This position will be located in Goldsboro, NC and will have an initial contract period of 3 years, will end 12/31/2021 and continuation is contingent upon future funding. The Small Farm Unit is one of the research units with the Center for Environmental Farming Systems. The Center is a three-way partnership between North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and North Carolina State University. The Small Farm Unit covers approximately 30 acres with a wide range of soil types, equipment, buildings and educational focal points. The function of the unit is to model a systems-based approach within a whole farm context. Embedded within the farm design are ongoing research projects in systems rotation and other production topics relevant to small farm stakeholders. Farm produce is donated to local community organizations, food kitchens, and shelters. Farm transplants are grown in a greenhouse with solar-assisted heating, cutting propane use by two-thirds. The unit composts organic waste, which is incorporated into the farm's fertility management strategy. The Small Farm Unit also includes a 15-acre certified organic area and a model GAP (Good Agricultural Practices)-certified postharvest handling area. Current projects include various short- and long-term research projects such as enterprise budget studies (field projects studying the economics of production), greenhouse and high tunnel monitoring (testing various season extension techniques), organic transplant production, organic systems work (utilizing various cover crops as part of whole season rotation), and entomology projects (studying agricultural pests' life cycles).
Primary Function of Organizational Unit:
Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T helps people across the state lead better lives by finding solutions to their problems. We deliver educational programs and technology to enrich the lives, the land and the economy of North Carolina's limited-resource individuals, families and communities.
Cooperative Extension is unique in structure and function. Through the expertise of specialists, associates and county-based agents, Extension is the outreach arm of the University and its School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. Our programs are developed here at the campus level and then delivered to people through our 101 Cooperative Extension centers across the state.
Internal job number: 000196
Demonstrated possession of the competencies necessary to perform the work.
Associates degree with at least two years of farming experience or bachelors degree in horticulture science, crop science, or a closely related field and two years of farming experience.
At least two years of mixed vegetable production experience (organic and non-organic).
Experience with MS Word and Excel for reporting and data entry and arrangement.
Greenhouse/high tunnel experience.
Experience using large equipment such as three-point hitch tractors and PTO driven implements; experience using power tools and basic building skills.
You must complete and submit an electronic application for employment to be considered. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of completing an electronic application. Applicants seeking Veteran's Preference must attach a DD 214 form. Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty with your application during the process of applying to the job posting. Final candidates are subject to criminal and sex offender background checks. North Carolina A&T State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. North Carolina A&T State University is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. No one who applies or seeks employment will be denied admission to or employment at North Carolina A&T State University on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, disabling condition, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or sexual orientation and sexual identity. If no applicants apply who meet the required competency level and training & experience requirements, then management may consider other applicants. Salary would be determined based on competencies, equity, budget, and market considerations.
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University is one of the nation’s most highly respected doctoral research, land-grant institutions. With an enrollment of almost 11,000 students, we are committed to fulfilling our mission through exemplary undergraduate and graduate instruction, scholarly and creative research, and effective public service. As a member of the A&T family you will be an integral part of its history and future – joining more than 1,800 current faculty and staff. You will be expected to be a leader and mentor. You will influence the minds that will affect our world. As a change agent, you will use your intellect and influence to make a positive impact on the greater A&T community. A&T will be more than your job, it will become your passion—and that commitment to yourself and others will last a lifetime. Because that’s what Aggies Do!
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