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Application period for Alice in Dairyland open

January 4, 2019

MADISON -- Individuals interested in applying to become the next Alice in Dairyland -- the 72nd to hold the yearlong position -- are invited to submit applications through Feb. 4.

In this highly visible and fast-paced position, Alice in Dairyland cultivates relationships with television, radio and print media outlets in the state; writes and delivers speeches at events large and small and utilizes social media to tell the stories of Wisconsin agriculture. Additional duties include developing and executing marketing plans, delivering classroom presentations and networking with industry professionals.

Alice must also learn and retain information about the diversity of Wisconsin agriculture and be able to tailor that information to educate both urban and rural audiences.

“The Alice in Dairyland program packs a lifetime of learning experience into one short year,” said Kaitlyn Riley, the 71st Alice in Dairyland. “Serving as Alice in Dairyland has provided me with an exceptional opportunity to expand my knowledge of our state’s diverse agriculture industry and improve my ability to share the story of Wisconsin farmers and processors.

“The application process alone connects candidates with agribusiness leaders and provides a firsthand look at various industries,” she continued. “I encourage anyone with a passion for agricultural communications and education to embrace this opportunity to develop personally and professionally.”

Alice in Dairyland applicants should have an interest in Wisconsin agriculture; at least three years of experience, education or training in communications, marketing, education or public relations; and public speaking experience. Applicants must be female, Wisconsin residents and at least 21 years old.

The one-year, full time contractual position starts June 3. The position holder is headquartered in Madison and travels extensively throughout the state. The annual salary for Alice in Dairyland is $45,000 and includes holiday, vacation and sick leave as well as use of a vehicle for official business. Reimbursement is provided for an individual health insurance premium up to $450 a month, as well as professional travel expenses.

To apply, individuals should submit an application form, cover letter, resume and three professional references to the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection by 4:30 p.m. Feb. 4. Application materials are available at datcp.wi.gov/Pages/Growing_WI/AliceInDairyland.aspx.

Qualified applicants will be invited to a preliminary interview Feb. 15. Top candidates will be required to attend a two-day program briefing and press announcement March 14-15,.

The three-day final interview process, at which the new Alice will be selected, will be held May 9-11 in Green County.

Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to Alice in Dairyland Program Director Ti Gauger at 608-224-5115 or Ti.Gauger@wisconsin.gov.

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