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#33-18 – Extension Agent, Horticulture/Small Acreage Management   Arrow divider image - marks separation between nested pages that are listed as breadcrumbs.

EAGLE County, Eagle, CO
Deadline: July 31, 2018

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of all backgrounds and abilities. We invite you to review Colorado State University’s Principles of Community http://diversity.colostate.edu/principles-of-community) that guide our mission and vision of access, teaching, service and engagement.

Eagle County is a rural resort mountain community on the western slope of Colorado. With a population of 52,197, it is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, approximately 100 miles west of Denver. Most of the population resides in the Eagle River Valley; however the county also has population centers in the Roaring Fork Valley along Highway 82 which includes the residential communities of Basalt and El Jebel. Eagle County has an incredible geographic diversity covering over 1,694 square miles, 80 percent which is federally owned. The economy revolves around tourism and recreation with a growing local food movement. Typical of the mountain resort lifestyle, the cost of living in Eagle County is higher than metropolitan or suburban living. Approximately 7.9% of Eagle County families live below the poverty guidelines, just under the state average of 11%. Latinos continue to be one of the fastest growing populations in the county representing 30% of the residents. There are numerous golf courses, a large number of landscapers and professional gardeners in the county. Currently there are 18 active Colorado Master Gardener volunteers with the program offered every other year. For more information visit: http://www.eaglecounty.us. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension go to: www.extension.colostate.edu

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday July 31, 2018. 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. Only one document upload is allowed, no larger than 9 megabytes. Please convert all transcript pages into one PDF File to upload.
  • Please remember to include contact information for 4 professional references. References will not be contacted without previous notice to applicant.
  • Special Required Documentation:
    • Statement (no more than 5 pages) of how you meet all the “Required” and “Preferred” criteria listed in the Vacancy Announcement. Please respond to each bullet point separately. Only one document upload is allowed, no larger than 9 megabytes. Please convert your Statement pages into one PDF file.

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 and responsibilities, please contact CJ Mucklow at (970) 846-2358 or cj.mucklow@colostate.edu.

PURPOSE OF POSITION: To provide leadership, organization, implementation and direction in the development of educational programs in horticulture and small acreage management in Eagle County.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES

Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 40%

  • Provide educational programming in horticulture and small acreage management.
  • Manage the Eagle County horticultural program to include the Colorado Master Gardener volunteer program, general public and green industry education and provide other horticulture technical assistance.
  • Supervise and facilitate the maintenance of the variety of gardens at the CSU Extension office
  • Provide subject matter expertise and program support for small acreage management issues such as pastures, livestock and natural resources.
  • Conduct plant diagnostics for residents.
  • Provide support to 4-H youth development programs consistent with areas of expertise

Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 30%

  • Serve as technical resource to local advisory groups in the areas of local food production projects, including technical feasibility and policy issues that arise.
  • Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to underserved and underrepresented audiences.
  • Uphold the Principles of Community when engaging with the community and acting on behalf of the University.

Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Volunteer Recruitment, Development and Management: 30%

  • Manage an active Colorado Master Gardener volunteer program including volunteer recruitment, selection, orientation, education, motivation, evaluation, recognition and support. Prepare Colorado Master Gardeners to cooperate with community organizations to enhance horticultural education.

Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

SALARY: The starting salary for this position will be $45,000-$65,000 and will be commensurate with education and experience.

REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Completed master’s degree in horticulture, agriculture, or closely related field.
  • Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
  • Demonstrated experience working with people as individuals and in groups; ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with other professionals and organizations.
  • 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.

PREFERRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Knowledge of season Extension practices (related to small scale vegetable production).
  • Professional experience in horticulture including pesticide use, organic production and rules, pest identification, etc.
  • Professional experience in assisting small acreage residents with management of pastures, livestock, and natural resources.
  • Understanding of rural resort issues, programming opportunities, and political frameworks.
  • An entrepreneurial spirit that is able to maintain flexibility to address programming and partnership collaborations.
  • Training or experience in marketing and promoting programs or services; demonstrated ability to work effectively with the media, including television, radio, print, and the internet.
  • Familiarity with small agriculture business management strategies.
  • Familiarity with Extension, Colorado Master Gardener Program, Native Plant Master Program, and the land-grant system.
  • Experience/knowledge of high altitude semi-arid climates, soils, hardy plant varieties and associated pests.
  • Ability to speak Spanish.
  • Successful experience in grant attainment or other forms of revenue generation for educational programs.

BENEFITS: Based on full-time employment. Twenty-four working days vacation each year, 15 days sick leave. Enrollment in group health, life and accident insurance, various retirement plans, work injury benefits, and disability insurance are all available. Available personal transportation required, travel allowance provided. A full description of benefits is available at: http://www.hrs.colostate.edu/benefits/.

Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Colorado State University Extension operates in compliance with the same laws and executive orders as the University as administered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As a part of the USDA regulations, the Extension Equal Employment Opportunity representative may be contacted at 1311 South College Avenue, Room 102, Colorado State University.

BACKGROUND CHECK: Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history. 

Application process and additional information may be obtained at:
https://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/57746