Current Position Openings

Michigan State University Extension
Christmas Tree Extension Educator

Location: Missaukee County, MI

View Full Position Announcement

Brief Description: Position Overview
Michigan State University Extension is searching for a person to serve as an Extension Educator in the Christmas tree industry. MSU Extension, in partnership with the Michigan Christmas Tree Association, is recognized as a leader in providing research-based programming to growers in Michigan and throughout the Great Lakes region. This Extension Educator will be located in Missaukee County, the number one county in Michigan for Christmas tree production.

As part of the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute (AABI), this position will provide leadership and educational programming expertise to the Christmas tree industry. This position will have both a local and statewide focus, will collaborate across work teams, Institutes, and commodity groups, and work with faculty, specialists and educators for overall advancement of agricultural industries.

In this position, you will design, implement, and evaluate educational programming that is research based, will address the needs of clientele, and ensure dissemination of research-based information through various methods including multi-media, personal education, and written articles. You will provide growers and agri-business professionals with the knowledge to profitably produce Christmas trees and complementing products. While contributing to the short and long-term viability of farms and the economic well-being of Michigan citizens, you will serve 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 horticulture, forestry or related fields with a focus on aspects of the Christmas tree industry, must be earned by date of hire.

Desired Qualifications
 Experience working with the tree and/or nursery industries.

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 636876 using the Job Search field.
Applicants are asked to provide a current resume, cover letter and four (4) professional references (at least two prior supervisors) including email addresses.

Application Deadline: March 10, 2020.

Position Title
Extension Educator

Salary
Commensurate with education and experience

Benefits
Comprehensive benefits package: https://www.hr.msu.edu/benefits/index.html

Location
Missaukee County, MI

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:
636876

Application Deadline:
3/10/2020

Contact for Questions
msue.hr@msu.edu

Application Deadline: 03/10/2020


Michigan State University Extension
Extension Educator- Beef Feedlot Systems

Location: Sanilac County, MI

View Full Position Announcement

Brief Description: Position Overview
As part of MSU Extension’s Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute (AABI), this position will provide leadership and educational programming expertise to beef cattle producers, with a focus on the feedlot industry. This position will have statewide responsibilities and will collaborate across work teams, Institutes, and commodity groups, working with faculty, specialists and educators for overall advancement of Michigan agricultural industries.

In this position you will design, implement, and evaluate research-based educational programming, address clientele group needs, and disseminate research-based information through various methods, such as media, personal education, and written articles. Serving as an informational resource for Extension personnel and clientele, you will provide producers and agri-business professionals with the knowledge to viably produce cattle and beef products and contribute to the short and long-term viability of farms, and the economic well-being of Michigan citizens. You will have the ability to network statewide with the existing core of four beef educators to provide education and service to the Michigan beef industry.
Self-motivated people trained in this area who are eager to work with beef cattle producers to help them improve the profitability, viability, and sustainability of agriculture are encouraged to apply for this position.

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 or related fields, with a focus on aspects of beef feedlot systems, must be earned by date of hire.

Desired Qualifications
 Experience working with the beef feedlot industry.
 Experience in designing, establishing and analyzing animal research projects.

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 637054 using the Job Search field.

Applicants are asked to provide a current resume, cover letter and four (4) professional references (at least two prior supervisors) including email addresses.

Application Deadline: March 10, 2020

Position Title
Extension Educator

Salary
Commensurate with education and experience

Benefits
Comprehensive benefits package: https://www.hr.msu.edu/benefits/index.html

Location
Sanilac County, MI

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:
637054

Application Deadline:
3/10/2020

Contact for Questions
msue.hr@msu.edu

Application Deadline: 03/10/2020


Montana State University
Extension Plant Pathologist -Tenure Track Faculty

Location: Bozeman, Montana

View Full Position Announcement

Brief Description: Announcement Number FAC - VA - 20045
For questions regarding this position, please contact:
Nina Zidack at 406-994-6110 or nzidack@montana.edu

