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Job: Forages Extension Field Specialist

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Posting Text: SDSU Extension is offering an exciting career opportunity as a Forages Extension Field Specialist. We are looking for an individual to join us in growing and building our new regional extension center located in Watertown, SD. This is a 12 month, full-time, non-faculty exempt position.

To provide strong regional and statewide leadership in delivering research-based programming in the Competitive Crops capstone area. The Forages Field Specialist will be responsible for development and dissemination of research-based programming and resources in support of producers growing and utilizing forages; such as hays, cover crops, silages, and grazing systems. They will travel extensively to build strong relationships with producer groups, agribusinesses, and governmental agencies to identify ongoing and emerging needs of forage producers.

This position requires strong knowledge and experience in developing or leading learning communities; ability to conduct impact programming based on local needs assessments; commitment to the development of emerging technology materials for program development and delivery; ability to collaborate on emerging issues; and develop relationships with pertinent stakeholders. These positions also have a responsibility to secure programmatic funding, conduct evaluation, and successfully engage with the public by bridging research to practice. Extension Field Specialists report to academic Department Heads who are located on the SDSU campus, and will work collaboratively with Extension Program Director, State Specialists, Field Specialists, and other faculty members in their respective department and other relevant departments.

- Master's Degree required by first day of employment. One degree in agronomy or other closely related field.
- Academic preparation or industry experience in forage production and/or management.
- Knowledge of forage production and utilization in the upper Great Plains.
- Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences.
- Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work as a team member.
- Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs.
- Demonstrated ability or potential to plan, implement, and evaluate educational materials and direct effective programs.
- Valid South Dakota driver's license or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel.

- Previous Extension Service experience.
- Demonstrated leadership in developing or leading learning communities.
- Demonstrated leadership and teamwork with stakeholders.
- Demonstrated collaboration in developing funding proposals to support new and/or enhanced programming.
- Experience in publishing extension materials and peer reviewed journals.

For questions on the position, contact Tracey Renelt at or 650-882-5140.
Department Description and Cultural Expectations SDSU EXTENSION:
SDSU Extension is one mode of outreach utilized by South Dakota State University. It brings educational programs and research-based information to the citizens of South Dakota. The mission of SDSU Extension is "Growing South Dakota." It works with academic departments and the Agricultural Experiment Station to provide unbiased, science-based knowledge focused on issues and needs. Extension has five capstone program areas, Competitive Crops Systems, Competitive Livestock Systems, Youth and Community Leadership, Food and Families, and Urban/Rural Initiatives, which are part of the College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences and College of Education and Human Sciences.

The Department of Plant Science includes 53 faculty whose expertise span the fields of agronomy, entomology, genetics/breeding, horticulture, landscape architecture, plant pathology, plant physiology, soil science, and weed science. Plant Science has a robust research program that consistently ranks at or near the top of departments at SDSU. Grant awards have increased 48% between FY07 and FY11. This strong record is due to our outstanding research faculty. Dissemination of science-based knowledge is a core mission of the Department of Plant Science. Our faculty Extension Specialists and the new Field Specialists will provide a robust structure for meeting this mission. In Academic Programs, the department provides nationally competitive training for undergraduate students leading to B.S. degrees in agronomy, horticulture, and landscape architecture. Plant Science also offers a strong graduate training environment leading to M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in plant science and biological sciences. The department is housed in 6 buildings on campus and six research and outreach stations across the state. The department is also home to two service laboratories and two research collections.

SDSU is a land grant institution and the state's largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of approximately 13,000 students. SDSU is located in Brookings, South Dakota, a community of approximately 22,100 near the east central border of South Dakota on Interstate 29. This position will be located in Watertown, SD. Watertown is growing city of 20,000+ which serves as the regional trade, medical and cultural center for northeast South Dakota. It is located on the edge of the Coteau Hills Prairie region and Lake Kampeska.
Special Instructions to Applicants This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, resume, and a reference page containing the contact information for 3 professional references. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.
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