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Extension Agent - Agriculture and 4-H - Fallon/Carter Counties

Company: Montana State University, Inc
Location: Bozeman
Posted on: June 8, 2021

Job Description:

COUNTY PROFILE: Fallon and Carter Counties are located in extreme southeastern Montana with North Dakota and South Dakota as their eastern border and Wyoming as their southern border. The population of Fallon County is 2,920 and Carter County is 1,238. Baker and Ekalaka are the county seats of Fallon and Carter County, respectively. Fallon and Carter County have partnered on providing Extension programs since the 1930's. The main Extension office is located in the City/County Administration Building in Baker and there is also a fully functional office in the Carter County Courthouse. Fallon County is 1,623 square miles and Carter County is 3,348 square miles. Fallon and Carter Counties lie in the shortgrass prairie region of the Northern Great Plains. The landscape is diverse, ranging from rolling prairie to badlands to Ponderosa pine forest. Primary agricultural enterprises in the counties include range cow/calf and stocker operations, dryland crop production, and range sheep production. Other industries of importance include oil and gas production primarily in Fallon County and bentonite mining in southern Carter County. Both counties are crossed by a number of oil and natural gas pipelines which are major revenue producers for both counties. The Baker school system features elementary, middle, and high schools. K through 12 education is also available in the communities of Ekalaka and Plevna. Baker features a modern hospital with numerous visiting specialists. Ekalaka also has a primary care hospital and is currently constructing a new facility which will open in 2021. Outdoor recreation opportunities abound in Fallon and Carter Counties including world class Deer and Antelope hunting and camping and hiking in Medicine Rocks State Park or the Custer National Forest. Both counties also feature excellent museums. Baker features a publicly owned recreational facility that includes an indoor heated pool, racquetball courts, and other fitness equipment. Extension work at MSU is defined as, the creation of partnerships, programs, and plans through Extension, or other community-based research, that leverage the knowledge and resources of the university and the public/private sector to enhance learning, discovery, and engagement; educate and engage citizens; strengthen communities; address locally identified issues and problems; apply and disseminate knowledge; and contribute to the public good. We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, foster and maintain effective interpersonal relationships, exhibit excellent written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of students and the mission of Montana State University.

Duties and Responsibilities

Plan, implement and evaluate educational programs in agriculture, including dryland crop production, livestock production, farm and ranch financial management, noxious weed management, range management, pest management, and pesticide training. Provide support, including leadership, planning and innovation to the 4-H youth development program. Coordinate the planning and delivery of leader education programs at the county level and in cooperation with neighboring agents at the regional level. Provide programming and support as necessary in the areas of family and consumer sciences and community development. Plan, implement, and evaluate educational programs in horticulture and home pest management. Network closely with policy makers, producer groups, government agencies and others in order to assess needs and guide local program priorities. Serve as an ex-officio member of various agency and community committees relating to agriculture, youth development, and community development. Cooperate with other Extension staff, government agencies, and civic groups in implementing, maintaining, and evaluating a balanced interdisciplinary Extension program. Involve local officials and community citizens in determining needs, identifying major issues, and assisting in presenting/facilitating programs in various communities in Fallon and Carter Counties. Utilize all available media sources, including electronic mail, the Internet, and other advancing technologies, to communicate with MSU Extension staff and others, and to disseminate information to county clientele. Must possess or be able to obtain a Government Pesticide Applicator's License and a Montana driver's license, or have reliable means of transportation. Comply with all Extension federal, state, university, and county reporting requirements. Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies.

Required Qualifications - Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

Bachelor's Degree. At least one degree or relevant work experience in agronomy, farm management, animal science, youth development or other related field. Demonstrated ability to lead groups, plan, implement, facilitate, teach, and evaluate educational programs. Demonstrated ability to manage multiple and varied tasks and to accept and delegate responsibilities. Computer literacy as demonstrated by evidence of computer use in program development, delivery and/or management. Experience helping diverse groups and individuals accomplish common goals.

Preferred Qualifications - Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

Master's Degree. Knowledge or experience in dryland crops production, livestock production, farm management, and weed and pest management. Knowledge or experience in 4-H or other youth related programs. Facilitation and mediation experience or training. Training and/or experience in budget development and management.

The Successful Candidate Will The successful candidate will possess excellent human relation skills; a high level of professionalism; the ability to work effectively with other staff members; evidence of good judgment; flexibility and innovation to respond to changing needs of people in Fallon/Carter Counties; and will be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. The successful candidate will also have a familiarity with multi-cultural and different socioeconomic audiences, an interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds, and a commitment to the principles of diversity. Dedication to supporting and enhancing Montana State University's initiative for diversity, equity and inclusiveness

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information This position, if filled at the Master's degree level, will be tenure-track. A successful candidate without a Master's degree will be required to complete their Master's degree, in a program area relevant to their Extension position, within six (6) years of their start date. Failure to do so may result in termination. Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana Driver's license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points), or have other reliable means of transportation. Must have access to a vehicle to use for work (mileage will be reimbursed), and have minimum vehicle liability insurance. Do NOT send a copy of the driver's license. This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University's rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands Position requires frequent night and weekend work, extensive reading, frequent travel throughout the county, and occasional travel throughout the state of Montana. Position also requires using a variety of teaching methods and operating a variety of demonstration and educational equipment. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program The scholarship of Extension work at MSU is defined as, "The creation of partnerships, programs, and plans through Extension, or other community-based research, that leverage the knowledge and resources of the university and the public/private sector to enhance learning, discovery, and engagement; educate and engage citizens; strengthen communities; address locally identified issues and problems; apply and disseminate knowledge; and contribute to the public good."

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Keywords: Montana State University, Inc, Bozeman , Extension Agent - Agriculture and 4-H - Fallon/Carter Counties, Other , Bozeman, Montana

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