Utah State University

Extension Assistant/Associate Professor or Professional Practice Extension Assistant Professor-Agriculture & Natural Resources (Iron County)

City Iron County
Posted Date 3 months ago(1/14/2023 3:39 PM)
Requisition ID
# of Openings
Job Locations
US-UT-Cedar City
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 education and experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


Utah State University Extension invites applications for a County Extension faculty,12 month, tenure track or professional practice term 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 university responsibilities and is based in Iron County.

An office will be provided at the USU Extension office in Cedar City.

Iron County is located in beautiful southwestern 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.

The estimated start date for this position is March 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 rank.


  • 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.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned Master’s degree (tenure track) or Bachelor’s degree with significant professional experience related to the position (professional practice) in 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 a current driver’s license, auto insurance, and 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/CV 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”
  3. Transcript(s) to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-10”

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

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with education and 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 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 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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