Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Job Vacancy #22-19 Area Extension Agent Agriculture/Agriculture Marketing
University or Organization :
Colorado State University Extension
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Application Deadline :
May 07, 2019
Descriptive Job Title :
Job Vacancy #22-19 Area Extension Agent Agriculture/Agriculture Marketing TRA, Montrose County, Montrose, CO
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Location :
Montrose, CO
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Full/Part Time :
Full Time
Salary :
The salary range for this position is $42,000 - $60,000. Starting salary 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 Tri River Area (TRA) is a four-county partnership including Mesa, Delta, Montrose, and Ouray counties. This position is based in Montrose County Office. Mesa County has a population of approximately 150,000 with Grand Junction as the primary urban community. Grand Junction serves as a major trade and medical center for western Colorado and eastern Utah. The county office is in Grand Junction. Delta County has a population of approximately 30,000, and the county office is in Delta. Montrose County has a population of approximately 41,000, and the county office is located in Montrose. Ouray County has a population of approximately 4,100 and the county office is housed in the Montrose office. 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 OF POSITION: This position develops, markets and delivers non-credit educational programming in response to community needs. The individual in this position works as a member of the local county Extension team and as a local representative of Colorado State University. This individual works under the guidance and supervision of the Tri River Area Extension Director.The position will provide leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs in livestock, pasture, range 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 efficiency through new and established technologies including pesticides, with an overall objective of agricultural profitability and sustainability. This position will also provide leadership and support for agricultural enterprises through professional assistance with marketing and development of business plans. The program will service a wide audience of agricultural entrepreneurs ranging from new farmers to owners and operators of maturing agricultural businesses. The individual will provide marketing and business development through one-on-one assistance as well as seminars and networking opportunities designed to enhance the economic viability of all Tri River Area agricultural enterprises. Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 75% 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.Work with 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.Provide training and resources to agricultural producers, and assist with developing marketing plans.Be a conduit to a wide range of marketing resources via CSU, industry outlets, and specialty marketing networks and initiatives.Research what products are marketable and can be locally produced.Seek out and manage external funding, personnel, and in-kind resources to support programming efforts.Work effectively with mass media (TV, web, internet, radio, newspapers).Commit to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and accountability for diversity outcomes.Provide program and information delivery support to colleagues in area(s) of specified expertise as appropriate. Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 25%Establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers, other departments and agencies, and the general public that inspires loyalty, excellence, and integrity.Actively participate in one or more Extension work teams to provide expertise for program and information development, delivery and evaluation efforts for TRA.Support and build relationships with applicable agriculture and marketing groups, committees and organizations.Work with advisory committees, community leaders, area agencies and non-profits to continually assess conditions and develop effective plans of work providing measurable program outcomes. Promote and represent Extension and Extension programming throughout the community and within TRA.Seek out, develop and manage external partnerships and funding sources to support programming efforts.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.
Position Category:
Administrative Professional
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Minimum education level :
REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:Completed bachelors degree. One degree must have been conferred in agricultural sciences, agricultural marketing, business, economics, natural resources, Extension education 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 6 years from the start of employment. Failure to do so will result in termination unless a compelling reason is accepted by the Director of Extension. Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience. Demonstrated experience working with people as individuals and in groups; ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with other professionals and organizations.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 :
PREFERRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Masters degree in one of the fields above. Course work and professional experience documents a broad and significant understanding of production agriculture and agricultural marketing. It is important that the educational background include the behavioral sciences as well. Knowledge or ability to learn of livestock, irrigated crop production, dryland production, soil fertility, weed management, pastures, and plant identification. Understanding of different ethnic and socioeconomic audiences, a commitment to include diverse voices in program prioritization and planning, and a commitment to develop and deliver both inclusive and targeted programming.Experience or knowledge of innovative agricultural practices such as agro tourism, specialty crops and specialty markets, value-added processing, product marketing, and other strategies that support profitability and sustainability.Demonstrated ability to work effectively with mass media (TV, web, internet, radio, newspapers).Experience creating, presenting and organizing educational conferences, seminars, and workshops.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 :
Doug Dean
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Application Instructions :
For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. 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 Doug Dean at (970) 244-1840 or Candidates moving forward in the process will be contacted within 15 working days after the deadline. Next steps and interview dates will be shared at that time.