Utah State University

Extension Assistant or Associate Professor- Agriculture & Natural Resources and 4-H Agriculture Programs

City Iron County
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(3/12/2020 3:01 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
US-UT-Cedar City
Category (Portal Searching)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources
Advertised Salary
Competitive salary with excellent benefits


Utah State University Extension invites applications for a County Extension faculty position. Extension faculty develop, provide, evaluate, and coordinate research-based educational programs for youth and adults. Extension faculty also recruit, train and supervise volunteer leaders and serve as a liaison between local clientele, other resource agencies, and Utah State University administrators, faculty, and programs. This Extension position has Iron County and university responsibilities. An office will be provided at the USU Extension office in Cedar City.
Iron County is located in beautiful southern Utah. Cedar City is the largest city in Iron County and is home to Southern Utah University and the world famous Utah Shakespeare Festival. There are numerous outdoor recreation opportunities including skiing (Brian Head ski resort), and short drives to National Parks. We welcome candidates with diverse interests related to Agriculture and Natural Resource Programs.


Rank will be commensurate with experience, qualifications and current rank. Appointment opportunities include County Extension Assistant/Associate Professor (tenure track). A master's degree is required for County Extension Assistant/Associate Professor ranks.

  • Provide leadership to Extension activities such as alfalfa production, livestock production, small acreage pasture management, rangeland management, irrigation, and general agricultural production. In addition, provide oversight to 4-H Agriculture Programs such as the Jr. Livestock and 4-H Horse programs
  • Provide leadership for the Cedar Mountain Initiative (CMI). In 1999, the Utah Legislature allocated ongoing funds to support the CMI. The purpose of the initiative is to conduct "research to determine how rangeland may be managed to support both livestock and wildlife and investigate the replacement of aspen by conifers." A multidisciplinary team of scientists, including representatives from Range Science, Animal Science, Wildlife Biology, Rural Sociology, and Forestry have been assembled to conduct this research program using a system approach
  • Develop, implement and evaluate agricultural programs for adults and youth
  • Develop partnerships and employ innovative approaches to reach current clientele and new audiences
  • Work with on-campus specialists in developing applied research projects, program development and delivery to clientele
  • Pursue internal and external funding to support and expand Extension programming
  • Document impacts and produce scholarly publications based on Extension programming
  • Manage budgets, personnel, and volunteers
  • Serve diverse audiences and support the civil rights mandate of Utah State University Extension
  • Serve and collaborate with other Extension and University personnel, community and government agencies, and stakeholders
  • Other job-related duties as assigned


Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned master's degree in the areas of range science, agronomy, animal science, Extension Education, or other closely related agricultural fields
  • Ability to plan, organize and direct educational programs
  • Experience in teaching adult audiences
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills
  • Ability to act as a liaison between federal, state, university officials/administration, and county clientele
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member
  • Must have access to reliable transportation

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with program development and/or delivery related to agriculture programs
  • Experience with program development and/or delivery related to livestock production, range management, and crop production
  • Experience with program development and/or delivery related to 4-H youth livestock and horse programs
  • Skills and experience with:
    • Implementing applied research activities
    • Grant writing
    • Recruiting, supervising, and working with volunteers
    • Low income and under-served audiences
    • Social media
    • Developing on-line courses and managing websites
    • Related organizations/agencies and fostering positive relationships with community stakeholders
    • Prior experience with the Land Grant University System
    • Ability to converse and write in the Spanish language

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:


1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in your profile under “Resume/CV”

2. 3 Professional References - Including contact information to be submitted at the beginning of your application in your profile

3. College Transcripts to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in your profile under "Documents 1-5"

4. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Competitive salary with excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

Utah State University (http://www.usu.edu) is Utah's Land-Grant Institution with an approximate enrollment of 28,000 students. Through the Extension system, the University extends research-based information across the state. Extension faculty support elected officials and citizens in all 29 Utah counties. Utah State University is sensitive to the needs of dual-career couples.
Iron County specific information is available at:https://www.ironcounty.net

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


USU recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the university’s academic mission of learning, discovery, and engagement. USU is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate in any of its programs and activities based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy or local, state, or federal law (https://equity.usu.edu/non-discrimination).

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding USU’s non-discrimination policies: Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266; Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, hilary.renshaw@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information on the notice of non-discrimination, you may contact the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov.

Learn more at: https://equity.usu.edu/.

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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