Job Summary

As the agricultural industry responds to the growing demands for food, fiber, and fuel, Extension outreach is becoming more dynamic as it incorporates agriculture and natural resource-based strategies into economic development plans and programs.  The Urban Agriculture Program Assistant will assist the educators/CED as a key resource.

The Program Assistant will help the educators/CED to oversee farming operations at an urban farm in Fort Wayne, IN. They will share significant responsibility in operating the urban farm. Responsibilities include those that are necessary on a production farm, including: performing physical labor, farmer market management, supervising others, etc.

Additionally, the Program Assistant will help the educators/CED in building partnerships and strengthening linkages with local agencies, agricultural organizations, decision makers, homeowners, and residents interested in the science of urban agriculture. The Program Assistant will aid the educators/CED by serving as a key resource in consumer horticulture, local foods and sustainability efforts in the areas of focus in the city of Fort Wayne, and has responsibility to assist with developing and implementing contemporary comprehensive programming, which may include gardening, horticulture, local foods, sustainability, conservation and environmental stewardship.

  • Coordinate and assist with management of the urban farm using science-based best practices for efficiency and safety. This includes but is not limited to production, financial, marketing, and building, equipment, and land maintenance aspects of the operation
  • Maintain detailed records of the urban farm, including urban agricultural, financial, programmatic, and rental records.
  • Coordinate volunteers who assist in the performance of urban agricultural and marketing tasks related to the overall operation of the urban farm
  • Assist the educator with the delivery and development of effective and contemporary approaches to plan, deliver, and evaluate programming to diverse audiences of adults and children using various educational materials and methods, such as classroom teaching, demonstrations, clinics, workshops, and individualized instruction
  • Ensure all efforts are made to reach diverse audiences and provide equitable access to programs and facilities
  • Identify and recruit the volunteer leadership necessary to help carry out the mission of Purdue Extension and the urban farm
  • Take a lead role in minimizing safety hazards to volunteers and others active at the urban farm
  • Develop regular and effective communications and working relationships with colleagues, partners, and decision-makers

  • High School diploma/GED
  • 2 years’ experience in urban agriculture or horticulture or related experience
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision, including prioritizing workloads to meet deadlines
  • Able to work long hours on location. Ability to complete repetitive tasks, kneeling, bending, stretching and standing for extended periods of time
  • Able to lift and carry up to 60lbs. Ability to occasionally work extended hours, weekends, and evenings
  • Ability to work along and with others in a team environment, and maintain appropriate, respectful interrelationships with co-workers; competently serve the public with diplomacy and respect
  • Ability to maintain compliance with all employer/department personnel policies and work rules, including, but not limited to, attendance, safety, drug-free workplace, and personal conduct
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of office information/records according to state requirements
  • Ability to interface and work with Facebook, Twitter and other social media sources.  Knowledge and skill with standard computer programs, office equipment, email and internet applications
  • A valid driver’s license is required; Travel using personal vehicle may be required to perform some duties with mileage reimbursement for business travel at county rate



  • College coursework

Additional Information:
  • This is a 2 year, limited duration position with continuation dependent on additional funding
  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position
  • A background check and MVR check is required for employment in this position
  • Travel using 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