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Working Title: Extension Educator- Alternative Livestock Systems (Small-scale)
Appointment: 100% Time, Assistant Extension Professor (9623)
Office Location: Choice of any Extension Regional Office; To be determined at hire
Extension Area: Department of Agriculture and Natural Resource Systems (ANR)
Reports To: Livestock Program Leader within ANR
Application Deadline: August 8, 2023
ABOUT THIS POSITION
Minnesota has a large and diverse animal agriculture base, with cash receipts of livestock production totaling about a third of the state’s agricultural sales. Within the livestock industry there is a growing interest in alternative livestock systems including pasture-based swine production; grass-fed beef and rotational grazing for dairy systems; pasture and organic small-flock poultry production; and multi-species, small farm production of milk and meat from small ruminants. This position will focus on a systems approach to understanding and integrating the components of diverse livestock production systems from birth through harvest. The individual in the position will be responsible for developing educational programs surrounding silvopastoral systems, grazing, climate resilience, profitable economics, and social and ecological principles surrounding smaller-scale production systems throughout diverse communities in Minnesota.
The individual in this position should be self-motivated, enjoy working in a team environment, and be effective in communicating with livestock producers as well as university colleagues and industry professionals. The individual will develop appropriate research based educational programs, be actively involved in, and provide leadership to alternative livestock programming, including field days, workshops, conferences, social media platforms, and online resources. The successful candidate must build strong collaborative connections with producers; University of Minnesota faculty and staff; local, state, and federal agencies; allied industry professionals; new and immigrant farmers; and other diverse audiences. This person should also have knowledge of and/or experience in alternative livestock systems and the ability to communicate to diverse audiences.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND PERFORMANCE EXPECTATIONS
University of Minnesota Extension is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. Our mission is to make a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota. Extension strives to attract and retain high-quality, passionate employees, and weave diversity, equity and inclusion into all aspects of Extension’s programming and employee engagement. Find further information at https://extension.umn.edu/.
Please apply at: https://extension.umn.edu/home/careers, Job Opening ID: 356585
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