Position Summary

Salary and Other Benefits


Position Description

The primary duty for County Extension Faculty is to assess local community needs, then develop, implement, and evaluate Extension programming to meet those needs. The main emphasis of the Gallatin County Agriculture/4-H Youth Development Agent position will be in the areas of agriculture, horticulture and natural resources.

As a member of the faculty team leading MSU Extension education for the people of Gallatin County, efforts will address current and emerging locally identified opportunities for Gallatin County. Foci of this position are to improve the long-term success of agricultural enterprises, horticulture practitioners, natural resource managers, and 4-H Youth Development. It is anticipated that the intensity of focus within identified disciplines will be adjusted to address local trends. Gallatin County faculty actively pursue multi-disciplinary programming, and the successful candidate will work with 4-H Youth Development faculty, as appropriate, to plan, implement and evaluate multi-disciplinary programs.
The MSU Extension Gallatin County Office also has an agent for 4-H Youth Development and a full-time administrative professional.

General Statement
We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, foster and maintain effective interpersonal relationships, exhibit excellent written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of students and the mission of Montana State University.

Focus of this position is to plan, implement and evaluate agriculture, horticulture, and natural resource educational programs serving all Gallatin County clientele emphasizing traditional and emerging interests. Horticulture, forage production, invasive species, pasture management, livestock nutrition and water management can be focus disciplines. The audiences for identified emphases are commercial ranchers and farmers, small acreage stewards, and residential clients. The successful candidate will provide leadership by working successfully with volunteers and clientele to identify and meet community needs in Gallatin County. Other responsibilities include collaboration with peers in 4-H Youth Development or other Extension disciplines to assist MSU Extension in generating positive community impacts.
Duties and Responsibilities
Develop, plan, implement, instruct, facilitate, and evaluate educational programs in agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, and 4-H Youth Development as determined by local community engagement.
Collaborate with fellow MSU Extension Gallatin County faculty to develop, plan, implement, instruct, facilitate, and evaluate 4-H Youth Development programs.
Collaborate with other faculty in Gallatin County and other nearby MSU Extension offices.
Strengthen the impact and scope of the Extension Agriculture/Horticulture and Natural Resource program in Gallatin County.
Provide program leadership by collaborating with Extension field faculty and specialists to deliver needed programs in Gallatin County and the surrounding area.
Provide leadership to stakeholder groups in determining priority needs.
Involve community leaders in exploring and responding to agriculture policy and natural resource issues that affect Gallatin County.
Conduct continual needs assessments in the county and region.
Cooperate with MSU Extension staff to develop a team approach to the planning, development, and implementation of overall MSU Extension programming in Gallatin County, which will benefit the effectiveness of the Gallatin County office.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, or related fields. Demonstrated ability to lead groups; assess community needs; and develop, organize, plan, teach, and evaluate effective programs. Demonstrated ability to provide effective leadership for Extension programming for youth, adults, and volunteers. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with individuals, groups, and community organizations representing a wide variety of youth and adult audiences.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree. At least one degree or relevant work experience in agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, or related field. Demonstrated ability to facilitate groups and help them find constructive solutions to locally identified issues. Extension experience or demonstrated understanding of the Extension education model.

Other Requirements

The successful candidate will possess excellent human relation skills; a high level of professionalism; the ability to work effectively with other staff members; evidence of good judgment; flexibility and innovation to respond to changing needs of people in the Gallatin County; and will be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. The successful candidate will also have a familiarity with multi-cultural and different socioeconomic audiences, an interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds, and a commitment to the principles of diversity. Dedication to supporting and enhancing Montana State University’s initiative for diversity, equity and inclusiveness Position Special Requirements/Additional Information This position, if filled at the Master’s degree level, will be tenure-track. A successful candidate without a Master’s degree will be required to complete their Master’s 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.

Travel Requirements

Frequent travel throughout the county; occasional travel throughout the state

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?


Contact Name

Dan Lucas

Contact Email


Contact Phone


Application Instructions

Apply online at msuextension.org, click on "Careers."

Equal Employer Statement(s)

Equal Opportunity Employer, Veterans/Disabled.

About Montana State University Extension

Extension work at MSU is defined as, the creation of partnerships, programs, and plans through Extension, or other community-based research, that leverage the knowledge and resources of the university and the public/private sector to enhance learning, discovery, and engagement; educate and engage citizens; strengthen communities; address locally identified issues and problems; apply and disseminate knowledge; and contribute to the public good.