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Job Detail: Extension Regional Specialist

About: 

This position provides leadership for small acreage management programming and research, coordination of effort, and communication and facilitation among Colorado State University Extension, the USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service, and conservation districts in the Front Range region. Duties include but are not limited to strengthening working relationships among the partner agencies and engaging other organizations in maximizing delivery of priority educational efforts in small acreage, forestry and range management to small acreage owners and managers in the Front Range. The person in this position will also work collegially and cooperatively with CSU Extension and NRCS staff, alongside fellow CSUE/NRCS joint appointees statewide to deliver programming. Extension specialist’ work schedules vary and there are times throughout the year that require nights, weekends, and long hours. Flexibility in scheduling; night, weekend, and overnight work (able to be scheduled in advance) is required. CSU Extension is committed to helping employees achieve a positive work-life balance and encourages professional scheduling.

Position Qualifications: 

Completed master’s degree; degree must be completed before starting the position.
• One degree must have been conferred in agriculture, plant science, natural resource management, or a closely related field. Course work and/or professional experience must provide a broad and significant understanding of plant and animal production related to small acreages.
• Demonstrated skill in working with people as individuals and in groups (teamwork); ability to resolve conflicts, mediate contentious issues, and facilitate group interactions.
• Commitment to include diverse voices in program prioritization and planning, and a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming.
• Prior work or educational experience working landscapes (including but not limited to specialty crops, pastures, forests, and/or rangeland) through agencies, organizations, or small acreage owners.
• Demonstrated experience in teaching, communicating including public speaking, and translating technical subject matter into programs and tools for use by the public or small acreage owners.
• Demonstrated leadership ability, evidence of drive and initiative.
• Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs.
• Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

Position Responsibilities: 

Develop resource planning tools that can be used by small acreage landowners for self-assessment and implementation of resource management practices.
• Develop, implement, and evaluate needs based, non-credit, education programs for small acreage landowners and managers.
• Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to underserved and underrepresented audiences.
• Assist landowners to develop sustainable and/or profitable enterprises
• Provide direct assistance to small acreage owners, often through site visits, to identify and implement “best practices” in resource conservation management.
• Provide leadership in developing grazing and cropland conservation practices for the small acreage landowner operations.
• Conduct demonstrations on small acreages to accelerate acceptance of resource conservation practices.
• Report engagement and program outcomes to CSUE and NRCS.
• Complete certifications and trainings as required by both NRCS and CSU Extension to ensure landowners have access to best small acreage practices and resources available.
• Assist in NRCS conservation planning for EQIP and other conservation practices.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Provide leadership in the Front Range region to establish communication and rapport with all appropriate agency personnel, especially CSU Extension, NRCS, and conservation districts. Work with colleagues across regions to develop, implement, and evaluate projects of importance and impact.
• In collaboration with agency partners and small acreage owners, identify priority educational needs for the target audience.
• Provide relevant technical assistance, educational materials and expertise with agencies, organizations, and colleagues in the Front Range region, other regions, and statewide, as appropriate.
• Provide direction and support to agency personnel in the delivery of educational programs to small acreage landowners.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

How to Apply: 

For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. Please submit the following to apply:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Transcript of college(s) course work showing degrees conferred. Please remove all references to birth date or social security number.
  • Special Required Documentation – Statement (no more than 5 pages) of how you meet all applicable “Required” and “Preferred” Job Qualifications. Please respond to each bullet point separately.

All applicants will be contacted approximately 15 working days after the deadline regarding their status. Next steps and interview dates will be shared to those moving forward. Four professional references will be requested of applicants that advance in the interview process.

For questions regarding the application process, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at (970) 491-5836 or email oeo@colostate.edu. For questions regarding the job vacancy, responsibilities, and salary, please contact Adrian Card at (303) 678-6383 or adrian.card@colostate.edu.

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Location Lakewood, CO
Field Administrative
Time Full-time
Date 22 June 2020

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