New Madrid, Missouri, and primarily serves Dunklin
and Pemiscot, New Madrid, and Mississippi Counties in the Southeast
Region, with additional service across the state as needed.
The emphasis area for this position is agronomy, which includes the
science of crops, forages, soils, weeds, insects, and pathogens.
The position involves planning, implementing, and evaluating
educational programs. Examples of agronomic programs in MU
Extension include soil testing, precision agriculture, crop and hay
production, pest monitoring, grazing systems, pesticide
application, weed management, and disease management. The position
also involves interacting with the farming community, including
agronomic commodity groups, industry representatives, farm
families, other university colleagues, and local and statewide
Extension Specialist positions are a 12-month appointment, not on a
Field Specialist are Extension faculty positions on a 12-month,
non-tenure track appointments to the promotable ranks of assistant,
associate, or full Extension Professional. Rank will be determined
at the time of appointment based on qualifications and experience
in accordance with the MU Extension faculty standards.
This position will hold a working title of Field Specialist in
As a Field Specialist, your workload distribution at appointment
will be 90% Extension Teaching and 10% Traditional Service.
This appointment is renewable annually at the discretion of the
University and workload distribution may change at the discretion
of Extension leadership. Circumstances affecting continued
employment include, but are not limited to, work performance, fund
availability, and educational priorities.
CORE DUTIES OF MU EXTENSION SPECIALISTS
MU Extension Specialists deliver the University of Missouri to all
Missourians. They serve all Missourians by bringing research-based
solutions to work on local problems. MU Extension Specialists teach
new and foundational concepts, link people to resources, support
partner organizations, participate in research, train volunteers,
evaluate programs, foster innovation, and serve communities. MU
Extension Specialists work as a team to expand educational
attainment, foster economic development, and improve health
outcomes. These core duties fall into three major areas:
Educate, Create, and Connect .
- Educate . MU Extension specialists design, conduct, and
evaluate educational programs. MU Extension specialists teach
research-based information via meetings, in-person, and online
courses, continuing education classes, technical assistance,
volunteer training, media, websites, consultation, and other
educational methods. They provide inclusive educational programs
that support the individual, organizational, and community goals of
Missouri’s diverse learners and clients.
- Create . MU Extension specialists develop innovative and
research-informed educational products, services, materials, and
other scholarly works. These include curricula, publications,
presentations, educational tools, websites, and similar resources.
MU Extension specialists obtain and use extramural funding to
support creative works. MU Extension specialists contribute to the
scholarship of Extension and Engagement by evaluating programs that
result in learning and behavior changes that impact individuals and
- Connect . MU Extension specialists engage with learners,
stakeholders, volunteers, and communities, including county
extension councils, government officials and agencies, partners,
and University and professional organizations. MU Extension
specialists listen and respond with care. MU Extension specialists
intentionally foster diversity, equity, and inclusiveness via
engaged partnerships and robust connections to the wide array of
programs offered by the whole University of Missouri System.
- Engage with stakeholders in all coverage counties to identify
educational needs and then collaborate with appropriate internal
and external partners to meet programming needs, incorporating
timely marketing strategies.
- Create an annual plan-of-work that reflects local needs and
aligns with statewide program area efforts. Provide a monthly
report for assigned county extension councils, supervisors, county
commissioners and others, regarding programmatic efforts. Attend at
least one county extension council meeting each month and provide a
program review with feedback and analysis for the respective
- Collaborate with campus-based specialists on research projects
and then deliver findings from those efforts via demonstrations,
field days, courses, workshops, consultations, publications, and
- Effectively work with supervisors, other specialists, and local
leaders to complete administrative tasks as needed to support
- Demonstrate competency in communication, educational
programming, subject matter knowledge, inclusivity, equity,
educational delivery, volunteer management, grant acquisition,
teamwork, interpersonal relations, organization knowledge,
leadership, and professionalism.
- Offer timely, research-based information during times of
natural disasters or unexpected catastrophic events.
- Represent the University of Missouri on boards and committees
for assigned program area.
- Participate in professional development events to improve both
technical and leadership skills.
- Conduct all activities per the Civil Rights Acts, Title IX,
Rehabilitation, Americans with Disabilities Act, and local, state,
and regional affirmative action plans.
- Other duties and responsibilities as assigned to support the
mission of MU Extension.
MU EXTENSION LEADERSHIP RECEIVED
- MU Extension Specialists travel regularly throughout Missouri
and occasionally to out-of-state locations. MU Extension requires
specialists to have a valid Missouri driver’s license, a legally
operating vehicle, and wireless telephone/data service for
university use. MU Extension specialists receive reimbursement for
approved travel expenses, per University of Missouri policy.
- MU Extension programs often occur outside of normal business
hours. MU Extension Specialists should expect to attend these
events as needed to meet the needs of learners, clients, and
The Senior Program Director for Agriculture & Environment
provides overall programmatic leadership. Programmatic supervision
comes from the Education Director for the Plant Health &
Technology program area and administrative oversight from the
Regional Director for the Southeast region.
MU EXTENSION INFORMATION
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 specialists and staff collaborate with
researchers and community leaders to develop and deliver programs
that address the needs of Missourians, including educational
attainment, economic development, and healthy people. For more
information about MU Extension and Engagement, please visit
The University of Missouri, also known as Mizzou and MU, is the
Flagship University of the four-campus University of Missouri
System. It is one of the state’s land-grant universities. MU’s
comprehensive undergraduate programs and its graduate,
professional, and research programs attract an annual enrollment of
more than 30,000 students. MU Extension and Engagement programs are
located on all four campuses and in 114 counties and St. Louis
Master's degree (ranked NTT appointment – Assistant Extension
Professional title), bachelor's degree (non-ranked academic
appointment - Extension Specialist title) in a discipline or
program related to Agronomy, Plant Sciences, Crop Sciences, Soil
Sciences at the time of appointment.
Employment of a candidate with a bachelor’s degree will be as an
extension specialist with the working title of field specialist.
Faculty hired as an extension specialist will have the expectations
of completing a master’s degree in an approved subject matter area.
The faculty member will remain an extension specialist until
completion of the approved master’s degree, or if he or she has a
master's degree, has completed the agreed upon coursework.
Candidates must demonstrate they are authorized to work in the
United States at time of hire. Sponsorship of U.S. temporary
employment visas will not be offered for this position.
Candidates will be evaluated on:
Oral and written communication skills.
Complete the brief online application and be prepared to
• Cover Letter
• Copies of all academic transcripts, and
• a list of 3-5 references
This position is eligible for University benefits. The University
offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental
and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For
additional information on University benefits, please visit the
Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits
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
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