Job Summary

Extension Educators serve as the link between Land Grant University research and Indiana residents by creating innovative learning opportunities that address local needs. Educators collaborate with local, county, and state agencies, community organizations, businesses, schools, and residents to analyze needs, develop, implement and oversee vibrant and sustainable research-based educational programs to address those needs.

As the agricultural industry responds to the growing demands for food, fiber, and fuel, Extension outreach is becoming more dynamic, especially in urban settings. The Extension Educator, Agricultural and Natural Resources will serve to increase Marion County resident’s access to healthy and culturally appropriate food using research-based sustainable agriculture strategies. Working in collaboration with other members of the Marion County Agricultural and Natural Resources team, the Educator will identify, secure and steward community partnerships including local, state, and regional agencies, community organizations, and residents. The Agricultural and Natural Resources Educator serves as a key resource in supporting best practices in community gardens in their County, including on-site educational programming and technical assistance. The Agricultural and Natural Resources Educator will also provide assistance in the creation, coordination, deployment, and evaluation of community garden volunteer programs. The Agricultural and Natural Resources Educator serves as the primary contact for livestock and pollinator educational programming in the County.


Work with state and local advisory committees in conducting needs assessments to identify critically important issues
Develop effective and research-based approaches to plan, deliver and evaluate programming
Ensure all efforts are made to reach diverse audiences and provide equitable access to programs and facilities
Identify, recruit and develop the volunteer leadership necessary to help carry out the mission of Purdue Extension
Develop regular and effective communications and working relationships with colleagues, partners, and stakeholders within the community
Quantify, communicate and promote the value of Extension education to key stakeholders, partners, and decision-makers
Develop and cultivate external funding sources to enhance educational programming
Participate in and/or lead teams to enhance the scope and reach of Extension programming
And other responsibilities as required


  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 2 years’ experience in leading or participating in community garden efforts
  • Passion for urban livestock and pollinator education
  • Experience in sustainable farming practices
  • Experiences or leadership with task forces, committees, and community volunteer coalitions or equivalents
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, including prioritizing workloads to meet deadlines
  • Willingness to work directly with on-site growing activities
  • Knowledge and skill with computer technology in preparing and making reports, presentations, data analysis, and retrieval, including email and internet applications
  • Knowledge of basic educational methods and the ability to effectively communicate/teach program-specific material
  • Strong communication, leadership, mentoring, teamwork, and group process skills
  • Flexibility, creativity, and innovation in the workplace
  • And a passion for working in the presence of human differences that may include race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, language, (dis)ability, age, religious commitment, or political perspective


  • Masters degree

Additional Information:

  • All new hires will be expected to follow Protect Purdue guidelines. To learn more, visit https://bit.ly/3DH3z6f  
  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position.
  • A valid driver’s license is required for all Extension Educator positions.
  • A background check and MVR check are required for employment in this position.
  • Travel using a personal vehicle (mileage reimbursement provided) and evening and weekend work is an integral part of this position.
  • Please attach the names and email addresses of at least three (3) references. As the application review process moves forward, an e-Reference form may be sent to the references for completion.
  • FLSA: Exempt (Not eligible for overtime).
  • Retirement Eligibility: Defined Contribution Waiting Period.
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.