Colorado State University Extension- Wray, CO.

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The Golden Plains Area is a partnership between Kit Carson, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington and Yuma counties. Extension agents and program associates from the five offices across the Area deliver diverse programming and work cooperatively with some of Colorado’s most progressive agricultural producers and related agencies. The Area’s predominate feature is its High Plains location above the Ogallala Aquifer accommodating deep well, center pivot irrigated crop production. Agriculture serves as the economic base for the area. Livestock production is a major economic influence with numerous cow/calf and large confined animal feeding operations (beef and pork) located here. The Area also has significant acres of dry land crops and rangeland. The natural resources that support the agricultural industry also support plentiful outdoor wildlife and recreational activities. For more information regarding the Golden Plains Area Extension, go to For more information regarding Extension at Colorado State University, go to

APPLICATION PROCESS AND DEADLINE: For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than11:59 PM Mountain Time on Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Please submit the following to 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 note, contact information for 4 professional references will be requested of applicants should you move forward in the interview process.
  •  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, responsibilities, and salary, please contact William Nobles at (719) 545-1845 or

Candidates moving forward in the process should be contacted within 10 working days after the deadline. Next steps and interview dates will be shared at that time.

PURPOSE OF POSITION: The Area Extension Agent, Livestock, is a local representative of Colorado State University, serves as a member of an area team and works under the supervision of Golden Plains Area Extension Director. The individual will provide leadership in the development, implementation and evaluation of livestock industry educational programs for adults and youth in the Golden Plains Area Counties. The individual will also work cooperatively with other Extension Agents, Specialists, University Faculty, researchers, and industry and community partners to develop and deliver quality livestock educational programming and information to benefit Coloradoans.

Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 70%

  • Develop, market, deliver, and evaluate non-credit educational programming and information delivery to the Golden Plains Area in response to locally identified needs in the livestock industry, and related issues and emerging enterprises to enhance current production practices.
  • Develop and conduct applied research/demonstration trials and programs as defined in cooperation with livestock industry partners to stimulate increased net profit while maintaining environmentally sound and safe food production practices.
  •  Provide program and information delivery support to colleagues in area(s) of specified expertise as appropriate; this may take the form of delivering priority consumer or industry programming, representing CSUE on boards or in partnerships, or responding to atypical requests for information in specified area of expertise.
  •  Work cooperatively with Area and 4-H livestock agents to provide appropriate educational opportunities to 4-H /Youth livestock project leaders and/or members to ensure integration of current best management practices including meat quality assurance.
  • Effectively communicate and coordinate resources, research and programming with personnel/staff of Colorado State University and other colleges, agencies, universities and institutions to enhance program development, delivery and evaluation.
  • Use technology and media resources to extend information and educational opportunities to Coloradoans.
  • Use entrepreneurial skills to find or generate external funding sources (grants, contracts, gifts, sponsorships, user fees, etc.) and practice cost recovery.
  • Prepare and manage a significant non-appropriated budget of approximately $17,900 including support for cost recovery and revenue generation.

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

Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 20%
  • Develop relationships with the local livestock industry including producers, agencies and organizations across all species to continually assess conditions and identify needs. Engage such diverse groups in the development of program direction and evaluation of program effectiveness.
  • 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: 10%
  • Maintain effective communication with Colorado State University personnel, community leaders, and other agencies/organizations to enhance strong program development, delivery and evaluation.
  • Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.
  • SALARY: The starting salary will be in the range of $44,000 – $70,000 and will be commensurate with education and experience.


  • Completed master’s degree awarded prior to employment. Degree must have been conferred in animal science, livestock or a closely related field and demonstrate expertise in livestock production. Academic background should also include training in communications and the behavioral sciences.
  • Demonstrated skill working with people as individuals, groups, and staff, and the ability to develop and maintain relationships with producers and other professionals and organizations to accomplish goals.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability.
  • Ability to work effectively as a member of a multi-disciplinary team to affect change or obtain desired outcomes.
  • Appreciation and understanding of rural agricultural communities and the opportunities and challenges facing them.
  • 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.
  • 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.


  •  Experience or coursework in agricultural business management as related to livestock production and marketing, animal nutrition, forages, rangeland management and/or reproductive physiology.
  • Experience with farm research or demonstration projects.
  • Experience and familiarity with mass media and electronic communications (TV, Internet, radio, newspapers, on-line education).
  • Experience in identifying audience needs, developing programs and evaluating impacts of programs.
  • Understanding and appreciation of the interaction between wildlife and livestock production.
  • Interest or experience in providing livestock educational programs or information to youth and youth program leaders.
  • Knowledge of and experience with methods of conflict resolution, facilitation and public issues education.
  • Demonstrated ability to generate extramural funds (grants, contracts, and cost recovery efforts).
  • Ability to speak Spanish.

BENEFITS: Based on full-time employment. Twenty-four working days’ vacation each year, 15 days sick leave. Enrollment in group health, life and accident insurance, various retirement plans, work injury benefits, and disability insurance are all available. Available personal transportation required, travel allowance provided. A full description of benefits is available at:

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.

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: Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.

Application process and additional information may be obtained at


Posted: October 18, 2018


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