Extension Agent - Natural Resources - Gallatin County

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 18013
For questions regarding this position, please contact:

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

Classification Title
Working Title Extension Agent - Natural Resources - Gallatin County
Brief Position Overview

This non-tenure-track position is located in Bozeman, MT. The primary foci include wildland/urban interface with a wildland fire mitigation emphasis, non-commercial private land forest management education, small acreage management, aquatic invasive species collaborative efforts, and citizen wetland monitoring education.

Faculty Tenure Track No
Faculty Rank Instructor NTT
Position Number 4B4462
Department Extension Agents/Field
Division Extension
Appointment Type Faculty
Contract Term Fiscal Year
Semester
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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: Located in Bozeman, MT. County Profile: Gallatin County is home to Montana’s Land Grant University, Montana State University and is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. Current population is 104,502, a 16.7% increase from the 2010 census. Bozeman, the County Seat has a population of 43,405. Located on the northern and western border of Yellowstone National Park Gallatin County has excellent recreational opportunities including golf, fishing, skiing, hiking, climbing, and hunting. Historically this position has focused on wildfire issues including defensible space implementation cost share programs in Gallatin, Park and Meagher Counties. Additional focus areas currently include climate science, non-commercial private land forest management, small acreage management, aquatic invasive species, and wetland monitoring. In addition to this position, the MSU Gallatin County Extension Office includes a full-time agriculture/horticulture field faculty, and a full-time 4-H Youth Development field faculty.

Duties and Responsibilities

General Position Responsibilities:

As a member of the faculty team leading MSU outreach and education for the people of Gallatin County, efforts are to be focused on meeting identified local needs and emergent natural resource issues. Current foci include wildland/urban interface with a wildland fire mitigation emphasis, non-commercial private land forest management education, small acreage management, aquatic invasive species collaborative efforts, and citizen wetland monitoring education. Developing continuing funding streams for this position are necessary for continuation of the position. It is anticipated that intensity of focus with the natural resource disciplines will be adjusted to address local needs and trends. Secondary emphases may include development of educational programs to help adults manage natural resources or other efforts to increase the community’s leadership capacity in natural resources.

Specific Position Responsibilities:

Educational programming will include:

  • Group instruction through workshops, seminars, and classes,
  • One-on-one instruction through personal visits, telephone conferences, and other constituent contacts,
  • Program or curriculum development, and
  • Design and development of instructional materials.

Other responsibilities:

  • Successfully seek and administer grant funding related to natural resource related community needs in Gallatin and nearby counties.
  • Collaborate with other field faculty in Gallatin County and other nearby MSU Extension offices.
  • Provide leadership to stakeholders and involve community leaders in determining priority natural resource needs that affect Gallatin County.
  • Complete and submit reports, evaluations, and other materials as required by grantors and MSU Extension.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Natural Resources or a closely related field.
  2. Demonstrated ability to lead groups and to develop, organize, plan, teach and evaluate educational programs.
  3. Demonstrated ability to work with little or no supervision.
  4. Computer literacy as demonstrated by evidence of computer use in program development, delivery and/or management.
  5. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively with individuals, groups and community organizations.
  6. Demonstrated ability to work with a wide variety of adult and youth audiences.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
  1. Master’s Degree.
  2. Experience and/or training in the area of Natural Resources.
  3. Extension experience.
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 Gallatin County. The successful candidate will also possess the ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing. The successful candidate will have familiarity with different socio-economic 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 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.

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

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

Frequent travel throughout the county; occasional travel throughout the state. 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.

The Program

COUNTY PROFILE: Gallatin County is home to Montana’s Land Grant University, Montana State University and is one of the fastest growing counties in the nation. Current population is 104,502, a 16.7% increase from the 2010 census. Bozeman, the County Seat has a population of 43,405. Located on the northern and western border of Yellowstone National Park Gallatin County has excellent recreational opportunities including golf, fishing, skiing, hiking, climbing, and hunting. Historically this position has focused on wildfire issues including defensible space implementation cost share programs in Gallatin, Park and Meagher Counties. Additional focus areas currently include climate science, non-commercial private land forest management, small acreage management, aquatic invasive species, and wetland monitoring. In addition to this position, the MSU Gallatin County Extension Office includes a full-time agriculture/horticulture field faculty, and a full-time 4-H Youth Development field faculty.

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)
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Applications will be:

Screening of applications begins September 25, 2017, and continues until a suitable candidate is selected.

Special Instructions

Screening of applications begins September 25, 2017, and continues until a suitable candidate is selected.

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 Dan Lucas, Western Region Department Head, through the hiring authority of the Executive Director of Extension. This position will be non-tenure-track.

For further specific information regarding the position responsibilities, please contact
Dan Lucas, Western Region Department Head
(406) 274-8969
daniel.lucas@montana.edu


For assistance in applying, please contact Linda Shott at linda.shott@montana.edu or Mary Fran San Soucie at maryfran@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 .

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Applicant Documents

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

Supplemental Questions

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