Current Position Openings

Colorado State University Extension
Extension Agent, Horticulture, Plant Pathology & Food Systems

Location: Jefferson County, Golden, CO

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Brief Description: Job Vacancy #23-18
Extension Agent, Horticulture, Plant Pathology & Food Systems
Jefferson County, Golden, CO

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of all backgrounds and abilities. We invite you to review Colorado State University’s Principles of Community http://diversity.colostate.edu/principles-of-community) that guide our mission and vision of access, teaching, service and engagement.

Jefferson County is one of the five counties making up the Denver metropolitan area. Once an agricultural and mining area, Jefferson County is now a thriving suburban, business, industrial and residential community interspersed with small farms, urban agriculture and ranchettes. It’s located where the great plains meet the Rocky Mountains with some of the most magnificent scenery in the country. Outdoor lovers have three national forests and two state parks to choose from as well as a vibrant Open Space parks system. To learn more, visit the Jefferson County website at: http://jeffco.extension.colostate.edu/ or the Colorado State University (CSU) Extension website at: http://extension.colostate.edu.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday June 12, 2018. Please submit the following to https://jobs.colostate.edu to apply:
• Resume
• Cover letter
• Transcripts of college(s) course work showing degrees conferred. Please remove all references to birth date or social security number prior to submission. Only one document upload is allowed, no larger than 9 megabytes. Please convert all transcript pages into one PDF File to upload.
• Please remember to include contact information for 4 professional references. References will not be contacted without previous notice to applicant.
• Special Required Documentation:
o Statement (no more than 5 pages) of how you meet all the “Required” and “Preferred” criteria listed in the Vacancy Announcement. Please respond to each bullet point separately. Only one document upload is allowed, no larger than 9 megabytes. Please convert your Statement pages into one PDF file.
For questions regarding the application process, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at (970) 491-5836 or email oeo@colostate.edu.
For questions regarding the job vacancy and responsibilities, please contact Keith Maxey at (970) 400-2075 or kmaxey@co.weld.co.us.

PURPOSE OF POSITION: This position will provide leadership and guidance in the development, delivery and evaluation of Extension horticulture IPM, pathology and food system programs. The person will have knowledge of food systems, horticulture principles, plants, trees, insects and pathogens. S/he will have a proven track record working well with people and the field of laboratory diagnostics in order to address horticulture issues related to yard, garden and small farms. The individual will work well in a team environment using strong verbal and written communication skills to develop relationships with staff, customers and partners, and to address common horticulture diagnostic issues. This individual works as a member of the local county Extension Team and as a local representative of Colorado State University. S/he works cooperatively with other Extension agents in their program area, and statewide with specialists and partners to develop and deliver quality programming; information; yard, garden and small farm outreach, and plant diagnostic services to the citizens of Colorado. This individual works under the guidance and supervision of the Jefferson County Extension Director.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES
Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 55%
• Plan, develop, deliver, evaluate and report on research-based educational programming in horticultural crop production, integrated pest management, plant pathology and entomology for both consumer and green industry audiences.
• Provide educational information and teaching in the area of plant diagnostics to Colorado Clinic Master Gardeners by providing hands-on workshops throughout the growing season; providing opportunities to recognize and study real-time plant health issues, to better equip these volunteers to accurately and effectively diagnose plant problems that are submitted to CSU Extension offices.
• Oversee the scheduling, implementation, and evaluation of the Jefferson County Lawn Check program.
• Participate in professional development activities as appropriate or as required by position.
• Author and/or develop scholarly works that enhance programming delivery and / or general knowledge. Materials developed may include but are not limited to: journal articles, websites, fact sheets, poster sessions, reports, newsletters, electronic media, lesson plans, activity sheets, presentations at professional meetings, etc.
• Develop annual multi-county Plan(s) to Invest within assigned program area(s).
• Practice cost recovery as appropriate. Identify and pursue appropriate resources (grants, contracts, in-kind contributions, sponsorships etc.) to enhance the identified program work.
• Participate in one or more Extension work teams, working within the programmatic group and serving as a regional resource in the area of plant pathology and food systems for other agents, agencies and community groups.
• Cross-market CSU Extension at all educational programs and activities.
• Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to underserved and underrepresented audiences.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 25%
• Foster and support strong relationships between the county, the university, and Extension by serving as a liaison to ensure county needs and interests are represented and university resources are engaged.
• Communicate and coordinate resources, research, programming and results with staff of Colorado State University and other agencies and institutions to enhance program development, delivery and evaluation.
• Assess program needs and identify community assets, outcomes and strategies with advisory committees, green industry and other partners. Evaluate and document expected results and impacts of educational programs; communicate these to stakeholders.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Volunteer Recruitment and Management: 10%
• Manage the volunteer staff in the regional plant diagnostic clinic in Jefferson County and oversee their work.
• Train and evaluate plant diagnostic clinic volunteers; support training and recognition of Colorado Master Gardener volunteers.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Supervision, Program Leadership and Management: 10%
• In cooperation with horticulture team, work to implement, evaluate and constantly improve local horticulture and food systems programming.
• Manage the regional plant diagnostic clinic in Jefferson County and oversee the diagnosis of plant samples and responses to clientele.
• Supervise and support the horticulture/urban food system program coordinator and the Master Gardener and plant clinic coordinator in their work.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

