Extension agents are professional educators who serve as a link between Kansas State University and communities across Kansas. Agents are administratively responsible to the Director of K-State Research and Extension (represented by a designated administrator) and the local extension board.
Provide primary leadership for the dissemination of research-based information and implementation and development of horticulture educational programs. Programming will include, but not be limited to: horticulture crop production, marketing and economics, conservation of natural resources, horticultural waste management, and landscape maintenance and improvement.
Provide leadership for 4-H youth development programming related to horticulture.
Programming will include these steps:
Identify local needs and emerging issues related to K-State Research and Extension's five Grand Challenges (water, community vitality, health, developing tomorrow's leaders and global food systems) by engaging with program development committees and other community organizations and professionals.
Design appropriate educational strategies to engage clientele. These strategies might include delivering educational programming in a community-based setting, coordinating events and activities that provide experiential learning opportunities, using innovative technologies, providing individual educational consultations and facilitating groups seeking similar educational outcomes. Some overnight travel and evening and weekend work will be required.
Develop and implement strategies to expand the reach of educational programming to under-served audiences and to make certain K-State Research and Extension is an equal opportunity provider of educational programming.
Collect evidence of educational program impact.
Develop specialized knowledge and skills by engaging as a member of the Horticulture Program Focus Team.
Secure external funding such as grants, gifts and cost recovery to supplement local tax revenue to support and expand educational programming.