Job Summary

 
Official Job Title :
Extension Agent - Ag, Natural Resources & 4-H - Granite County
University or Organization :
Montana State University Extension
State or Territory :
Montana
Application Deadline :
None Stated
 
Descriptive Job Title :
xtension Agent - Ag, Natural Resources & 4-H - Granite County
Keywords separated by commas :
Agent County
Location :
Phillipsburg, MT
Area, Department or Unit :
Extension
Full/Part Time :
Full time
Salary :
DOE DOQ
Start Date:
None Stated
Description:
This position is located in Phillipsburg, MT.
The main emphases of this full time position are Agriculture, Natural Resource Management and 4-H Youth Development. The Granite County Extension Agent in this position will facilitate educational programs in the identified focus areas. Educational opportunities with Family and Consumer Sciences and Community Development may occur. The office is also staffed with one full-time administrative assistant.

COUNTY PROFILE: Granite County is situated in west central Montana and has a population of approximately 3,200. Philipsburg is the county seat with a population of approximately 900. The terrain is largely mountainous, and the Continental Divide forms the southeastern boundary including portals to the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness. The Clark Fork River crosses the northern section, while Rock Creek traverses the entire length of the county in the west. Georgetown Lake, a popular fishing spot, lies along the southeastern border. Agriculture is the largest economic activity in the county and includes cattle, forage, sheep and timber. Cow/calf operations produce nearly six dollars in revenue for every dollar generated in forage production. The county has a strong 4-H program with good support from volunteer leaders. Projects include food, clothing, livestock, photography and a variety of others. The Tri-County Fair, shared with Powell and Deer Lodge Counties, is the highlight of the 4-H year.
Duties and Responsibilities

Position Responsibilities:

Plan, implement, manage, facilitate and evaluate educational programs in the areas of Agriculture, Natural Resources, Agriculture Financial Management, Livestock Production, Weed Management Education, Horticulture and Forestry, 4-H/Youth Development, with occasional opportunities with Family and Consumer Science and Community Development programming. The successful candidate must also market Extension programs to residents of the county.
Provide education and leadership in programs related to agriculture, weed management, 4-H, FCS, community development and forestry.
Facilitate a process by which clientele identify county needs, priorities and audiences in order to develop
Extension programs appropriate for Granite County.
Cooperate with surrounding Extension Agents, administrative support staff and volunteer leaders to organize and implement the Tri-County Fair.
Cooperate and collaborate with area Extension Agents, Extension Specialists and other appropriate community professionals to do effective educational programming.
In cooperation with Granite County Extension staff and with MSU Extension Information Technology staff, maintain the county Extension website.
Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies.
Comply with all Extension federal, state, university and county reporting requirements.
Utilize all available media sources, including electronic mail, the internet and other advancing technology, to communicate with MSU Extension staff and others, and to research topics and disseminate information to clientele.
In addition to regular daytime office hours, this position requires frequent night and weekend work. The position also requires extensive reading, frequent travel throughout the county, occasional travel throughout the state of Montana, and travel to and from programs with adult and youth participants. The position also requires using a variety of teaching methods, and handling and operating a variety of demonstration and educational equipment.
Will have responsibility as the Granite County Weed Coordinator and manage the County Weed Management program including supervising a seasonal herbicide application crew.
In addition will coordinate with landowners, weed management professionals, and resource management agencies to implement an active weed management program.
Must possess, or be able to possess, a Montana Government Applicator license, and a Montana Pesticide Dealer license.
Must possess, or be able to possess, a Montana drivers license or have other means of reliable transportation.

Required Qualifications Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

Bachelors Degree
Demonstrated ability to lead groups, and to organize, plan, teach and evaluate educational programs.
Demonstrated ability to work with little or no supervision.
Demonstrated ability in effective communication and leadership.
Computer literacy as demonstrated by evidence of computer use in program development, delivery and/or management.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals and groups.
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with youth and adults.

Preferred Qualifications Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

Masters Degree
At least one degree (either Bachelors or Masters degree) or relevant work experience in area of Range Management, Agronomy, Crop, Plant or Soil Science, Animal Science, Agriculture Education or closely related field.
Experience and/or training in youth development.
Experience and/or training in the areas of crop financial management, livestock production or weed control pesticide education.
Experience in volunteer management.

The Successful Candidate Will

possess excellent human relations skills, the ability to work effectively with other staff members, evidence of good judgment, flexibility and innovativeness to respond to the changing needs of the people in Granite County, and will be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. The successful candidate will also have familiarity with different socioeconomic audiences, an interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds, and a commitment to the principles of diversity.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

In addition to regular daytime office hours, this position requires frequent night and weekend work. The position also requires extensive reading, frequent travel throughout the county, occasional travel throughout the state of Montana, and travel to and from programs with adult and youth participants. The position also requires using a variety of teaching methods, outdoor activities, and handling and operating a variety of demonstration and educational equipment.

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 Universitys rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

A successful candidate without a Masters degree will be required to complete their Masters degree, in a program area relevant to their Extension position, within six (6) years of their start date. Failure to do so may result in termination.

Must possess, or be able to possess, a Montana drivers license or have other means of reliable transportation.

In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
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

COUNTY PROFILE: Granite County is situated in west central Montana and has a population of approximately 3,200. Philipsburg is the county seat with a population of approximately 900. The terrain is largely mountainous, and the Continental Divide crosses it southeastern boundary. Portals to the Anaconda-Pintler Wilderness area lie along the southeastern border. The Clark Fork River crosses the northern section, while Rock Creek traverses the entire length of the county in the west. Georgetown Lake, a popular fishing spot, lies along the southeastern border. Agriculture is the largest economic activity in the county and includes cattle, forage, sheep and timber. Cow/calf operations prodce nearly six dollars in revenue for every dollar generated in forage production. The county has a strong 4-H program with good support from volunteer leaders. Projects include food, clothing, livestock, photography and a variety of others. The Tri-County Fair, shared with Powell and Deer Lodge Counties, is the highlight of the 4-H year.
The Department

Granite County is included in the Western Region of Montana State University Extension, with 16 contiguous counties and the Flathead Reservation. Currently 34 field faculty servce the Western Region. MSU Extension field offices are divided into three regions: West, Central and East. The Western Region is also home to the MSU Bozeman campus. Administrative responsibilities are directed by the Western Region Department HEad.
The College

MSU Extension improves the lives of Montana citizens by providing unbiased research-based education and information that integrates learning, discovery and engagement to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of individuals, families, and communities.
Position Category:
Faculty
Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
Do applicants need to have a driver’s license or be able to provide alternate transportation
to carry out the functions
of this job? :
yes

ADDITIONAL JOB REQUIREMENTS

Minimum education level :
Bachelor's Degree
Years of experience :
Travel Requirements:
Frequent travel throughout the county, occasional travel throughout the state.
Other Requirements:
Must possess, or be able to possess, a Montana drivers license or have other means of reliable transportation.

In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

LINKS

Application URL:
This is the link to the official application website.

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Contact :
Linda Shott
Phone Number with Area Code :
4069941750
Application Instructions :