SALARY: Starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience, not to exceed $60,000/year.

REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
• Completed master’s degree. One degree must have been completed in Horticulture, Plant Science, Plant Pathology, Soil Science, Entomology, Forestry, Agriculture or a closely related field.
• Course work and/or professional experience must provide a broad and significant understanding of plants, insects, pathogens and diagnostics.
• Prior food system work experience or evidence of an understanding of food systems.
• Demonstrated experience working with people as individuals and in groups; ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with other professionals and organizations.
• Evidence of drive and initiative. Must be a self-starter.
• Demonstrated leadership ability.
• Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
• Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs.
• Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

PREFERRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:
• Ability to speak Spanish.
• Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
• Prior experience working in or managing a plant diagnostic lab.
• Teaching or training experience.
• Volunteer management experience.

BENEFITS: Based on full-time employment. Twenty-four working days vacation each year, 15 days sick leave. Enrollment in group health, life and accident insurance, various retirement plans, work injury benefits, and disability insurance are all available. Available personal transportation required, travel allowance provided. A full description of benefits is available at: http://www.hrs.colostate.edu/benefits/.

Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.
Colorado State University Extension operates in compliance with the same laws and executive orders as the University as administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As a part of the USDA regulations, the Extension Equal Employment Opportunity representative may be contacted at 1311 South College Avenue, Room 102, Colorado State University.

BACKGROUND CHECK: Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.


Application process and additional information may be obtained at http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/56362

#23-18 Deadline: 11:59 pm Mountain Time 6/12/2018

Application Deadline: 06/12/2018


Colorado State University Extension
Extension Assistant Director

Location: Douglas County, Castle Rock, CO

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Brief Description: Job Vacancy #25-18
Extension Assistant Director, Douglas
Douglas County, Castle Rock, CO

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of all backgrounds and abilities. We invite you to review Colorado State University’s Principles of Community (http://diversity.colostate.edu/principles-of-community) that guide our mission and vision of access, teaching, service and engagement.

Colorado State University Extension, in partnership with Douglas County, provides locally valued educational, youth development, and volunteer opportunities for residents in horticulture, small acreage, Master Gardener, and 4-H youth development. Douglas County Extension also uses their connections throughout the university and Extension system to link residents with information and educational opportunities in these and additional program areas such as natural resources, agriculture, family and consumer science, and energy.
Douglas and Arapahoe Counties are entering into a unique collaborative relationship to deliver high quality Extension programming to meet the current and future needs of the residents of both counties. This position is viewed as an entry level administrator position. The Extension Director – Arapahoe and Douglas Counties is responsible for the overall leadership and guidance of the joint Arapahoe and Douglas Counties’ program. It is expected the Director and Assistant Director will work together to ensure that both the joint and unique programming and administrative needs and interests of both counties are addressed. Each director will perform administrative responsibilities associated with their individual offices including inspiring staff to excel as both team members and individual performers, developing an inclusive and supportive work environment, developing and administering a budget, supervising local staff, building relationships, and creating visibility for Extension with internal and external audiences.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: All materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Thursday, June 14, 2018. Please submit the following to https://jobs.colostate.edu to apply:
• Resume
• Cover letter
• Transcripts of college(s) course work showing degrees conferred. Please remove all references to birth date or social security number prior to submission. Only one document upload is allowed, no larger than 9 megabytes. Please convert all transcript pages into one PDF File to upload.
• Please be sure to include the contact information for 4 references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of applicants.
• Special Required Documentation:
o Statement (no more than 5 pages) of how you meet all the “Required” and “Preferred” criteria listed in the Vacancy Announcement. Please respond to each bullet point separately. Only one document upload is allowed, no larger than 9 megabytes. Please convert your Statement pages into one PDF file.
For questions regarding the application process, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at (970) 491-5836 or email oeo@colostate.edu.
For questions regarding the job vacancy and responsibilities, please contact JoAnn Powell, (970) 491-7887, joann.powell@colostate.edu.

PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Extension Assistant Director – Douglas County is a local representative of Colorado State University and works under the supervision of the Extension Director – Arapahoe and Douglas Counties. The Assistant Director is also a representative of Douglas County and partners with numerous county departments and local organizations to address community interests and needs. Responsibilities of the Assistant Director position are similar to those of the head of an administrative unit. In addition to administration, the Assistant Director provides broad support to educational programming in areas of value to Douglas and Arapahoe Counties, in cooperation with Extension offices, staff and partners in Extension’s Front Range region and statewide.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: (40%)
• Cooperatively or individually, facilitate delivery of non-credit educational programming to address community and multi-county needs, evaluate efforts and report educational outcomes.
• Support staff in the development and delivery of valued programming.
• Participate actively with appropriate Extension work-teams.
• Work with staff to maximize volunteer experiences in current and new programs. Continually assess the role of volunteers and identify appropriate opportunities. Help prepare volunteers to assume roles requiring leadership, management and engagement with diverse audience. Support and work with staff in managing conflict and creating new roles.
• Actively support the 4-H and horticulture programs through leadership or engagement with councils, project committees, volunteers, fair board, club activities, and outreach programming.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Administration and Supervision: 40%
• Prepare and manage a significant appropriated budget ($427,129). Work with staff and partners to generate additional program support through cost recovery, grants and contracts, and revenue generation.
• Inspire, support, coach, and provide development opportunities, performance feedback, and formal evaluations for a staff of five.
• Promote and represent Extension and Extension programming throughout the community and within Douglas County government; engage staff to do the same.
• Provide administrative and program leadership for strategic delivery of Extension educational programs in Douglas County and support efforts to program across multiple counties.
• Build and innovate an environment of teamwork and collaboration within the office, in the county, across Arapahoe and Douglas Counties, as well as with external partners.
• Promote engagement with diverse audiences and assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including outreach to underserved and underrepresented audiences.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 20%
• Develop strong working relationships with the Board of County Commissioners, the Douglas County Managers office, Fair Executive Committee, Fair Board, Douglas County divisions and units, advisory committees, local businesses and educational institutions, state and federal agencies and area non-profits and stakeholders. Work with these groups and the public to continually assess local conditions, identify priority needs, and set program direction.




• Recognize and act upon opportunities to build relationships and connect community and university resources to achieve desired outcomes. Work with the Douglas County Collaboration campus to identify, develop and implement joint programs.
• Convene a Douglas County Extension Advisory Committee to help guide the programming of the office in Douglas County and surrounding counties.
• Facilitate communications and working relationships with Colorado State University administrators, departments and agencies, university-based specialists, and support personnel to enhance programming.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

SALARY: Starting salary range for this position is be $60,000-$72,000 and will be commensurate with education and experience with a maximum of $72,000.

Required Job Qualifications:
• Completed master’s degree required. Degrees must be in disciplines that can contribute significantly to administrative and program responsibilities. Primary program areas include: horticulture, urban agriculture, natural resources, youth development, community engagement, STEM, food systems and entrepreneurial development.
• Professional experience that demonstrates ability to manage and lead a complex office, including:
o managing a significant budget.
o supporting and managing a sizeable staff including selection, supervision, motivation and creation of an office environment that is inclusive.
o establishing day-to-day operating procedures and policies that promote effective and efficient delivery of product and services.
o developing working relationships with peers, staff, Douglas County departments and agencies, and the general public that are effective, inspire loyalty, excellence and integrity.
• Demonstrated skill working with people as individuals and in groups: this includes the ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships, successfully manage conflict, and develop collaborative programs with internal and external partners.
• Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources, and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
• Experience in promoting, marketing, or creating public awareness of programs and services.
• Experience engaging with a community and diverse partners to develop support for existing and new program efforts.
• Ability to communicate: teaching, public speaking, presentations, and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
• Experience in audience needs identification, educational program development, delivery of programs including technology and program evaluation.
• Evidence of leadership, drive and initiative.
• Evidence of innovation and an entrepreneurial mindset.
• Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs.
• Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications:
• Demonstrated experience in contracting, grantsmanship or cost recovery efforts.
• Ability to speak Spanish.


