: Assistant Extension Professional/Associate/Full
Carthage, Missouri, and primarily serves Jasper,
Dade, Barton, Polk, Lawrence, Newton, McDonald, and Barry Counties
in the Southwest Region, with additional service across the state
The emphasis area for this position is horticulture, which includes
the science of specialty crops, soils, weeds, insects, and
pathogens. The position involves planning, implementing, and
evaluating educational programs. Horticulture programs in MU
Extension focus on home horticulture and commercial horticulture
production. Educational programs include commercial production,
home gardening, environmental stewardship, landscape development,
and food safety. Field Horticulturalists also support MU Extension
efforts in soil testing and integrated pest management. The
position involves interacting with the community, commodity groups,
industry representatives, other university colleagues, and local
and statewide elected officials.
This position is a 12-month, ranked, non-tenure track appointment
at the rank of assistant, associate, or full Extension
Professional. Rank will be determined at the time of the
appointment based on qualifications and experience in accordance
with the MU Extension faculty standards. This position will hold
the working title of Field Specialist In Horticulture.
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.
. 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.
. 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
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
Offer timely, research-based information during times of natural
disasters or similar 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 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
MU EXTENSION LEADERSHIP RECEIVED
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 Southwest 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
An earned Master’s or Ph.D. with appropriate coursework
demonstrating knowledge of Horticulture, Plant Sciences, Agronomy,
Crop Sciences, Soil Sciences, Agriculture, or a related academic
field at the time of appointment.
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.
Complete the brief online application and be prepared to
• Cover Letter
• Copies of all unofficial academic transcripts, and
• a list of 3-5 references
For questions regarding the online application process contact
573.882.7976. For technical problems with the online application
process contact Helpdesk@missouri.edu
Minimum starting salary of $57,000.00, salary will be commensurate
with qualifications and experience of the applicant.
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.
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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
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