Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Job Vacancy #16-17 Area Extension Agent, Agronomy Tri River Area (TRA) Delta County, Delta, CO
University or Organization :
Colorado State University Extension
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Application Deadline :
Jun 15, 2017
Descriptive Job Title :
Job Vacancy #16-17 Area Extension Agent, Agronomy Tri River Area (TRA) Delta County, Delta, CO
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Location :
Tri-River Area, Delta 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 $43,500-70,000.
Start Date:
None Stated
The Tri River Area is a four-county partnership between Mesa, Delta, Montrose, and Ouray counties. The position is based in Delta County and has a population of approximately 31,230 with Grand Junction as the primary urban community. Grand Junction serves as a medical center for western Colorado and eastern Utah. Mesa County has a population of 146,700 and the county office is in Grand Junction. Delta County has a population of approximately 31,230 and the county office is in Delta. Montrose County has a population of approximately 41,300 and the county office is located in Montrose. The area population is growing as people relocate for employment, retirement, and the desirability of the area as a place to live. Natural wonders provide abundant year-round recreational activities including camping, skiing, hiking, hunting and fishing. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to RESPONSIBILITIES AND RELATIONSHIPS: Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting Develop, implement, and evaluate non-credit educational programming and information delivery in response to identified needs in crop, soil, and weed sciences. This includes traditional agronomic practices and organic practices.Assist agriculture producers to implement best management practices in conventional and specialty crops. This may include research and demonstration studies on cooperating farms and at the CSU Research Centers in cooperation with the manager and researchers.Improve farm energy efficiency through practices such as minimum tillage. Provide leadership on alternative energy applications at the farm level (wind, solar, bio-energy, etc.).Work with producers, water users associations, Conservation Districts, agencies and others to help assure best practices are used in irrigation.Act as Delta County Department Head.Assist county weed departments to provide education to the public.Cooperate with other Extension Agents who have expertise in horticulture, livestock and range, small acreage, plant pathology, and entomology, to assure a total systems approach in educational programs.Cooperate with CSU Research Center manager, and researchers as needs dictate.Work with agricultural suppliers, lenders, food processors, and governmental agencies (NRCS, Colorado Department of Ag, etc.), to support total agricultural system integrity.Use technology and media to deliver information to a range of audiences.Secure supplemental funding through grants, fund raising, contracting, or cost recovery to enhance educational programming.Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships Manage and assist research Agronomic systems and insect programs that support regional agriculture best management practices and pest management needs.Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to underserved and underrepresentedaudiences.Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.Volunteer Recruitment, Development and Management 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 Report activities through the CSU Extension planning and reporting system and through TRA reporting protocols.Build and innovate an environment of teamwork and collaboration within the Tri River Area as well as with external partners.Responsible for supervision of one county administrative support staff.Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.The position will provide leadership, in the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs in crop, soil, and weed sciences in the Tri River Area. This will include work with conventional crops, specialty crops, and pastures. Programs must include attention to irrigation and farm energy efficiency through new and established technologies including pesticides, with an overall objective of agricultural profitability and sustainability. Teamwork with Extension agents, Extension specialists, university faculty and researchers, Extension administrators, farmers, ranchers, government agencies, agricultural suppliers, and other partners, is expected.
Position Category:
Administrative Professional
Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
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
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Minimum education level :
Completed bachelors degree required, masters preferred. One degree must be in agronomy, soil and crop science, weed science, bio-ag science, or a closely related field. A successful candidate without a completed masters will be required to complete a masters degree relevant to their Extension position within 5 years from the start of employment. Failure to do so may result in termination.Knowledge of agricultural production cost analysis and cropping systems to support profitability and sustainability relative to crop, soil, proper pesticide use and weed management recommendations.Demonstrated skill working with people as individuals and in groups; ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with other professionals and organizations.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.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 :
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE PREFERRED:Experience in irrigated crop production and dryland production, including conventional crops (corn, small grains, alfalfa, etc.), soil fertility, and weed management.Experience with innovative agricultural practices such as agricultural tourism, specialty crops and specialty markets, value-added processing, product marketing, and other strategies that might support profitability and sustainability.Experience in one or more of the following:Mountain pastures including grasses, inter-seeding, and fertility.Irrigation practices such as furrow, drip line, and center pivot.Alternative energy (new and emerging) technologies.Web page development.Educational conferences, seminars, and workshops.Best management practices for Pesticide use.Organic production.Successful experience in developing financial support (outside funding) for educational programs including grant writing, fund raising, contracting, or cost recovery efforts. Ability to identify and address gaps in public knowledge, program development, delivery and evaluation.Knowledge of Extension and the land grant university system.Demonstrated ability to work effectively with mass media (TV, Internet, radio, newspapers).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 :
CJ Mucklow
Phone Number with Area Code :
(970) 846-2358
Application Instructions :
All materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Thursday June 15, 2017. Please submit the following to to apply:ResumeCover letterTranscripts 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: oStatement (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