BENEFITS: Based on full-time employment. Twenty-four working days vacation each year, 15 days sick leave. Enrollment in group health, life and accident insurance, various retirement plans, work injury benefits, and disability insurance are all available. Available personal transportation required, travel allowance provided. A full description of benefits is available at: http://www.hrs.colostate.edu/benefits/.

Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.
Colorado State University Extension operates in compliance with the same laws and executive orders as the University as administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As a part of the USDA regulations, the Extension Equal Employment Opportunity representative may be contacted at 1311 South College Avenue, Room 102, Colorado State University.


BACKGROUND CHECK: Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.




Application process and additional information may be obtained at: https://jobs.Colostate.edu/postings/56285

#25-18 Deadline 11:59 pm Mountain Time 6/14/2018

Application Deadline: 06/14/2018


University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Extension Educator – Cropping Systems (Dixon County)

Location: Dixon County

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Brief Description: Do you have the drive to help the world by conducting on-farm research and transferring science-based information into the hands of top crop producers and agribusiness? Can you be a strong regional leader and develop focused, comprehensive educational programs in Cropping Systems and Agricultural Technologies? University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension is an organization that values individuals who excel, adapt easily, exhibit passion for helping others, and are excellent communicators. As a member of the UNL Extension team you will collaborate with research and extension faculty who are leaders in their field. You will work with high performing teams to create and deliver world class, innovative learning experiences that empower Nebraskans to improve their lives around critical issues.

We have an excellent opportunity for a full-time faculty position located in Concord, Nebraska and serving northeast Nebraska. We want individuals who are self-directed and able to work in a flexible environment. The focus of this position will be on rainfed and irrigated crop production systems, cover crops, and alternative forages and manure and crop residue management to build resiliency and protect soil and water resources. This person will teach and coordinate Cropping Systems programs regionally in a) improved profitability and sustainability; b) reducing environmental risk and encouraging resource stewardship; c) enhanced resiliency of cropping systems from climate variability; and d) expanded consumer and youth awareness of cropping systems and grain, fiber and oil products and bi-products.

Required Qualifications:
• Master’s degree required; one degree in Agronomy, Crop Science, Agricultural Mechanization with emphasis on corn and soybean production systems, or closely related field. Master’s degree must be completed by start date.
• Successful experience teaching in a formal or informal setting.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate (i.e. publications, presentations, web and social media).
• Experience in working with individuals, coworkers, and teams to accomplish individual and/or group goals, as evidenced by college, career, and/or community activities.
• Working knowledge of corn and soybean production systems and equipment or experience with the use of cover crops for improving soil health.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Outstanding leadership skills as demonstrated by roles in college, career, and/or community activities.
• Understanding of different ethnic and socioeconomic audiences and a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming.
• Successful experience in developing financial support for educational programs including grant writing, fund generation, contracting and/or cost recovery efforts.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and programs.
• Experience in the development and implementation of social media policies and procedures, including maintenance of a website, blog, Facebook page, and Twitter and Pinterest accounts for a professional organization.

Review of applications will begin June 8, 2018. Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found or search is closed. Candidates must apply online at http://employment.unl.edu, requisition number F_180053. Click “Apply for this Job” above or below; or sign on and complete or review existing Information Form. You will be required to attach the following documents:
- Cover Letter
- Resume
- List of three professional references
- Transcripts (official or unofficial) or grade report listing courses taken, the institution where they were taken and final grade. Transcripts must be attached to the online application (as “Other Document”), attached to an email and sent to jmackin1@unl.edu, or faxed to 402-624-8010. Please make sure to black out your social security number before you send or upload your transcripts/grade report.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

Application Deadline: 06/08/2018


University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Extension Educator – Cropping Systems (Butler County)

Location: Butler County

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Brief Description: Do you have the drive to help us help the world by getting on-farm research and science into the hands of top crop producers and agribusiness? Can you be a strong regional leader and develop focused, comprehensive educational programs in Cropping Systems and Agricultural Technologies? University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension is an organization that values individuals who excel, adapt easily, exhibit passion for helping others, and are excellent communicators. As a member of the UNL Extension team you will collaborate with research and extension faculty who are leaders in their field. You will work with high performing teams to create and deliver world class, innovative learning experiences that empower Nebraskans to improve their lives around critical issues.

