Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources/Nelson County
North Dakota State University - Fargo, ND

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Position Description:
The Extension Agent, Agriculture and Natural Resources, will work collaboratively with a team of Extension and research professionals and volunteers to provide program leadership for the Nelson County Extension program. Primary duties will be to provide educational programs in agriculture, 4-H youth development, and community economic development and leadership. In agriculture, this includes the disciplines of farm business management/farm marketing, livestock systems and cropping systems. An area of subject matter competency from one of the disciplines will be determined by the person’s academic background and experience. This position will receive direct supervision from the Extension District Director serving Nelson County.

This is a full-time position planning and delivering educational programs in Nelson County and the surrounding region.

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

- Provide leadership to interpret and integrate pertinent research information, and teach and deliver educational programs in the fields of farm management/farm marketing, livestock systems and cropping systems.
- Provide leadership, resource support and program coordination for a 4-H youth development-based program with a measurable impact on enhancing life skills of youth, adults and volunteers. Develop and implement volunteer recruitment, training and management systems.
- Conduct needs and issues identification processes that result in programs based on the needs of county citizens.
- Cooperate and collaborate with local, county and state agencies and organizations to enhance agriculture leadership, and community and economic development opportunities.
- Build partnerships and collaborate with local organizations, governmental units, and businesses to address issues that affect people throughout their life span.
- Collaborate with staff at North Dakota State University and throughout the NDSU Extension Service to develop interdisciplinary programs. Some programs will be delivered on a multi-county or communities-of-interest basis.
- Assure compliance with equal opportunity and civil rights policies.
- Participate in professional development experiences offered by the NDSU Extension Service and other entities as appropriate.
- Perform other duties as assigned in support of Extension programming.

Minimum Qualifications:
1. Bachelor’s degree in an agriculture discipline related to the agriculture field and position responsibilities. With a Bachelor’s degree, the academic capacity to enroll in a relevant graduate program in the future.
2. Skills that demonstrate knowledge and expertise in an agriculture discipline and the understanding necessary to communicate the knowledge and application to other disciplines.
3. Program development and educational design skills to assess needs and issues, and develop, deliver and evaluate comprehensive learning experiences that help diverse youth and adult audiences enhance their lives and communities.
4. Information and technology skills necessary to reach and teach diverse audiences, work and communicate effectively, manage time and resources, and enhance one’s ability to find, evaluate and disseminate information.
5. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals, groups and through mass media.
6. Organizational management skills including the ability to conduct oneself professionally, be self-directed in the work environment, work flexible and extended hours, be comfortable with extensive travel, and manage time and resources (including grant-writing) to efficiently accomplish the duties of the position.
7. Familiarity with various ethnic and socioeconomic audiences, an interest and ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds, and a commitment to the principles of diversity.
8. Personal vehicle and valid driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:
1. Masters degree in an agricultural discipline.
2. Recent Extension Service work experience.
3. Working knowledge of and experience with 4-H and/or other youth programs.

Screening Date:

Open Until Filled:
No

Search Type:
Internal/External Simultaneously: Open to all applicants

Special Instructions to Applicants:
Screening will begin February 21, 2013, and continue until the position is filled.

To ensure full consideration, applicants must have three people familiar with their professional training and/or experience complete and mail the NDSU Extension Service Reference Form Word document at: http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/ext-employees/recruitment/reference_form.pdf/view
to:
Lynette Flage, District Director
151 S. 4th St. S302
Grand Forks, ND 58201

Applicants must also provide complete contact information for three additional persons familiar with their professional training and/or experience.

Special Conditions:
This position is exempt from North Dakota Veterans’ Preference requirements.

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.

Location:
Lakota, North Dakota

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