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Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources/Steele County
Post Date: 11/01/2021
Close Date: 11/30/2021
Company:
North Dakota State University

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https://prd.hcm.ndus.edu/psp/recruit/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM_FL.HRS_CG_SEARCH_FL.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_JBPST_FL&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1&JobOpeningId=2937017&PostingSeq=1

Salary:
$30,000 - $49,999

Location:
Finley, ND

Job Description:
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.

Anchor
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.

Responsibilities:

This position includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:
Educate

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.

Other

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.

Work Schedule:

Monday - Friday

8:00am - 5:00pm

Some occasional evening and weekend work is required.

Advertised Salary:

Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Minimum Qualifications:

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.

Preferred Qualifications:

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

2. Resume

3. Unofficial transcript(s)

4. Include 3 professional references in the reference section of application

Screening will begin 11/30/21

Benefits:

NDSU offers a comprehensive benefits package with includes single or family health insurance coverage with premiums paid for by the university – with an effective date for new employees the first of the month following date of hire. Other benefits include, wellness benefits, basic life insurance, retirement plan, tuition waiver, annual leave, EAP, sick leave and holiday pay. Optional benefits include supplemental life, dental, vision, long-term care insurance, flexible spending account, and supplemental retirement plans.
No Smoking Notice:

As an employer, the State of North Dakota prohibits smoking in all places of state employment in accordance with N.D.C.C. § 23-12-10.

EO/AA Statement:

North Dakota State University is an Equal Opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, gender expression/identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, participation in lawful off-campus activity, physical or mental disability, pregnancy, public assistance status, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, spousal relationship to current employee, or veteran status, as applicable.

Veteran’s Preference Notice:

This position is subject to North Dakota Veteran’s Preference requirements.

Requirements:
Minimum Qualifications:

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.

Preferred Qualifications:

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.

Contact Information:
jobs@ndsu.edu
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