Warrenton, Missouri, primarily serving the
counties of Callaway, Franklin, Gasconade, Lincoln, Montgomery,
Osage, and Warren in the East Central Region, St. Charles County in
the Urban East Region and the counties of Marion, Ralls, and Pike
in the Northeast Region.
This position is responsible for planning, implementing, and
evaluating educational programs and services in Natural Resources.
In cooperation with the School of Natural Resources’ Sustainable
Forestry Initiative and MU Extension’s Missouri Woodland Steward
Program, the forestry educator will support the USDA NRCS
Environmental Quality Improvement Program (EQIP) and the
Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) by conducting field days,
workshops, and landowner site visits to raise awareness of
available NRCS EQIP funding. From those outreach activities, the
educator will prepare forest management plans, and assist NRCS
staff interpret practices identified in those plans to include in
actual program contracts.
As an Educator, 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.
This position is a 12-month unranked academic position. This
position will have a MU Title of Extension Instructor with a
working title of Forestry Management Educator.
Essential Job Duties
Conduct one-on-one site visits with private forest landowners and
prepare forest management plans.
Assist NRCS staff interpret practices identified in prepared plans
to include in actual federal program contracts.
Develop and delivery webinars, workshops, and field days for a wide
variety of internal and external stakeholder audiences.
CORE DUTIES OF MU EXTENSION EDUCATORS
MU Extension Educators deliver the University of Missouri to all
Missourians. They serve all Missourians by bringing research-based
solutions to work on local problems. MU Extension Educators 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 Educators 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 educators design, conduct, and
evaluate educational programs. MU Extension educators 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 Missouri's diverse learners and clients' individual,
organizational, and community goals.
- Create . MU Extension educators 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 educators obtain and use extramural funding to support
creative works. MU Extension educators 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 educators engage with learners,
stakeholders, volunteers, and communities, including county
extension councils, government officials and agencies, partners,
and University and professional organizations. MU Extension
educators listen and respond with care. MU Extension educators
intentionally foster diversity, equity, and inclusiveness via
engaged partnerships and robust connections to the vast array of
programs offered by the University of Missouri System.
- Engage with stakeholders in all counties to identify
educational needs and then collaborate with appropriate internal
and external partners to meet those needs.
- Create an annual plan of work that reflects local needs and
aligns with statewide program area efforts. Provide a monthly
report to county extension councils, supervisors, county
commissioners, and others regarding programmatic efforts. Attend at
least one county extension council each month and provide an oral
update on program efforts at that meeting.
- 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, specialists, and local
leaders to complete administrative tasks as needed.
- 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 similar events.
- Represent the University of Missouri on boards and committees
- 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 Educators regularly travel throughout Missouri and
occasionally to out-of-state locations. MU Extension requires
educators to have a valid Missouri driver’s license, a legally
operating vehicle, and wireless telephone/data service for
University use. MU Extension Educators receive reimbursement for
approved travel expenses, per University of Missouri policy.
- MU Extension programs often occur outside of regular business
hours. MU Extension educators should expect to attend these events
as needed to meet the needs of learners, clients, and
The Senior Program Director for Agriculture & Environment
program provides overall programmatic leadership. Programmatic
supervision comes from the Education Director of Natural Resources
program. Primary supervision comes from the Regional
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
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Flagship University of the four-campus University of Missouri
System. It is one of the state’s land-grant universities. MU’s
comprehensive undergraduate and 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 city.
An earned bachelor’s degree from a Society of American Foresters
institution in either forest management or natural resources
ecosystem management is required at appointment time.
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:
Ability to conduct a forest inventory and utilize the information
to prepare a forest management plan containing appropriate forest
Knowledge of federal (USDA NRCS) programs and approved management
practices designed to assist private forest landowners.
Ability to co-develop with MU Extension state specialists effective
in-person and/or virtual outreach events targeting private forest
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with diverse
audiences including private forest landowners, MU School of Natural
Resources faculty, NRCS field staff, Missouri Department of
Conservation field foresters, private consulting foresters, and
Anticipated Hiring Range
Minimum starting salary of $47,000.00, salary will be commensurate
with qualifications and experience of the applicant.
Complete the brief online Application and prepared to upload:
Complete the brief online Application and be prepared to
· Cover Letter
· Copies of all unofficial academic transcripts, and
· a list of 3-5 references
It is recommended that these required documents be uploaded as one
PDF file as a resume document. For questions regarding the online
application process, contact MUHRS@missouri.edu
573.882.7976. For technical problems with the online application
process contact Helpdesk@missouri.edu
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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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
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pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression,
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