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South Dakota State University
Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Department
South Dakota
Posted: 01/12/2022
Extension Field Specialist II- Agronomy

South Dakota State University Extension is searching for an Extension Field Specialist II Agronomy located at the Pierre Regional Extension Center in Pierre, SD. This is a 12-month, full-time, benefit-eligible, non-faculty exempt, 100% Extension appointment. The successful candidate will specifically address the cropping needs of Central and Western South Dakota using environmentally sound best management practices. The Extension Field Specialist II- Agronomy supports the SDSU Extension mission, strategic vision, and planning assumptions, complies with applicable federal and state laws and regulations, and all University policies, including Affirmative Action, and commits to the inclusion of diverse South Dakotans.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate Extension programming that addresses the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations, and actively seeks to increase social and intellectual diversity among its faculty and staff. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.


To provide strong regional and statewide leadership in delivering research-based programming in the Competitive Crops capstone area. The Extension Field Specialist II- Agronomy will be responsible for conducting and coordinating crops performance trials in central and western South Dakota. Primary crop responsibilities will include spring and winter wheat, oats, pulse crops, corn, sorghum, and soybeans. The incumbent will also be responsible for the development and dissemination of research-based programming and resources in support of producers growing grain and forage crops across South Dakota. The incumbent will travel extensively to build strong relationships with producer groups, agribusinesses, and governmental agencies to identify ongoing and emerging needs of crop producers. This position is supervised by the Head of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Department and the SDSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Director. Collaboration in research and extension projects with faculty from Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Sciences as well as other research and extension centers across South Dakota is encouraged. Graduate student training is available for the qualified incumbent.


  • Must be authorized to work in the United States. Sponsorship is not available for this position.
  • M.S. Degree in Agronomy or other closely related field completed by first day of employment.
  • At least three years of experience in Agronomy or other closely related field.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to conduct innovative applied field-based studies on West River agricultural production systems utilizing small-plot research techniques and citizen scientists.
  • Strong interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work as a team member.
  • Demonstrated use of technology in managing or delivering educational programs.
  • Certified Crop Advisor or ability to obtain within two years of employment.
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to plan, implement, and evaluate educational materials and direct effective programs.
  • Valid driver's license or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel.


  • Ph.D., completed by first day of employment in Agronomy, Plant Science, or other closely related field.
  • CDL with enhancements.
  • Previous Extension experience.
  • Working knowledge of Great Plains crop production systems including forages & field crops.
  • Potential ability to identify and develop funding proposals to support new and/or enhanced programming within and/or across capstone areas as PI or Co-PI.
  • Demonstrated leadership in developing or leading learning communities.
  • Demonstrated leadership and teamwork with stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated collaboration in developing funding proposals to support new or enhanced programming.
  • Experience in publishing extension materials and peer reviewed journals.


Pierre, SD is a community of approximately 14,000 located in the geographic center of the state. The city has an excellent K-12 education system, is accessible to major medical facilities, has an active cultural and social environment, and has numerous lakes and parks within driving distance. The seat of Hughes County as well as the state capital, it is a friendly community whose tree-lined streets, historic downtown and lush green parks give way to rolling hills and steep bluffs as the county spreads east into the state’s expansive plains.


SDSU Extension - SDSU Extension is one mode of outreach utilized by South Dakota State University. It brings educational programs and research-based information to the citizens of South Dakota. The mission of SDSU Extension is "Growing South Dakota". It works with academic departments and the Agricultural Experiment Station to provide unbiased, science-based knowledge focused on issues and needs. Extension has five capstone program areas: Competitive Crops Systems; Competitive Livestock Systems; Youth and Community Leadership; Food and Families; and Urban/Rural Initiatives which are part of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences and the College of Education and Human Sciences.

Department of Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science - 

South Dakota State University - South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.

SDSU 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, and excellence through continuous improvement.

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

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

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


The position is open until filled, with full consideration given to applications received by February 28, 2022.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line 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, Curriculum Vitae, official transcripts, and a reference page with the contact information for four professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

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

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

It is the policy of the University 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 Dr. Jonathan Kleinjan, Search Chair, Agronomy, Horticulture and Plant Science Department, SDSU, Box 2207A, Brookings, SD 57007, (605) 688-4600 or

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity, and the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.