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South Dakota State University
SDSU Extension
South Dakota
Posted: 07/21/2022
Agronomy Extension Associate

South Dakota State University (SDSU) is offering an exciting career opportunity as an Agronomy Extension Associate. We are looking for a creative and innovative professional to join us in Brookings, South Dakota. This is a 12-month non-faculty exempt, full-time, benefit eligible position.

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant mission of access.

Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position. 


The Agronomy Extension Associate will provide support and assistance for University extension activities. These activities may include, but are not limited to, conducting producer meetings, field tours, assisting with on-farm research projects, and developing educational materials. Active interaction with local producers and other Extension personnel is expected. The successful candidate will be an active part of a well-established Agronomy Extension team. The on-farm research and demonstration activities may include obtaining soil and plant samples, monitoring day-to-day activities, supervising part-time student workers, assist (and lead) with research plot establishment, in-season plot management, harvesting, and post- harvest processing of samples. The successful candidate will also be an important part of data collection and analyses. The Agronomy Extension Associate will support the SDSU Extension mission, strategic vision and planning assumptions, will comply with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, and will abide by all University policies, including Affirmative Action and will commit to the inclusion of South Dakotans in all SDSU Extension programming and outreach. 


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college; academic preparation in Agronomy, Plant Science, Precision Agriculture or other closely related field by start date;
  • At least one year of related experience;
  • Demonstrated experience in crop production practices in the Great Plains Region;
  • Demonstrated ability to work with agricultural stakeholders;
  • Experience with data compilation;
  • Demonstrated ability to operate farm machinery;
  • Ability to obtain a commercial pesticide applicator’s license for herbicides, fungicides and insecticides by 60 days from start date;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to work as a team member;
  • Valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel.


  • Previous Extension experience.


Commensurate with qualifications.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


South Dakota State University offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity of thought, and excellence through continuous improvement.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of South Dakota State University is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. Brookings is listed as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees, and is rated among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school, and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by October 14, 2022.


South Dakota State University accepts applications through an online employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, resume, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact South Dakota State University Human Resources at 605-688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. 

Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment. It is university policy to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14. 

For questions on the position, contact Anthony Bly at 605-782-3290 or

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant access mission. SDSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to, and SDSU prohibits discrimination on, the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007, 605-688-4128.