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Agronomy Extension Field Specialist I with South Dakota State University Extension in Aberdeen, Lemmon, Mitchell, Pierre, or Watertown, South Dakota

Type of position Full-time, 12-month, benefit-eligible, 100% non-faculty exempt position
Employer South Dakota State University Extension
Location Aberdeen, Lemmon, Mitchell, Pierre, or Watertown, South Dakota
Salary $55-60K
Closing date of competition March 27, 2023
Date position available May 1, 2023
Description of duties

MAJOR DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will work cooperatively with a team of South Dakota State University (SDSU) Extension field specialists, university faculty and researchers, and agribusiness industry and commodity groups to develop and deliver high impact, quality agronomic educational programming.



  • Develop, market, and evaluate educational programming to enhance sustainable agronomic practices including weed control and management strategies for row- and horticultural-crops in South Dakota. This includes writing scholarly and Extension publications or other similar educational materials.
  • Develop integrated agronomy and livestock extension teams with the intent to create inter- and intra-state collaborations that address weed control/management issues utilizing conventional and precision agriculture strategies.   
  • Use technology as appropriate to deliver research-based information through outreach platforms such as social media, the SDSU Extension Web platform, podcasts, video, etc.
  • Conduct an annual train-the-trainer program for Extension agronomy and livestock professionals.
  • Provide leadership to one or more demonstration trials in collaboration with the SDSU Weed Extension Education & Demonstration Program Extension Specialist.
  • Develop and implement effective evaluation tools to measure and report program impact.
  • Develop relationships with stakeholders to continually assess programmatic opportunities and identify needs.
  • Participate as appropriate in critical constituent events, including Winter Farm Shows, Dakota Fest, State Fair, and AES Field Station tours.
Qualifications sought


  • M.S. degree, completed by first day of employment in Agronomy, Plant Science, or other closely related field.
  • Must be authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this position.
  • Ability to conduct innovative applied field-based studies on row- and horticultural-crop production systems utilizing small-plot research techniques and citizen scientists.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, implement, and evaluate educational materials and deliver effective programs.
  • Certified Crop Advisor certification or ability to obtain within two years of employment.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team member.
  • Effective written communication skills.
  • Effective verbal communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Valid driver’s license or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel.


  • Ph.D. completed by first day of employment in Agronomy, Weed Science, Plant Science, or other closely related field.
  • Previous Extension experience.
  • Working knowledge of Great Plains crop production systems in field and horticulture crops.
  • Working knowledge of weed management practices.  
  • Potential ability to identify and develop funding proposals to support new and/or enhanced programming within and/or across capstone areas as PI or Co-PI.
  • Experience in publishing extension materials and/or peer reviewed journals.
Contact for additional information Connie Strunk at [email protected] or 605-782-3290.
Application procedure  
Submit what Resume, letter of application, transcripts
Submit to The link directly to your vacancy is https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu/postings/32627.