Position Summary

Salary and Other Benefits


Position Description

As a member of the faculty team leading MSU Extension education for the people of Sanders County, efforts will address current and emerging locally identified opportunities for Sanders County.

General Statement
This position is located in Thompson Falls
Sanders County is located in Northwestern Montana. It is bordered on the west by Idaho’s Panhandle and is Montana’s 18th most populous county with approximately 11,000 residents. The county was established in 1905 and named after Wilbur Fisk Sanders, pioneer and U.S. Senator from Montana. The Clark Fork River, a tributary of the Columbia, runs the length of the valley in Sanders County. The county also encompasses the Cabinet Mountain Wilderness and two National Forests.

As a member of the faculty team leading MSU Extension education for the people of Sanders County, efforts will address current and emerging locally identified opportunities for Sanders County. Foci of this position are to improve the long-term success of agricultural enterprises,  horticulture practitioners, natural resource managers. Educational programming will also include Community Development and 4-H Youth Development. It is anticipated that intensity of focus within identified disciplines will be adjusted to address locally identified opportunities. This position will actively collaborate with 4-H Youth Development faculty to assure growth, capacity building and community success for 4-H Youth Development programming.

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.
Duties and Responsibilities
Develop, plan, implement, instruct, facilitate and evaluate educational programs in agriculture, horticulture, natural resources, community development and 4-H Youth Development as determined by local community engagement.
Strengthen the impact and scope of the Extension Agriculture/Horticulture/Natural Resource program in Sanders County.
Collaborate with fellow MSU Extension Sanders County faculty to develop, plan, implement, instruct, facilitate and evaluate community development and 4-H Youth Development programs.
Provide program leadership by collaborating with Extension field faculty and specialists to deliver needed programs in Sanders 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 Sanders County.
Conduct continual informal and formal needs assessments in the county and region.
Complete and submit reports, evaluations, and other materials as required by MSU Extension. Utilize all available media sources, including electronic mail, the internet and other advancing technology, to communicate with MSU Extension staff and others, and to research topics and disseminate information to clientele.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Required Qualifications

Bachelor’s Degree in related field and/or relevant work experience in agriculture, horticulture, or related field Demonstrated experience to recruit, train, and provide professional development to volunteers. Effective written and oral communication skills Experience helping diverse groups and individuals accomplish common goals Demonstrated knowledge and skills in the use of information technologies for dissemination of educational information, educational programs, and management

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in a related field Extension teaching experience Master Gardener program experience Demonstrated ability to facilitate groups Demonstrated ability to help groups find constructive solutions to challenging 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 Sanders 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: 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.