Regional Extension Specialist, Range

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
04 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
02 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

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The Peaks and Plains Region stretches from the western extent of Kansas and Nebraska west to the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and from the southern extent of Wyoming south to the New Mexico border. Native and improved rangelands, including private, federal, and state lands, make up a large percentage of the region. The primary ecosystem on the plains is a short-grass steppe. Major species include: blue grama, buffalo grass, western wheat-grass, sand drop-seed, prickly-pear cactus and scarlet globe mallow. Cultivated crops include wheat, corn, sunflower, dry edible bean, sugar beet, potato, and hay. Agricultural production supports a large livestock industry that is also a major economic influence with numerous cow/calf and large confined animal feeding operations (beef and pork) in the region. Development of renewable energy is a growing industry with corn ethanol and wind energy production currently in place. The natural resources that support the agricultural industry also support plentiful outdoor wildlife and recreational activities.
For a description of the potential office locations, please visit the Pueblo, Colorado and Sterling, Colorado websites.

Position Summary

The purpose of this position is to promote sustainable and productive managed rangelands for private landowners and the general public. This includes educating land managers not only about proper management practices for existing resources, but also providing technical and educational support to return previously altered land back to sustainable, productive range-lands. The person in this position will work in a unified manner and coordinate with Extension staff in the Peaks and Plains Region and at Colorado State University.

The regional specialist works under the supervision of the CSU Extension Peaks and Plains Regional Director and in cooperation with state and federal agencies. The office may be located at either the Pueblo Peaks and Plains Regional Office or the Sterling Regional Engagement Center. The incumbent will develop and implement Extension programming, in coordination with other Extension, university faculty and NRCS staff focused on sustainable management of rangeland production on public and private rangelands, emphasizing ecological services, watershed and ecosystem levels. It is expected that rangeland monitoring will be one of the program areas developed. The position focuses on Eastern Colorado and the San Luis Valley, but may incur statewide Extension responsibilities and collaboration with other regions.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Completed Master’s degree required in Agriculture, Natural Resources or Rangeland Ecology and Management with training in Natural Resources. Coursework and/or professional experience must provide a broad and significant understanding of rangelands and ecosystem management.
  • Strong background in Rangeland Plant Ecology with education and experience (internships, research projects, family or business enterprise) in rangeland management practices such as pasture management and grazing systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to translate scientific information into management recommendations and communicate recommendations successfully with local landowners and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated skill in effectively working with people as individuals and in groups; ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships 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 use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs.
  • Knowledge of the livestock industry.
  • 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

  • Ph.D. preferred in Agriculture, Natural Resources or Rangeland Ecology and Management with training in Natural Resources.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current rangeland science research and application and related land management issues.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of rangeland pest monitoring and management.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of public land agency procedures regarding grazing permits and other users.
  • Rangeland monitoring experience at landscape scales, including familiarity with GIS/GPS applications.
  • Demonstrated ability to conceive, design and conduct field research in the areas of herbivory and plant community dynamics emphasizing the influence of livestock grazing on plant communities and soils.
  • Ability to develop ecologically diverse and economically sustainable integrated production systems.
  • Successful experience in developing financial support for educational programs including grant writing, fund raising, contracting, or cost recovery efforts.
  • Ability to develop web-based education technologies.
  • Experience in group facilitation.
  • Professional experience with/knowledge of Extension and the Land-Grant University System.
  • Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.

Diversity Statement

Personal or professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity outcomes.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting Duty/Responsibility

  • Develop educational programming directed toward county/area Extension personnel, rangeland livestock producers, government agency professionals, interest groups, wildlife enthusiasts, and the general public. Programming may address statewide needs but should be offered through eastern Colorado and the San Luis Valley.
  • Conduct creative programming and utilize new technology, which may include problem solving research, to address priority needs of the target audiences in the area of livestock management, livestock/wildlife interactions and wildlife habitat. Participate in statewide work teams to develop new and creative programming efforts.
  • Prepare educational material, evaluation instruments, teaching materials and publicity information in support of state, county, and community initiatives. Disseminate educational materials through county, area, and state wide events, workshops, field days, websites, newsletters and other mass media methods, use of volunteers, and other methods.
  • Identify resources (grants, contracts, in kind contributions, cost recovery fees, etc.) to enhance the program. Manage county, area, state and grant budget allocations where appropriate.
  • Perform appropriate service that contributes to the effectiveness of the county/area/regional office, CSU Extension, Colleges, and University. Perform as a collegial member of CSU Extension.
  • Communicate program results to both professional peers and clientele through periodic reports, scholarly works, and various types of publications, including computer programs, popular articles, bulletins and scientific articles.
  • Maintain professional competence through study, participation in professional activities and the application of knowledge and skills on the job. Maintain high ethical and professional standards, and support and promote CSU Extension and Colorado State University in all work related activities.
  • Actively work with local, area, and state range program teams and related Program and Reporting Units to develop, deliver and integrate education into programming for landowners and stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with other Extension staff to incorporate range science, community engagement and other expertise into program efforts.
  • 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.

Percentage Of Time 70% Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships Duty/Responsibility

  • In cooperation with specialists, agents, and other university faculty, function as a resource for other agencies and organizations. Promote interaction and cooperation among commodity groups, local, state and federal agencies. Actively participate in the Society for Range Management and other professional organizations.
  • Promote public understanding and support for Extension and University programs. Promote CSU Extension as the outreach arm of the state land-grant university. Maintain active communication with key stakeholders to increase awareness and support of CSU Extension programming.
  • Actively engage in communities by developing relationships, facilitating programming, guiding conversations, promoting teamwork, and integrating university resources as appropriate to assist the community in addressing needs and interests. Maintain flexibility to address changing needs.

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

Percentage Of Time 30%

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Please submit the following to apply:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter
  • Transcripts of college(s) course work showing degrees conferred. Please remove all references to birth date or social security number prior to submission. Only one document upload is allowed, no larger than 9 megabytes. Please convert all transcript pages into one PDF File to upload.
  • Please remember to include contact information for 4 professional references. References will not be contacted without previous notice to applicant.
  • Special Required Documentation:
    • Statement (no more than 5 pages) of how you meet all the “Required” and “Preferred” criteria listed in the Vacancy Announcement. Please respond to each bullet point separately. Only one document upload is allowed, no larger than 9 megabytes. Please convert your Statement pages into one PDF file.

For questions regarding the application process, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at (970) 491-5836 or email For questions regarding the job vacancy and responsibilities, please contact William Nobles at (719) 545-1845 or

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EEO Statement

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The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) 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 (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.