Position Summary

Descriptive Title

Kearny County Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent

Salary and Other Benefits

SALARY, BENEFITS, AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:  Salary commensurate with professional experience and available funding as negotiated by the regional extension director, the local extension board and the applicant. The base starting salary is $41,500 for a BS degree with no professional experience and $45,500 for a MS degree with no professional experience.  Extension agents are Kansas State University educators and have the Board of Regents retirement plan, health and life insurance and vacation and sick leave. There is a 30-day waiting period for health insurance. See a complete list of benefits.  Reimbursement for travel related to achieving program objectives.  New agents are provided approximately 15 days of new agent professional development on the K-State campus or online during their first six to nine months. These 15 days are spread out in four different weeks. In addition, new agents spend at least three weeks with a mentor agent during the first year.

Position Description

Extension agents are professional educators who serve as a link between Kansas State University and communities across Kansas. Agents are administratively responsible to the Director of K-State Research and Extension (represented by a designated administrator) and the local extension board.

  • Provide primary leadership for the development and implementation of research-based educational programming related to agriculture and natural resources. Programming will include but is not limited to: agronomic and livestock production, agricultural economics, management and public policy, horticultural production and management, natural resources conservation, and environmental stewardship.
  • Share leadership for the development, implementation, and evaluation of the 4-H youth development program for school-aged youth in cooperation with volunteers and extension colleagues. Programming will include but is not limited to: supporting community clubs, out-of-school programs, school enrichment, volunteer management, and outreach to create new program opportunities with existing and new community partners.
  • Share responsibility for community vitality programming that helps our communities become better places to live, work, and play. Programming will strengthen social, civic, economic, and technological capacity of communities through leadership development and civic engagement.
  • Programming will include these steps:
    • Identify local needs and emerging issues related to K-State Research and Extension’s five Grand Challenges (water, community vitality, health, developing tomorrow’s leaders and global food systems) by engaging with program development committees and other community organizations and professionals.
    • Design appropriate educational strategies to engage clientele. These strategies might include delivering educational programming in a community-based setting, coordinating events and activities that provide experiential learning opportunities, using innovative technologies, providing individual educational consultations and facilitating groups seeking similar educational outcomes. Some overnight travel and evening and weekend work will be required.
    • Develop and implement strategies to expand the reach of educational programming to under-served audiences and to make certain K-State Research and Extension is an equal opportunity provider of educational programming.
    • Collect and communicate evidence of educational program impact.
    • Develop specialized knowledge and skills by engaging as a member of a Program Focus Team.
  • Secure external funding such as grants, gifts and cost recovery to supplement local tax revenue to support and expand educational programming.
  • May periodically be assigned to serve as the local unit director providing administrative oversight for the fiscal operations, coordination of personnel, development, delivery and reporting of program impact and other administrative functions assigned by the director’s representative and the extension board
  • Serve as a member of the Kearny County Extension team cooperating in the planning and delivery of county-wide programming and related events.

Required Qualifications

 Bachelor’s degree  Academic coursework and/or professional development and professional employment related to the position responsibilities  Evidence of strong academic and/or professional performance as documented by college transcripts, acceptance into a graduate program or documented success in increasingly responsible professional positions.  Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals, groups and through mass media.  Leadership skills as evidenced by working with individuals, groups and co-workers

Preferred Qualifications

 Master’s Degree.  Experience working with adults and youth from various ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.  Commitment to personal professional development.  Ability to utilize electronic communication and computer applications to fulfill programming responsibilities.  Self-motivation and ability to work with a minimum of supervision, balancing multiple projects.  Ability to design, promote, implement and evaluate educational programs.  Skills in group facilitation.  Knowledge of adult and youth teaching/learning processes.  Experience in seeking and administering external grant funding.  Ability to communicate effectively with both English and Spanish learners

Other Requirements

 Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment.  Access to a personal vehicle and the ability to obtain/maintain a valid driver’s license.

Travel Requirements

Some overnight travel will be required

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?


Contact Name

Mary Hellmer

Contact Email


Application Instructions

Check out our full job description and apply through the K-State Human Capital Services website: www.k-state.edu/hcs

Equal Employer Statement(s)

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

About K-State Research and Extension, Kansas State University

What we are: A statewide university network which generates new knowledge through research and provides practical information, education, and training on issues that Kansans consider important and helpful in improving their lives, organizations, businesses, families, communities, and farms.