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University of Missouri-Columbia
MU Extension and Engagement
Posted: 05/02/2023
Senior Agriculture Associate

Hiring Department

University of Missouri (MU) Office of Extension and Engagement

University of Missouri Hundley-Whaley Extension and Education Center

Job Description

MU TITLE: Senior Agriculture Associate

LOCATION:  Hundley-Whaley Extension and Education Center, Albany MO

The University of Missouri (MU) Office of Extension and Engagement’s distinct land-grant mission is to improve lives, communities, and economies by producing relevant, reliable, and responsive educational strategies throughout Missouri. Our dedicated and knowledgeable faculty and staff collaborate with researchers and community leaders to develop and deliver programs that address the needs of Missourians including: educational attainment; environmental concerns; community, economic, business and workforce development; global food systems; and health systems. For more information about MU Extension and Engagement, please visit https://extension.missouri.edu.

The Hundley-Whaley Extension and Education Center is located near Albany, MO. Demonstrations and research at the 375-acre Hundley-Whaley Extension and Education Center are made possible through the generosity of Elma Hundley and Lulu Whaley. Hundley-Whaley has a large variety of research projects going on throughout the year. The Center focuses on improved management practices for corn, soybeans, wheat, industrial hemp, small acre entrepreneur crops (e.g. sunflowers, sweetcorn, popcorn and pumpkins), horticultural crops, beekeeping, native warm season grasses and forbs, pollinator habitat, timber, bottomland soils and supporting research in alternative crop and Extension demonstration projects. The Extension and Education Center is noted for excellence in research for pesticide, fertilizer, and varietal evaluations and comparisons.

This position will assist the Hundley-Whaley Extension and Education Center Director in farm responsibilities such as maintaining bulk, demonstration, and research field plots along with farm’s equipment and buildings.


  • May allocate work and provide guidance to other team members, especially as it relates to farm operations.
  • Oversees the storage and disposal of farm related chemicals (e.g., pesticides, mechanical oil, etc.)
  • Responsible for the care and upkeep of Extension Center facilities.
  • Responsible for the maintenance and repair of equipment such as (but not limited to) tractors, combines, trucks, mowers, sprayers, and various other vehicles and equipment used at the facility.
  • Carry out assignments in research plots, which may involve collecting data on plant, insect, and disease populations, applying protocol application of pesticide and/or fertilizer per plots, and sometimes mechanically addressing weed control.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Conduct all activities in accordance with the Civil Rights Acts, Title IX, Rehabilitation, Americans with Disabilities Act and local, state and region affirmative action plans.

As with all positions, involvement with other duties and responsibilities may be expected to support the mission and purpose of MU Extension.


Administrative supervision is received from the Hundley-Whaley Extension and Education Center Director.  This position may mentor/supervise others in completing event related duties.  This position may allocate work and provides subject matter guidance to other team members (e.g., preparing schedules and planning and assigning work according to the schedules).


Exhibit a high personal standard of excellence, be an effective team player, and demonstrate inclusivity, civility, and respect for all.

Engage stakeholders and learners; maintain positive interpersonal relationships; and exhibit effective written and oral communication skills.

Operate with minimal guidance and be a self-directed learner who is flexible and adaptable to changing environments.


The University of Missouri, also known as Mizzou and MU, is the Flagship University of the four-campus University of Missouri system.  It is the state’s land-grant university and one of the most comprehensive universities in the United States.  MU’s broad undergraduate programs and its’ graduate, professional and research programs attract annual enrollment of more than 30,000 students.  MU is centrally located in Columbia, MO, which is consistently ranked as one of America’s most livable cities.  MU Extension and Engagement programs are located on all four campuses and in 114 counties and St. Louis city.


Salary Range: $16.23 to $21.59 per hour

Grade: GGS-007

University Title: Senior Agriculture Associate

Internal applicants can determine their university title by accessing the Talent Profile tile in myHR.


Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Ability to work some flexible hours, including some evenings and weekends, may be required to fulfill assigned responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications

High school diploma or equivalent and 1 year of experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities can be acquired is necessary.

A valid Driver’s License is required.

Preferred Qualifications

An ideal candidate must work well as a team and also be able to work independently.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits.  The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts.  For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement.  This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-882-7976.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278.

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