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Montana State University Extension Agent - Agriculture & 4-H/Youth Development - Rosebud & Treasure Counties in Bozeman, Montana

Position Details

Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 22054

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Larry Brence at 406-874-8236 or

Classification Title

Working Title Extension Agent - Agriculture & 4-H/Youth Development - Rosebud & Treasure Counties

Brief Position Overview

This position is located in Forsyth, MT.

The main emphases of the Rosebud-Treasure Agent position will be in the areas of Agriculture and 4-H/Youth Development. The office also has a full-time agent whose responsibilities are family and consumer sciences, community development & 4-H/youth development, and a full-time administrative assistant who is supervised by both Extension agents.

Faculty Tenure Track Yes

Faculty Rank Up To Professor

Position Number 4B0067

Department Extension Agents/Field

Division Extension

Appointment Type Faculty

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary Salary commensurate with experience, education, and qualifications

Contract Type LOA

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

This position is located in Forsyth, MT.

The main emphases of the Rosebud-Treasure Agent position will be in the areas of agriculture and 4-H/youth development. The office also has a full-time agent whose responsibilities are family and consumer sciences, community development & 4-H/youth development, and a full-time administrative assistant who is supervised by both Extension agents.

Rosebud and Treasure counties cover more than 6,000 square miles of southeastern Montana. Land types range from mountain foothills in the south to semi-arid grasslands in the north. Cash receipts for agricultural products between the two counties totals almost $150 million. Cattle numbers total about 115,000 head, and operations consist mainly of cow/calf operations, but there are also yearling stocker operations, commercial backgrounding lots and feedlots. There are also a limited number of sheep operations. Both counties are dissected by the Yellowstone River, which provides irrigation water for several crops including sugar beets, corn, alfalfa, small grains, and a variety of other crops grown on a small scale. Irrigated farming also occurs along the Tongue River in the southeast portion of Rosebud County. Crop production outside the Yellowstone Valley consists primarily of dryland small grains and hay production. The 4-H program consists of approximately 150 members and 30 volunteer leaders in 6 organized clubs. Major industries of Rosebud and Treasure Counties are agriculture, coal mining and power generation. The population of Rosebud County is 9,326 with 1,777 living in the county seat of Forsyth. Other population centers include Colstrip, Lame Deer and Ashland. Treasure County’s population is 692, with 312 living in the county seat of Hysham. The Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation is located in the southern part of Rosebud County. Forsyth features a modern hospital and is only 100 miles from a major medical community in Billings. Recreational activities include world class deer and antelope hunting, fishing, camping, and many other outdoor opportunities.

We seek individuals who work professionally and effectively with diverse individuals, foster and maintain effective interpersonal relationships, exhibit excellent written and verbal communication skills and have the ability to contribute positively to the academic success of students and the mission of Montana State University.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Plan, implement, facilitate and evaluate educational programs in agriculture, including dryland and irrigated crop production, livestock production, farm and ranch financial management, noxious weed management, range management, pest management, and pesticide training.

  • In cooperation with the FCS agent, plan, implement, facilitate, and evaluate 4-H/Youth development programs that include organization of county events, and volunteer recruitment and training.

  • Plan, implement, facilitate, and evaluate subject matter training for 4-H/youth audiences consistent with agricultural skills, abilities, and experiences.

  • Plan implement and evaluate educational programs in horticulture and home pest management.

  • Involve local citizens and community organizations in identifying needs and priorities, targeting new audiences, and developing and implementing appropriate and responsive educational programming.

  • Collaborate with local government agencies, civic groups, businesses, and individuals to develop strategies and programs that increase community leadership capacity to address issues involving community well-being and vitality.

  • Collaborate with other Extension agents in cross-county programming efforts.

  • Share responsibility with other Extension staff in implementing and maintaining a balanced, interdisciplinary Extension program.

  • Utilize all available media sources, including electronic mail, the internet, and other advancing technology, to communicate with MSU Extension staff and others, and to disseminate information to clientele.

  • Assist other human services agencies and organizations within the county in developing educational programs and community leadership skills.

  • Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies, and comply with all Extension, federal, state, university, and county reporting requirements.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree.

  • At least one degree in agriculture or significant, relevant experience in agricultural production, which may include crop science, agronomy, animal science, range management, farm/ranch management, horticulture or other closely related field

  • Demonstrated ability to lead groups; assess community needs; and develop, organize, plan, teach, and evaluate effective Extension programs.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership for and work collaboratively and effectively with individuals, groups, and community organizations representing a wide variety of youth and adult audiences.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple and varied tasks and to accept and delegate responsibilities.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in the use of a variety of information technologies for dissemination of educational information, educational programming, and program management.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Masters Degree.

  • Knowledge or experience in dryland and irrigated crop production, livestock production, farm management, and weed and pest management.

  • Knowledge or experience in 4-H or other youth related programs

  • Experience in volunteer management

  • Extension experience

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Possess excellent human relation skills.

  • Demonstrate a high level of professionalism.

  • Possess the ability to work effectively with other staff members.

  • Show evidence of good judgment.

  • Demonstrate flexibility and innovativeness to respond to changing need of the people of Rosebud and Treasure Counties.

  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.

  • Be motivated and be a self-starter.

  • Be familiar with multi-cultural and different socioeconomic audiences.

  • Have an interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds.

  • Be committed to the principles of diversity and be dedicated to supporting and enhancing Montana State University’s initiative for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

    This position, if filled at the Master’s degree level, will be tenure-track. A successful candidate without a Master’s degree will be required to complete their Master’s degree, in a program area relevant to their Extension position, within six (6) years of their start date. Failure to do so may result in termination.

Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana Driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points), or have other reliable means of transportation. Must have access to a vehicle to use for work (mileage will be reimbursed), and have minimum vehicle liability insurance. Do NOT send a copy of the driver’s license.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

Position requires frequent night and weekend work, extensive reading, frequent travel throughout the county, and occasional travel throughout the state of Montana. Position also requires using a variety of teaching methods and operating a variety of demonstration and educational equipment.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program

The scholarship of Extension work at MSU is defined as, “The creation of partnerships, programs, and plans through Extension, or other community-based research, that leverage the knowledge and resources of the university and the public/private sector to enhance learning, discovery, and engagement; educate and engage citizens; strengthen communities; address locally identified issues and problems; apply and disseminate knowledge; and contribute to the public good.”

The Department

The College

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on May 23, 2022; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Please note – for this position – Five (5) references have been requested.

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples ( .

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran status, gender, age, political beliefs, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation or preference. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

MSU ’s Non-Discrimination Policy and Discrimination Grievance Procedures can be located on the MSU Website: ( .