Job Summary

 
Official Job Title :
Extension Agent - 4-H, Agriculture - Hill County
University or Organization :
Montana State University Extension
State or Territory :
Montana
Application Deadline :
None Stated
 
Descriptive Job Title :
Extension Agent - 4-H, Agriculture - Hill County
Keywords separated by commas :
4-H, Youth Development, Agriculture
Location :
Havre, MT
Area, Department or Unit :
Extension
Full/Part Time :
Full time
Salary :
DOE/DOQ
Start Date:
None Stated
Description:
The primary focus for the agent in this full-time position will be to provide leadership and educational programming in the disciplines of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Horticulture and to share program leadership for the 4-H/Youth Development program. The Extension Office staff in Hill County includes a full-time agent for Family and Consumer Sciences with shared responsibility for the 4-H program, a half-time SNAP-Ed Nutrition Educator, and a full-time office administrative assistant.COUNTY PROFILE: Hill County, located in north-central Montana, has a population of approximately 16,500 people. The central population area and county seat, Havre, has a population of approximately 9,800. Other communities in the county include Box Elder, Gildford, Hingham, Inverness, Kremlin, and Rudyard. Agriculture, primarily small grain production and livestock is the main economic base of the county. Havre is home to MSU-Northern, a unit of the Montana State University system which offers multiple associate and four-year degree programs. Havre is also home to a major facility for the BNSF Railroad and a complete medical care facility, Northern Montana Hospital. Manufacturing, most of which is related to the agricultural base, also forms a part of the economic base. The Montana State University Northern Agricultural Research Center encompasses historic Fort Assiniboine six miles south-west of Havre and is the largest University research center in the Montana Agricultural Experiment Station system conducting agronomy and livestock research. The county boasts a variety of recreational and cultural opportunities such as Beaver Creek Park, Fresno Reservoir, and activities conducted by the Chippewa-Cree tribal members on the Rocky Boys Indian Reservation. Recreational opportunities include hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, skiing, snowmobiling, golfing, and boating. The 4-H program consists of 100 youth members, 51 leaders, and eight 4-H clubs.We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, possess effective interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills, and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of the students and the mission of Montana State University.Duties and ResponsibilitiesPlan, implement and evaluate educational programs in agriculture and horticulture, with emphasis on crop production, noxious weeds, farm management, livestock production, range management, home gardening, and urban landscape management.In cooperation with the Hill County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, plan, implement, facilitate, and evaluate 4-H/youth development programs that include project related workshops, organization of county events, and volunteer leader recruitment and training, and subject matter training consistent with agriculture, natural resources, and horticulture skills, abilities, and experiences.Serve as an Associate Supervisor on the Hill County Conservation District, ex-officio member of the Hill County Weed Board, the Hill County 4-H Council and sub-committees, and the Hill County 4-H Foundation.Must possess or be able to obtain a Montana Government Pesticide Applicator License.Provide leadership to enhance educational experiences (skills and knowledge) for youth in traditional and non-traditional audiences in the development of life and leadership skills.Work in cooperation with the 4-H Council and its subcommittees, MSU Extension Agents, community boards, organizations, and individuals as needed.Provide leadership in Extension within agriculture, natural resources, horticulture, and 4-H/youth development in Hill County in a manner that increases MSUs success in positively impacting Montanans, benefiting youth and adults, and increasing the capacities of communities.Collaborate with peer agent to facilitate a process involving local citizens and community organizations to identify needs and priorities, target new audiences, and develop and implement appropriate and responsive educational programming for Hill County.Develop and maintain a strong working relationship with the Hill County Commission.Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies.Comply with all Extension federal, state, university, and county reporting requirements.Engage constituencies via direct interactions, collaborations, and partnerships with professional associations, committees, stakeholders, local governments, and partner agencies.Develop professional partnerships with specialists, associate specialists, peer field faculty, and stakeholders that advance the mission of Extension and increase Extensions success in efficiently identifying and meeting the needs of Montanans.Assess clientele and stakeholder needs for the purpose of developing locally directed programming and resources and delivering effective educational experiences to diverse audiences.Deliver educational resources through Extension teaching, developing curriculum(a), educational materials, one-on-one consultations, and small group instruction.Maintain timely accountability through documenting and reporting outcomes, impacts, and successes in Extension scholarship to Extension, internal and external stakeholders, and funding partners.Serve on appropriate committees at local, state, regional, and national levels, and fulfill other activities that support Extension, local communities, and MSU departments and colleges.Participate in relevant state, regional, national, or international professional activities.Preparation for and facilitation of meetings for diverse audiences.Required Qualifications Experience, Education, Knowledge & SkillsBachelors degree in a related field and/or relevant work experience in agriculture, natural resources, or related field.Demonstrated ability to lead groups; assess community needs; and develop, organize, plan, teach, and evaluate effective Extension programs.Demonstrated ability to provide leadership for and work collaboratively and effectively with individuals, groups, and community organizations representing a wide variety of youth and adult audiences.Demonstrated ability to manage multiple and varied tasks and to accept and delegate responsibilities.Demonstrated knowledge and skills in the use of a variety of information technologies for dissemination of educational information, educational programming, and program management.Preferred Qualifications Experience, Education, Knowledge & SkillsMasters degree in a related field.At least one degree (either Bachelors or Masters degree) or relevant work experience in the area of agronomy/crop production, range management, plant and soil science, animal science, agriculture education or a closely related field.Extension teaching experience and/or training in livestock, crops, farm management, and horticulture.Experience in volunteer management.Demonstrated ability to facilitate groups and help them find constructive solutions to controversial or contentious issues.Ability to promote the advancement of diversity.The Successful Candidate WillPossess excellent human relation skills.Demonstrate a high level of professionalism.Have the ability to work effectively with other staff members.Show evidence of good judgment.Demonstrate flexibility and innovativeness to respond to changing needs of people in Hill County.Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.Be motivated and a self-starter.Be familiar with multi-cultural and different socioeconomic audiences.Have an interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds.Be committed to the principles of diversity, and be dedicated to supporting and enhancing Montana State Universitys initiative for diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.Position Special Requirements/Additional InformationThis position, if filled at the Masters degree level, will be tenure-track. A successful candidate without a Masters degree will be required to complete their Masters degree, in a program area relevant to their Extension position, within six (6) years of their start date. Failure to do so may result in termination.Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana Drivers license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points), or have other reliable means of transportation. Must have access to a vehicle to use for work (mileage will be reimbursed), and have minimum vehicle liability insurance. Do NOT send a copy of the drivers license.This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State Universitys rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.Physical DemandsPosition requires frequent night and weekend work, extensive reading, frequent travel throughout the county, and occasional travel throughout the state of Montana. Overnight travel throughout Montana and participation in statewide workshops, trainings, professional development, and 4H youth events is required. Position also requires using a variety of teaching methods and operating a variety of demonstration and educational equipment.To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.Equal Opportunity Employer, Veterans/Disabled
Position Category:
Faculty
Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
Apply online at http://msuextension.org, Careers
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 :
Bachelor's
Years of experience :
Travel Requirements:
Extensive travel throughout the county, occasional travel throughout the state.
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APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Contact :
Tracy Mosley
Phone Number with Area Code :
(406) 223-4727
Application Instructions :
Apply online at: http://msuextension.org, Careers.