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Extension Educator, Equine
Pennsylvania State University
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania USA
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Date Posted:
Oct 26, 2022
The Extension Equine Educator will serve as a team member on the nationally recognized Penn State Extension Equine team to plan, design, implement and evaluate educational and applied research programs for equine owners. This position will also provide education and technical assistance for owners in equine farm management, health, nutrition, animal comfort, and well-being. Additionally, they will conduct Extension education programs utilizing a variety of informal education methodologies. The candidate will be part of a state team and thus expected to participate in and deliver programs statewide. The home base will be Washington or Mercer County depending on candidate preference. Compensation is based on the experience of the successful candidate. Duties of the position will include the following: Develop and/or participate in interdisciplinary collaborations across multiple disciplines and institutions. Work closely with university-based research faculty to develop and conduct applied research relevant to clientele needs. Develop original content to engage audiences through innovative educational methods such as online courses, videos, mobile apps, and electronic publications, in addition to traditional publications and in-person presentations.Contribute to a significant effort in the state to improve horse care and management by developing new programs based on equine health and nutrition. Participate in existing efforts to reduce nutrient loading into streams by improving horse pasture management and applying sustainable farm management practices. Participate in developing a diverse external funding portfolio (e.g., grants, contracts, cost recovery, development) to support the team's programs. Required Qualifications: This position will be filled as a level 3 or 4. A level 4 typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus five years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. A level 3 typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus two years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The candidate must work effectively on a team and with diverse populations and audiences, be proficient in computer software such as Microsoft Office 365, and possess a valid driver's license, use of a private automobile, and the ability and desire to travel. Since this position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as part of your job duties, successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. The candidate must also have the ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate. Experience in parasite control protocols, pasture management, and environmental conservation are not required but are favorable attributes.