Extension Educator- Agricultural Water Quality Protection, Farmington, MN
University of Minnesota Extension - Farmington, MN

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Title: Extension Educator- Agricultural Water Quality Protection
.7- .8 FTE Position: Grant Funded by Dakota County
Extension Center: Extension Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences (EFANS)
Location: Dakota County Conservation and Extension Center, Farmington
Application Review: Applications will be reviewed starting November 26, 2013. Position is open until filled.

The University of Minnesota Extension Service is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota, a land grant institution with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. The mission of the University of Minnesota Extension Service is: “Making a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota.”

This Educator will focus on providing one-on-one farmer education around nutrient, pesticide, irrigation and conservation management plan development and implementation. This position will be working cooperatively with the Dakota County Environmental Resources Department, MN Department of Agriculture, Soil and Water Conservation District, and USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service. This individual will also develop and implement educational programs, on-farm demonstrations and coordinate in-field research with state specialists.

This position is accountable to the Program Leader for South Local Positions in EFANS for program direction, performance evaluation and personnel actions in her/his supervisory role. This is a grant-funded position for 24 months. This position may be extended with additional funding.


  • Develop and maintain effective regional, university and state partnerships that further the development and delivery of this educational program. Work with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Dakota County Environmental Resources Department, NRCS, Dakota County SWCD, other agencies and other U of M departments and Extension staff to prepare and present nutrient, pesticide, irrigation and conservation management educational materials in one-on-one outreach meetings with producers, as well as, through workshops, demonstrations or other activities.
  • Provide assistance and education in the areas of nutrient, pesticide, irrigation and conservation management plan development. Review nutrient, pesticide, irrigation and conservation management plans from private consultants and other agencies.
  • Provide assistance to farmers to implement plans that are developed.
  • Work cooperatively with agricultural professionals to achieve the goals of this program.
  • Understand and be able to communicate Federal, State, and local cost-share and incentive programs, including the Dakota County Farmland and Natural Areas Program.
  • Promote EQIP and other conservation practices to landowners, assist landowners in participating in cost-share and incentive programs. Promote unused well sealing and septic system upgrading and compliance.
  • Design and develop on-farm demonstrations and education programs related to these types of management plans in cooperation with the above agencies.
  • Evaluate and document farmer participation in the program on an annual basis. Prepare records and reports summarizing work accomplished. Perform other related duties as required or apparent.
  • Use technology for educational delivery, reporting, communication and locating information.
  • Foster and contribute to a positive work climate with colleagues, advisory groups, audiences and partnerships.
  • Ensure that Extension programs, facilities, committees, and employment opportunities are accessible to new, diverse, and historically underserved audiences to the extent necessary in this position.


  • Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is preferred.
  • At least one degree in a field of production agriculture is required, i.e. agronomy, soils, livestock production, agricultural economics, agricultural education.


  • Experience and /or educational specialization must be related to one or more of the following topics: forage production, soil fertility, alternative cropping systems, plant/crop science, farm business management, or livestock systems.
  • Three years’ experience in one of the above areas is preferred.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Excellent oral and written communication.
  • Demonstrated technology-enhance learning skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, partners and stakeholders.
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development.
  • Demonstrated ability to articulate public value of educational programs.

1. The 0.7– O.8 FTE Extension Educator position has an annual University academic professional appointment. Renewal is dependent on local funding, program need, performance, and results.
2. The University of Minnesota benefits package may be available with this part-time appointment.
3. Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy. (Must provide own means for traveling throughout the county/state and legally required vehicle insurance.)
4. Salary commensurate with education and experience.

Please apply online via the Employment System https://employment.umn.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=116052

Please attach:

  • Vitae
  • Cover letter

Three professional letters of reference, and transcripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) are also required to complete your application.

  • To submit three professional letters on-line, you can attach them to the "references" section of the "optional documents."
  • *To submit your unofficial transcripts on-line, you can attach them to the "Additional Document" section of the "optional documents".

If three professional letters of reference and your unofficial transcripts cannot be submitted online send them to the address below. Also, if you have questions about applying online please contact:

Naaz Babvani
Extension Human Resources
260 Coffey Hall, 1420 Eckles Ave.
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, MN 55108
Telephone: 612-624-3717
Fax: 612-624-7749

November 26, 2013 initial application review; position will remain open until filled

*To check the status of your application, log-in to the University of Minnesota employment website at https://employment.umn.edu/. To log-in, you will need the user name and password you create when you apply for the position.

**Any offer of employment is contingent on the successful completion of a background check.

The University of Minnesota Extension Service is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status or sexual orientation.

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