Milan, Missouri and primarily serves the Northeast
Region, with additional service across the state as needed.
The emphasis area for this position is Applied Agricultural
Technology, which may include the integration of technology
concepts and principles with soil science, plant science, agronomy,
animal science, computer science, agricultural production, data
management, technology operations, and other disciplines, based on
local needs. The position involves planning, implementing, and
evaluating educational programs.
Agricultural Systems Technology programs in MU Extension include,
precision agriculture, drone technology, robotics, digital
agriculture, crop and hay production, soil health, nutrient
management, pesticide applications, livestock handling and housing
technologies, air quality, water quality, drainage and water
management, irrigation systems, natural resources, energy
technologies and management, farm building systems, grain handling
and farm safety.
Educational programs may consist of in-person workshops, farm
tours, field demonstrations, one-on-one consultations, and online
programming that provide research-based material to local clients.
The position also involves interacting with the agricultural
community, including commodity groups, industry representatives,
producers, farm families, local and statewide elected officials,
and other university colleagues from the Midwest.
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 Agricultural Systems
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 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, other 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 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 Directors for the Plant Production &
Technology program area and administrative oversight from the
Regional Director for the Northeast 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
Academic qualifications include an earned master’s or Ph.D. in
Agricultural Technology, Ag. Systems Management, Engineering, or a
closely related agricultural science with emphasis on technology,
along with appropriate coursework at time of appointment.
Candidates must demonstrate they are authorized to work in the
United States. Sponsorship of U.S. temporary employment visas will
not be offered for this position.
Candidates will be evaluated on:
Knowledge of subject matter must be demonstrated at time of
appointment as relates to Missouri / Midwest agricultural
Effective and innovative teaching strategies that engage others,
including strong listening, written, and oral communication
Anticipated Hiring Range
Minimum starting salary of $57,000.00, salary will be commensurate
with qualifications and experience of the applicant.
Complete the brief online application and be prepared to
• Cover Letter
• Copies of all 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
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
The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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, or protected veteran status, or any other status
protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies
to all employment decisions including, but not limited to,
recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits,
disciplinary actions, and terminations. For more information, visit