Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Extension Agent - Ag., Nat Res, 4-H - Flathead Reservation
University or Organization :
Montana State University Extension
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Descriptive Job Title :
Extension Agent - Ag., Nat Res, 4-H - Flathead Reservation
Keywords separated by commas :
Agent extension, agriculture, 4-H
Location :
Polson, MT
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Full time
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Located in Polson, MT. COMMUNITY PROFILE: Located in western Montana, the Flathead Indian Reservation is home to the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes. The tribes consist of a confederation of Bitteroot Salish and Pend dOreilles tribes, and the Kootenai tribe. Salish-Kootenai Tribal Headquarters is in Pablo which has a population of about 2,300. Salish-Kootenai College is also located in Pablo. Tribal youth are an important part of the community and comprise a large percentage of the population. The Flathead Reservation comprises over 1.2 million acres of forested mountains, grasslands, and irrigated and dry crop lands. Agriculture is a major activity for tribal government and members, with most tribal agricultural lands used by members. Tribal lands are rich in natural resources and are managed for a variety of uses including agriculture, wildlife, fisheries, recreation, cultural preservation, aquatic and land protection, timber, mining and tourism. Natural resources are among the most important assets and a strong contributor to the reservation economy.Duties and Responsibilities GENERAL INFORMATION: The foci of the full-time Flathead FRTEP Field Faculty will be in the areas of agriculture, natural resources, and youth development. The Flathead FRTEP Field Faculty will supervise a part-time administrative assistant, and a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program education instructor. Position requires travel throughout the reservation as well as occasional travel throughout and outside of Montana. This position also requires some night and weekend work, extensive reading and handling and operating a variety of demonstration and educational equipment. The Flathead FRTEP office is in Polson, Montana.The scholarship of Extension work at MSU is defined as, The creation of partnerships, programs, and plans through Extension, or other community-based research, that leverage the knowledge and resources of the university and the public/private sector to enhance learning, discovery, and engagement; educate and engage citizens; strengthen communities; address locally identified issues and problems; apply and disseminate knowledge; and contribute to the public good. (MSU Faculty Handbook Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Review Definitions, 2017). A complete description of Field Faculty Expectations for Extension Scholarship is available.POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES: Develop, implement, teach, facilitate and evaluate educational programs in agriculture, natural resources, 4-H Youth development and Family Food Security and Food Sovereignty. Will utilize appropriate needs assessment strategies to identify current and emerging community interests. Build and expand collaborative efforts with Reservation schools in agricultural, natural resource and school enrichment disciplines. Identify and establish partnerships with the Tribal Lands Department and other existing agencies, institutions and organizations to effectively deliver engaged educational programs to the residents of the Flathead Reservation. Coordinate and collaborate with the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal Council; MSUE Lake County faculty , MSU Extension Specialists and other MSUE field faculty to implement integrated educational programming. Comply with all Extension federal, state, university and grant reporting requirements. Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies. Utilize all available media sources, including electronic mail, internet, social media and other advancing technology, to communicate with MSU Extension staff and others, and to deliver education to clientele. Must possess, or be able to obtain, a Montana drivers license or have other means of reliable transportation.Required Qualifications Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills Bachelors degree. At least one degree in agriculture or significant, relevant experience in agricultural production, which may include animal science, range management, forage or crop production, farm or ranch management, horticulture or closely related fields. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with groups, such as committees, advisory councils and coalitions. Experience working with, and educating, adults and youth in non-classroom settings. Experience managing multiple and varied tasks. Effective written communication skills. Demonstrated experience working as a self-starter and working with little or no supervision. Demonstrated knowledge, skill and experience in the use of computers and mobile devices for educational programming and management.Preferred Qualifications Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills Masters degree. Demonstrated ability to plan implement and evaluate educational programs with emphases on agriculture, horticulture, 4-H leader and youth member training, and volunteer development. Knowledge and/or experience with the Salish-Kootenai Tribe Demonstrated ability working with volunteers to implement effective programs. Experience and/or training in the areas of crop financial management, livestock production or weed control pesticide education.The Successful Candidate Will The successful candidate will practice exemplary professionalism, possess excellent human relations skills, evidence of good judgment, flexibility and innovativeness to respond to changing needs of the people of the Flathead Reservation; and the ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. The successful candidate will also have familiarity with multi-cultural and different socioeconomic audiences, an interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds, and a commitment to the principles of diversity.
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Screening of applications begins December 14, 2018, and continues until an adequate applicant pool has been established.Applicants should submit a cover letter, a response that addresses each qualification, a resume, plus the names, phone numbers and e-mails of five (5) professional references.This position is administratively responsible to the Western Region Department Head, through the hiring authority of the Executive Director of Extension.For assistance in applying, please contact Mary Fran San Soucie at
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Minimum education level :
Bachelor's degree
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Travel Requirements:
Frequent travel throughout the county; occasional travel throughout the state. Handing and moving a variety of educational equipment. Ability to give presentations in outside venues.
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