Position Summary

Salary and Other Benefits

DOE/DOQ

Position Description

The primary duty for County Extension Faculty is to assess local community needs, then to develop, implement, and evaluate Extension programming to meet those needs. The primary emphases of the Pondera County Extension agent position are in the areas of Agriculture and 4-H Youth Development, with secondary emphasis on Community Development. The Pondera County Extension office is staffed by one other Extension Agent whose job emphases are primarily Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H Youth Development and one full-time administrative assistant.

Develop, plan, implement, facilitate, and evaluate successful, research-based educational programs in Agriculture, with emphases on agronomy, irrigated and dryland crop production, pest management, horticulture, and livestock production, and Community Development that result in positive community impacts.
Share leadership for the Pondera County 4-H program with the Family and Consumer Sciences and 4-H Youth Development Agent to foster positive youth development and adult engagement and a successful 4-H program.
Collaborate with local Extension staff and stakeholder groups to conduct continuous needs assessments in agriculture, 4-H youth development, and community development to inform programming priorities in Pondera County.
Embrace a team approach to planning, developing, and implementing the overall MSU Extension program in Pondera County.
Build and maintain collaborative working relationships with peer Extension agents, Extension specialists, county commissioners, and appropriate local individuals, groups, boards, agencies, and organizations to leverage educational programming in Pondera County.
Collaborate with Extension faculty and staff to plan and execute the four-county Marias Fair.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s degree in agronomy, crop production, agriculture, or related field. Demonstrated ability lead groups; assess needs; and plan, implement, facilitate, teach, and evaluate educational programs for youth and adult audiences. Demonstrated ability to provide effective leadership for Extension programming for positive youth and volunteer development. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and 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 agronomy, crop production, or agriculture, 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 Pondera County; and will be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. The successful candidate will also possess 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, and dedication to supporting and enhancing Montana State University’s initiative for diversity, equity, and inclusiveness.

Travel Requirements

Frequent travel throughout the county, occasional travel throughout the state

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?

yes

Contact Name

Tracy Mosley

Contact Email

tmosley@montana.edu

Contact Phone

406-223-4727

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.