Agriculture/Natural Resources (ranching), Community Development, Children, Youth and Families, Health and Nutrition, and Horticulture. Extension Educators use peer-reviewed research as the foundation of their educational programming. This position assesses community needs, develops and implements relevant educational programming, and documents program outcomes and impacts. Additional roles and responsibilities include: 1) creating appropriate community-based research, scholarly and/or creative works (peer-reviewed extension and journal publications, presentations at professional meetings, use of electronic media, etc.); 2) providing subject matter expertise to colleagues in Cooperative Extension and/or the University of Nevada, Reno; 3) securing resources (grants, gifts, budget enhancements) as needed; 4) providing professional development to peers, collaborators, and self; 5) providing oversight and management of the Lander County Extension Office; and 6) assuming professionalism with all internal and external audiences, ensuring proactive communication. This position provides oversight of the 4-H staff and program and serves as the local university liaison with county government. The typical role statement for Extension Educators is 70% teaching, 25% scholarship, research and creativity, and 5% service (community, college, university, and professional societies). This position requires a commitment to work effectively with diverse cultural and community interests and to develop and maintain solid working relationships within the community. Department Information University of Nevada, Reno Extension is a major unit of the University of Nevada, Reno, and resides in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources. Extension uses peer-reviewed research to find solutions to community-based issues and needs, within six broad legislatively mandated areas: Agriculture; Children, Youth, and Families; Community Development; Health and Nutrition; Horticulture; and Natural Resources. The mission is to discover, develop and disseminate, preserve and use knowledge to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of people and their communities. Extension has offices in 16 of Nevada’s 17 counties with programs that span very large urban centers with over two million residents to isolated ranching and farming communities of several hundred or fewer inhabitants County Profile Lander County is comprised of the towns of Battle Mountain, Austin, and Kingston and has some of the darkest night skies in the United States. There is no shortage of land in this ranching region so feeling fenced in is not an option. One can unplug under the aspen trees, soak at Spencer Hot Springs, hike the 72-mile Toiyabe Crest Trail or for the adventurous, there are all kinds of wheeled adventures and sporting endeavors. Lander County is a mining area and full of exciting opportunities where it is easy to engage with the community. Lander County, Nevada has 5,519 square miles. The county seat is Battle Mountain. Battle Mountain is the largest with 3,535 persons. There are 124 farms and ranches in the county with 85% of the land used as pasture or forage. The Bureau of Land Management administers approximately 76 percent of the land. The largest employers in the county are the Lander County School District and the Cortez Gold Mine (Eureka County), and the Phoenix Mine. The county mines 75 percent of the total U.S. Gold production. Some exciting opportunities in Lander consist of renewable energy, unmanned aerial systems, etc. For fun, there is something for everyone from hot springs and wine walks to the desert oasis of Lewis Canyon, Crum Canyon-Hilltop Drive, and Mill Creek Canyon in Kingston.