Extension Agent, Horticulture and Small Acreage Mgmt, Eagle County

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
30 Jun 2018
End of advertisement period
31 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of all backgrounds and abilities. We invite you to review Colorado State University’s Principles of Community (http://diversity.colostate.edu/principles-of-community) that guide our mission and vision of access, teaching, service and engagement.

Eagle County is a rural resort mountain community on the western slope of Colorado. With a population of 52,197, it is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains, approximately 100 miles west of Denver. Most of the population resides in the Eagle River Valley; however the county also has population centers in the roaring Fork Valley along Highway 82 which includes the residential communities of Basalt and El Jebel. Eagle County has an incredible geographic diversity covering over 1,694 square miles, 80 percent which is federally owned. The economy revolves around tourism and recreation with a growing local food movement. Typical of the mountain resort lifestyle, the cost of living in Eagle County is higher than metropolitan or suburban living. Approximately 7.9% of Eagle County families live below the poverty guidelines, just under the state average of 11%. CSU Extension develops programs extensively within the Latinx community, which is one of the fastest growing populations in the county representing 30% of the residents. There are numerous golf courses, a large number of landscapers and professional gardeners in the county. Currently there are 18 active Master Gardener volunteers with the program offered every other year. For more information visit: http://www.eaglecounty.us/. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension go to: www.extension.colostate.edu.

Position Summary

To provide leadership, organization, implementation and direction in the development of educational programs in horticulture and small acreage management in Eagle County.

Required Job Qualifications

• Completed master’s degree.
• Degree must have been conferred in horticulture, agriculture, or closely related field.
• 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

• Knowledge of season Extension practices (related to small scale vegetable production).
• Professional experience in horticulture including pesticide use, organic production and rules, pest identification, etc.
• Professional experience in assisting small acreage residents with management of pastures, livestock, and natural resources.
• Understanding of rural resort issues, programming opportunities, and political frameworks.
• An entrepreneurial spirit that is able to maintain flexibility to address programming and partnership collaborations.
• Training or experience in marketing and promoting programs or services; demonstrated ability to work effectively with the media, including television, radio, print, and the internet.
• Familiarity with small agriculture business management strategies.
• Familiarity with Extension, Colorado Master Gardener Program, Native Plant Master Program, and the land-grant system.
• Experience/knowledge of high altitude semi-arid climates, soils, hardy plant varieties and associated pests.
• Ability to speak Spanish.
• Successful experience in grant attainment or other forms of revenue generation for educational programs.

Diversity Statement

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

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Tuesday July 31, 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:
o 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 oeo@colostate.edu.
For questions regarding the job vacancy and responsibilities, please contact CJ Mucklow at (970) 846-2358 or cj.mucklow@colostate.edu.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Travel Search Contact C.J. Mucklow 970-846-2358 cj.mucklow@colostate.edu

EEO Statement

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 or expression, or pregnancy and 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/equal access/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.