Position Summary

Salary and Other Benefits

DOE/Dow

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 emphases of the Garfield County Agent position will be in the areas of Agriculture and 4-H/Youth Development with secondary emphases on Family and Consumer Science and Community Development. The office has a half-time administrative assistant who is supervised by the Extension agent.

This position is located in Jordan, Montana.
Garfield County covers more than 4800 square miles of east-central Montana. The county is primarily rolling prairie grasslands with badland areas located along the northern and western borders of the county. Cash receipts for agriculture in Garfield County total more than $60 million annually. Range livestock production is the major agricultural enterprise with the majority being cow/calf operations, but there are also significant numbers of stocker and sheep operations. Crop production is characterized by dryland operations raising primarily wheat and annual hay crops with a small number of irrigated operations along the Musselshell river. The 4-H program consists of 65 members and 25 adult leaders. Agriculture is the primary industry in Garfield County. The population of the county is 1173 with 356 people living in Jordan. K – 12 education is available in Jordan and there are 5 rural schools for grades K – 8. Recreational opportunities in Garfield County feature world class big game hunting as well as fishing and water sports on Fort Peck Reservoir. There are also many roping and rodeo opportunities in the county.

 

The main emphases of the Garfield County Agent position will be in the areas of agriculture and 4-H/youth development with secondary emphases on Family and Consumer Science and Community Development. The office has a half-time administrative assistant who is supervised by the Extension agent.

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.

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.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree. At least one degree in agriculture or significant, relevant experience in agricultural production, which may include crop science, agronomy, animal science, range management, farm/ranch management, horticulture, or other closely 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

Masters Degree. Knowledge or experience in dryland crop production, livestock production, farm management, and weed and pest management. Knowledge or experience in 4-H or other youth related programs. Experience in volunteer management. Extension experience.

Other Requirements

Possess excellent human relation skills Demonstrate a high level of professionalism Possess the ability to work effectively with other staff members Show evidence of good judgment Demonstrate flexibility and innovativeness to respond to changing need of the people of Garfield County Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing Be motivated and be 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 University’s initiative for diversity, equity, and inclusion

Travel Requirements

Extensive travel throughout the county, 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 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.