Position Summary

Position Description

General Statement
Rosebud and Treasure counties cover more than 6,000 square miles of southeastern Montana. Land types range from mountain foothills in the south to semi-arid grasslands in the north.

Cash receipts for agricultural products between the two counties totals almost $150 million. Cattle numbers total about 115,000 head, and operations consist mainly of cow/calf operations, but there are also yearling stocker operations, commercial backgrounding lots and feedlots. There are also a limited number of sheep operations. Both counties are dissected by the Yellowstone River, which provides irrigation water for several crops including sugar beets, corn, alfalfa, small grains, and a variety of other crops grown on a small scale. Irrigated farming also occurs along the Tongue River in the southeast portion of Rosebud County. Crop production outside the Yellowstone Valley consists primarily of dryland small grains and hay production.

The 4-H program consists of approximately 144 members and 34 volunteer leaders in 6 organized clubs. Major industries of Rosebud and Treasure Counties are agriculture, coal mining and power generation.

We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, foster and maintain effective interpersonal relationships, exhibit excellent written and verbal communications skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of students and the mission of Montana State University.
Duties and Responsibilities
Develop, plan, implement, facilitate and evaluate educational programs in agriculture, including dryland and irrigated crop production, livestock production, farm and ranch financial management, noxious weed management, range management, pest management, and pesticide training.
In partnership with the FCS Agent, provide leadership for development, planning, facilitation, and evaluation of the Rosebud/Treasure County 4-H program to foster positive youth development and volunteer recruitment and engagement toward a successful 4-H program.
Collaborate with local Extension staff and stakeholder groups to conduct continuous needs assessments in 4-H Youth Development and other areas, to inform programming priorities in Rosebud and Treasure Counties.
Embrace a team approach to planning, developing, and implementing the overall MSU Extension program in Rosebud and Treasure Counties.
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 Rosebud and Treasure Counties.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree or relevant work experience in agriculture, youth development or related fields. Demonstrated ability to lead groups; assess community needs; and develop, organize, plan, teach, and evaluate effective Extension programs for youth and adult audiences. Demonstrated ability to recruit, train, and provide professional development to volunteers. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with individuals, groups, and community organizations representing a wide variety of youth and adult audiences.

Preferred Qualifications

Masters Degree. · At least one degree or relevant work experience in agriculture or related fields. · At least one degree in 4-H or other youth development related fields. · 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 Rosebud and Treasure Counties; 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.

Travel Requirements

Frequent travel throughout the counties; occasional travel throughout the state.

Driver’s license or alternate transportation required?

yes

Contact Name

Larry Brence

Contact Email

lbrence@montana.edu

Contact Phone

406-874-8236

Application Instructions

Apply online at montana.edu/extension/careers.

Equal Employer Statement(s)

Equal Opportunity Employer, Veterans/Disabled

About Montana State University Extension

Brief Position Overview

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.