Job Summary

 
Official Job Title :
Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources/Williams County
University or Organization :
NDSU Extension
State or Territory :
N. Dakota
Application Deadline :
Sep 09, 2019
 
Descriptive Job Title :
Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources
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Location :
Williston, ND
Area, Department or Unit :
Full/Part Time :
Full-Time
Salary :
Commensurate with education and experience. Bachelor's level minimum salary is $43,000 and Master's level minimum salary is $48,000.
Start Date:
None Stated
Description:
The Extension Agent will work collaboratively with a team of Extension and research professionals and volunteers to provide innovative leadership for the Williams County Extension agriculture and natural resources program. The primary duty is to teach educational programs in horticulture, agronomy/cropping systems, livestock, farm business management/crop marketing, community economic development and leadership, and 4-H youth development to adult and youth audiences. Supervision is provided by the Extension District Director serving Williams County.This is a full-time position planning and delivering educational programs in Williams County and when appropriate, programming cooperatively in neighboring counties. This position is based in the Williams County office of NDSU Extension, which is located in Williston, ND.This position includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:Educate - Teach, deliver, and evaluate programs in horticulture, livestock, agronomy/cropping systems, farm business management/crop marketing, and 4-H youth development for adult and youth audiences, with a focus on horticulture and agronomy. Successful Extension programs will require you to:-Conduct needs assessment and issues identification that result in programs based on the needs of county citizens. -Interpret and integrate pertinent research information into educational programs.-Develop expertise in a subject matter competency area, and to plan, implement and deliver educational programs on a county and/or communities-of-interest basis.-Evaluate and market the impact of the educational programs delivered.-Cultivate a strong relationship with and use multiple media outlets and resources.-Deliver private pesticide applicator training.- Assist with agriculturally-related 4-H youth development-based educational programs with a measurable impact on enhancing life skills of youth, adults, and volunteers.- Provide community and economic development education relating to the agriculture and natural resources program.- Participate in professional development experiences offered by NDSU Extension and other entities as appropriate.Collaborate and Facilitate - Cooperate and collaborate with local, county and state agencies, organizations and businesses to enhance agricultural leadership and programming opportunities, and utilize stakeholder input to formulate program plans to address issues that affect people throughout their life span. - Collaborate with NDSU professionals to develop interdisciplinary programs, some of which will be delivered on a community of interest or program team basis. - Develop and implement volunteer recruitment and provide training and management systems. This may include working with Williams County Crop Improvement Association and other groups.Other - Assure compliance with equal opportunity policies. - Perform other duties assigned in support of Extension programming.- Some travel required.Behavioral expectations include:-Work ethically, with integrity, and respect confidentiality.-Contribute to an environment of cooperative, supportive and positive working relationships with co-workers and clientele. Promote a healthy work environment and support everyones efforts to succeed.-Resolve differences constructively. Use tact and courtesy at all times.-Use effective time management. Be prompt in attendance for work and meetings and be fully engaged.-Exhibit positive attitude, image and personal motivation. Be a professional at all times.
Position Category:
Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
Do applicants need to have a driver’s license or be able to provide alternate transportation
to carry out the functions
of this job? :
yes

ADDITIONAL JOB REQUIREMENTS

Minimum education level :
1. Bachelors degree in an agricultural field (i.e. agronomy, crop and weed science, soils, animal science, agricultural economics and/or agricultural education) or horticulture with the academic capacity to successfully enroll in a relevant graduate program in the future.2. The ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, partners, and stakeholders.3. Basic computer skills and ability to use Microsoft office programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.4. Ability to use technology for communication, information finding, program delivery, and reporting.5. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals, groups and through mass media.6. Ability to conduct oneself professionally, be self-directed in the work environment & work flexible & extended hours.7. Familiarity with various ethnic and socioeconomic audiences, an interest and ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds, and a commitment to the principles of diversity.8. Valid drivers license.Preferred Qualifications:1. Masters degree in an agricultural/horticultural related field.2. Experience recruiting & managing volunteers.3. Experience in designing & delivering educational programs.4. Experience disseminating information through social & mass media.5. Recent Extension work experience.6. Working knowledge of & experience with 4-H and/or other youth programs.7. Demonstrated experience in horticulture or agriculture in western North Dakota.
Years of experience :
Minimum - Bachelors degree in an agricultural field (i.e. agronomy, crop and weed science, soils, animal science, agricultural economics and/or agricultural education) or horticulture with the academic capacity to successfully enroll in a relevant graduate program in the future.Preferred:1. Masters degree in an agricultural/horticultural related field.2. Experience recruiting & managing volunteers.3. Experience in designing & delivering educational programs.4. Experience disseminating information through social & mass media.5. Recent Extension work experience.6. Working knowledge of & experience with 4-H and/or other youth programs.7. Demonstrated experience in horticulture or agriculture in western North Dakota.
Travel Requirements:
Travel within the county and district and occasional travel outside the district is required. Overnight trips will also be required on occasion for meetings, 4-H/youth development activities, and professional development.
Other Requirements:

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APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Contact :
Nancy Smith
Phone Number with Area Code :
701-780-8229
Application Instructions :
Application accepted on-line only.