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University of Minnesota
Extension Center for Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
St. Peter and Gaylord, MN
Nicollet and Sibley
Posted: 02/18/2021
Extension Educator Agriculture Production Systems Nicollet-Sibley Counties

Title: Extension Educator – Agricultural Production Systems

Classification: Assistant Extension Educator, Job Code 9625ST

Appointment: Full-time (100% time), Funded by Nicollet and Sibley Counties

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

Location: Nicollet County Extension Office, St. Peter, MN and Sibley County Extension Office, Gaylord, MN

Application Review: March 8, 2021; position is open until filled.


Nicollet and Sibley Counties are located southwest of the Twin Cities metropolitan area. Gaylord is the County seat in Sibley County and St. Peter is the county seat in County. Agriculture is a major industry in the counties; the combined market value of products sold in both counties in 2017 was $658,028,000. Sibley County has about 898 farms and 350,036 acres in production; County has about 689 farms and 265,000 acres. Average farm size is 390 and 359 acres respectively in 2017; up about 6.5% from the previous census 5 years earlier. Crop income outpaces livestock income in in Sibley County, whereas, in County it is the reverse. The two counties are the largest counties producing eggs and pullets in Minnesota. Dairy, hogs and beef are the other major livestock in the two counties.


The University is looking for candidates with skills and experience in: engaging stakeholders in agriculture; developing and strengthening networks; and teaching and facilitating informal educational agricultural and horticultural programs that are relevant to Nicollet and Sibley Counties. This support will involve local program development, delivery, marketing, evaluation, coordination of logistics and possibly participation in scholarly research. This position will also be responsible for determining local needs involving AFNR programming and will provide technical assistance and information in the area of crops, livestock, agricultural business management, and horticulture, as well as oversight of the Master Gardener program.

The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge to new and future programs that support and enhance the production and economic development of agriculture in both counties. Effort will be required to maintain competency in multiple Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) discipline areas as well as familiarity with local/federal/state related programs.


  1. Provide research-based resources to agricultural producers in Nicollet and Sibley Counties.
  2. Build relationships with agriculture professionals to foster educational efforts and economic development.
  3. Provide relevant education and support to agriculture and horticulture.
  4. Design/conduct educational programs and make them accessible and inviting to diverse participants.
  5. Provide technical assistance and expertise in the areas of production.
  6. Communicate effectively and positively with colleagues and stakeholders about the work.

For example:

  • Design, develop, deliver/implement, and evaluate local AFNR educational programs based on local needs and expectations, developing and maintaining effective county, regional, University and state partnerships that further the development and delivery of Extension educational programs.
  • Engage with producers, agricultural professionals and stakeholders to build rapport and working relationships to benefit educational efforts.
  • Provide oversight for the Master Gardener program, which includes: managing recruitment, communications, program planning, financial management, and ensuring their work focuses on education of others and aligns with state program focus and needs, as well as, county needs.
  • Utilize numerous delivery methods to teach around agricultural issues that are important to maintaining the viability, profitability and sustainability of agricultural operations in both counties.
  • Adapt Extension programs for audiences with a range of knowledge, background, and cultures.
  • Work in collaboration with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies, Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD), Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), county environmental and land management services, and agricultural and natural resources professional organizations to provide educational programs relevant to the county.
  • Provide technical assistance and information in the areas of crops, livestock, agriculture business management, manure management planning and horticulture based on local needs and expectations.
  • Ensure that Extension programs, facilities, committees, and employment opportunities are accessible to new, diverse, and historically underserved audiences.
  • Grow as a professional through publication, attendance at conferences, self-directed study and other means.
  • Document your professional performance using the annual performance review, professional plan of work and promotion for educators without rank.



Required Education: Bachelor’s degree is required. At least one degree in an agriculture-related discipline is required, i.e. livestock production, agronomy, soils, agricultural economics, or agricultural education.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to create new educational programs based upon past successes or failures.
  • 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, cultures, and backgrounds
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Skilled in technology and in using programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Appointment also requires:

  • Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle to provide own means of transportation throughout the state, and appropriate vehicle insurance.
  • Reliable cell phone to be used and number published publicly.
  • Access to a reliable internet connection and ability to work remotely when Extension offices are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Preferred Skills/Abilities:

● A Master’s degree is preferred. At least one degree in an agriculture-related discipline is required, i.e. livestock production, agronomy, soils, agricultural economics, or agricultural education.

● Experience with crop, livestock production, or horticulture.

● Experience as a volunteer or in managing volunteers.

● Experience developing and conducting educational programs.

● Commitment to ongoing professional development.

● Experience using technology for communication, information finding, teaching and reporting, including evidence of social media expertise.

● Ability to articulate public value of educational programming in agriculture.

● Previous experience as an Extension professional or other related educational position (within agriculture production systems) is preferred.


  1. This is a full-time, annual Academic Professional appointment at the level of Assistant Extension Educator (9625ST). Renewal is reviewed annually and dependent on performance, results, availability of funds, and program needs.
  2. Internal promotion is available and meeting the promotion policy criteria to achieve promotion is expected.
  3. A full University of Minnesota benefits package is available:
  4. Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy.
  5. Salary commensurate with education and experience.


The University of Minnesota Extension is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota, a land grant institution with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. The mission of the University of Minnesota Extension is: “Making a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota.”


Please apply at:, Job Opening ID: 339361

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click on the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position. Please include the following attachments with your online application:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume or Vitae

Three professional references and transcripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) will be required during the interview process.

Additional documents may be attached after the application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents in the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section. See full instructions,

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

For questions about this position, contact:

Sarah Chur, Program Leader, Extension Center for Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources,

For questions about applying online, contact:

Tiffany McMillan, Extension Human Resources,


Application review will commence on ­­March 8, 2021. Position is open until filled.


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.