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Extension Agent - Ag, Natural Resources & 4-H - Hill County

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Screening of applications begins May 1, 2017, and continues until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a response that addresses each qualification, plus the names, phone numbers and e-mails of five (5) professional references.

This position is administratively responsible to John Pfister, Central Region Department Head, through the hiring authority of the Executive Director of Extension. 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.

For further specific information regarding the position responsibilities, please contact John Pfister, Central Region Department Head (406) 320-1414 john.pfister@montana.edu

For assistance in applying, please contact Linda Shott at linda.shott@montana.edu. (406) 994-1752

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 17057
Quick Link for Internal Postings http://jobs.montana.edu/postings/8280
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Linda Shott, linda.shott@montana.edu, (406) 994-1752

Classification Title
Working Title Extension Agent - Ag, Natural Resources & 4-H - Hill County
Brief Position Overview

This position is located in Havre, MT.
The main emphases of this full time position are Agriculture, Natural Resource Management and 4-H Youth Development. The MSU Extension office in Hill County is staffed by one other Extension Agent whose primary responsibilities include 4-H/Youth Development and Family and Consumer Sciences. The office is supported by two full-time administrative assistants and one half-time SNAP-Ed educator.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes
Faculty Rank Assistant
Position Number 4B3872
Department Extension Agents/Field
Division Extension
Appointment Type Faculty
Contract Term Fiscal Year
Semester
If other, specify From date
If other, specify End date
FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Contract Type LOA
If other, please specify
Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

COUNTY PROFILE: : Hill County, with a population of approximately 16,096, is located in North Central Montana and is bordered on the north by Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada. The County Seat is Havre, with a population of 9,310. Other communities in Hill County include Kremlin, Gildford, Hingham, Rudyard, Inverness, Box Elder and Rocky Boy. Hill County is an agriculturally based county but also relies on education, oil and gas industry, medical, U.S. Border Patrol and BNSF Railway as significant employers. Hill County is the number two wheat producing county in Montana but has increased its pulse crop rotations significantly in the past three years. The county landscape varies widely from the Bear Paw Mountains in the southeast corner to rolling plains across the remainder of the county. Havre is the home of MSU-Northern and the MSU Northern Agricultural Research Center. Beaver Creek Park, the nation’s largest county park, with 10,000 acres, begins 10 miles south of Havre. The Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation is also located in the southeast portion of the county. The Hill County 4-H program consists of approximately 190 youth members and 80 adult volunteer leaders in twelve organized clubs.

Duties and Responsibilities

Position Responsibilities:

  • Plan, implement and evaluate educational programs in agriculture, with emphasis on crop production, horticulture, noxious weeds, farm management, livestock production and range management.
  • In cooperation with the Hill County Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, provide leadership for program development in 4-H, including developing ideas, facilitating and coordinating programs and responding to the needs and requests from 4-H leaders and schools to provide educational and
    training opportunities for youth and adult volunteers.
  • Serve as an Associate Supervisor on the Hill County Conservation District, ex-officio member of the Hill County Weed Board, the Hill County 4-H Council and sub-committees, and the Hill County 4-H Foundation.
  • Cooperate with the FCS/4-H/Youth agent in the facilitation of a process through which clientele help identify county needs, priorities and audiences in order to develop Extension programs that are appropriate and effective for Hill County.
  • Cooperate and collaborate with area Extension agents, with Extension specialists, and with other appropriate community professionals to do
    effective educational programming.
  • Comply with all Extension, federal, state, university and county reporting requirements.
  • Assure compliance with all civil rights and affirmative action requirements.
  • Utilize all available media sources, including electronic mail, the Internet and other advancing technology, to communicate with MSU Extension staff and others, and to research topics and disseminate information to clientele.
  • In addition to regular daytime office hours, this position requires some night and weekend work. The position also requires extensive reading, frequent travel throughout the county, occasional travel throughout the state of Montana, and travel to and from programs with adult and youth
    participants. The position also requires using a variety of teaching methods, and handling and operating a variety of demonstration and educational
    equipment.
  • Must possess, or be able to possess, a Montana driver’s license or have other means of reliable transportation.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain a Montana Government Pesticide Applicator License.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Bachelor’s Degree
  2. Demonstrated ability to lead groups, and to organize, plan, teach and evaluate educational programs.
  3. Demonstrated ability to work with little or no supervision.
  4. Demonstrated ability in effective communication and leadership.
  5. Computer literacy as demonstrated by evidence of computer use in program development, delivery and/or management.
  6. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals and groups.
  7. Demonstrated ability to work effectively with youth and adults.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Master’s Degree
  2. At least one degree (either Bachelor’s or Master’s degree) or relevant work experience in area of Range Management, Agronomy, Crop, Plant or Soil Science, Animal Science, Agriculture Education or closely related field.
  3. Experience in livestock, crops, livestock, farm management and weed management.
  4. Facilitation and mediation experience or training.
  5. Training and/or experience in budget development and management.
The Successful Candidate Will

