Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Job Vacancy #40-18 Area Extension Agent, Livestock Golden Plains Area, Yuma County, Wray, CO
University or Organization :
Colorado State University Extension
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Application Deadline :
Oct 31, 2018
Descriptive Job Title :
Job Vacancy #40-18 Area Extension Agent, Livestock Golden Plains Area, Yuma County, Wray, CO
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Location :
Golden Plains Area, Yuma County, Wray, CO
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Full Time
Salary :
The starting salary will be in the range of $44,000 $70,000 and will be commensurate with education and experience.
Start Date:
None Stated
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 Universitys Principles of Community ( that guide our mission and vision of access, teaching, service and engagement. The Golden Plains Area is a partnership between Kit Carson, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma counties. Extension agents and program associates 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. For more information regarding the Golden Plains Area Extension, go to For more information regarding Extension at Colorado State University, go to
Position Category:
Administrative Professional
Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
The Area Extension Agent, Livestock, is a local representative of Colorado State University, serves as a member of an area team and works under the supervision of Golden Plains Area Extension Director. The individual will provide leadership in the development, implementation and evaluation of livestock industry educational programs for adults and youth in the Golden Plains Area Counties. The individual will also work cooperatively with other Extension Agents, Specialists, University Faculty, researchers, and industry and community partners to develop and deliver quality livestock educational programming and information to benefit Coloradoans.Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 70% Develop, market, deliver, and evaluate non-credit educational programming and information delivery to the Golden Plains Area in response to locally identified needs in the livestock industry, and related issues and emerging enterprises to enhance current production practices. Develop and conduct applied research/demonstration trials and programs as defined in cooperation with livestock industry partners to stimulate increased net profit while maintaining environmentally sound and safe food production practices.Provide program and information delivery support to colleagues in area(s) of specified expertise as appropriate; this may take the form of delivering priority consumer or industry programming, representing CSUE on boards or in partnerships, or responding to atypical requests for information in specified area of expertise.Work cooperatively with Area and 4-H livestock agents to provide appropriate educational opportunities to 4-H /Youth livestock project leaders and/or members to ensure integration of current best management practices including meat quality assurance.Effectively communicate and coordinate resources, research and programming with personnel/staff of Colorado State University and other colleges, agencies, universities and institutions to enhance program development, delivery and evaluation. Use technology and media resources to extend information and educational opportunities to Coloradoans.Use entrepreneurial skills to find or generate external funding sources (grants, contracts, gifts, sponsorships, user fees, etc.) and practice cost recovery. Prepare and manage a significant non-appropriated budget of approximately $17,900 including support for cost recovery and revenue generation.Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 20%Develop relationships with the local livestock industry including producers, agencies and organizations across all species to continually assess conditions and identify needs. Engage such diverse groups in the development of program direction and evaluation of program effectiveness.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.
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Minimum education level :
Completed masters degree awarded prior to employment. Degree must have been conferred in animal science, livestock or a closely related field and demonstrate expertise in livestock production. Academic background should also include training in communications and the behavioral sciences. Demonstrated skill working with people as individuals, groups, and staff, and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with producers and other professionals and organizations to accomplish goals. Demonstrated leadership ability.Ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to affect change or obtain desired outcomes. Appreciation and understanding of rural agricultural communities and the opportunities and challenges facing them. 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 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.
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PREFERRED JOB QUALIFICATIONSExperience or coursework in agricultural business management as related to livestock production and marketing, animal nutrition, forages, rangeland management and/or reproductive physiology.Experience with farm research or demonstration projects.Experience and familiarity with mass media and electronic communications (TV, Internet, radio, newspapers, on-line education). Experience in identifying audience needs, developing programs and evaluating impacts of programs. Understanding and appreciation of the interaction between wildlife and livestock production.Interest or experience in providing livestock educational programs or information to youth and youth program leaders. Knowledge of and experience with methods of conflict resolution, facilitation and public issues education.Demonstrated ability to generate extramural funds (grants, contracts, and cost recovery efforts). Ability to speak Spanish.
Travel Requirements:
Available personal transportation required, travel allowance provided
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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 :
William Nobles
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Application Instructions :
For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than11:59 PM Mountain Time on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. 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.Please note, contact information for 4 professional references will be requested of applicants should you move forward in the interview process. 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 the Office of Equal Opportunity at (970) 491-5836 or email For questions regarding the job vacancy, responsibilities, and salary, please contact William Nobles at (719) 545-1845 or Candidates moving forward in the process should be contacted within 10 working days after the deadline. Next steps and interview dates will be shared at that time.