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Extension 4-H Specialist, Agriculture & Natural Resources

Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Please apply online, including a resume/curriculum vita, a response to each required and preferred qualification, and a list of five (5) professional references. For assistance, please contact: Linda Shott, (406) 994-1752,

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 18008
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Linda Shott, (406) 994-1752,, or Mary Fran San Soucie at

Classification Title
Working Title Extension 4-H Specialist, Agriculture & Natural Resources
Brief Position Overview

The 4-H Specialist for Agriculture and Natural Resources will provide innovative leadership and direction for youth development programming in agriculture and natural resources, including livestock, horse, and other animal and agriculturally related projects.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes
Faculty Rank Negotiable
Position Number
Department Extension 4-H
Division Extension
Appointment Type Faculty
Contract Term Fiscal Year
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FLSA Exempt
Union Affiliation
FTE 1.0
Benefits Eligible Eligible
Salary alary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications.
Contract Type LOA
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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

Montana State University Extension and the 4-H Center for Youth Development are seeking nominations and applications for a dynamic, innovative individual to fill the position of Extension 4-H Specialist, Agricultural and Natural Resources. 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, families and communities. The 4-H Center is a vibrant office comprised of several dynamic youth-minded, energetic and motivated staff who bring a sense of purpose and enjoyment to their work.

The 4-H Center partners with the Montana 4-H Foundation to fund operations and programs, including livestock and natural resources programs. 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 Specialist for Agriculture and Natural Resources will provide innovative leadership and direction for youth development programming in agriculture and natural resources, including livestock, horse, and other animal and agriculturally related projects. Responsibilities also include providing leadership to shooting sports, conservation, wildlife, and other outdoor related 4-H projects, with possible assistance from a Montana 4-H Foundation funded Outdoor Education Coordinator.

  • Provide educational and technical information to field Extension faculty and staff with 4-H and youth development responsibilities in 4-H, agriculture, and natural resources.
  • Work cooperatively with other state Extension specialists in developing, implementing and evaluating multi-disciplinary activities.
  • Facilitate the organization and implementation of programmatic teams to develop, implement, evaluate and sustain program models which support the responsibilities of the position.
  • Coordinate horse and livestock leader forums, judging schools, agriculture-related contests at the Montana 4-H Congress and work with all aspects of district and state livestock, horse, and provide leadership to shooting sports events.
  • Provide expertise to vet science, plant science, weed science, range science, gardening, horticulture, small animals, and other agriculture 4-H projects.
    Highlight and develop STEM programs in Agriculture and record impacts.
  • Advise, coordinate, and work cooperatively with the State Horse Committee, State Livestock Committee, and Outdoor Education Coordinator.
  • Give leadership to quality assurance and animal welfare initiatives through Montana 4-H.
  • Provide leadership and guidance for the 4-H shooting sports program, providing guidance to the Shooting sports coordinator who works with the state advisory group, coordinates training for leaders and instructors, maintains an accurate leader training database, submits regular newsletter and website updates, has fiscal management of the program, and maintains equipment checks and inventory.
  • Maintain liaisons and close working relationships with state agencies dealing with agriculture and natural resources as well as private donors.
  • Provide training to adult volunteers and teen leaders in agriculture and natural resources.
  • Utilize electronic mail, the Internet and other advancing technology to communicate with MSU Extension staff and others.
  • Comply with all Extension federal, state and university reporting requirements.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Earned master’s degree in agriculture, agricultural education, Extension education, other youth development, or closely related field. Must have degree in hand by date of employment.
  2. Demonstrated understanding of agriculture and natural resources 4-H youth development programs.
  3. Ability to provide leadership in planning, organizing, directing and evaluating educational programs related to agriculture and natural resources 4-H youth development programs.
  4. Ability to maintain and build volunteer involvement in all 4-H delivery modes.
  5. Experience in county 4-H youth development programming or other comparable experience with youth and leaders.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. An earned doctoral degree from an accredited university in a field appropriate for the position.
  2. Demonstrated excellence in teaching, innovative teaching strategies and methods, and use of technology.
  3. Demonstrated success in grantsmanship and grant writing.
The Successful Candidate Will

The successful candidate will: possess excellent interpersonal skills; the ability to contribute in a team environment; the ability to manage multiple and complex tasks with attention to detail; the ability and willingness to work a varying schedule that will include evenings and occasional weekends as assigned. The candidate must have the ability to travel on an occasional basis (must have or be able to obtain a valid Montana driver’s license or other reliable means of transporation) and possess the ability to represent MSU Extension and the Montana 4-H Youth Development Center and its programs to others in a professional, courteous and competent manner. The successful candidate will have excellent written and verbal communication skills; demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with constituencies at the university, county, state and national levels; 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

With a doctoral degree this position will be a twelve month, tenure-track faculty position with Montana State University Extension, in the 4-H Center for Youth Development. With a Master’s degree the position will be a twelve month, non-tenure-track Associate Specialist position with potential of transition into a tenure-track faculty position upon completion of a doctoral degree. Benefits include TIAA CREF, coverage for health and life insurance, Social Security, Worker’s Compensation and Unemployment Compensation.

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

Physical Demands

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.

Frequent travel throughout the state; occasional travel throughout the country. Handing and moving a variety of educational equipment. Ability to give presentations in outside venues.

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 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.

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Screening of applications will begin September 5, 2017; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Please apply online, including a resume/curriculum vita, a response to each required and preferred qualification, and a list of five (5) professional references.

For assistance, please contact:
Linda Shott, (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; .

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Applicant Documents

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

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