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Area Extension Agent, Agronomy, Delta County, Tri-River Area-Delta, CO

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The Tri River Area (TRA) is a multi-county partnership including Mesa, Delta, Montrose, and Ouray counties. Mesa County has a population of approximately 155,000 with Grand Junction as the primary urban community. Grand Junction serves as a major trade and medical center for western Colorado and eastern Utah. The county office is in Grand Junction. Delta County has a population of approximately 30,000 and the county office is in Delta. Montrose County has a population of approximately 41,000 and the county office is located in Montrose. Ouray County has a population of approximately 4,100 with the county office housed in the Montrose office. The area population is growing as people relocate for employment, retirement, and the desirability of the area as a place to live. Natural wonders provide abundant year-round recreational activities including camping, skiing, hiking, hunting and fishing.

To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to http://extension.colostate.edu/. For more information about the Tri River Area Extension, go to https://tra.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, January24, 2022. 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 [Search Chair’s Name] at [Search Chair’s Phone Number] or [Search Chair’s CSU email].

PURPOSE OF POSITION

The position will provide leadership, in the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs in crop, soil, and weed sciences in the Tri River Area and also be a resource for other counties in Western Colorado. This will include work with conventional crops, specialty crops, and pastures. Programs must include attention to irrigation and farm energy efficiency through new and established technologies including pesticides, with an overall objective of agricultural profitability and sustainability. Teamwork with Extension agents, Extension specialists, university faculty and researchers, Extension administrators, farmers, ranchers, government agencies, agricultural suppliers, and other partners is expected. This position will primarily work from the Delta County Extension office and will also provide leadership and management over the office as directed by the Tri River Area Director. 

ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES

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

  • Develop, implement, and evaluate non-credit educational programming and information delivery in response to identified needs in crop, soil, and weed sciences. This includes traditional agronomic practices and organic practices.
  • Assist agriculture producers to implement best management practices in conventional and specialty crops. This may include research and demonstration studies on cooperating farms and at the CSU Research Centers in cooperation with the manager and researchers.
  • Improve farm energy efficiency through practices such as minimum tillage. Provide leadership on alternative energy applications at the farm level (wind, solar, bio-energy, etc.).
  • Work with producers, water users associations, Conservation Districts, agencies and others to help assure best practices are used in irrigation.
  • Develop and conduct applied research/demonstration trials and programs. 
  • Assist county weed departments to provide education to the public.
  • Cooperate with other Extension Agents who have expertise in horticulture, livestock and range, small acreage, plant pathology, and entomology to assure a total systems approach in educational programs.
  • Work with agricultural suppliers, lenders, food processors, and governmental agencies (NRCS, Colorado Department of Ag, etc.) to support total agricultural system integrity.
  • Use technology and media to deliver information to a range of audiences.
  • Secure supplemental funding through grants, fund raising, contracting, or cost recovery to enhance educational programming.

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

Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 25%

  • Cooperate with CSU Experiment Station managers and researchers to participate in research and disseminate the results to area producers.
  • Work with advisory committees, community leaders, area agencies and non-profits to continually assess conditions and develop effective plans of work providing measurable program outcomes. 
  • Manage and assist in Agronomic research systems and insect programs that support regional agriculture best management practices and pest management needs.
  • 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.

Administration and Supervision: 10%

  • Report activities through the CSU Extension planning and reporting system.
  • Responsible for supervision of one county administrative support staff.

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

SALARY: Starting salary range for this position will be $45,000 – $70,000 and will be commensurate with education and experience.

REQUIRED JOB QUALIFICATIONS:    

  • Completed master’s degree. 
  • One degree must have been conferred in agronomy, soil and crop science, plant or weed science, bio-ag science, or a closely related field. 
  • Knowledge of agricultural production and cropping systems to support profitability and sustainability relative to crop, soil, proper pesticide use and weed management recommendations.
  • 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:

  • Experience in irrigated crop production and dryland production, including conventional crops (corn, small grains, alfalfa, etc.), soil fertility, and weed management.
  • Experience with innovative agricultural practices such as agricultural tourism, specialty crops and specialty markets, value-added processing, product marketing, and other strategies that might support profitability and sustainability.
  • Experience with on-farm research or demonstration projects.
  • Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with mass media (TV, Internet, radio, newspapers).
  • Ability to speak Spanish.

BENEFITS: Colorado State University is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas. https://hr.colostate.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2021/01/benefits-summary-afap.pdf.