Working Title Extension Plant Pathologist -Tenure Track Faculty

Brief Position Overview
The Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology has 28 tenure track faculty including plant pathologists, plant breeders, plant physiologists, horticulturalists, entomologists, cereal chemists, and plant molecular biologists. The Department has state-of-the-art laboratory and plant growth facilities. Field research facilities are available both on campus and at 7 MAES Research Centers located strategically throughout the state. The Department offers both MS and Ph.D degrees in Plant Pathology and Plant Science. There are currently 35 graduate students and 150 undergraduate majors in the Department.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes
Faculty Rank Assistant Professor
Position Number 4B5275
Department Plant Sciences
Division College of Agriculture/MAES
Appointment Type Faculty
Contract Term Fiscal Year
Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications
Contract Type MUS

Position Details
General Statement
This is a full-time, tenure track renewable fiscal year contract; 60% Extension: 40% research.

We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, possess effective interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of the students and the mission of Montana State University.

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Duties and Responsibilities
The Department seeks an individual who will: a) Develop an outstanding extension education program covering disease management strategies for row crops. The extension education program should be supportive of county agents and address needs of growers, agricultural professionals, agribusiness, trade associations, and the various commodity groups associated with crop responsibilities; b) Develop an applied research program that is innovative and relevant to stakeholder needs and extension responsibilities; and c) Participate in the state Integrated Pest Management program.

Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
Doctor of Philosophy degree in Plant Pathology or closely related field.
Demonstrated interest in outreach activities.
A record of peer reviewed publications.

Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
Extension, research, and instructional experience in plant disease management.
Ability to produce and assimilate research-based information for pest management recommendations.
Evidence of productive interactions with industry, agencies, and academic groups.
Evidence of participation in externally funded collaborative extension and/or research activities.
Ability to develop innovative programs leading to increased County Extension Agent capacity in plant disease management.
Evidence of potential for successful mentoring of graduate students.
Experience in crop production systems.
The Successful Candidate Will
Be a dynamic extension educator and scientist who will (i) help MSU continue to provide outstanding extension, research, teaching, and service; (ii) have strong interpersonal skills including the ability to collaborate successfully with extension and research scientists and educators from MSU’s Extension and MAES faculty, and effectively interface with growers, stakeholders, and students; (iii) have excellent written and oral communications skills; and (iv) work cooperatively with people of diverse backgrounds.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program
The Department
The Department of Plant Sciences and Plant Pathology has 28 tenure track faculty including plant pathologists, plant breeders, plant physiologists, horticulturalists, entomologists, cereal chemists, and plant molecular biologists. The Department has state-of-the-art laboratory and plant growth facilities. Field research facilities are available both on campus and at 7 MAES Research Centers located strategically throughout the state. The Department offers both MS and Ph.D degrees in Plant Pathology and Plant Science. There are currently 35 graduate students and 150 undergraduate majors in the Department.

The College
Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of nine academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 16,000 students, including approximately 2,000 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 107 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport is served by several major airlines and is the busiest airport in the state.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Bozeman is listed as one of National Geographic’s “World’s 25 Best Ski Towns.” Bizjournals.com ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns – small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America’s most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.

Posting Detail Information
Number of Vacancies 1
Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search
Applications will be:
Screening of applications will begin on April 1, 2020; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Special Instructions
For application documents please upload:

A Cover Letter addressing Each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications.
Curriculum Vitae
A Research Statement addressing both Extension and Research interests.
Please note for this position Five (5) references have been requested.

Diversity Statement
Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; recruitment@montana.edu .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: www2.montana.edu/policy/affirmative_action/ .

FLSA Details
FLSA Determination
FLSA Status Exempt
Required Documents
Cover Letter addressing Each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications
Curriculum Vitae
Other - Please see Special Instructions Summary

Application Deadline: 04/01/2020


Michigan State University Extension
Field Crops Extension Educator

Location: Montcalm County, MI

View Full Position Announcement

Brief Description: Position Overview
As part of Michigan State University Extension (MSUE) and the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute, this position will provide local as well as statewide leadership and educational programming expertise in field crop production. Located in Stanton, Michigan (Montcalm County), this position will have both a local and state-wide focus, will collaborate across work teams, Institutes, and commodity groups, and work with faculty, specialists and educators for overall advancement of Michigan agricultural industries.

