#26-16 Extension Agent, 4-H Youth Development-Livestock, Douglas County, Castle Rock CO
Description of Work Unit
Douglas County is the best of both worlds—where the desire to serve others is met with a professional work environment and the resources needed to excel in your field. Douglas County is recognized as one of the most pro-business, fiscally healthy and effective local governments in the United States where over 300,000 residents call home. Located south of Denver, the county is among the fastest growing communities in the United States for the past 30 years, luring professionals with an exceptional quality of life enhanced by diverse housing options, proximity to first-rate arts and cultural amenities, world-class sports franchises, and some of the best recreation opportunities in the world. The county provides unique opportunities for its residents to enjoy elements of a rural lifestyle while remaining in reasonable proximity to jobs, shopping, and a variety of activities and amenities typically found in urban and suburban communities.
Colorado State University Extension (CSUE) and Douglas County work cooperatively to provide Extension programming and engagement in the county. The direction Extension programming takes is locally driven. CSUE contributes onsite and campus-based expertise, university and land grant system resources and connections across the state to enhance local programming efforts. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to http://extension.colostate.edu. The Extension staff consists of the director, three agents (one horticulture/natural resources and two 4-H agents), two support staff, and seasonal 4-H and Fair staff. In 2015, 6,386 unique youth participated in the Douglas County 4-H program: 575 as 4-H club members, 78 in special projects, 45 as day campers, 5211 in 4-H School Enrichment and 550 in out of school programs. Douglas County has a rich agricultural heritage and is interested in developing programs to engage youth, residents, partners and communities in urban agriculture, ag appreciation, small farm operations and small acreage management.
This individual will have primary responsibility for leading the 4-H club program with specific responsibilities for shooting sports and the 4-H Livestock program including small animals. This individual may also contribute to 4-H youth outreach and urban agriculture/livestock programming for adult and community audiences as appropriate. Other members of the county 4-H team include a 4-H agent – outreach who has primary responsibility for Cloverbuds and the 4-H outreach program, and who also provides support for 4-H advisory groups and committees and family and consumer science and table top projects and activities; and an administrative assistant and several temporary summer staff. It is expected that duties may shift as staff skills and expertise are identified.
The individual in this position works as a member of the local county Extension team and the 4-H team and Extension office to provide an inclusive, diverse and experientially rich 4-H Youth Development program for Douglas County. This individual will work as a local representative of Colorado State University Extension and under the guidance and supervision of the Douglas County Extension director.
Required Job Qualifications
- Master’s degree must be completed prior to employment. One degree must have been awarded in education, agriculture, youth development, human development, family and consumer sciences, natural resources, non-profit management or a closely related field.
- Background, coursework, degree or professional experience in urban agriculture, particularly livestock, and/or, small acreage management.
- Experience in youth development programming.
- Experience managing a volunteer program.
- Experience assessing community needs/interests, planning and developing educational programs, effectively delivering programs and evaluating outcomes.
- Demonstrated experience working with people as individuals and in groups to develop successful relationships with other professionals and organizations.
- Evidence of drive and initiative. Must be a self-starter.
- Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
- Demonstrated experience resolving conflicts and facilitating interpersonal and public discussions.
- Demonstrated use of technology in managing, delivering, and/or evaluating educational programs.
- Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.
- 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
- Background, coursework or professional experience in urban agriculture.
- Demonstrated entrepreneurial experience; looks for opportunities to develop and leverage support and resources to enhance educational programs.
- Experience working with advisory committees.
- Experience working with the social media and web-based information and education delivery systems.
- Bi-lingual English – Spanish.
Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.