We have an excellent opportunity for a full-time faculty position located in David City, Nebraska and serving Butler and Polk Counties in Nebraska. We want individuals who are self-directed and able to work in a flexible environment. The focus of this position will be Cropping Systems with an emphasis on increasing diversity and profitability of cropping systems. This person will teach and coordinate Cropping Systems programs regionally in: a) improved profitability and sustainability; b) reducing environmental risk and encouraging resource stewardship; c) enhanced resiliency of cropping systems from climate variability; and d) expanded consumer and youth awareness of cropping systems and grain, fiber and oil products and bi-products.

Required Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in Agronomy, Crop Science, Biological Systems Engineering, Agricultural Engineering, Mechanized Systems or other closely related field required. Master’s degree must be completed by start date.
• Successful experience teaching in a formal or non-formal setting.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate (i.e., publications, presentations, web and social media).

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience in working with individuals, coworkers, and teams to accomplish individual and/or group goals, as evidenced by college, career, and/or community activities.
• Outstanding leadership skills as demonstrated by roles in college, career, and/or community activities.
• Ability to utilize electronic and online technologies for educational program delivery.
• Understanding of different ethnic and socioeconomic audiences and a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming.
• Successful experience in developing financial support for educational programs including grant writing, fund generation, contracting and/or cost recovery efforts.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and programs.
• Minimum of 2 years of experience with agricultural production similar to Nebraska systems.
• Successful experience in teaching Cropping Systems education in a formal or informal setting.
• Experience teaching crop producers or their advisors.
• Demonstrated ability to network with agricultural industry or public agencies.

Review of applications will begin June 8, 2018. Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found or search is closed. Candidates must apply online at http://employment.unl.edu, requisition number F_180054. Click “Apply for this Job” above or below, or sign on and complete or review existing Information Form. You will be required to attach the following documents:
- Cover Letter
- Resume
- List of three professional references
- Transcripts (official or unofficial) or grade report listing courses taken, the institution where they were taken and final grade. Transcripts must be attached to the online application (as “Other Document”), attached to an email and sent to jmackin1@unl.edu, or faxed to 402-624-8010. Please make sure to black out your social security number before you send or upload your transcripts/grade report.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

Application Deadline: 06/08/2018


University of Minnesota Extension
Extension Educator - Agriculture Production Systems, Crops

Location: Benton, Stearns, and Morrison County Extension Offices

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Brief Description: POSITION DESCRIPTION

Title: Extension Educator - Agriculture Production Systems, Crops

Position: Funded by Benton, Morrison, & Stearns counties. Full-time, with primary office location in Benton County (Foley).

Extension Center: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR)

Location: Benton, Stearns, and Morrison County Extension Offices
UM Ext Benton County
Courthouse-531 Dewey St.
PO Box 650
Foley, MN 56329

UM Ext Stearns County
Midtown Square Complex
3333 West Division Street
Saint Cloud, MN 56301

UM Morrison County
Government Ctr
213 First Ave. SE
Little Falls, MN 56750

Application Review: Review begins Friday, June 1, 2018. Position is open until filled.

ABOUT EXTENSION

The University of Minnesota Extension is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota, a land grant institution with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. The mission of the University of Minnesota Extension is: “Making a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota.”

ABOUT THE COUNTIES

Stearns, Benton, and Morrison Counties are located in Central Minnesota. Agriculture is one of the largest industries in the three counties, accounting for market values of $446,681,000 from crop production and $959,255,000 from livestock production. Agriculture in these counties includes corn, soybeans alfalfa, grass hay, small grains, and vegetable crops. Many acres of crop production are livestock feedstuffs to support the livestock industry.

