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University of Missouri-Columbia
MU Extension
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Posted: 02/22/2016
4-H Environment and Natural Resources State Specialist
Salary: $55,000 - $65,000

4-H Environment and Natural Resources State Specialist

(Assistant Extension Professional, Associate Extension Professional, Extension Professional)


MU Extension’s distinct land-grant mission is to improve lives, communities and economies by producing relevant, reliable and responsive educational strategies throughout Missouri. Our dedicated and knowledgeable faculty and staff collaborate with researchers and community leaders to develop and deliver programs that address needs of Missourians including: educational attainment; environmental concerns; community, economic, business and workforce development; global food systems; and health systems. For more information about MU Extension please visit

This is full-time, 12-month non-tenure position that is eligible for rank and promotion within the MU Extension.  Extension non-tenure rank (Assistant Professional, Extension Associate Professional or Extension Professional) may be assigned depending on qualifications and experience demonstrated through a curricula vita and by Extension’s promotion policy.  The appointment is an annually renewable contract and reports to the Program Director, 4-H Center for Youth Development.

This position provides leadership to the design, develop, deliver and evaluate environmental stewardship, outdoor education (including shooting sports) and natural resources programming within MU Extension’s 4-H Center for Youth Development by working collaboratively with colleagues, teaching and research faculty, youth, regional Extension faculty, staff and 4-H volunteers.  This position will design, develop and lead a program to help youth ages 5 to 19 to learn about the role of environmental stewardship, the outdoors and our natural resources in their lives and explore career possibilities.

This specialist position will also examine 4-H educational materials related to environmental stewardship, outdoor education and natural resources and develop new materials relevant to the Missouri 4-H Youth Development Programs.  Using research-based education materials, this position will help adult volunteers understand and apply youth development principles to environment and natural resources related 4-H programs and practices.  This position integrates program leadership, scholarship, teaching, program management, public engagement and service into its everyday practice.  Working in collaboration with Extension faculty, staff and partners, this position will lead and consult on applied research, teaching and training efforts aimed at enhancing the capacities of adults working with youth.

This is a 12-month academic position.  Appointment may be made as non-tenure track ranked (NTT), depending on University approval of the academic credentials and qualifications of the successful candidate.

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving  the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students.  We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

A full position description may be viewed at:

UNIVERSITY INFORMATION:  The University of Missouri, also known as Mizzou and MU, is the Flagship University of the four-campus University of Missouri system.  It is the state’s land-grant university and one of the most comprehensive universities in the United States.  The school’s broad undergraduate programs and its graduate, professional and research programs attract annual enrollment of more than 33,000 students. MU is centrally located in Columbia, Mo., which is consistently ranked as one of America’s most livable cities. MU Extension programs are located on all four campuses and in 114 Missouri counties. 

SALARY/BENEFITS:  $55,000-65,000 and additional compensation for doctorate degree ($5,000) and/or achievement of NTT rank appointment of Associate Extension Professional ($3,000) or Extension Professional ($4,000)

This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

QUALIFICATIONS:  An earned master’s degree with significant course work in a discipline or program related to agriculture or natural resources education.  Minimum of 24 hours of upper level coursework in one or more of the following areas:  child, adolescent and adult human development; education, learning theory and learning strategies; organizational systems and human resource management; community development/partnerships; and volunteerism. 

Five or more professional experience in designing, conducting and evaluation education programs for youth and volunteers, an applying knowledge in agricultural sciences to volunteerism, human growth and development, experiential education, community collaborations and state and national issues relative to youth is desired.

Successful candidate will also demonstrate the following:

  • Effective and innovative teaching strategies that engage others.  Must be able to integrate new and emerging technology into teaching strategies. 

  • Effective listening, written and oral communication skills including public speaking and presentation abilities. 

  • Organizational skills, interpersonal skills, problem-solving abilities and collaborative leadership experiences.

  • Flexibility, resiliency, and the ability to operate with minimal guidance. 

  • Positive outlook, high personal standard of excellence, and passion for the vision, mission and values of MU Extension.

    APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Applicants must submit a cover letter, list of 3-5 references, all academic transcripts, and resume or CV on-line at  In order to be considered for a non-tenure track (NTT) ranked appointment, a CV must be submitted at the time of application.  It is recommended that these required documents be uploaded as one PDF file as a resume document.

    More information on CVs may be found at

    Review of applications and consideration of rank, if applicable, will begin after March 20, 2016 and continue until position is filled.

    For questions regarding the on-line application process contact or call 573.882.7976. For technical problems with the on-line application process contact or call 573.882.5000. For questions regarding this position call 573.882.4721 or email        

    An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer