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University of Minnesota
Extension Center for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR)
Saint Paul
Posted: 11/20/2018
Extension Educator- Water, Location TBD

Title: Extension Educator - Water

Center/Program Area: Extension Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR)

Location: Negotiable from a subset of Extension regional offices where agriculture is the significant land use in the region.

Application Deadline: December 28, 2018; or until position is filled

About this position:

This Extension Educator will bring in-depth expertise to address complex water management and water quality issues, specifically in geographic areas with a significant agricultural land use. The educator will collaborate with diverse organizations to identify, develop, implement, and evaluate educational programs that will have a measurable impact on water resources issues by engaging with water professionals, policy-makers, farmers, land managers, and others across the state. The position will require working with a range of public, private, and non-profit stakeholders including:

· Individual landowners and farmers;

· Soil and water conservation districts;

· County governments;

· Agriculture and natural resource organizations; and

· State agencies such as the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Board of Water and Soil Resources, Pollution Control Agency, and Department of Health.

In the job, the successful candidate will:

· Assess and identify needs;

· Develop curriculum;

· Train and teach;

· Research and evaluate;

· Collaborate;

· Travel within Minnesota and beyond.


The successful candidate will have:

· A master's degree in engineering, hydrology, soil science, natural resources sciences, agricultural education, or related discipline.

· Experience and education in watershed management, rural water systems, hydrology, soil science, soil drainage, natural resources sciences, or related disciplines.

· A proven ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships and collaborations with colleagues, partners, and stakeholders, including those that may have diverse missions, goals, and backgrounds (e.g., regional water managers, rural community officials, legislators, program participants, and industry groups).

· Excellent oral and written communication skills.

To learn more about this position, see the full Extension Educator – Water job description.

Salary and benefits:

Salary is commensurate with education and experience. In addition, the University of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave
  • Medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Flexible Spending Accounts, Retirement Plans, paid Life Insurance, Disability Insurance, Tuition Reimbursement covering 75%-100% of eligible tuition, EAP, Wellbeing Programs, and more. To learn about these excellent benefits, go to
  • Opportunities for growth and promotion
  • Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy (must provide own means for traveling throughout the state and vehicle insurance).

About the Water Resources Team:

This position is a part of the Water Resources Team, an Extension group that is housed in the University of Minnesota’s Water Resources Center ( The mission of the WRC is “To advance the science of clean water for Minnesotans through innovation, workforce development, and knowledge exchange.” As part of the Water Resources Team, this Extension Educator will also work with other program teams to leverage expertise related to cropping systems, livestock management, and natural resources, among others.

For questions about the position, please email:

Karen Terry, chair of the search committee, at

To apply:

Job Opening ID: 327617

Please apply online:

Click the “Apply for Job” button and follow the instructions. Please include:

· Resume or Vitae

· Cover letter

Three professional letters of references and transcripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) may also be required during the application review process.

After completing the brief application, you can submit a cover letter and other attachments by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents there.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

Any offer of employment is contingent on the successful completion of a background check.

The University of Minnesota Extension is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status or sexual orientation.