Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Extension Agent, Horticulture and Natural Resources, Douglas County
University or Organization :
Colorado State University Extension
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Application Deadline :
Apr 09, 2020
Descriptive Job Title :
Job Vacancy #05-20 Extension Agent, Horticulture and Natural Resources, Douglas County, Castle Rock, CO
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Location :
Castle Rock, CO
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Salary :
Salary range is $45,000 - $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. Douglas County, a large suburban county, is a unique mix of rural to urbanizing communities including Castle Rock, Parker, Lone Tree, Sedalia, Franktown, and Highlands Ranch. Douglas County ranked first in community health nationwide, according to U.S. News and is one of seven counties making up the Denver metropolitan area. The countyrecognized as one of the most pro-business, fiscally healthy, and effective local governments in the United Statesis home to 342,776 and the 4th largest youth population in the state enrolled in a single, unified school district. Located south of Denver, its borders are within thirty minutes of Denvers city center to the north and twenty-five minutes from Colorado Springs to the south. Douglas County has a rich agricultural heritage and is interested in developing programs to engage youth, residents, partners, and communities in urban agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, small farm operations, small acreage management, STEM, and leadership development opportunities. Colorado State University Extension (CSUE) and Douglas County work cooperatively to provide Extension programming and engagement in the county. Extension programming is locally driven. CSUE contributes onsite and campus-based expertise, along with university and land grant system resources and connections across the state to enhance local programming efforts. This position will enjoy close working relationships with Douglas County Open Space & Natural Resources and the ACC Sturm Collaboration Campus. Douglas County Extension staff consists of the director, three agents (one horticulture/natural resources agent and two 4-H youth development), two program coordinators (one horticulture/extension programs and one 4-H youth development), and two administrative assistants. To learn more about Douglas County Extension, Colorado State University Extension, or Douglas County visit,, or
Position Category:
Administrative Professional
Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
PURPOSE OF POSITION: This individual will provide leadership for the overall horticulture and natural resources program in Douglas County including water, pest management, and small acreage management. They will assess community needs and interests, develop and deliver programming for both youth and adult audiences, and evaluate and report program impacts locally and to Extension. The agent will bring a proven track record of developing partnerships within the county, with communities and residents, Extension, and related industries. This person will be an experienced educator who incorporates science-based information, current research, and best practices into their programming. They will use a variety of techniques and technologies to make information and educational programs available, accessible, and of use/value to the local community. The agent may develop additional volunteer programs, networks, research or demonstration plots/gardens, partnerships, and/or events to disseminate information and engage the community. This position will lead the Native Plant Master (NPM) program and collaborate with the Extension Master Gardener program coordinator in support of the MG program in Douglas County. 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 Douglas County Extension Director. ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES: Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 75% Develop, market, deliver, facilitate, and evaluate non-credit educational programming in response to locally identified priority needs in home and commercial horticulture, natural resources, water, pest management, small acreage management, and related areas. Work collaboratively with colleagues to develop and deliver programming that builds life skills for both youth and adult audiences and is inclusive of rural and urban residents. Cooperate with or facilitate research/demonstration trials and programs. Provide diagnostic services (phone calls, emails, walk-ins, and/or site visits) related to horticulture, natural resources, water, pest management, and small acreage management, and recommend safe and effective management/control options. Provide leadership for the Native Plant Master program and collaborate with the Douglas County Extension MG program coordinator in support of the MG program. Actively participate on Extension work teams to help focus and develop regional and statewide programs and deliver basic and advanced horticulture training to Colorado Master Gardener candidates locally and statewide. Conduct field calls for residential and green industry clients. Manage program and operating funds in compliance with university fiscal policies and reporting requirements. Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops. Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 25% Actively collaborate and develop highly functional networks with internal and external partners (local, state, and federal agencies; and non-profit organizations) to maximize the delivery of programs attuned to Douglas County. Effectively communicate and develop strong working relationships with the office and county, Extension colleagues, commissioners, volunteers, partners, advisory committees, and CSU administration and staff to continually assess conditions and enhance the effectiveness of local and regional programming. 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.
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Minimum education level :
REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Completed masters degree conferred prior to start of employment. One degree must be conferred in horticulture, natural resources, environmental science, agriculture, plant pathology, entomology, or a closely related field of study. Demonstrated professional experience in horticulture, natural resources, water, pest management, and/or small acreage management. Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources, and/or accountability for diversity outcomes. Demonstrated skill working with people as individuals and in groups; ability to provide and inspire quality customer service and forge equitable and successful partnerships with other professionals and organizations. Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience. Demonstrated leadership ability; must be a self-starter. Demonstrated ability to engage with and build community including facilitating group interactions, managing conflict, successfully navigating difficult topics, and actively participating in county/community initiatives. Demonstrated use of technology in managing and delivering educational programs. 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.
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PREFERRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS: Demonstrated ability to manage resources, time, and effort. Experience in promoting, marketing, or creating public awareness of program/services among key community decision-makers. Prior experience, training, or capacity to supervise, manage, and develop volunteers. Experience or interest in developing community-oriented research opportunities in horticulture, natural resources, water, urban agriculture, pest management, and small acreage management. Successful experience in developing financial support for educational programs including grant writing, fundraising, or other cost recovery efforts. Bilingual and biliterate in 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 :
JoAnn Powell
Phone Number with Area Code :
(970) 491-2806
Application Instructions :
APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Thursday, April 9, 2020. Please submit the following 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 JoAnn Powell at (970) 491-2806 or