Utah State University

Extension Assistant/Associate Professor or Professional Practice Extension Assistant Professor – Horticulture, Natural Resources (Wasatch & Summit Counties)

City Wasatch County
Posted Date 2 months ago(9/29/2022 1:56 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
US-UT-Heber City | US-UT-Coalville
Category (Portal Searching)
Position Type
Benefited Full-Time
Job Classification
Percent of Time or Hours per Week
Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Utah State University Extension invites applications for a County Extension 12-month faculty, tenure track or term appointment (non-tenure track) position. Extension faculty develop, implement, evaluate, and coordinate research-based educational programs to enhance quality of life 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 includes both Wasatch and Summit Counties and university responsibilities. An office will be provided at the USU Extension office in Heber City, county seat of Wasatch County. 


Wasatch and Summit Counties were historically major agricultural communities. During the past few years the counties have experienced rapid residential growth increasing concerns related to water quality, water quantity and wise land use. Wasatch County is a watershed for metropolitan areas along the Wasatch Front and has three very large man-made reservoirs: Jordanelle, Deer Creek, and Strawberry; that serve culinary, irrigation, and recreational needs. The Provo River is a blue-ribbon fishery for fly-fishing. Tourism is a major business in the area. Scenic farmland is an asset that the local people would like to protect in both counties. Only one hour from Salt Lake City, and adjacent to Park City, Wasatch County was the cross-country and biathlon venue of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Geologically, the counties lie between the Great Basin and the Uintah Basin. Park City, in Summit County is world renowned for its ski resorts and alpine mountain beauty and is also the home to the USU Swaner Eco-Center and Preserve. The USU Extension office is located in Coalville, which is the county seat of Summit County.


The position requires knowledge of horticulture, urban water conservation, and natural resources related to the growing needs and changing demographics of the county. We welcome candidates with diverse interests and experience related to horticulture and natural resources.

The estimated start date for this position is January 1, 2023.


Rank will be commensurate with experience, qualifications and current rank. Appointment opportunities include Extension Assistant or Associate Professor (tenure track), or Professional Practice Extension Assistant Professor (non-tenure track).  A Master's degree is required for Extension Assistant or Associate ranks. A Bachelor's degree and substantial professional experience is required for the Professional Practice Extension Assistant Professor.


  • Provide leadership to Extension activities focused in horticulture, Master Gardener programs, natural resources, and water conservation.
  • Develop, implement, and evaluate horticulture and/or natural resource programs for adults.
  • Develop partnerships and employ innovative approaches to reach existing clientele and new audiences, such as the creation of on-line and virtual courses and use of social media platforms.
  • Work with on-campus specialists in developing applied research projects and delivering programs to clientele.
  • Pursue internal and external funding to support Extension programming.
  • Document impacts and produce scholarly publications based on Extension programming.
  • Manage budgets, personnel, and volunteers.
  • Partner with and 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.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned Master’s degree (tenure track) or Bachelor’s degree (professional practice) in the area of horticulture, plant science, natural resources, agronomy, Extension education, or another closely related field.
  • 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, and county clientele.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member.  
  • Must have access to reliable transportation to perform essential job functions.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with program development and/or delivery related to horticulture, natural resources, urban water conservation, and small farm production.
  • Experience with program development and/or delivery related to the Master Gardener program.
  • Skills and experience with implementing applied research activities.
  • Skills and experience with grant writing.
  • Skills and experience with recruiting, supervising, and working with volunteers.
  • Skills and experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion of underserved audiences.
  • Skills and experience with social media.
  • Skills and experience in developing online courses.
  • Skills and experience with related organizations/agencies and fostering positive relationships with community stakeholders.
  • Prior experience with the land grant university system.
  • Ability to converse and write in Spanish.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Cover letter to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”.
    • In your cover letter, please highlight how you have or how you could meet these job expectations and qualifications.
  3. College/University transcripts to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”
  4. Contact information for 3 Professional References

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

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

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 Utah’s 29 counties. Utah State University is sensitive to the needs of dual-career couples.

Wasatch County specific information is available at: https://www.wasatch.utah.gov

Summit County specific information is available at: https://www.summitcounty.org

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is one of only 146 research institutions in the U.S. classified as R1 “very high research activity” by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU provides a high-quality education at an affordable price. With its main campus in Logan, the university serves approximately 27,500 students, including 24,255 undergraduates and 3,171 graduate students. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for 25 years.


USU’s statewide system features three residential campuses, 30 total campus locations, and 23 Extension education centers. The university employs 903 full-time faculty members, 124 executive administrators, and 1,649 full-time support staff. USU offers 115 undergraduate majors, as well as 91 master’s and 42 doctoral degrees. Learn more about USU.


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 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.


USU endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations to ensure equal access in all aspects of employment to qualified persons with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, please contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Human Resource office at 435-797-0122 or submit a request at hr@usu.edu.


USU Land Acknowledgment

Please visit our website to learn about Utah State’s land acknowledgment of the eight tribes of Utah.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Matthew Pinner, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, Ut 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


*updated 11/2022


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