Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Area Extension Agent, Agronomy/Weed Science Golden Plains Area (GPA) Sedgwick County, Julesburg, CO
University or Organization :
Colorado State University Extension
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Application Deadline :
Mar 30, 2017
Descriptive Job Title :
Job Vacancy #09-17 Area Extension Agent, Agronomy/Weed Science Golden Plains Area (GPA) Sedgwick County, Julesburg, CO
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Location :
Golden Plains Area (GPA) Sedgwick County, Julesburg, CO
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Full/Part Time :
Full Time
Salary :
Starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience. Salary range will be from $42,300 and not to exceed $69,800.
Start Date:
None Stated
The Golden Plains Area is a partnership between Kit Carson, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma counties. Extension agents and from the five offices across the Area deliver diverse programming and work cooperatively with some of Colorado's most progressive agricultural producers and related agencies. The Area's predominate feature is its High Plains location above the Ogallala Aquifer accommodating deep well, center pivot irrigated crop production. Agriculture serves as the economic base for the area. Livestock production is a major economic influence with numerous cow/calf and large confined animal feeding operations (beef and pork) located here. The Area also has significant acres of dry land crops and rangeland. The natural resources that support the agricultural industry also support plentiful outdoor wildlife and recreational activities.
Julesburg is the county seat of Sedgwick County. Sedgwick County is a rural county of approximately 2,380 located in the northern portion of the GPA. It features a quality educational system, health care facilities and staff, and numerous recreational opportunities. The position is housed in Julesburg, CO. For more information regarding the Golden Plains Area Extension, go to For more information regarding Extension at Colorado State University, go to
PURPOSE OF POSITION: To provide leadership in the development, implementation and evaluation of agronomy educational programs for adults and supporting the 4-H youth program in the Golden Plains Area Counties. To work cooperatively with other Extension agents and specialists, university faculty and researchers, and agribusiness industry and community partners to develop and deliver quality plant science and agronomic educational programming.

RESPONSIBILITIES AND RELATIONSHIPS: The individual in this position works as a member of an area team of fourteen educators, is a local representative of Colorado State University, and works under the guidance of the GPA Extension Director. The successful candidate will:
Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting 50%
Develop, market, deliver, and evaluate non-credit educational programs for crop producers and agribusiness to enhance producers profitability and sustainability. On-going and developing educational needs include but, are not limited to, no-till or reduced tillage systems, multiple crops rotational systems, limited irrigation cropping systems, integrated pest management, pest resistance management, wise use of crop inputs, and soil, water, and natural resource conservation.
Develop and conduct applied research/demonstration trials and programs.
Conduct pesticide applicator trainings for license renewal in Sedgwick County as well as assisting with trainings in other counties within the Golden Plains Area.
Actively participate in one or more Extension work teams to provide cropping systems expertise for program and information development, delivery and evaluation efforts statewide.
Provide program and information delivery support to colleagues in area(s) of specified expertise as appropriate.
Effectively communicate and coordinate resources, research and programming with personnel/staff of Colorado State University and other organizations.
Provide support and new opportunities for 4-H youth, leaders, and parents through new and innovative opportunities, with the goal of expanding the involvement, reach, and effectiveness of the 4-H program.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships 30%
Support and build relationships with groups or committees such as human service, health, and economic and business development related organizations, restaurants, etc.
Work with advisory committees, community leaders, area agencies and non-profits to continually assess conditions and develop effective plans of work providing measureable program outcomes.
Effectively communicate and participate in research and programming with personnel of Colorado State University, other colleges, agencies and institutions to enhance overall programming.
Develop relationships with the local plant science industry including Golden Plains Areas Advisory Board, producers, agencies and organizations to continually assess cropping systems and agronomic crop pest management opportunities and needs.
Develop and maintain a close working relationship with the Board of County Commissioners, and county employees.
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.
Volunteer Recruitment, Development and Management 10%
Maintain effective communication with Colorado State University personnel, community leaders, and other agencies/organizations to enhance strong program development, delivery and evaluation.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Administration and Supervision 10%
Manage a significant budget ($6,500 non-appropriated) including support for cost recovery, revenue generation and grants (~$10,000).
Build and innovate an environment of teamwork and collaboration within the office, in the county and with external partners.
Supervise two staff positions in the Sedgwick County Extension Office.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.
Position Category:
Administrative Professional
Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
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 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.Application process and additional information may be obtained at:
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Minimum education level :
Completed bachelors degree required, masters preferred. A candidate hired without a masters degree will be required to complete a masters degree relevant to their Extension position within 5 years of the start of employment. Failure to do so may result in termination. One degree must be conferred in plant science, agronomy, crop and soil science, bio-ag science, weed science or a closely related field. Course work should include an emphasis in agronomy, crop production or weed management.
Experience in identification and management of weeds relevant to the area.
Demonstrated skill working with people as individuals, and in groups, and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with producers, other professionals and organizations to accomplish goals.
Evidence of drive and initiative. Must be a self-starter.
Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
Demonstrated leadership ability.
Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs.
Understanding of different ethnic and socioeconomic audiences, a commitment to include diverse voices in program prioritization and planning, and a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming.
Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
Must have a valid drivers license or the ability to obtain a drivers license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.
Years of experience :
Completed masters degree.
Experience with on-farm research or demonstration projects.
Understanding of crop systems relevant to this region.
Experience or coursework in agricultural business management as related to field crop production and marketing.
Experience and demonstrated ability in working with 4-H youth and clubs.
Experience in identifying audience needs, developing programs and evaluating impacts of programs.
Successful experience in developing financial support for educational programs including grant writing, fund raising, contracting, or cost recovery efforts.
Ability to speak Spanish.
Travel Requirements:
Available personal transportation required, travel allowance provided.
Other Requirements:
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.


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Contact :
Bill Nobles
Phone Number with Area Code :
(719) 545-1845
Application Instructions :
All materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Thursday March 30, 2017. Please submit the following to to apply:
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.
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 For questions regarding the job vacancy and responsibilities, please contact William Nobles at, or (719)-545-1845.