Careers in Extension

Careers in ExtensionAlabama Extension knows how to make a difference in people’s lives. Our programs help individuals, families, and communities make decisions that improve quality of life and economic well-being. We listen, we partner, we respond, we educate to effect positive change where people live and work.

What is ACES?

What is ACES?The Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) is the primary outreach organization for the land-grant mission of Alabama A&M University and Auburn University, dedicated to delivering research-based educational programs designed to empower individuals to improve their quality of life and economic well-being.

  • ACES has 67 county offices, nine urban centers, six research and extension centers, and more than 40 video conferencing sites across the state.
  • Programs and activities support and promote individual well-being, professional and organizational development, social and cultural enrichment, economic opportunity, and regional development.
  • Employees have tremendous support from the resources at Alabama A&M and Auburn University.
  • ACES professionals enjoy widespread community support where they live and work.

What Does an Extension Educator Do?

What Does an Extension Educator Do?Educators are dedicated to the enhancement and education of Alabamians who live in both urban and rural areas. County Extension coordinators (CECs), regional Extension agents (REAs), and urban regional Extension agents (UREAs) are community-based professionals who represent the science-based and other resources available through Alabama A&M University and Auburn University.

  • Address the contemporary challenges, issues and opportunities facing the citizens in Alabama.
  • Access needs in Alabama by engaging and involving citizens.
  • Plan and implement programs.
  • Deliver training in innovate and varied classrooms. Classrooms include the campuses of AAMU and Auburn University, county Extension offices, schools, farms, suburban garden plots, and family homes.
  • Use social media, newspapers, radio, television, and other techniques to reach citizens with the latest research information to improve their lives.
  • Click here or here to see what a day in the life of an Extension Educator is like!

Why Should You Work for ACES?

Why Should You Work for ACES?

  • ACES has a service-minded mission dedicated to providing science-based information to all citizens in Alabama.
  • Our team members have access to a broad range of expertise from two land-grant universities in Alabama.
  • Our excellent total rewards package includes health benefits, retirement benefits, paid time off, and tuition benefits that include professional improvement leave.
  • You will have the ability to be a pacesetter in establishing innovate programs and educating clientele.
  • You can live in a rural or urban county and still be a faculty member of AAMU or AU.

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