Regional Extension Livestock Specialist Northeastern Washington
Washington State University - Washington

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Regional Livestock Extension Specialist, Washington State University Extension. This is a 12-month, tenure track faculty position at the rank of E-2 or E-3 (analogous to Assistant or Associate Professor), within the WSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Unit. The position serves a multicounty region providing leadership for Extension programs and applied research in areas of livestock production and forage production and utilization. The position will be headquartered in the WSU /Lincoln County Extension Office in Davenport, Washington, which is central to the region.

The WSU Agriculture and Natural Resources ( ANR ) Extension Program Unit is a departmental unit of WSU Extension within the College of Agriculture, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences of Washington State University. The ANR Unit seeks an inspired and highly qualified professional in animal agriculture to join a state-wide team dedicated to excellence in outreach and applied research addressing current and emerging issues of animal agriculture across the state. Collaboration and teamwork with the other faculty of the ANR Unit, WSU Department of Animal Sciences, and WSU College of Veterinary Medicine are essential in achieving maximum impacts and relevancy to the livestock industry and agricultural stakeholders across the region. This position is responsible to the Director of the WSU Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Program Unit.
Job Duties and Responsibilities:
Work cooperatively with livestock and forage producers, other faculty, industry representatives, and relevant professionals across the Pacific Northwest and nation.
Develop an effective Extension educational program and applied research projects that address high priority issues facing animal agriculture across the service region and engage actively in the state-wide WSU Animal Agriculture Team. Focus areas may include (but are not limited to) livestock nutrition, reproduction, meat science, grazing management, forage production, forage utilization, investigation of new feed resources, livestock enterprise management, and value-added production systems.
Acquire both financial and human resources through grants, contracts, and gifts to support the development and delivery of these programs.
Build capacity to sustain and grow programs through constituent empowerment and/or leadership development
Conduct informal and formal program need/opportunity assessments and utilize stakeholder input in formulating program plans.
Participate as an affiliate faculty member in the WSU Department of Animal Sciences.
Engage in professional development regularly and redirect efforts, as needed.
Extend the reach of WSU Extension by integrating distance technology into program delivery through computer applications, web pages, electronic mailings, multimedia technologies, and other emerging technologies.
Document program impacts and make timely
Extend the reach of WSU Extension by integrating distance technology into program delivery through computer applications, web pages, electronic mailings, multimedia technologies, and other emerging technologies.
Document program impacts and make timely reports as required.
Promote communications and effective working relationships between stakeholders and Washington State University.
Engage diverse audiences and communities.
Provide support and training for those directly involved with the 4-H livestock program.
Become knowledgeable about and promote WSU Extension programs.

This position is headquartered at the WSU /Lincoln County Extension Office in Davenport, Washington. Lincoln County is located in central eastern Washington and is largely surrounded by rural, predominantly agricultural, counties. The exception is its eastern neighbor, Spokane County, the nearest urban area with Spokane being the 3rd largest city in the state. Situated in the north central Columbia Basin, Lincoln County is primarily composed of fertile rolling hills, channeled scablands, lakes, streams, and deep canyons descending into Lake Roosevelt, the state’s largest lake. About 73% of the county land is in agricultural production, including wheat, barley, livestock, and pastureland. With a semi-arid climate, residents and visitors enjoy four distinct seasons and a wide variety of outdoor activities with over 130,000 acres of accessible public lands. Neighboring counties to the north and east share much of the same topography, transitioning into higher elevations and wooded, mountainous regions. NE Washington is inviting to those seeking small friendly communities with multiple seasonal recreational and social activities.

Additional Information

Required Qualifications
Minimum of an earned Master’s degree at the time of hire in Animal Sciences or closely related discipline.

Strong academic training or experience in livestock production.

Preferred Qualifications
Experience or training in agricultural field research and problem solving as may be applied to livestock production, forage production and management of livestock enterprises.

Excellent interpersonal skills and a capacity and willingness to engage diverse constituents in educational programs.

Demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication.

Ph.D. in Animal Sciences or closely related field.

Demonstrated ability to conduct programs that address issues related to profitability, sustainability, and environmental stewardship of agricultural enterprises.

Experience and knowledge of emerging issues in sustainable livestock production, with an understanding of environmental regulations impacting livestock enterprises.

Demonstrated record of publications or other scholarly activities.

Flexibility in exercising both leadership and team membership roles.

Demonstrated success with grants, contracts, and gift development.

Demonstrated ability to develop and carry out plans for fee-generating educational activities.

Demonstrated ability to use current computer technology and distance-bridging technologies to expand learning opportunities.

Hiring Unit

Monthly Salary

Posting Detail Information

Type of Recruitment
Open Recruitment

Posting Open Date

Screening Begin Date

Posting Close Date

Open Until Filled (overrides close field)

Special Instructions to Applicants
Be prepared to submit a letter of application addressing each of the minimum and preferred qualifications; a current and complete curriculum vitae/resume; a concise 1-2 page statement outlining your approach to establishing an effective Extension program and applied research projects for the position as described; the names and contact information for four (4) professional references willing to serve as references and able to address your qualifications relative to this position; and scanned photocopy of official transcripts.

For questions about the position contact:
Nancy Mordhorst

For information on WSU Ext., visit:

For information on WSU Ext. in Lincoln or Adams Counties, visit:;
Spokane Cty., visit:;
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Pend Oreille Cty., visit:
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