The successful applicant will design, implement and evaluate educational programming that is research based, will address the needs of clientele groups; ensure dissemination of research-based information through various methods including multi-media, personal education and written articles; provide growers and agri-business professionals with the knowledge to profitably produce agricultural products, contributing to the short and long-term viability of farms, and the economic well-being of Michigan citizens; and serve as an informational resource for Extension personnel and clientele. The successful applicant will also network statewide with the existing core of 16 field crops Educators to provide education and service to the Michigan field crops industries. Michigan State University Extension encourages self-motivated people trained in this area who are eager to work with crop farmers to help them improve the profitability, viability, and sustainability of Michigan agriculture to apply for this position.

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 crops science, horticulture, soil science, entomology or plant pathology preferred; candidates with a Bachelor’s degree in a field of study related to crops science, horticulture, soil science, entomology or plant pathology and associated experience, will be considered with the expectation that the selected candidate will complete a Master’s degree within a specified time frame as discussed with the Institute Director prior to employment.

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 610790 using the Job Search field. Applicants are asked to provide a current resume, cover letter and four (4) professional references (at least two prior supervisors) including email addresses. This position is a full-time, fixed term end dated appointment. Application deadline is March 23, 2020.

Position Title
Extension Educator

Salary
Commensurate with education and experience

Benefits
Comprehensive benefits package: https://www.hr.msu.edu/benefits/index.html

Location
Montcalm County, MI

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: 610790

Application Deadline: 3/23/2020
Contact for Questions
msue.hr@msu.edu

Application Deadline: 03/23/2020


Michigan State University Extension
MSU Extension Educator- Viticulture Production

Location: Leelanau County, MI

View Full Position Announcement

Brief Description: MSU Extension Educator- Viticulture Production

Position Overview
The Agriculture and AgriBusiness Institute (AABI) of MSU Extension supports the grape industry and is searching for a person to serve as an Extension Educator in the vibrant fruit region of northwest Michigan. This region has many small and mid-size vineyards and wineries. The Viticulture Production Educator will work with the grape and small fruit industries, while also networking statewide with the existing MSU Extension grape and fruit team to provide education and service to the Michigan grape and small fruit growers.

In this position, you will design, implement and evaluate educational programming that is research based, will address the needs of clientele groups and ensure dissemination of research-based information through various methods, including multi-media, personal education and written articles. You will provide growers and agri-business professionals with the knowledge to profitably produce agricultural products, contribute to the short and long-term viability of farms, and the economic well-being of citizens, while serving as an informational resource for Extension personnel and clientele. This position will be based in Leelanau County and work across northern Michigan.

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 horticulture, entomology, plant pathology or crop science.

Desired Qualifications
 Three-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 634101 using the Job Search field.

Applicants are asked to provide a current resume, cover letter and four (4) professional references (at least two prior supervisors) including email addresses.

This position is a full-time, fixed term end dated appointment.

The application deadline is February 24, 2020.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer, committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. Michigan State University Extension employment opportunities are open to eligible/qualified persons without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.

MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodations.

The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.

Application Deadline: 02/24/2020


University of Florida Extension - IFAS
Extension Agent II, III, or IV and Wakulla County Extension Director

Location: Wakulla County Extension Office in Crawfordville, FL

View Full Position Announcement

Brief Description: Job Number: 0001‐4855
Classification Title: Extension Agent II, III, or IV and Wakulla County Extension Director

Our mission in the Florida Cooperative Extension Service is to partner with communities to provide quality, relevant education and research‐based expertise to foster healthy people, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy. We are the resource that helps educate Floridians to address issues related to agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, youth
development, families and communities.

The Univ. of Florida (UF) is a Land Grant institution with core values of unique purpose, excellence, integrity, collaboration and partnership, lifelong learning, diversity, responsiveness, innovation, communication, and global reach. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff statewide. IFAS Extension employs 375 Extension Agents and has an office in each of Florida’s 67 counties.

We hire the best. Diverse views and experience make us strong. We look for candidates with both academic and people skills who work well in teams, honor their commitments, innovate in
a rapidly‐changing world, and believe in inclusion. Working for Florida Cooperative Extension will allow you to make a positive impact in your community as you help shape future
generations, growing your career while earning a competitive salary and great benefits.

As an Extension Agent and County Extension Director (CED), you will work jointly for UF/IFAS Extension and Wakulla County, a growing area in the Florida panhandle. We are looking for an
individual that is a self‐starting, energetic, and team‐oriented leader. As the Agent, your extension programming will cover agriculture and natural resources (ANR) with an emphasis on horticulture. The ANR role has four focus areas: 1) home horticulture (including Master Gardener training in Wakulla and Franklin counties); 2) agriculture (mostly small farms); 3) inland and coastal natural resources; and 4) community resource development. In addition, at least 5% of your time will be devoted to 4‐H Youth Development.

As the CED, you will lead, manage, supervise, coordinate, and report on the total Wakulla County extension program (three Agents including yourself). You will demonstrate excellent
customer service and you will respond to client needs in a timely and professional manner. Your office will be located at the Wakulla County Extension Office in Crawfordville.

What you will do:
 Maintain, foster, and build effective working relationships with county government, community leaders, private sector clientele, media, other government agencies, the general public, and UF/IFAS faculty, staff, and extension administration.
 Supervise, mentor, and evaluate county faculty, program assistants, and staff with programs in agriculture, commercial and residential horticulture, family and consumer sciences, 4‐H youth development, and community development and sustainability.
 Manage the business side of the Extension Office, including financial and compliance issues.
 Develop and following a strategic plan focused on marketing Extension’s success.
 Maintain an overall advisory committee that reflects county demographics and effectively advocates for Cooperative Extension within the community.
 Plan, develop, teach, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive and diverse ANR educational program that meets the needs of the diverse population in Wakulla County
and the Northwest Extension District.
 Use resourcefulness, creativity, enthusiasm, and innovation to strengthen current educational programs.
 Determine program responsibilities locally through needs assessments.
 Maintain an effective program advisory committee with appropriate community representation.
 Use computer technology and social media for communication, teaching, and program management.
 Seek and obtain financial resources to support your extension programs and the office as CED.
 Adhere to all Univ. of Florida and Wakulla County government policies and procedures and provide leadership for management of all program components.
 Write an annual plan of work and report of accomplishment.
 Occasionally assume other responsibilities that benefit the total county extension program as assigned by the District Extension Director.

What you will bring (required):
 A master’s degree from an accredited college or university in horticulture, agricultural extension and communication, or a closely‐related field.
 At least 5 years of professional extension experience or equivalent.
 Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
 A commitment to customer service.
 Ability to possess (or be able to obtain) a Florida driver’s license.
 Flexibility with working hours; willingness to occasionally work long and irregular hours, including evenings, weekends and overnight travel.

What you will bring (preferred):
 Previous CED experience or equivalent.
 Experience in office operations, budgeting, and grant management.
 A strong commitment to education and leadership in county‐level initiatives.
 Practical experience in extension education as well as working with diverse groups.
 Technological literacy necessary for communication and program management functions.
 Outstanding people management skills (coach, mentor, motivator, etc.).
 Leadership and problem‐solving skills.
 Familiarity working in political settings.
 Experience creating a vision and getting buy‐in from others.
 Evidence of exceptional collaborations, partnerships, and marketing with diverse audiences including minority groups, community leaders, agencies, media, and the general public.

Further information:
Employment is contingent on the results of a national background screening.

The extension faculty in Wakulla County share expertise with Franklin and Gulf Counties. In addition to the CED position, Wakulla County Extension has a full‐time Family and Consumer
Science Agent, a 4‐H Youth Development Agent, and 1.5 support staff for programming and secretarial support. Wakulla County is a fast‐growing coastal rural community of 32,461 people
in 13,702 households in northwest Florida. Its public schools are A rated by the Florida Department of Education. There are 209 farms with an average of 113 acres, with a median farm size of 22 acres.

Extension is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public. As such, all partners are involved in the supervision of the office and contribute to the salary and support resources. The primary goal of Extension is
to disseminate the latest knowledge and applicable technologies in agriculture, human and natural resources, and the life sciences in order to sustain and enhance the quality of human life. The UF/IFAS mission is accomplished through Extension faculty members, scientists, educators, administrative staff, and volunteers working cohesively throughout Florida’s 67 counties.

