Position open in Western NC: Non-Timber Forest Products Extension Assistant

Ginseng seedling from western North Carolina forest planting

JOB TITLE: Non-timber Forest Products Extension Assistant

POSITION: Extension Assistant

Position is in the program of Dr. Jeanine Davis in the Department of Horticultural Science at NC State University

POSITION LOCATION: Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center, 455 Research Drive, Mills River, North Carolina 28759


SALARY: $30,000 with full benefits, including health insurance (*this is an EPA position)

JOB OPEN DATE: July 30, 2010 or until suitable candidate is found

DEADLINE FOR RECEIVING APPLICATIONS: until a suitable candidate is identified.

PROPOSED HIRE DATE: August 1, 2010

POSITION DESCRIPTION/RESPONSIBILITIES: This is a time-limited, full-time, 12 month position for one year with possibility of renewal for up to four months contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance. It will be the responsibility of this employee to help design, develop, and implement a program to assist the non-timber forest products industry in western North Carolina. This position will also provide assistance to non-timber forest products projects funded by the Western North Carolina Forest Producers Project (see http://www.landofsky.org/planning/p_working_lands.html). The position will be housed at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River, NC. Responsibilities of this position will include providing information, group facilitation, and technical and marketing advice to local producer groups focused on non-timber forest products, organizing workshops that will benefit the producer groups, reviewing and expanding existing inventories of forest products buyers and western North Carolina production capacity, and participating in project dissemination efforts by preparing reports, delivering presentations, and preparing outreach materials. Outreach materials will include traditional print and internet based methods, e.g., Twitter, Facebook, websites, and blogs. An end of project survey will also be conducted and a report written.

QUALIFICATIONS: The applicant must have a bachelor’s degree in a related field, although a master’s degree is preferred. Some experience with non-timber forest products and knowledge of the industry is necessary. Experience with a similar type project would be highly desirable. Excellent organizational, interpersonal, computer, and writing skills are required. Applicant should enjoy and be comfortable with communicating with a diverse group of people on the phone, one on one, and in front of groups. The applicant should be capable of producing and giving professional reports and presentations. The applicant must be willing to travel across western North Carolina. Travel will sometimes include evenings and on weekends. The applicant must be capable of doing all the described activities with a minimum of supervision.

APPLICATIONS: Applicants should apply through the NC State University Job site at https://jobs.ncsu.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1277301385593. Search for the position under “Horticultural Science” or Position #61883. Applicants should include a cover letter that details one’s interest, experience, and qualifications relating to this position; a curriculum vita; unofficial copies of transcripts (if last degree was obtained within the past ten years); and names and contact information for three references. When that process is completed, please send an email to Jeanine_Davis@ncsu.edu stating that you have submitted an application.

To learn more about the program of Dr. Jeanine Davis, visit http://ncherb.org/. You can access her other websites, blog, Facebook, and Twitter accounts from there.

*Exempt from State Personnel Act

NC State University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should contact the above listed individual.

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