Extension Agent, Agriculture & Natural Resources/Pierce County

Rugby, ND
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Aug 13, 2020
Job Type
Full Time
The Extension Agent will work collaboratively with a team of Extension and research professionals and volunteers to provide innovative leadership for the Pierce County Extension agriculture and natural resources program. Primary duties will be to provide educational programs in horticulture, agronomy/cropping systems, farm business management/crop marketing, livestock production, community economic development and leadership and 4-H youth development to adult and youth audiences. Supervision is provided by the Extension District Director serving Pierce County.
This is a full-time position, planning and delivering educational programs in Pierce County and when appropriate, programming cooperatively in neighboring counties. The position is based in the Pierce County office of the NDSU Extension located in Rugby, ND.
This position includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:
- Teach, deliver and evaluate programs in horticulture, agronomy/cropping systems, farm business management/crop marketing, livestock production, community vitality and 4-H youth development for adult and youth audiences. Successful Extension Programs will require you to:
o Conduct needs assessments and issues identification that result in programs based on the needs of county citizens.
o Interpret and integrate pertinent research information into educational programs.
o Develop expertise in a subject matter competency area, and to plan, implement and deliver educational programs on a county and/or communities-of-interest basis.
o Evaluate and market the impact of the educational programs delivered.
o Cultivate a strong relationship with and use multiple media outlets and resources.
- Assist with agriculturally-related 4-H youth development-based educational programs with a measurable impact on enhancing life skills of youth, adults, and volunteers.
- Provide community and economic development education relating to the agriculture and natural resources program.
- Participate in professional development experiences offered by the NDSU Extension and other entities as appropriate.
Collaborate and Facilitate
- Cooperate and collaborate with local, county and state agencies, organizations and businesses to enhance agricultural leadership and programming opportunities, and utilize stakeholder input to formulate program plans to address issues that affect people throughout their life span.
- Collaborate with NDSU professionals to develop interdisciplinary programs, some of which will be delivered on a community of interest or program team basis.
- Develop and implement volunteer recruitment and provide training and management systems. This may include working with Pierce County Crop Improvement Association and other groups.

- Perform other duties assigned in support of Extension programming or by the County.
- Assure compliance with equal opportunity policies.
- Foster and contribute to an environment of cooperative, supportive and positive working relationships with co-workers and clientele.
- Remain relevant by participating in professional development experiences offered by the NDSU Extension and other entities as appropriate.
- Be self-directed with minimal supervision.
- Travel within Pierce County and the district is required. Overnight trips will be required on occasion for meetings, 4-H youth development activities, and professional development.

Behavioral expectations include:
- Work ethically, with integrity, and respect confidentiality.
- Contribute to an environment of cooperative, supportive and positive working relationships with co-workers and clientele. Promote a healthy work environment and support everyone's efforts to succeed.
- Resolve differences constructively. Use tact and courtesy at all times.
- Use effective time management. Be prompt in attendance for work and meetings and be fully engaged.
- Exhibit positive attitude, image and personal motivation. Be a professional at all times.

Minimum Qualifications:
1. Bachelor's degree in crop and weed science, soil science, agricultural economics, animal science, horticulture, or closely related field, with the academic capacity to successfully enroll in a relevant graduate program in the future.
2. The ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, partners, and stakeholders.
3. Basic computer skills and ability to use Microsoft office programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
4. Ability to use technology for communication, information finding, program delivery, and reporting.
5. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with individuals, groups and through mass media.
6. Ability to conduct oneself professionally be self-directed in the work environment and work flexible and extended hours.
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. Valid driver's license.

Preferred Qualifications:
1. Master's degree in an agricultural or horticultural related field.
2. Experience recruiting and managing volunteers
3. Experience in designing and delivering educational programs
4. Experience with problem solving and conflict management
5. Experience disseminating information through social and mass media
6. Recent Extension work experience.
7. Working knowledge of and experience with 4-H and/or other youth programs
8. Demonstrated experience with cropping systems in Central North Dakota.

Open Until Filled: Yes
Search Type: Internal/External Simultaneously: Open to all applicants
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Complete contact information for three persons familiar with your professional training and/or work experience is required. Please upload this as "Other Documents 1."
Screening will begin September 9, 2020.

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 Veteran's Preference requirements.
Location (City, State): Rugby, North Dakota

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  4. * Do you have a Bachelor's degree in a discipline related to the position responsibilities with the academic capacity to enroll in a relevant graduate program in the future?
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  5. Are you a North Dakota resident?
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  6. Do you qualify for North Dakota veteran's preference?
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  8. Do you qualify for North Dakota disabled veteran's preference?
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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Unofficial Transcript 1
  4. Other Document 1
Optional Documents
  1. Veterans Preference Claim Form (DD214)
  2. Veterans Administration Letter
  3. Unofficial Transcript 2
  4. Unofficial Transcript 3
  5. Other Document 2
  6. Other Document 3