Southwest District Area Water Agent - Tifton, Georgia

Position ID: 43733
University of Georgia
Agricultural & Environmental Sciences
Cooperative Extension Service
Branch Campus: 
Tifton, Georgia; Southwest District
Position Description
New Position?: 
Job Class: 
County Extension Agent
Job Description: 


Posting Details


Posting Number F0420P
Working Title Southwest District Area Water Agent- Tifton
Department CAES Southwest District CES
About the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

UGA Cooperative Extension was founded in 1914 to bring research-based agricultural information to the people of Georgia. County agents and specialists throughout the state share information on issues like water quality, profitability in agribusiness, family wellness and life skills. County agents provide soil and water test kits and instruction, advice on safe pesticide use, publications, computer programs and lessons in consumer skills to improve Georgians’ quality of life. They are the local experts in food safety, proper eating habits, child safety and parenting. UGA Extension coordinates 4-H, Georgia’s largest youth program. Each year, almost 200,000 young Georgians participate in community projects, summer camps and conferences on today’s issues while having fun and learning to work together. The leadership skills and values they learn in 4-H last a lifetime. UGA Extension reaches more than 2.6 million Georgians through education programs each year. Millions more rely on UGA Extension’s publications, educational news articles and public television programming for advice and information.

College/Unit/Department website
Posting Type External
Retirement Plan TRS or ORP
Employment Type Employee
Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible
Underutilization Minorities & Females
Advertised Salary Minimum $47,000/year for Master’s Degree (Bachelor’s $36,000) as well as an excellent benefits package as a faculty member of the University of Georgia. Reimbursement for business travel will be provided.
Anticipated Start Date 10/01/2019
Job Posting Date 07/10/2019
Open until filled Yes
Location of Vacancy Tifton Area
EEO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Position Details


Position Information


Classification Title Public Service Professional AC
Faculty Rank Open Rank
Contract Type Fiscal (12 mo.)
Tenure Status Non-Tenure Track
Position Summary

The Southwest District Area Water Agent will be a member of the Southwest District and Tifton campus faculty of the University of Georgia under the supervision of the District Extension Director. The Southwest District Area Water Extension Agent will be responsible for carrying out the Cooperative Extension Service program in the assigned program areas of responsibility. This position will provide efficient data collection and delivery of analyzed data. This information and data will be used to develop and communicate water programming and techniques used in implementing programs throughout the state.

Additional Requirements

A Master’s degree is preferred. A Bachelor’s degree is acceptable for a Public Service Provisional appointment. This provisional faculty classification is offered for no more than three years without review. You may apply for a regular service faculty appointment upon completion of an advanced degree or successful progression through the public service promotion process. See the University of Georgia Guidelines for Appointments and Promotions for Public Service and Outreach Academic Rank for complete details

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

-Proficiency in ArcGIS Mapping program
-Proficiency in current word processing and data management (e.g. Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel)
-Demonstrated ability in written and oral communication
-Ability to speak to/teach large groups of residents
-Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with county, district, and state staff, local government employees, and clientele
-Ability to show high standards of professionalism in personal contacts, appearance, and work habits
-Ability to express thoughts clearly and concisely through written and verbal communication
-Ability to work as a team member and engage with groups and committees
-Ability to design, coordinate, and teach educational programs to meet community needs
-Skills in leadership and management

Does this position have financial responsibilities? No
Does this position require a P-Card? No
Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No
Is driving a responsibility of this position? Yes
Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.




• Responsible to ensure EEO/AA plan of The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service is followed in assigned program responsibilities and that clientele understand that Extension offers educational programs, assistance and materials to all people without regard to race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability.

• Uses a variety of techniques and sources to collect data. Uses the expertise of organized advisory groups, community leaders, public officials and/or representatives of intended audiences and clientele groups to analyze data and identify needs and potential audiences.

• Prepares realistic written goals with starting and ending dates for critical issues that define content, expected behavior change, and are measurable and have a provision for collecting data to measure the results.

• Develops balanced area plan of work that is equitable in meeting the needs of the varied area socio-economic situations.

• Develops relevant interdisciplinary programs with other staff members, based on critical issues.

• Makes timely and effective use of the skills of other Agents, district staff, specialists and other resource people in planning Extension programs.

