Position Open: Writing for and Working with the Natural Products Industry in Western NC

Field of valerian in western NC

Job Title: Extension Assistant
Hourly Pay Rate: $16
Length of Assignment: 11 months
Supervisor: Dr. Jeanine Davis
Institution: Dept. Horticultural Science, NC State University
Date Needed: March 8, 2011or soon thereafter
Work Days/Hours: M-F, 8-5, with some nights and weekends

Job Description: This position is located at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River, NC. That is about 20 miles south of Asheville and 250 miles west of Raleigh. The position will report to Dr. Jeanine Davis; see http://ncherb.org for more information on her program. This position is for a new, multi-agency grant project entitled, “Realizing the Potential of the WNC Natural Products Industry”. The primary objective of the NCSU component of the project is to provide support to farmers in western NC to produce and sell high-quality natural products.

Specific Job Duties will be: 1. Update and expand existing educational/extension materials on medicinal herbs and other natural products (see http://ncherb.org/), including production leaflets, enterprise budgets, and websites. 2. Survey the wholesale buyer community to determine medicinal herbs in demand. 3. Survey farmer/landowner communities at the beginning and end of project. 4. Produce new educational materials, hardcopy, electronic, and video, on growing and selling medicinal herbs and other natural products. 5. Organize workshops, trainings, and meetings; give presentations and staff displays. 6. Help supervisor with all other aspects of the project, which may include some field work.

Skills and Experience Required: Excellent technical (scientific, extension, and popular press) writing and communication skills. Good understanding of the medicinal herb/natural products industry and farming. Experience with Word, Excel, Dreamweaver, Facebook, Twitter, Blogs, YouTube, and budgets. Ability to work alone with minimal supervision. Must have a high-school degree (or equivalent). Prefer a bachelor’s degree. Must have at least two years relevant experience. Must have a good driving record. Must be a self-starter. May drive a state pickup truck, but will mostly be expected to drive a personal vehicle and be reimbursed for mileage.

To Apply for This Position: You must go through the NCSU Jobs site. Here is a direct link to the NCSU job site: http://tinyurl.com/5tf9obn.  Once there, look for position #11ASO13.  Please be sure to include a resume and cover letter explaining why you want this position. Because of the large number of applications received for these temporary positions, it is not possible to speak with everyone or even return all emails. Jeanine will send an email out to all applicants after an individual has been hired so you will know the job is filled.  There are new positions opening in her program and others all the time, so follow the NCSU Jobs site closely.  Or subscribe to the NC Alternative Crops and Organics blog for job postings in Jeanine Davis' program.  This position will close for applications on March 8th.

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