Position Summary

Position Description

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 horticulture, agriculture, and natural resource educational programs serving all Lake 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 Lake 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.

Develop, plan, implement, instruct, facilitate, and evaluate educational programs in natural resources, horticulture, agriculture, and 4-H Youth Development as determined by local community engagement.
Collaborate with fellow MSU Extension Lake County faculty to develop, plan, implement, instruct, facilitate, and evaluate 4-H Youth Development programs.
Collaborate with other faculty in Lake County and other nearby MSU Extension offices.
Strengthen the impact and scope of the Extension Natural Resource/Horticulture/Agriculture program in Lake County.
Provide program leadership by collaborating with Extension field faculty and specialists to deliver needed programs in Lake 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 Lake 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 Lake County, which will benefit the effectiveness of the Lake County office.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in natural resources, horticulture, agriculture, or related fields. Demonstrated ability lead groups; assess community needs; and develop, organize, plan, teach, and evaluate effective programs. Demonstrated ability to recruit, train, and provide professional development to volunteers. Demonstrated ability to provide effective leadership to Extension programming relating to volunteers and youth. Demonstrated understanding of adult learning theory and its application to community-based education and outreach.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in natural resources, horticulture, agriculture, or related field and/or relevant work experience. Demonstrated ability to facilitate groups and help them find constructive solutions to locally identified issues.

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 Lake 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.

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

(406) 274-8969

Application Instructions

Apply online at montana.edu/extension, click on "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.