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Area Extension Agent, Weed Science/Agronomy with Colorado State University Extension in Julesburg, CO (Sedgwick County)

Employer Colorado State University Extension
Location Julesburg, CO (Sedgwick County)
Description of Location The Golden Plains Area (GPA) is a five county partnership between Phillips, Yuma, Kit Carson, Sedgwick and Washington counties. Thirteen agents and program associates from 5 offices across the Area deliver diverse programming and work cooperatively with some of Colorado’s most progressive agricultural producers and families. Approximately 30,500 people live in the five county Area. The area’s population is predominantly white; sixteen percent is of Hispanic background.

The Area’s predominant feature is its High Plains location above the Ogallala Aquifer accommodating deep well, center pivot irrigated crop production. Agriculture serves as the economic base for the area. The wells, and the Area’s climate, allow corn and wheat farmers to consistently raise top yields among all of Colorado’s counties.

Limited irrigation is a growing production practice as drought and interstate water compact issues have reduced water availability. Consequently, CSU Extension Agents and Specialists are working closely with GPA producers to develop and implement irrigation and cropping strategies that sustain profitable farm business operations. CSU Extension Agents have assisted dryland crop producers to become regional leaders in using no-till farming and integrated cropping systems. Corn and forage production support a large livestock production industry that is also a major economic influence with numerous cow/calf and large confined animal feeding operations (beef and pork) located here.

Interest and development of renewable energy is a growing industry with corn ethanol and wind energy production currently in place.

The natural resources that support the agricultural industry also support plentiful outdoor wildlife and recreational activities. This position is housed in Julesburg, CO. Sedgwick County and the GPA boast a strong Youth Development program with opportunities to participate in educational programs year round.

Julesburg is the county seat of Sedgwick County. Sedgwick County is a rural county of approximately 2,380 located in the northern portion of the GPA. It features a quality educational system, health care facilities and staff, and numerous recreational opportunities.

For more information regarding the GPA Extension program, please refer to http://goldenplains.colostate.edu/. For more information regarding Extension at Colorado State University, see www.ext.colostate.edu/index.html

Salary Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.
Closing date of competition 12/23/2014
Date position available The position will be available after all interviews and upon decision to hire an applicant.
Description of duties Provide leadership in the development, implementation and evaluation of agronomy educational programs for adults and youth in the Golden Plains Area Counties. To work cooperatively with other Extension agents and specialists, university faculty and researchers, and agribusiness industry and community partners to develop and deliver quality plant science and agronomic educational programming.

JOB DESCRIPTION:
RESPONSIBILITIES AND RELATIONSHIPS: The individual in this position works as a member of an area team of thirteen educators, is a local representative of Colorado State University, and works under the guidance of the GPA Extension Director. There is also potential for an affiliate appointment (Administrative Professional position) in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and/or Department of Bio agricultural Sciences and Pest Management, College of Agricultural Sciences upon the review and approval of the department’s faculty. The successful candidate will:

  • Develop, market, deliver, and evaluate non-credit educational programming to enhance current agronomic production practices.
  • Develop and conduct applied research/demonstration trials and programs.
  • Conduct pesticide applicator trainings for licensees in the Golden Plains Area.
  • Develop relationships with the local plant science industry including GPA Agricultural Advisory Board, producers, agencies and organizations to continually assess agronomic opportunities and identify needs.
  • Actively participate in one or more Extension work teams to provide agronomic expertise for program and information development, delivery and evaluation efforts statewide.
  • Develop and maintain a close working relationship with the Board of County Commissioners, county department heads and employees; connect local efforts with Extension resources as appropriate.
  • Work with the GPA Director to provide administrative leadership, budget development and management, support staff supervision, and direction for the Sedgwick County Extension office.
  • Provide program and information delivery support to colleagues in area(s) of specified expertise as appropriate.
  • Effectively communicate and coordinate resources, research and programming with personnel/staff of Colorado State University and other organizations.
  • Seek out and manage external funding sources to support programming efforts, practice cost recovery.
  • Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to underserved and underrepresented audiences.
  • Provide support and new opportunities for 4-H youth, leaders, and parents through new and innovative opportunities, with the goal of expanding the involvement, reach, and effectiveness of the 4-H program.
  • Provide leadership and assistance with other activities as assigned.
Qualifications sought EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:

  • Completed master’s degree required. One degree must be conferred in plant science, agronomy, crop and soil science, bio-ag science, weed science or a closely related field. Course work should include an emphasis in agronomy, crop production or weed management.
  • Experience in identification and management of weeds relevant to the area.
  • Demonstrated skill working with people as individuals, and in groups, and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with producers, other professionals and organizations to accomplish goals.
  • Evidence of drive and initiative.
  • Ability to communicate through teaching and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs.
  • Understanding of the background of different ethnic and socioeconomic audiences, a commitment to include diverse voices in program prioritization and planning, and a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE DESIRED:

  • Experience with on-farm research or demonstration projects.
  • Understanding of crop systems relevant to this region.
  • Experience or coursework in agricultural business management as related to field crop production and marketing.
  • Experience and demonstrated ability in working with 4-H youth and clubs.
  • Experience in identifying audience needs, developing programs and evaluating impacts of programs.
  • Successful experience in developing financial support for educational programs including grant writing, fund raising, contracting, or cost recovery efforts.
  • Spanish speaking ability.
Contact for additional
information
For questions regarding the job vacancy and responsibilities, please contact Williams Nobles, 719-545-1845 or william.nobles@colostate.edu
Application procedure APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: All materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time December 23, 2014. Please submit the following to https://jobs.colostate.edu to apply:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Transcripts of college(s) course work showing degrees conferred. Please remove all references to birth date or social security number prior to submission.
  • Special Required Documentation:
    • Statement (no more than 5 pages) of how you meet all the ‘Required’ and ‘Desired’ criteria listed in the Vacancy Announcement
    • Name, address, telephone, e-mail address, and your relationship to at least four (4) references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

For questions regarding the application process, contact help@colostate.edu

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