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Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development and Agriculture, San Miguel Basin, Norwood, CO

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San Miguel and West Montrose Counties encompass the San Miguel River Basin (SMB), which has a population of approximately 6,500. The major towns include Telluride, Placerville, Norwood, Nucla, and Naturita. The office for this position is located in the San Miguel CSU Extension office, with time also spent in the Norwood Library. The Basin is surrounded by mountains with elevations ranging from 5,000 ft. to 14,246 ft. Historically the economy has been based on agriculture, tourism, and mining. Agriculture is primarily beef production on ranches growing grain and hay and using public land for grazing. However, an influx of new residents has prompted growth in hobby farms and markets and home gardening. There is also a dynamic recreational economy that is centered on the Telluride Ski Area. This interface between agriculture/mining and recreation has caused complex land use and environmental issues. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to

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APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Monday, January 24, 2022. Please submit the following to 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 For questions regarding the job vacancy, responsibilities, and salary, please contact Eric McPhail at (970) 641-7627 or


To provide leadership, guidance, and management to the 4-H youth development program in the San Miguel Basin and serve as part of the 4-H Youth Development team in the San Miguel Basin. To facilitate communication between diverse groups who support the 4-H program and encourage volunteer leadership development opportunities for both youth and adults involved in the 4-H program. The 4-H program currently has 60 youth participants and 6 volunteers.

To provide leadership in the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs in livestock and rangeland management in San Miguel county. This will include work with both large and small ranching operations, and pasture managers. Programs must include attention to best-use practices in a challenging environment, with an overall objective of agricultural profitability and sustainability. This individual will work under the programmatic guidance of the State 4-H Office and will regularly collaborate with other Extension staff across program and county lines as well as actively participate on State 4-H teams and committees.

This individual works under the guidance and supervision of the San Miguel Basin CSU Extension Director.


Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 60%

  • Provide leadership and support for all San Miguel Basin 4-H Youth Development, STEM and afterschool educational programs, and livestock and range programs.
  • Respond to the needs and desires of the local livestock producers to provide research-based knowledge to ensure that sustainability of the environment and the producer are maintained. This can be provided through educational events as well as one on one contacts.
  • This individual will work under the programmatic guidance of the State 4-H office and will regularly collaborate with other Extension agents across program and county lines and actively participate on state 4-H work team(s).
  • Travel to and participate in professional development, evening and weekend events and periodic activities requiring overnight stays.
  • Seek out and manage external funding, personnel, and in-kind resources to support programming efforts.

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

Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 20%

  • Foster effective communications and develop strong partnerships with Extension staff, county departments, local schools, and other youth-serving organizations, Colorado State University staff, community leaders, agencies, and institutions to enhance strong program development, delivery and evaluation.
  • Support and build relationships with applicable agriculture and natural resource groups, committees and organizations pertaining to livestock and range.
  • Actively participate in the San Miguel Basin Fairboard.
  • As part of the 4-H team, provide leadership and support for engaging a broad range of stakeholders through various 4-H and local youth development advisory councils and committees in the work of identifying and addressing priority youth development 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.

Volunteer Recruitment, Development and Management: 20%

  • As a member of the 4-H team, provide leadership and support for an active, diverse adult, and youth volunteer-based program, including volunteer recruitment, selection, orientation, education, training, motivation, evaluation, recognition, and support.
  • Prepare volunteers to take on increasing leadership, mid-management, and public education/information roles.
  • Provide supervision, management and training of 4-H volunteers to assist with youth programming.

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

SALARY: The salary range for this position is $42,000 – $48,000. Starting salary will be commensurate with education and experience.


  • Completed bachelor’s degree.
  • A successful candidate without a completed master’s degree will be required to complete a master’s degree within five years from the start of employment. Failure to do so will result in termination unless a compelling reason is accepted by the Vice President of Engagement and Extension.
  • Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
  • Demonstrated skill working with people as individuals, and in groups, and the ability to develop and maintain 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.


  • Completed master’s degree.
  • Experience in working with youth organizations, including knowledge of youth development programs and volunteer boards.
  • Experience working with, or engaging youth in, education, mentoring, and/or counseling.
  • Experience in raising livestock, animal husbandry, and/or animal health.
  • Knowledge of or experience with range and/or pasture management, irrigated hay production, and range plant identification.
  • Evidence of drive and initiative. Must be a self-starter.
  • Appreciation and understanding of rural communities and an interest in working with people in a rural environment to address critical issues.
  • Personal and/or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
  • Experience marketing and/or delivering educational programming using online, mass media, and/or social media methods.
  • Demonstrated experience/training in the recruitment, training, and management of volunteers.
  • Bilingual (English-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.

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/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University 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 and equal access institution and 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 Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,

The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,

Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education.

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.

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