Position Description & Details:
The Extension agent will work collaboratively with a team of Extension, research professionals, county residents and leaders to provide exceptional education, collaboration and facilitation for the agricultural and natural resources and 4-H youth development programs in Steele County.
This is a full-time position serving Steele County. This temporary position is up to a three-year term with the possibility of becoming a permanent full-time position. This position is based in the NDSU Extension-Steele County office located in Finley, ND. Supervision is provided by the Extension district director serving Steele County.
This position includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:
- Develop and enhance an effective agricultural and natural resource program that supports the growth and development of sustainable land and communities. Programming includes horticulture, agronomy/cropping systems, farm business management/crop marketing, livestock production/management and 4-H youth development for adult and youth audiences.
- Successful Extension programs require agents to:
- Conduct needs assessment and issue identification that result in programs based on the needs of county residents.
- Interpret and integrate pertinent research information into educational programs.
- Develop expertise in subject matter competency area(s).
- Plan, implement, deliver and evaluate educational programs.
- Market and share impact of programming through mass and social media.
- Provide education and co-leadership in major county programs in 4-H and respective agriculture and natural resources program 4-H areas, in collaboration with the office team.
- Provide community and economic development education relating to the agriculture and natural resources program.
Collaborate and Facilitate
- Develop strong working relationships with local Extension staff, state specialists, community leaders, media, agricultural related industry, locally based federal and state agricultural partners, and county fair or achievement day committees/boards to enhance agriculture and natural resources programming and 4-H youth development opportunities.
- Collaborate with local teams to plan, coordinate, implement and evaluate the 4-H youth development program and ensure a safe, supportive environment for youth and volunteers.
- Assist with multicounty, regional and state activities in the agricultural and natural resources and 4-H youth development program areas.
- Ensure compliance with federal, tribal, state, and local law, policies and procedures, including Civil Rights, youth protection and NDSU Human Resources.
- Be an active learner to keep relevant with new teaching strategies, advances in the professional field, technology, news and related research.
- Be self-directed with minimal supervision in the work environment.
- Some weekend and evening work is required.
- Travel within the county and occasional travel outside the county is required.
- Overnight trips are required on occasion for meetings, 4-H youth development activities and professional development.
- Perform other duties as assigned in support of Extension programming.
Behavioral expectations include:
- Represent NDSU Extension in a manner that reflects well on yourself, other Extension employees and Extension as a whole.
- Work ethically, with integrity and respect confidentiality.
- Contribute to an environment of cooperative, supportive and positive working relationships with co-workers and clientele.
- Resolve differences constructively. Use tact and courtesy at all times.
- Use effective time management.
- Exhibit positive attitude, image, personal motivation and professionalism.
Monday – Friday
8:00am – 5:00pm
Some occasional evening and weekend work is required.
- Bachelor’s degree in agronomy, agricultural economics, animal science, crop science, production agriculture, agribusiness, agriculture communication, or a bachelor’s degree with related agriculture experience, or a bachelor’s degree with an agriculturally related master’s degree.
- The ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, partners, and stakeholders.
- Basic computer skills and ability to use Microsoft office programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
- Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals, groups and through mass media.
- Ability to conduct oneself professionally, be self-directed in the work environment and work flexible and extended hours.
- Ability to use technology for communication, information finding, program delivery, and reporting.
- Familiarity with various ethnic and socioeconomic audiences, an interest and ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds.
- Valid driver’s license.
- Master’s degree in agronomy, agricultural economics, crop science, production agriculture, agribusiness, education, or other related discipline.
- Experience recruiting and managing volunteers.
- Experience in designing and delivering educational programs.
- Recent Extension work experience.
- Working knowledge of and experience with 4-H and/or other youth programs.
- Demonstrated experience in local cropping and farming practices, or knowledge of agriculture issues in eastern North Dakota.
- Demonstrated regional experience in horticulture and forestry.
Applicant Materials Required:
1. Cover letter including how you meet any or all minimum and preferred qualifications
3. Unofficial transcript(s)
4. Include 3 professional references in the reference section of application
Screening will begin 11/30/21