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Montana State University Extension Agent - Ag., Nat Res, 4-H/Youth Development - Fort Peck Reservation *Updated Salary* in Bozeman, Montana

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Position Information

Announcement Number FAC - VA - 22057

For questions regarding this position, please contact:

Mary Fran San Soucie at 406-994-6648 or

Classification Title

Working Title Extension Agent - Ag., Nat Res, 4-H/Youth Development - Fort Peck Reservation Updated Salary

Brief Position Overview

The primary focus for this full-time position will be to provide leadership and educational programming in the discipline of Agriculture and Natural Resources and 4-H/Youth Development. At this time, the office is located at the Fort Peck Tribal headquarters in Poplar.

Faculty Tenure Track No

Faculty Rank Up to Assistant Professor

Position Number 4B7951

Department Extension Agents/Field

Division Extension

Appointment Type Faculty

Contract Term Fiscal Year


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Union Affiliation Exempt from Collective Bargaining

FTE 1.0

Benefits Eligible Eligible

Salary MSU Extension is committed to equitable salaries. Beginning salaries are determined by an analysis of education and previous experience. Minimum base salary with Bachelor’s degree is $42,000. Minimum base salary with Master’s degree is $49,000.

Contract Type LOA

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Recruitment Type Open

Position Details

General Statement

Located in Poplar, MT. The Fort Peck Indian Reservation is the home of the Assiniboine and Sioux tribes. It is located in northeastern Montana and is bordered on the south by the Missouri River. The reservation is approximately 3,200 square miles in size and is situated primarily in Roosevelt County with smaller portions in Valley, Daniels, and Sheridan Counties. Indian lands account for approximately 926,000 acres on the reservation with approximately 40% of that land held in common by the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes and the balance being owned by individual tribal members. Today there are over 10,000 tribal members with approximately 6000 residing on or near the reservation. Population density is greatest along the southern border of the reservation near Highway 2. The Tribal Executive Board constitutes the duly elected governing body of the tribes. The two primary communities are Poplar (pop. 3500) and Wolf Point (pop. 4000) with Poplar being home to the Fort Peck Community College, tribal government, Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Indian Health Services. Wolf Point is the largest trade center on the reservation.

The Wolf Point and Poplar School systems offer K – 12 educational opportunities. K through 12 education is also available in the communities of Frazer, Lustre, and Brockton. Post-secondary educational opportunities are also available through the Fort Peck Community College with campuses in Poplar and Wolf Point. Hunting and fishing opportunities abound on the Fort Peck Reservation. The Missouri River and nearby Fort Peck Dam provide fishing and water sports possibilities.

Duties and Responsibilities

The primary focus for this full-time position will be to provide leadership and educational programming in the discipline of Agriculture and Natural Resources and 4-H/Youth Development. At this time, the office is located at the Fort Peck Tribal headquarters in Poplar.

  • Develop, implement, teach, facilitate and evaluate educational programs in agriculture, natural resources, 4-H Youth development and Family Food Security and Food Sovereignty.

  • Provide primary leadership to the 4-H youth development program on the Fort Peck Reservation.

  • Plan implement and evaluate educational programs in horticulture.

  • Coordinate and collaborate with the Fort Peck Tribal Council; neighboring County Extension Faculty, MSU Extension Specialists and other MSUE field faculty to implement integrated educational programming.

  • Involve local citizens and community organizations, especially those related to agriculture, in identifying needs and priorities, targeting new audiences, and developing and implementing appropriate and responsive educational programming.

  • Serve as an ex-officio member of various agency and community committees relating to agriculture, youth development, and community development.

  • Collaborate with other Extension agents in cross-county programming efforts.

  • Share responsibility with other Extension staff in implementing and maintaining a balanced, interdisciplinary Extension program.

  • Utilize all available media sources, including electronic mail, the internet, and other advancing technology, to communicate with MSU Extension staff and others, and to disseminate information to clientele.

  • Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies.

  • Comply with all Extension, federal, state, university, and county reporting requirements.

    Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • At least one degree in agriculture or significant, relevant experience in agricultural production, which may include animal science, range management, forage or crop production, farm or ranch management, horticulture or closely related fields.

  • Demonstrated ability to lead groups; assess community needs; and develop, organize, plan, teach, and evaluate effective Extension programs.

  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership for and work collaboratively and effectively with individuals, groups, and community organizations representing a wide variety of youth and adult audiences.

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple and varied tasks and to accept and delegate responsibilities.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in the use of a variety of information technologies for dissemination of educational information, educational programming, and program management.

    Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills

  • Master’s Degree.

  • Knowledge or experience in irrigated and dryland crops production, livestock production, farm management, weed and pest management, and horticulture.

  • Knowledge or experience in 4-H/Youth Development.

  • Knowledge and/or experience with the Fort Peck tribe or other native communities.

  • Facilitation and mediation experience or training.

  • Extension experience.

    The Successful Candidate Will

  • Possess excellent human relation skills

  • Demonstrate a high level of professionalism

  • Possess the ability to work effectively with other staff members

  • Show evidence of good judgment

  • Demonstrate flexibility and innovativeness to respond to changing need of the people of the Fort Peck Reservation.

  • Communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing

  • Be motivated and be a self-starter

  • Be familiar with multi-cultural and different socioeconomic audiences

  • Have an interest in working with people from diverse backgrounds

  • Be committed to the principles of diversity and be dedicated to supporting and enhancing Montana State University’s initiative for diversity, equity, and inclusion

    Position Special Requirements/Additional Information

In addition to regular daytime office hours, this position requires some night and weekend work. The position also requires extensive reading, frequent travel throughout the county, occasional travel throughout the state of Montana, and travel to and from programs with adult and youth participants. The position also requires using a variety of teaching methods, and handling and operating a variety of demonstration and educational equipment. The continuation of employment is contingent upon availability of funding.

Must possess currently or be eligible to obtain a valid State of Montana Driver’s license and have an acceptable driving record (less than 12 points), or have other reliable means of transportation. Must have access to a vehicle to use for work (mileage will be reimbursed), and have minimum vehicle liability insurance. Do NOT send a copy of the driver’s license.

This job description should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements, but a general description of the job. Nothing contained herein restricts Montana State University’s rights to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Physical Demands

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily with or without reasonable accommodations. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

The Program

The scholarship of Extension work at MSU is defined as, “The creation of partnerships, programs, and plans through Extension, or other community-based research, that leverage the knowledge and resources of the university and the public/private sector to enhance learning, discovery, and engagement; educate and engage citizens; strengthen communities; address locally identified issues and problems; apply and disseminate knowledge; and contribute to the public good.”

The Department

The College

MSU Extension improves the lives of Montana citizens by providing unbiased research-based education and information that integrates learning, discovery and engagement to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of individuals, families, and communities.

Posting Detail Information

Number of Vacancies 1

Desired Start Date Upon completion of a successful search

Position End Date (if temporary)

Open Date

Close Date

Applications will be:

Screening of applications will begin on July 15, 2022; however, applications will continue to be accepted until an adequate applicant pool has been established.

Special Instructions

Please note – for this position – Five (5) references have been requested.

Diversity Statement

Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of

Montana State University is committed to providing a working and learning environment free from discrimination. As such, the University does not discriminate in the admission, access to or conduct of its educational programs and activities nor in its employment policies and practices on the basis of an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, creed, service in the uniformed services (as defined in state and federal law), veteran’s status, sex, age, political ideas, marital or family status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. In support of the University’s mission to be inclusive and diverse, applications from qualified minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Montana State University makes accommodation for any known disability that may interfere with an applicant’s ability to compete in the hiring process or an employee’s ability to perform the duties of the job. To request an accommodation, contact the Human Resources Office, PO Box 172520, Montana State University, Bozeman MT 59717-2520; 406-994-3651; ( .

In compliance with the Montana Veteran’s Employment Preference Act, MSU provides preference in employment to veterans, disabled veterans, and certain eligible relatives of veterans. To claim veteran’s preference please complete the veteran’s preference information located in the Demographics section of your profile.

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