Extension Agent - Agriculture and Natural Resources - Yellowstone County

Montana State University

United States

February 28, 2022

Description

Position Details Announcement Number FAC - VA - 22051

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Larry Brence at 406-874-8236 or lbrence@montana.edu

Classification Title Working Title Extension Agent - Agriculture and Natural Resources - Yellowstone County Brief Position Overview

This position is located in Billings, MT. The primary focus for this full-time position will be to provide leadership and educational programming in the discipline of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The Extension Office staff in Yellowstone County also includes a full-time agent for 4-H/Youth Development, a full-time agent for Family and Consumer Sciences, a part time Horticulture Associate, a part-time 4-H associate, and 2 administrative assistants.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes Faculty Rank Up To Professor Position Number 4B3561 Department Extension Agents/Field Division Extension Appointment Type Faculty Contract Term Fiscal Year Semester If other, specify From date If other, specify End date Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining FTE 1.0 Benefits Eligible Eligible Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications Contract Type LOA If other, please specify Recruitment Type Open

General Statement

This position is located in Billings, MT. The primary focus for this full-time position will be to provide leadership and educational programming in the discipline of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The Extension Office staff in Yellowstone County also includes a full-time agent for 4-H/Youth Development, a full-time agent for Family and Consumer Sciences, a part time Horticulture Associate, a part-time 4-H associate, and 2 administrative assistants.

Extension work at MSU is defined as, the creation of partnerships, programs, and plans through Extension, or other community-based research, that leverage the knowledge and resources of the university and the public/private sector to enhance learning, discovery, and engagement; educate and engage citizens; strengthen communities; address locally identified issues and problems; apply and disseminate knowledge; and contribute to the public good.

Located in south central Montana, Yellowstone County is Montana's most populous county with an estimated population of over 165,000. Billings, the county seat, is the largest city within a 500 mile radius with an estimated population of 117,000 (2012) and is a major retail and wholesale trade, financial, energy, transportation and medical center. Billings also serves as a transportation hub for rail, truck, and air travel and is a major trade center for southern and eastern Montana and northern Wyoming. Agriculture in Yellowstone County is diverse from both a crops and livestock standpoint. Total cash receipts for agriculture total approximately $150 million. The surrounding 18 county trade area earns about $980 million annually for crop and livestock receipts. There are approximately 80,000 irrigated crop acres, 220,000 dryland crop acres, and about 1.3 million acres in pasture and rangeland. Irrigated crops consist of sugar beets, malting barley, corn, dry beans, small grains, alfalfa and corn for silage and grain. The primary dryland crop is winter wheat. Beef cow/calf operations and beef feedlots are the primary livestock enterprises.

Yellowstone County offers diverse educational opportunities, cuisine, arts, and culture to people throughout the region. Laurel, a town of 7,300, is located 12 miles from Billings and other communities in the County include Ballantine, Broadview, Custer, Huntley, Lockwood, Pompey's Pillar, Shepherd and Worden. There are 58 public and private schools in the county (37 elementary, 13 middle, 10 high and 8 private) that provide excellent educational opportunities. Billings is also home to MSU-Billings, the MSU College of Technology, and Rocky Mountain College. Established in 1883 and located along the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone County is rich in history. The only remaining evidence of the Lewis & Clark expedition, Clark's signature on Pompey's Pillar, is located in the county. The area also offers a variety of recreational opportunities, including skiing, hiking, biking, and boating. Yellowstone Park is easily accessible as well. Billings is a transportation hub with a large airport. It also has available an efficient MET Bus Transit System. Special cultural opportunities include the Yellowstone Art Museum, the Western Heritage Center, the Billings Symphony, the Alberta Bair Theater, and Zoo Montana. The medical corridor provides the most advanced healthcare services in a four-state area and Healthcare in Billings is an important economic anchor.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan, implement, and evaluate educational programs in livestock production, agronomy, including irrigated and dryland crop production, pest management, and pesticide training, and in small acreage management and horticulture.
  • Involve local citizens and community organizations, especially those related to agriculture, in identifying needs and priorities, targeting new audiences, and developing and implementing appropriate and responsive educational programming.
  • Collaborate with the 4-H Agent to plan, implement, and facilitate subject matter training for 4-H/youth audiences consistent with ag skills, abilities, and experiences.
  • Serve as an ex-officio member of various agency and community committees relating to agriculture, youth development, and community development.
  • Collaborate with other Extension agents in cross-county programming efforts.
  • Share responsibility with other Extension staff in implementing and maintaining a balanced, interdisciplinary Extension program.
  • Utilize all available media sources, including electronic mail, the internet, and other advancing technology, to communicate with MSU Extension staff and others, and to disseminate information to clientele.
  • Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies, and comply with all Extension, federal, state, university, and county reporting requirements.
  • Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor's Degree.
  • At least one degree or significant relevant work experience in agronomy, which may include irrigated and dryland crop production, forage crop production, animal science, range management, farm/ranch management, horticulture, or other closely related fields.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead groups; assess community needs; and develop, organize, plan, teach, and evaluate effective Extension programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership for and work collaboratively and effectively with individuals, groups, and community organizations representing a wide variety of youth and adult audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple and varied tasks and to accept and delegate responsibilities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in the use of a variety of information technologies for dissemination of educational information, educational programming, and program management.
  • Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Master's degree
  • Knowledge or experience in irrigated and dryland crops production, livestock production, farm management, weed and pest management, and horticulture.
  • Facilitation and mediation experience or training.
  • Extension Experience.
  • The Successful Candidate Will

  • Possess excellent human relation skills and the ability to work effectively with other staff members.
  • Demonstrate a high level of professionalism.
  • Show evidence of good judgment.
  • Demonstrate flexibility and innovativeness to respond to the changing needs of the people of Yellowstone County.
  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Be motivated and be a self-starter.
  • Be familiar with multi-cultural and different socioeconomic audiences.
  • Have an interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Be committed to the principles of diversity and be dedicated to supporting and enhancing Montana State University's initiative for diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

    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.

    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), or have other reliable means of transportation. Must have access to a vehicle to use for work (mileage will be reimbursed), and have minimum vehicle liability insurance. Do NOT send a copy of the driver's license.

    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

    Position requires frequent night and weekend work, extensive reading, frequent travel throughout the county, and occasional travel throughout the state of Montana. Position also requires using a variety of teaching methods and operating a variety of demonstration and educational equipment.

    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

    The scholarship of Extension work at MSU is defined as, “The creation of partnerships, programs, and plans through Extension, or other community-based research, that leverage the knowledge and resources of the university and the public/private sector to enhance learning, discovery, and engagement; educate and engage citizens; strengthen communities; address locally identified issues and problems; apply and disseminate knowledge; and contribute to the public good.”

    The Department The College

    Number of Vacancies 1

    Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search Position End Date (if temporary) Open Date Close Date Applications will be:

    Screening of applications will begin on February 28, 2022 ; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

    Special Instructions

    Please note – for this position – Five (5) references have been requested.

    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/affirmativeaction/ .

    FLSA Details FLSA Status Exempt Applicant Documents

    Required Documents

  • Resume OR Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter addressing each of the Required and Preferred Qualifications
  • Optional Documents

    Supplemental Questions

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