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Requisition ID:  10837

NW Urban Ag Assistant

Job Summary

At this time, this position is actively recruiting and accepting applications


Purdue Extension is seeking an Urban Agriculture Assistant. This position will increase the capacity of urban farmers to sustainably grow fresh produce by creating educational and training programs tailored to the farmer’s needs, peer-to-peer networking, and resource assistance.  By enhancing competitiveness, the project will support urban farmers to grow sales and engage with local stakeholders. The successful candidate will be expected to search out and develop relationships with other urban farmers, organizations, agencies, schools and programs that are interested in promoting urban agriculture. This position will involve ensuring that all of the objectives of the grant are completed as well as management of resources and volunteers to promote urban farming, in various locations, throughout the Gary community.



  • Implementation of grant goals and objectives
  • Organization and promotion of urban agriculture certificate program
  • Planning field trips to nearby farms as well as urban farms throughout the Midwest
  • Facilitate or instruct course materials and/or programs
  • Promotion of tool share program and instruction of such tools/equipment
  • Facilitate a training program for urban farming mentors
  • Design, promote, and coordinate  an internship program with skilled mentors
  • Observe all requirements of official Purdue Extension evaluation expectations
  • Facilitate peer-to-peer network of urban farmers and maintain communication with them
  • Submits reports to Purdue Extension Supervisor and meets regularly with Gary Department of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs Director


This posting represents a part-time (50% FTE) position - approximately 20 hours per week. This is a 1 year limited duration position with possible extension.

  • High School Dimploma/GED
  • 4 years of gardening/farming/nursery experience
  • Ability to work with local urban farmers
  • Ability to work with granting agencies and not for profit groups
  • Knowledge of small scale, diversified agriculture
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and comfort in engaging with technical agriculture topics and a willingness to research and learn
  • Excellent community engagement skills
  • Ability to work well with a team
  • Ability to type with accuracy, and operate standard office equipment, such as computer, copier, and telephone
  • Ability to report the work of the project to the principal investigator the director of GDSEA, the Lake County Extension team, and the Purdue Urban Agriculture Coordinator
  • Strong organizational and time management skills and ability to meet deadlines and commitments
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills with confidence to speak in front of groups
  • Ability to coordinate virtual communication and programs
  • Valid U.S. or Canadian driver's license



  • Bachelor's degree in Horticulture or closely related
  • Experience in gardening/farming/nursery in an urban area
Additional Information:
  • 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 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