Skip to Main Content

4-H Outdoor Education Program Manager

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number STAFF - VA - 18115
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Linda Shott (406) 994-1752

Classification Title Program Mgr
Working Title 4-H Outdoor Education Program Manager
Brief Position Overview

The 4-H Outdoor Education Program Manager will provide innovative statewide leadership and direction for youth development programming in all areas of outdoor education, including shooting sports, wildlife, habitat, ecology, sport fishing, environmental science, camping, and other related projects.

Position Number 4N1182
Department Extension 4-H
Division Extension
Appointment Type Classified
Contract Term Fiscal Year
If other, specify From date
If other, specify End date
FLSA Non-Exempt
Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining
FTE .40
Benefits Eligible Not Eligible
Salary $16.21 per hour
Contract Type Classified Hourly
If other, please specify
Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

Montana State University Extension and the 4-H Center for Youth Development are seeking applications for a dynamic, innovative individual to fill the part-time position of Extension 4-H Outdoor Education Program Manager. The 4-H Center for Youth Development at MSU provides ongoing support to the 4-H program and serves as a statewide resource to other organizations and groups, providing expertise on agriculture and natural resources program development and design, youth development, citizenship, international programming, leadership, service learning, families, and communities. The 4-H Center is comprised of several dynamic youth development-minded, proactive, and motivated staff who bring a sense of purpose and dedication to their work.

The 4-H Center partners with the Montana 4-H Foundation to fund operations and programs, including programs in outdoor education. Currently, Montana 4-H serves 20,000 youth annually through 4-H community clubs, school enrichment, out-of-school programs, and special interest activities (For additional information, please visit our Extension web page at

Duties and Responsibilities

The 4-H Outdoor Education Program Manager will provide innovative statewide leadership and direction for youth development programming in all areas of outdoor education, including shooting sports, wildlife, habitat, ecology, sport fishing, environmental science, camping, and other related projects.

  • Provide educational and technical information to county Extension faculty and staff with 4-H and youth development responsibilities in outdoor related projects.
  • Work cooperatively with other state Extension specialists in developing, implementing and evaluating multi-disciplinary activities including invasive plant and animal species in outdoor recreational settings, forestry, multi-use lands, and other topics related to environmental science.
  • Facilitate the organization and implementation of programmatic teams to develop, implement, evaluate, and sustain program models which support the responsibilities of the position.
  • Coordinate 4-H shooting sports trainings at a minimum of three per program year, coordinate the state 4-H shooting sports tournament, and the Montana delegation attending the 4-H Shooting Sports National Championships.
  • Coordinate the Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) contest at Montana 4-H Congress.
  • Provide support to the sport fishing, forestry, entomology, wildlife, camping, environmental science, and other outdoor related projects.
  • Advise, coordinate, and work cooperatively with the State 4-H Shooting Sports Committee.
  • Give leadership to counties in the area of outdoor educational activities at 4-H camps and provide guidance for statewide clinics in 4-H shooting sports instruction.
  • Maintain an accurate 4-H shooting sports leader training database, submit regular newsletter and website updates, assume responsibility for the fiscal management of the 4-H shooting sports program, and maintain equipment checks and inventory.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Bachelor’s degree in Education, Environmental Science, Natural Resources or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  2. Experience in providing leadership in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating educational programs related to outdoor 4-H education youth development programs.
  3. Experience in county 4-H youth development programming or other comparable experience with youth and leaders.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Demonstrated excellence in teaching, innovative teaching strategies and methods, and use of technology.
  2. Demonstrated success in grantsmanship and grant writing.
The Successful Candidate Will
  • Experience managing multiple and complex tasks with attention to detail;
  • Possess excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills to communicate effectively with constituencies at the university, county, state and national levels.
  • Experience contributing in a team environment.
  • The successful candidate will have the ability to maintain and build volunteer involvement in all 4-H delivery modes as well as Have a demonstrated understanding of 4-H Outdoor Education youth development programs.
  • A familiarity with multi-cultural and a variety of socioeconomic audiences.
  • An interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds, and a commitment to the principles of diversity.
  • An understanding of the land grant university mission.
  • And an appreciation for economically and ethnically diverse rural and urban populations.
  • The successful candidate will also possess an understanding of the youth program development domain of the 4-H Professional Research and Knowledge Base and Related Competencies.

For more information on 4-HPRKC, visit:

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
  • Must be able to work a varied schedule that will include evenings and occasional weekends as assigned.
  • 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), and be able to travel on an occaisional basis.

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

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.

This position has supervisory duties? No

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Open Date
Close Date
Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on December 13, 2017 ; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions
Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: .

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Response to Each Required and Preferred Qualification
  3. List of Three (3) Professional References
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).