Agriculture Initiatives Specialist - Strathcona County

Agriculture Initiatives Specialist

This role may be eligible to participate in our hybrid work program. The successful candidate will be required to reside within 2 hours of Sherwood Park, Alberta. 

 

Are you an energetic people person who is passionate about agriculture in our community? The Agriculture Initiatives Specialist is a key member of the team that plays an important role providing professional expertise regarding agricultural practices and environmental management, assisting all departments with determining the agricultural impacts due to land use and recommend mitigation to comply with municipal, provincial and federal policies and legislation. Reporting to the Senior Advisor, Agriculture Initiatives, this position is responsible for implementing the Agriculture Master Plan with a focus on planning public agricultural education and extension.

Responsibilities:

  • Working as part of a multi-disciplinary team, lead the developments agricultural communications and educational programming
  • Contribute to the design, development and implementation of agricultural, branch, and interdepartmental programs and projects
  • Analyze and provide information related to Agriculture and Environmental programs, projects, policies and initiatives to the branch, department and organization
  • Research industry standards and innovation, along with best practices and recommend improvements
  • Provide customer services, including accurate technical information to the public, other jurisdictions, consultants, contractors, developers and other departments
  • Facilitate and conduct public meetings, make presentations to community members and professional audiences, organizing multi-disciplinary teams

Qualifications and Skills:

  • University degree in agricultural or environmental studies related area with a minimum of 1 year of experience within related work areas (agriculture business, agriculture industry, local government, project management, agricultural extension and research, events management) OR a diploma in agricultural or environmental field and 3 years of experience within related work areas
  • Working knowledge of regional, provincial and national trends within broad agricultural industries
  • The ability to liaise and negotiate effectively with developers, producers, contractors and the public using effective communication skills
  • Excellent communication skills with the ability to engage and present to a variety of audiences
  • Eligibility to register as a Professional Agrologist or Professional Biologist is considered an asset
  • IAP2 certification or membership is an asset


Conditions of Employment

  • Valid Alberta Class 5 Driver’s licence and submission of a 5-year Driver’s Abstract with less than 7 demerits 
  • Ability to perform physical labour as part of the job duties and stand/walk for extended periods of time
  • The ability to work some overtime as required, which may include weekend and evening availability as scheduled for events and programs


Who we are: 

Strathcona County is a specialized municipality located in the heart of Alberta.  Our vision is to become Canada’s most livable community, where our workplace culture and identity are supported by our people plan and values of integrity, respect, safety, fairness, and cooperation. 

 

Why Join Strathcona County: (depending on position)

  • Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package, which includes:
    • Extended health and dental coverage
    • Health and wellness spending account
    • Life and disability insurance and critical illness programs
    • Retirement and pension programs
    • Paid and unpaid leave programs
    • Earned day off program
    • Employee and family assistance program
  • Commitment to employee development, through internal and external training and development opportunities.
  • Well-being programs and a safety culture focused on physical and psychological health in the workplace.

Equivalencies of education and experience may be considered.

This competition may be used to fill future vacancies for similar positions within the next 6 months. 

Strathcona County is committed to an inclusive, respectful, and equitable workplace that represents the community we serve. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds who can contribute diverse perspectives and experiences.


We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please apply on our website: Agriculture Initiatives Specialist - Strathcona County Careers (oraclecloud.com)