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Extension Agent / Agriculture & Natural Resources & 4-H Youth Development / Eddy County
Post Date: 02/03/2020
Close Date: 03/02/2020
North Dakota State University

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$30,000 - $49,999

New Rockford, North Dakota

Job Description:
This position includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:
The Extension Agent will work collaboratively with a team of Extension professionals, local stakeholders, research professionals, and volunteers to provide innovative education and leadership for the Eddy County Extension agriculture and natural resources program. This programming will empower the citizens of Eddy County to improve their lives and communities through science-based education. Primary duties will be to provide educational programs in horticulture, agronomy/cropping systems, soil sciences, water quality, 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 Eddy County.
This is a full-time position, planning and delivering educational programs in Eddy County and when appropriate, programming cooperatively in neighboring counties. The position is based in the Eddy County office of the NDSU Extension located in New Rockford, ND.
This position includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:
• Conduct transformational education by developing, delivering, and evaluating educational 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:
? 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.
? Conduct needs assessments and issues identification that result in programs based on the needs of county citizens.
? Interpret and integrate pertinent research information into educational programs.
? Evaluate and market the impact of the educational programs delivered.
? Cultivate a strong relationship with and use multiple media outlets, resources, and social media.
• Provide community and economic development education relating to the agriculture and natural resources program.
• Provide technical assistance and information in the areas of crop, livestock, and horticulture based on local needs and expectations.
• Lead and manage the 4-H youth development programs including clubs, after school programs, educational experiences and camps. Work will focus on agriculturally-related 4-H youth development-based educational programs with a measurable impact on enhancing life skills of youth, adults, and volunteers.
? Develop local teams to manage and conduct judging events such as land, range, livestock, and crop etc.
? Develop and implement Extension Mast Gardener volunteer recruitment and retention procedures, provide supplemental training, assist with developing and supervising Master Gardener projects.

• Participate in professional development experiences offered by the NDSU Extension and other entities as appropriate.
• Recruit, train, and equip local volunteers, including 4-H volunteers, and Master Gardeners to develop and deliver local Extension programming and serve as role models for youth in 4-H programs.

Collaborate and Facilitate
• Build and maintain strong working relationships with community members, schools, agencies/organizations, industry, and fellow Extension staff to leverage resources, assess Extension programming needs, and ensure that programs are delivered in a culturally relevant manner.
• 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 Eddy County Crop Improvement Association and other groups.

County Coordinator Role
• Provide administrative role between Extension office and county commission on a regular and timely basis including discussions on staffing with district director.
• Ensure office communication with staff regarding programming, personnel needs, budget, and scheduling to make sure the office is staffed each week, and is a favorable work environment. Additionally, providing orientation to new personnel and ensuring that communication exists between district director and the office.
• Office management as the supervisor of county support staff. Additionally, ensuring the office is following youth development practices consistent with state and federal law as well as annual management of youth protection, membership, participation, safety and financial policies.
• Manage resource procurement by developing an annual budget with communication between county auditor and commission, including adequate use of funds, tracking and equitability with all team members.
• Facilitate program coordination to develop, implement, evaluate, and share Extension programs in coordination with staff via program planning meetings.
• The ANR agent is responsible for gathering information from focus groups, local constituents and a formal advisory board meetings, and provides quarterly updates to commissioners, the district director and stakeholders.

• 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 Eddy 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.
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 March 2, 2020.
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
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.

Minimum Requirements:
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 Requirements:
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.

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