Assistant/Associate/Full Extension Professional (Natural Resources Field Specialist)

HEADQUARTERED: Rolla, Missouri and primarily serves the following Missouri counties lying along or south of U.S. Hwy 50: Cole, Crawford, Dent, Franklin, Gasconade, Maries, Miller, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski, Ste. Genevieve, Ste. Francois, and Washington counties in the East Central Region; Jefferson County in Urban region; Bollinger, Butler, Iron, Madison, Cape Girardeau, Carter, Oregon, Reynolds, Ripley, and Shannon counties in the Southeast Region; Barton, Christian, Dade, Douglas, Greene, Jasper, Lawrence, Howell, McDonald, Newton, Ozark, Stone, Taney, Texas, Webster, and Wright counties in the Southwest Region; Bates, Benton, Camden, Cass, Cedar, Henry, Hickory, Laclede, Johnson, Moniteau, Morgan, Pettis, Polk, Vernon counties in the West Central Region.
University of Missouri Extension field specialists provide collaborative leadership and subject-matter expertise to develop, deliver and evaluate educational programs focused on improving lives, communities and economies. Field specialists provide educational opportunities that enable businesses, farms, families and communities to strengthen the economy and enhance quality of life. Additionally, field specialists create partnerships with civic and business organizations, educational institutions, local leaders and key stakeholders to identify priorities, increase financial and in-kind resources, and determine how research-based education can best meet the needs of residents.

This position is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs in Natural Resources.

Collaborate with State Forestry and Wildlife Extension Specialists in the development, delivery, and assessment of curricula for the following named Extension programs: Missouri Woodland Steward, Missouri Master Wildlifer, and Missouri Master Naturalist. Collaborate with the State Forestry Extension Specialist, and State and Field 4-H Specialists to initiate and grow 4-H programs in Forestry, Wildlife, and Environmental Stewardship (e.g. Forestry 1/2/3, Million Tree Project, Wildlife Conservation, and Conserving Natural Resources). Collaborate with the State Forestry Extension Specialist to develop and provide natural resource educational materials to agricultural education instructors and environmental science teachers.

This is a 12-month academic position. Appointment may be made as ranked non-tenure track (NTT), depending on University approval of the academic credentials and qualifications of the successful candidate.

1. Develop, deliver and evaluate educational programs. Work with constituents and colleagues to meet program goals. Develop and provide high-quality educational programs for the community. Foster diversity and inclusiveness. Participate in interdisciplinary teams, committees and task forces. Collect qualitative and quantitative data to evaluate impact of programs and services.
2. Assist with the instruction of the Missouri Forest Products Association’s Logging School in Wappapello, Missouri.
3. Provide administrative and organizational leadership. Generate and manage revenue to sustain and grow essential programs. Develop and maintain partnerships. Market and promote educational offerings and the mission of MU Extension.
4. Fulfill professional expectations. Remain up-to-date on trends and subject-matter knowledge. Actively participate in professional development opportunities. Demonstrate mastery of core competencies. Regularly travel in and out of state, using own transportation. Work evenings and weekends is often required to meet the needs of learners and constituents.
A full position description may be viewed at:
SALARY/BENEFITS: $42,500-$52,500 and additional for doctorate degree ($5,000) and/or achievement of NTT rank appointment of Associate Extension Professional ($3,000) or Extension Professional ($4,000). This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement plans, and educational fee discounts.
QUALIFICATIONS: B.S. in Forestry and M.S. in Forestry or closely allied field of study. Experience delivering Extension-based programs is highly desired. Background in harvesting and wood products is preferred, but not mandatory.
Effective and innovative teaching strategies that engage others. Must be able to integrate new and emerging technology into teaching strategies.  Effective listening, written and oral communication skills including public speaking and presentation abilities.  Organizational skills, interpersonal skills, problem-solving abilities and collaborative leadership experiences.  Flexibility, resiliency and the ability to operate with minimal guidance.  Positive outlook, high personal standard of excellence and passion for the vision, mission and values of MU Extension.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Submit a cover letter, resume or CV, a list of 3-5 references, and copies of all academic transcripts online at A CV must be submitted if interested in being considered for a ranked non-tenure track (NTT) appointment.

For questions regarding the online application process, call 573-882-7976. For questions regarding this position call 573-882-4721 or email

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