Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Area Extension Agent, Agronomy/Weed Science, Sedgwick County, Golden Plains Area
University or Organization :
Colorado State University Extension
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Application Deadline :
Mar 17, 2020
Descriptive Job Title :
Job Vacancy #06-20 Area Extension Agent, Agronomy/Weed Science, Sedgwick County, Golden Plains Area, Julesburg, CO
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Location :
Julesburg, CO
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Full/Part Time :
Salary :
The starting salary will be in the range of $45,000 - $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. Sedgwick County is located on the eastern plains of Colorado and has an agriculturally based economy with dryland and irrigated crop enterprises and beef and swine livestock enterprises. Julesburg is the county seat for Sedgwick County and the county covers 549 square miles in the northeastern corner of Colorado. It was established in 1889 and named for Fort Sedgwick. Straddling the South Platte River, the county is bordered by Nebraskas Deuel and Perkins Counties to the north and east, and by Colorados Phillips and Logan Counties to the south and west. 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 Colorados most progressive agricultural producers and related agencies. The Areas predominate feature is its High Plains location above the Ogallala Aquifer characterized by a mix of rangeland, dryland crop production and 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 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:
PURPOSE OF POSITION: The individual in this position works as a member of a team of County and Colorado State University Extension professionals. This individual is an employee of Colorado State University and works under the supervision of the Golden Plains Area Extension Director. Working with other agriculture and crop production agents, the individual will provide leadership, guidance, direction and assistance in the development and implementation of the overall Agronomy/Weed Science program in Sedgwick County and the Golden Plains Area. Working with the Golden Plains Area Director, the individual will coordinate day-to-day management functions in the local office to enhance local programming and office unity. The individual will also oversee appropriated and non-appropriated accounts to assure policy compliance. ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES: Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 50% Develop, market, deliver, and evaluate non-credit educational programs for crop producers and agribusiness to enhance producers profitability and sustainability. On-going and developing educational needs include but, are not limited to, no-till or reduced tillage systems, multiple crops rotational systems, limited irrigation cropping systems, integrated pest management, herbicide resistance management, wise use of crop inputs, and soil, water, and natural resource conservation. Develop and conduct applied research/demonstration trials and programs in response to local needs in weed management and agronomy. Experience in identification and management of weeds relevant to the area. Conduct pesticide applicator trainings for license renewal in Sedgwick County as well as assisting with trainings in other counties within the Golden Plains Area. Actively participate in one or more Extension work teams to provide cropping systems expertise for program and information development, delivery and evaluation efforts statewide. Provide program and information delivery support to colleagues in area(s) of specified expertise as appropriate. Effectively communicate and coordinate resources, research and programming with personnel/staff of Colorado State University and other organizations. Provide support and new opportunities for 4-H youth, leaders, and parents through new and innovative opportunities, with the goal of expanding the involvement, reach, and effectiveness of the 4-H program. Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops. Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 30% 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. Effectively communicate and participate in research and programming with personnel of Colorado State University, other colleges, agencies and institutions to enhance overall programming. Develop relationships with the local plant science industry including Golden Plains Areas Advisory Board, producers, agencies and organizations to continually assess cropping systems and agronomic crop pest management opportunities and needs. Develop and maintain a close working relationship with the Board of County Commissioners, and county employees. 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% Develop strong working relationships with local producers and related agencies to allow access to research and demonstration sites to conduct on-farm research trials. Develop and maintain relationships with local producers and agribusiness professionals to serve on advisory committees. 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: 10% Manage a significant budget ($10,000 non-appropriated) including support for cost recovery, revenue generation and grants. Build and innovate an environment of teamwork and collaboration within the office, in the county and with external partners. Working with the Golden Plains Area Director, coordinate staff positions in the Sedgwick County Extension Office to optimize overall program effectiveness and manage appropriated budgets with county commissioners office.Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.
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Minimum education level :
REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Completed masters degree. One degree must have been conferred in plant science, agronomy, crop and soil science, bio-ag science, weed science or a closely related field. 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. Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs. Evidence of drive and initiative. Must be a self-starter. A commitment to include diverse voices in program prioritization and planning, and a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming. 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 :
PREFERRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Experience with on-farm research or demonstration projects. Understanding of crop systems relevant to this region. Experience or coursework in agricultural business management as related to field crop production and marketing. Experience in identifying audience needs, developing programs and evaluating impacts of programs. Successful experience in developing financial support for educational programs including grant writing, fund raising, contracting, or cost recovery efforts. Experience and demonstrated ability in working with 4-H youth and clubs. Appreciation for rural lifestyle. Knowledge and experience with various methods of conflict resolution and facilitation. Knowledge of and familiarity with Extension and the land-grant university system. Ability to speak Spanish.
Travel Requirements:
Available personal transportation required, travel allowance provided.
Other Requirements:
BACKGROUND CHECK: Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.


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Contact :
Bill Nobles
Phone Number with Area Code :
(719) 545-1845
Application Instructions :
APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Please submit the following to to apply: Resume. Cover letter. Transcript of college(s) course work showing degrees conferred. Please remove all references to birth date or social security number. Special Required Documentation - Statement (no more than 5 pages) of how you meet all applicable Required and Preferred Job Qualifications. Please respond to each bullet point separately. All applicants will be contacted approximately 15 working days after the deadline regarding their status. Next steps and interview dates will be shared to those moving forward. Four professional references will be requested of applicants that advance in the interview process. 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 Bill Nobles at (719) 545-1845 or