The successful candidate will possess excellent human relations skills, the ability to work effectively with other staff members, and evidence of good judgment, flexibility and innovativeness in order to respond to the changing needs of the people in Hill County, and will be able to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. The successful candidate will also have familiarity with different socioeconomic audiences, an interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds, and a commitment to the principles of diversity.

Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

In addition to regular daytime office hours, this position requires frequent night and weekend work. The position also requires extensive reading, frequent travel throughout the county, occasional travel throughout the state of Montana, and travel to and from programs with adult and youth participants. The position also requires using a variety of teaching methods, outdoor activities, and handling and operating a variety of demonstration and educational equipment.

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.

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, or be able to possess, a Montana driver’s license or have other means of reliable transportation.

In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

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.

The Program

COUNTY PROFILE: Hill County, with a population of approximately 16,096, is located in North Central Montana and is bordered on the north by Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada. The County Seat is Havre, with a population of 9,310. Other communities in Hill County include Kremlin, Gildford, Hingham, Rudyard, Inverness, Box Elder and Rocky Boy. Hill County is an agriculturally based county but also relies on education, oil and gas industry, medical, U.S. Border Patrol and BNSF Railway as significant employers. Hill County is the number two wheat producing county in Montana but has increased its pulse crop rotations significantly in the past three years. The county landscape varies widely from the Bear Paw Mountains in the southeast corner to rolling plains across the remainder of the county. Havre is the home of MSU-Northern and the MSU Northern Agricultural Research Center. Beaver Creek Park, the nation’s largest county park, with 10,000 acres, begins 10 miles south of Havre. The Rocky Boy’s Indian Reservation is also located in the southeast portion of the county. The Hill County 4-H program consists of approximately 190 youth members and 80 adult volunteer leaders in twelve organized clubs.

The Department

MSU Extension improves the lives of Montana citizens by providing unbiased research-based education and information that integrates learning, discovery and engagement to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

The College

Posting Detail Information

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

Screening of applications will begin on May 1, 2017; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Screening of applications begins May 1, 2017, and continues until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, a response that addresses each qualification, plus the names, phone numbers and e-mails of five (5) professional references.

This position is administratively responsible to John Pfister, Central Region Department Head, through the hiring authority of the Executive Director of Extension. 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.

For further specific information regarding the position responsibilities, please contact
John Pfister, Central Region Department Head
(406) 320-1414
john.pfister@montana.edu


For assistance in applying, please contact Linda Shott at linda.shott@montana.edu. (406) 994-1752

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 race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. 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; recruitment@montana.edu .

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: www2.montana.edu/policy/affirmative_action/ .

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Response to Each Required and Preferred Qualification
  2. List of Five (5) Professional References
  3. Resume OR Curriculum Vita
  4. Cover Letter
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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