Percentage Of Time 25



• Uses innovative techniques for identifying and using other resources and agencies to implement programs.

• Expresses and demonstrates an entrepreneurial spirit in obtaining extramural funding (i.e., grants, partnerships, endowments, etc.).

• Develops promotional efforts to expand the public’s view of Extension programming.

• Submits accurate and timely required program reports measuring impact of efforts.

• Implements area annual plan of work by using a variety of creative and effective techniques or teaching methods and resources so that clientele can make informed decisions and/or behavior changes.

• Identifies, recruits, trains, involves and recognizes volunteers in planning, teaching and evaluating Extension programs.

• Targets specific audiences – (e.g., low income, aging, youth at risk) for educational programs addressing critical issues identified in plan of work (POW).

• Prepares and/or localizes mass media efforts.

• Uses web and internet to increase program outreach.

• Achieves and maintains skills in teaching, communicating and promoting Extension programs and demonstrates competence in delivery of up-to-date technical subject matter.

Percentage Of Time 25



• Follows through on commitments and/or planned projects, making relevant adjustments if necessary.

• Uses the results of program evaluations and feedback in planning future programs and techniques used in implementing programs.

• Maintains an educator’s role in public policy education.

• Makes reports to appropriate publics, clientele and public officials through media, personal contacts and/or group meetings to provide information on progress of Extension programs. Coordinates reporting with other Extension staff members, when appropriate.

• Develops and uses a system for maintaining adequate records for reporting and evaluation purposes.

• Submits accurate, complete reports on time and provides supplemental documentation useful in evaluating and improving educational programs as needed.

• Assumes leadership when appropriate and cooperates with other staff members in preparing joint reports.

• Plans ahead and cooperates with secretaries and other staff members to complete programs and coordinate arrangements.

• Budgets allocated funds so that equipment, supply, travel expenses and other program supports are within limits.

• Seeks additional resources for program implementation.

• Sets goals to improve the personal level of competence in relation to the requirements of the job. The individual will be given a position description by the District Extension Director. At least on an annual basis, the agent working within the specific position will review the position description with the District Extension Director to determine its relevance.
• Develops and pursues a continuous program of professional improvement, contributing toward public service faculty promotion, in relation to personal level of competence and changing requirements of the job. Professional improvement may include professional education, formal course work, in-service trainings, involvement in professional organizations, and other methods of professional improvement that are relevant to the position.

• Uses up-to-date / current research-based information and data in teaching and stays abreast of emerging issues.

Percentage Of Time 25



• Shows ability to promote teamwork and share ideas among all co-workers, leaders, district staff and specialists.

• Expresses thoughts clearly and concisely through writing and speaking.

• Shows high standards of professionalism in personal contacts, appearance and work habits. As a professional, it is understood that the work effort may be extended past the eight (8) hour work day and forty (40) hour work week.

• Shows enthusiasm for job and projects a positive attitude during Extension programs.
• Participates in staff conferences regularly and uses them for planning and evaluation of joint activities. Expresses team spirit and cooperation.

• Demonstrates a willingness to develop computer skills to enhance Extension data management. Possesses or demonstrates willingness to develop adequate computer skills to enhance Extension data management and communication to publics.

• Maintains consistent and effective work habits to make efficient use of time and other resources.

• Performs specific tasks and assumes leadership for certain program areas as specified by the District Extension Director in a position description.

• Attends and participates in training sessions/activities overnight and on weekends as directed by the District Extension Director.

• Work for this job is a combination of office and field work in nature. To some degree, physical activity (i.e., handling animals, demonstration materials and a-v equipment, etc.) is required to conduct programs and move equipment and materials to and from program sites.

• Demonstrates personal interest and involvement in local community by joining local civic organizations or supporting their efforts and networking with community leaders.

• Handles other duties as assigned.

Percentage Of Time 25
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CIP Discipline Code: 
Agriculture and Related Ind. and Extension (Admin code)
Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management
Water Resources Engineering
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University System of Georgia
Applicant Clearinghouse
278 Brooks Hall
The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602

Phone: (706) 542-7817
Fax: (706) 542-2822


Janyce Dawkins, Director

Kristopher Stevens, Associate Director

Tafara Makaya, Assistant Director

Kieran Morrow, Assistant Director

Kristopher Bolden, Assistant Director

Thomas Brazzle, System Coordinator