Candidates will be reviewed as applications are received, but please be aware that interviews might not be scheduled until 4 to 6 weeks after the position closing date. Are you a good
match? Apply today!

Application Deadline: 02/12/2020


Colorado State University Extension
Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development/Leadership, Douglas County

Location: Castle Rock, CO

View Full Position Announcement

Brief Description: Working Title 45-19 Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development/Leadership, Douglas County

Position Location Castle Rock, CO

Research Professional Position No

Posting Number 202000033AP
Position Type Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Number of Vacancies 1

Work Hours/Week 40

Proposed Annual Salary Range The salary range for this position is $45,000 - $60,000. Starting salary will be commensurate with experience and education.

Desired Start Date 04/13/2020

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on 02/20/2020

Description of Work Unit
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.

Douglas County, a large suburban county, is a unique mix of rural to urbanizing communities including Castle Rock, Parker, Lone Tree, Sedalia, Cherry Valley and Highlands Ranch. Douglas County is one of the seven counties making up the Denver metropolitan area. The county, recognized as one of the most pro-business, fiscally healthy, and effective local governments in the United States is where over 300,000 residences call home and has the 4th largest youth population in the state enrolled in a single, unified school district. Located south of Denver, its borders are within thirty minutes of Denver’s city center to the north and twenty-five minutes from Colorado Springs to the south. Douglas County has a rich agricultural heritage and is interested in developing programs to engage youth, residents, partners, and communities in urban agriculture, horticulture, small farm operations, small acreage management, STEM and leadership development opportunities. The 4-H youth development program currently involves more than 500 youth in traditional 4-H clubs, more than 2400 youth participating in school enrichment and outreach activities, and 206 adult volunteers.

Colorado State University Extension (CSUE) and Douglas County work cooperatively to provide Extension programming and engagement in the county. The direction Extension programming takes is locally driven. CSUE contributes onsite and campus-based expertise, university and land grant system resources and connections across the state to enhance local programming efforts. The Extension staff consists of the director, three agents (one horticulture/small acreage agent and two 4-H youth development), two program coordinators (one Colorado Master Gardeners and one 4-H youth development), and two administrative assistants. To learn more about Douglas County, Douglas County Extension and Colorado State University Extension, visit http://extension.colostate.edu and http://douglas.extension.colostate.edu.

Position Summary
Colorado State University Extension and Douglas County are hiring a 4-H youth development/leadership agent with a proven track record of developing, promoting, delivering, and evaluating non-credit, positive youth development programming. The agent works as a member of the local Extension 4-H team to provide inclusive and experientially rich programs in response to community needs. The agent is expected to employ broad outreach efforts to engage with and meet the needs of the county’s unique and varied communities. This agent is responsible for supporting the overall 4-H program, its youth and volunteers, and has primary responsibility for school enrichment and out of school programming. The agent also has responsibility for general, shooting sports, and leadership 4-H project areas associated with the 4-H club program. The 4-H team works together to screen, train, and manage 4-H volunteers and oversee various 4-H councils and committees such as leader’s council, youth council, the ambassador program, and specific project committees. Assignments may be reallocated and/or shared in the future based on interest and expertise. This individual will work regularly with other Extension agents across program and county lines, with program teams, the state 4-H office and to work collaboratively with other local youth serving organizations. The agent may also contribute to programming for adult and community audiences in their areas of expertise. The agent is a local representative of Colorado State University Extension and Douglas County.

Required Job Qualifications
• Completed master’s degree.
• One degree must have been conferred in education, agriculture, family and consumer sciences, leadership, social sciences, natural resources, science, youth development, non-profit management, or a closely related field.
• Minimum 2 years’ professional experience working with youth and youth-serving organizations, including an understanding of positive youth development and youth program management.
• Personal or professional commitment to diversity and inclusion as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources, and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
• Demonstrated experience working with people as individuals and in groups. Ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships and utilize effective conflict resolution and mediation methods.
• Professional experience, training, or capacity to recruit, train, manage and recognize volunteers.
• Evidence of leadership, drive, and initiative. Must be a self-starter.
• Ability to communicate: listening, teaching, public speaking, facilitation, 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
• Demonstrated experience in developing financial support for educational programs including grant writing, fundraising, contracting, or cost recovery efforts.
• Demonstrated experience in audience needs identification, program development, and evaluation.
• Significant coursework, background, professional or volunteer experience or personal interest in implementing shooting sports, natural resources, STEM, family consumer sciences, or leadership programming.
• Experience working with others to create and/or implement guidelines, rules, and policies.
• Bi-lingual and bi-literate English and Spanish.

