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#02-21 – Extension Agent, Agronomy   arrow

Pueblo County, Pueblo, CO
Deadline: March 8, 2021

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 that guide our mission and vision of access, teaching, service and engagement.

Located in south central Colorado, Pueblo County has a population of about 168,424. The City of Pueblo, the county seat, has a population of 112,361, and is at 4,600 feet above sea level. Pueblo is a trade and service center for surrounding areas, with manufacturing, health care and social assistance, and retail marketing being important components of the economy. Agricultural production (primarily beef, the Pueblo Chile, horticultural crops, and turf) also remains important. A growing local foods movement is encouraged by numerous family farm stands selling local produce. Social and recreational activities abound in Pueblo County with numerous museums, the Pueblo Zoo, Pueblo Nature & Raptor Center, the HARP Riverwalk, the Colorado State Fair, multiple public lakes, Lake Pueblo State Park, the Mountain Park Environmental Center, and many miles of bicycle and equestrian trails all being located here. To learn more about Pueblo County Extension, go to: http://pueblo.extension.colostate.edu/. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to: http://extension.colostate.edu/.

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Monday, March 8, 2021. Please submit the following to https://jobs.colostate.edu 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 Jonathan Vrabec at (719) 520-7682 or Jonathan.Vrabec@colostate.edu.

PURPOSE OF POSITION

Colorado State University Extension and Pueblo County are seeking an agricultural professional with the experience and skills to lead a diverse and inclusive agricultural program in an urban/rural environment. This person will have a proven record of accomplishment of engaging community, delivering programs, building program capacity, supporting and developing staff and volunteers, and using a variety of program delivery methods to engage clientele. We are looking for someone who will create innovative programming opportunities and foster collaboration and teamwork with both internal and external partners. The agent will be an effective communicator with competencies and skills that engage adults, youth, and groups from diverse backgrounds.

The position will provide leadership, in the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs in a broad range of agriculture and natural resources for Pueblo County, with a primary focus on agronomic crops, commercial horticulture, soil, and weed sciences. This will include, but is not limited to, work with vegetable crops, conventional crops, specialty crops, and pastures. Programs must include attention to vegetable and grain production, forage/hay production, agricultural pest management, and irrigation with an overall objective of agricultural profitability and sustainability. On-farm field research/trials/ demonstrations and a willingness to partner with the CSU Arkansas Valley Research Center (AVRC) will be strongly encouraged. Teamwork with Extension agents, Extension specialists, university faculty and researchers, Extension administrators, County employees, farmers, ranchers, government agencies, agricultural suppliers, and other partners, is expected.

In addition to the agricultural role, the successful candidate will work with office colleagues, volunteers, and emergency officials to operate the Community Animal Response Team (CART; Large Animal Division) during and following emergencies when the Emergency Operations Center has deemed it necessary to activate CART.

The position will primarily serve an adult audience but may be asked to occasionally support the 4-H youth program when appropriate. The individual in this position works as a member of the local Extension team and as a local representative of Colorado State University and Pueblo County. This individual works under the supervision of the Pueblo County Extension Director.

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES

Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 65%

  • Develop, implement, & evaluate non-credit educational programming & information delivery in response to identified needs in crop, commercial horticulture, soil, & weed sciences. This includes both traditional agronomic practices & organic practices.
  • Assist agriculture producers to implement best management practices in conventional & specialty crops. This may include research & demonstration studies on cooperating farms or the CSU AVRC in cooperation with the manager & researchers.
  • Work with producers, water user associations, Conservation Districts, agencies & others to help assure best practices are used in irrigation.
  • Assist county noxious weed coordinator to provide education to the public.
  • Assist and/or direct producers to assistance for help with agricultural needs other than agronomy.
  • Cooperate with other Extension Agents & Specialists who have expertise in horticulture, livestock and range, small acreage, plant pathology, entomology, food systems, food safety, & ag business/economics, to assure a total systems approach in educational programs.
  • Cooperate with CSU AVRC manager, & researchers as needs dictate.
  • Work with agricultural suppliers, lenders, food processors, & governmental agencies (NRCS, Colorado Department of Ag, etc.), to support total agricultural system integrity.
  • Use technology & media to deliver information to a range of audiences.
  • Secure supplemental funding through grants, fund raising, contracting, or cost recovery to enhance educational programming.
  • Travel to & participate in professional development, evening and weekend events, & periodic activities requiring overnight stays.
  • Provide leadership & assistance with Pueblo County CART & maintain certification in the FEMA-EMI classes that are required of CART members.
  • Report activities through the CSU Digital Measures reporting system and through Pueblo County reporting protocols.

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

Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 35%

  • Support & build relationships with groups or committees such as commodity groups, government agencies, CSU AVRC, the Pueblo Food Project, economic & business development related organizations, etc.
  • Work with advisory committees, community leaders, area agencies & non-profits to continually assess conditions & develop effective plans of work providing measurable program outcomes.
  • Effectively communicate & participate in research & programming with personnel of Colorado State University, other colleges, agencies & institutions to enhance overall programming.
  • Develop relationships with the local plant and soil science industry including Pueblo County Extension Ag Advisory Group, producers, agencies & organizations to continually assess cropping systems & agronomic crop pest management opportunities & needs.
  • Develop & maintain a close working relationship with the Board of County Commissioners, & County employees.
  • Maintain effective communication with Colorado State University personnel, community leaders, and other agencies/organizations to enhance strong program development, delivery and evaluation.
  • Recruit, train & manage volunteers for activities such as Ag Advisory Group or on-farm field research/trials/demonstrations.
  • Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to underserved and underrepresented audiences.

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

SALARY: The salary range for this position is $45,000 – $60,000. Starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:    

  • Completed Master’s degree.
  • One degree must have been conferred in agriculture, natural resources, plant science, agronomy, crop & soil science, commercial horticulture, bio-ag science, weed science or a closely related field prior to beginning the position.
  • Course work must include an emphasis in agronomy, crop production, commercial horticulture or weed management.
  • Experience or coursework in conducting educational programs for adult audiences.
  • Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation & writing as demonstrated through application materials & experience.
  • Demonstrated experience working with people as individuals & in groups; ability to forge equitable & successful partnerships with other professionals & organizations.
  • Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to affect change or obtain desired outcomes.
  • Evidence of drive & initiative. Must be a self-starter.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Commitment to include diverse voices in program prioritization and planning, and a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming.
  • 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:

  • Experience with on-farm research or demonstration projects.
  • Understanding of crop and vegetable systems relevant to the area.
  • Experience in identification and management of weeds relevant to the area.
  • Experience or coursework in agricultural business management as related to field crop production and marketing.
  • Experience with mass media and electronic communications (TV, Internet, radio, newspapers, on-line education, social media).
  • Experience in identifying audience needs, developing programs and evaluating impacts of programs.
  • Knowledge of and experience with methods of conflict resolution, facilitation & public issues education.
  • Demonstrated ability to generate extramural funds (grants, contracts, & cost recovery efforts).
  • Ability to speak Spanish.

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 is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. 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.

The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, titleix@colostate.edu.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

BACKGROUND CHECK: Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Application process and additional information may be obtained at http://jobs.colostate.edu/postings/83895