ABOUT THIS POSITION

This Extension Educator will primarily focus on providing education and support for crop education programs that are relevant to the local communities in all three counties Education and support includes local program development, teaching, marketing, evaluation, coordination logistics and participation in scholarly research. A majority of time and effort is focused on crop education efforts. Special effort will be required to maintain competency in multiple Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) discipline areas as well as knowledge of local/federal/state related programs. Emphasis areas with this position include corn, soybean, small grain, and alfalfa production. Other valuable areas of emphasis include knowledge of precision agriculture and pesticide safety.

This position is accountable to the AFNR Program Leader for North Local Positions in AFNR for program direction, performance evaluation and personnel actions in her/his supervisory role.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS

• Develop and maintain effective regional, university and state partnerships that further the development and delivery of Extension AFNR educational programs.
• Develop, manage and deliver local AFNR programs based on local needs and expectations. Engage with farmers, agricultural professionals, and stakeholders to build rapport.
• Design, develop, deliver/implement and evaluate educational programs based in scholarly/scientific theory and research, and appropriate to audience.
• Provide technical assistance and information in the areas of crop production based on local needs and expectations. Respond to local needs based around identified needs.
• Conduct scholarly research in collaboration with University faculty.
• Continue professional development in scholarship, program development and delivery via conferences, additional graduate work, self-directed study and other appropriate means of maintaining a high level of expertise.
• Work in partnership with United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies, Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD), county environmental services, and agricultural professional organizations to provide educational program relevant to the counties.
• Work in collaboration with an Extension Educator working in the area of livestock and an Extension Educator working in the area of horticulture in Stearns, Benton, and Morrison Counties.
• Engage with local agricultural groups, which could include forage councils, corn growers, soybean growers, wheat growers, etc.
• Use technology for program communication, trend monitoring, and locating information.
• Foster and contribute to a positive work climate with colleagues, advisory groups, audiences and partnerships.
• Ensure that Extension programs, facilities, committees, and employment opportunities are accessible to new, diverse, and historically underserved audiences.
• Participate and succeed in progress regarding your professional performance including the systems of annual performance review, professional plan of work and promotion.
• Make contributions to whichever of the seven internal promotion criteria are relevant for the position and its specific responsibilities.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS

Education: Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is preferred. At least one degree in an agriculture related discipline is required, i.e. agronomy, soils, livestock production, agricultural economics, and/or agricultural education.

Experience: Previous experience as an Extension professional or other educationally related position (within agriculture production systems) is preferred.

Required Skills/Abilities: Excellent oral and written communication skills. The ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, partners and stakeholders. Basic computer skills and ability to use Microsoft office programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion. Ability to use technology for communication, information finding, program delivery and reporting.
Preferred Skills/Abilities: Current knowledge in manure management, nutrient management, and/or current agriculture technology. Commitment to ongoing professional development and ability to articulate public value of educational programming in agriculture and natural resources.

APPOINTMENT/BENEFITS

1. The Extension Educator position has an annual University academic professional appointment. Renewal is dependent on local funding, program need, performance, and results.
2. University of Minnesota benefits package is available, and they are listed at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/new-employees/benefits-summaries
3. Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy. (Must provide own means for traveling throughout the state and legally required vehicle insurance. Salary commensurate with education and experience.
4. Internal promotion is available, and meeting the promotion criteria to achieve promotion is expected.


TO APPLY
Job Opening ID: 323607

Please apply online: http://www.extension.umn.edu/about/employment/ or call 612-624-3717.

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position. Complete the brief application and include the following attachments with your online application.

• Vitae or resume
• Cover letter
• Transcripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) are also required to complete your application.
• Three professional letters of reference

For questions about applying online, contact:

Naaz Babvani
Extension Human Resources
612-624-3717
babva001@umn.edu

For questions about this position contact:

Nathan Winer
Program Leader, Ag, Food & Natural Resource
320-583-2257
wint0146@umn.edu


Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your "My Activities" page and uploading documents there.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.


The University of Minnesota Extension shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Application Deadline: 06/02/2018


Michigan State University Extension
Hillsdale Environmental Management Educator

Location: Hillsdale County

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Brief Description: Position Overview
As part of MSU Extension (MSUE) and the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute, this position provides local as well as statewide leadership and educational programming expertise in alignment with the environmental issues related to livestock production, including but not limited to nutrient management. This position will collaborate across work groups, Institutes and community groups and work with faculty, specialists and educators for advancement of the needs of the Institute clientele; designs, implements and evaluates programming based on basic and applied research and the needs of clientele groups; ensures dissemination of research-based information through various methods, including multi-media, personal education and written articles; and serves as an informational resource for Extension Personnel and clientele.