Diversity Statement
Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Essential Duties
Job Duty Category Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting
Duty/Responsibility
• As part of the 4-H team, employ innovative strategies and technologies (social media for example) to develop, promote, implement, and evaluate results-oriented 4-H programming that supports the development of life and leadership skills for youth and adult audiences.
• Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies. Develop and promote culturally appropriate, inclusive programming that welcomes and includes diverse and underserved audiences.
• Provide leadership for 4-H school enrichment, out of school time and short term programs that meet student interests and needs in areas such as natural resources, STEM, family and consumer sciences, workforce skills, and leadership among others. Train volunteers or teachers to deliver these programs.
• Provide leadership and support for a variety of 4-H club and project areas including general, shooting sports, and leadership projects and related committees.
• Actively participate in Extension work teams to provide youth development expertise for program development, delivery, and evaluation efforts statewide.
• Seek out and appropriately manage funding, personnel, and in-kind resources to support programming.
• Professional development, evening and weekend events, and occasional overnight stays are required.
• Provide programming for adult and community audiences as appropriate.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Percentage Of Time 50%

Essential Duties
Job Duty Category Volunteer Recruitment, Development and Management

Duty/Responsibility
• Provide leadership and support for an active, ongoing, diverse adult and youth volunteer-based program including volunteer recruitment, screening, selection, orientation, education and training, motivation, evaluation, recognition, and support.
• Create an environment that inspires volunteers to learn, serve, and contribute to the development of youth, community, and self. Develop relationships with and provide leadership opportunities and training to 4-H adult leaders that will increase their effectiveness in working with youth, support positive youth development, positively impact program delivery, and retain their commitment as volunteer leaders over time.
• Prepare volunteers to take on management, leadership, and education and training roles in support of 4-H youth development programs. Work directly with and through volunteers and partners to incorporate STEM education and workforce skills into 4-H.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Percentage Of Time 40%

Essential Duties
Job Duty Category Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships

Duty/Responsibility
• As part of the 4-H team, provide leadership to support and grow partnerships with youth development organizations, advisory councils, Douglas County School District and individual schools, after-school initiatives, and other community groups to collaboratively identify priority youth development and 4-H opportunities.
• Work with partners, committees, volunteers, and youth to ensure appropriate and exemplary 4-H and Extension at the Douglas County Fair, the Colorado State Fair, and other state and local 4-H events.
• Work regularly with other Extension agents across program and county lines, with program teams and the state 4-H office to ensure the strategic delivery of Extension educational programs in Douglas County.
• Develop strong working relationships with local Extension staff; university staff; Extension and state 4-H office staff; local schools; Douglas County government and departments; local foundations and other youth-serving organizations to enhance local youth development and 4-H programming.
• Develop strong working relationships that engage rural and urban communities across Douglas County.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Percentage Of Time 10%

Application Details
Special Instructions to Applicants
APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday, February 20, 2020. Please submit the following to apply:
• Resume
• Cover letter
• Transcript of college(s) course work showing degrees conferred. Please remove all references to birth date or social security number.
• Special Required Documentation – Statement (no more than 5 pages) of how you meet all applicable “Required” and “Preferred” Job Qualifications. Please respond to each bullet point separately.

All applicants will be contacted approximately 15 working days after the deadline regarding their status. Next steps and interview dates will be shared to those moving forward. Four professional references will be requested of applicants that advance in the interview process.

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, responsibilities, and salary, please contact JoAnn Powell at (970) 491-7887 or joann.powell@colostate.edu.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Travel

Search Contact JoAnn Powell, (970) 491-7887 or joann.powell@colostate.edu.

EEO Statement
Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. 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.


The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, 201 Administration Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-8004, (970) 491-5312.


The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement
Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Application Deadline: 02/20/2020


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.