Qualifications
Minimum Qualifications (see full description for complete list of requirements)
• Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to Animal Science, Agronomy, or Agriculture Engineering, with expertise related to environmental management, engineering, and/or nutrient utilization, must be earned by date of hire;

Desired Qualifications
• 3-years’ experience in Extension program delivery or demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation and evaluation (relevant experience acquired within the last 5-years preferred).

Application Process
To view the full position description and required qualifications, please visit the applicable Michigan State University careers page (internal candidate or external candidate) as noted under the To Apply section. Search for posting number 501039 using the Job Search field.
Applicants are asked to provide a current resume, cover letter and four (4) professional references including email addresses.

This position is a full-time, end-dated appointment renewable annually based upon successful performance and continued funding.

Application deadline is June 13, 2018.

Position Information
Position Title
Extension Educator
Salary
Commensurate with education and experience
Benefits
Comprehensive benefits package: https://www.hr.msu.edu/benefits/index.html
Location
Hillsdale County

To Apply
Current MSU Employees:
Access the EBS portal. Under the My Career and Training section, select the Careers @ MSU tile to view Internal Job Postings.

External Applicants:
Visit http://careers.msu.edu
Posting Number:
501039

Application Deadline:
6/13/2018
Contact for Questions
msuehr@anr.msu.edu

Application Deadline: 06/13/2018


University of Arizona
Assistant/Associate Agent, ANR/Urban Horticulture

Location: Phoenix, AZ

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Brief Description: Job Description:

The purpose of the Horticulture Extension Agent is to conduct applied research, deliver educational opportunities, and provide technical support to the consumer and commercial horticulture sectors, as well as urban agriculture and food systems in Maricopa County. The agent collaborates with retail and wholesale nursery industry leaders to identify research and education needs to benefit the industry and promote environmentally responsible practices in the desert southwest. Research and program outcomes are presented at conferences and state, regional, and national meetings of professional organizations. The agent communicates with clientele and peers through a variety of means, including print publications, peer reviewed journal articles, email lusters, and social media. Educational opportunities are offered through formal and non-formal classes, clinics, and workshops in plant biology, pest management, soil science, water, and other relevant topics, as needed for entities such as Master Gardeners, professional landscapers, and urban food producers. On-site support is provided through visits to identify problems and offer practical solutions. Oversight and guidance is provided to school and community garden programs, the Maricopa County Master Gardener Program (a nationwide volunteer program that trains individuals who advise and educate the public on gardening and horticulture) and Smartscape (a training program for landscape professionals). The agent works with diverse clientele as well as other University of Arizona agents, specialists, researchers, programmatic staff, volunteers, and governmental agencies and non-governmental organization representatives.

Maricopa County, Arizona, is the fourth largest county in the U.S. with a population of almost 4.3 million, the most populous in the state and highest annual population growth in the U.S. Yet, the Phoenix area offers residents urban, suburban, and rural environments—a fit for anyone or any family’s lifestyle and needs—along with public and private schools for all ages that are top notch. The Phoenix metropolitan area is strategically located with many exciting venues nearby such as the Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree National Park, and the snow covered San Francisco Peaks all within 4 hours; the beaches of Los Angeles and San Diego are within 6 hours; and the Mexican shoreline on the Gulf of California is only a short 3-hour drive. The county itself has a diverse population and a dynamic economic base with many high-tech firms and a vibrant state-of-the-art agricultural economy. The state capital (Phoenix) is located within the county as are numerous county governmental offices. The University of Arizona, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) – Cooperative Extension works in cooperation to support county Extension offices and develop programs that serve the communities of Arizona. The office employs approximately 80 people through various funding streams including five faculty serving diverse stakeholders throughout the county. Visit http://extension.arizona.edu/ to learn more about CALS – Cooperative Extension or http://extension.arizona.edu/maricopa to see the diverse programs offered through the Maricopa County Office.

Application Deadline: 06/07/2018


Position announcements on the NACAA website are available by contacting Scott Hawbaker, NACAA Executive Director at (217)794-3700, or email exec-dir@nacaa.com . Costs associated with postings are 30 days - $100, 60 days - $150 or 90 days $200. Payment can be made via credit card or Purchase Orders.