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Yavapai County Extension Director, Agriculture and Natural Resources Assistant\u002FAssociate Agent

University of Arizona
Full Time
Prescott, AZ
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Job description
Posting Number req8139
Department Yavapai County Office
Department Website Link extension.arizona.edu/yavapai
Medical Sub-Speciality
Location County Extensions and Farms
Address 840 Rodeo Drive #C, Prescott, AZ 86305 USA
Position Highlights Yavapai County Cooperative Extension Director, Assistant/Associate Agent, Agriculture & Natural Resources. The primary purpose of the Agriculture & Natural Resources position is to provide leadership in research-based education to increase the knowledge, skills, and effectiveness of agricultural producers, ranchers, local nursery owners, landscape professionals, and citizens interested in agriculture, natural resources, and horticulture/plant sciences to solve their own problems and improve the quality of their lives. This position has the responsibility of designing, conducting, and evaluating Extension programs that address priorities in Agriculture & Natural Resources and Horticulture/Plant Science in Yavapai County. This position includes administrative responsibility as County Extension Director and will represent Arizona Cooperative Extension at county and state levels. This includes attending college and county level department head meetings, negotiating county budgets, interfacing with Extension Advisory Board and other community groups, assuming responsibilities of vacant county positions, and resolving issues of concern with volunteers and community partners. Additional responsibilities may be deemed necessary and assigned by the College and/or Extension administrators. Position responsibilities will focus on the following areas: rangeland management, vegetation monitoring, public policy/land use, water resources and horticulture/plant sciences educational programming issues such as educational programming in plant and insect identification, recommendations for arid lands, establishment of a core of volunteers through the development of a Master Gardener program. Collaborative projects with county, regional, and state faculty will be expected.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

Program Development
  • Conducts a systematic analysis of national, Arizona, and county data, local resources, and historical information in order to identify community assets, program needs, and teaching opportunities.
  • Identifies resources (grants, contracts, in kind contributions, etc.) to enhance agriculture and natural resource programs.
  • In cooperation with community groups, local leaders, Extension advisory groups, and other Extension professionals, develops an annual Plan of Work.
  • Consults with Extension faculty, Experiment Station researchers, and other experts in the development of educational programs, applied research, and scholarly works.

Program Implementation

  • Conducts creative programming and utilizes new technology, that may include problem solving research, to address priority needs of the target audiences.
  • Participates in statewide working groups to develop new and creative programming efforts.
  • Prepares educational material, evaluation instruments, teaching materials and publicity information in support of state, county, and community initiatives.
  • Functions as a resource for other agencies and organizations. Promotes interaction and cooperation among various groups.
  • Disseminates educational materials through county wide and/or multi-county events, workshops, websites, newsletters and other mass media methods, use of volunteers, and other methods.
  • Provides for recruitment, training and recognition of volunteers and assists them in the conduct of educational programs as appropriate.
  • Promotes communication and teamwork with county and state Extension, other faculty and youth professionals.
  • Promotes Cooperative Extension as the outreach arm of the state land-grant university.

Program Results

  • Evaluates and documents results and impacts of educational programs.
  • Communicates program results to both professional peers and clientele through periodic reports, scholarly works, and various types of publications (e.g., bulletins/fact sheets, popular articles, state publications, scientific articles, social media, video and computer programs).
  • Collaborates with the peers to evaluate program effectiveness and personal achievements as an Extension faculty member.


  • Maintains professional competence through study, participation in professional activities and the application of knowledge and skills on the job.
  • Maintains high ethical and professional standards, and is loyal to Cooperative Extension and the University of Arizona.
  • Promotes public understanding and support for Extension and University programs.
  • Performs as a collegial member of Arizona Cooperative Extension.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Master's Degree Agriculture & Natural Resources, Horticulture, Plant Sciences or other related field
  • Current Driver's License and ability to drive according to the University Fleet Safety Policy located at: https://risk.arizona.edu/sites/default/files/fleetsafetypolicy.pdf'

Preferred Qualifications
Tenure Information
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job FTE 1.0
Work Calendar Fiscal
Job Category Faculty
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Rate of Pay $57,000-$62,000 DOE plus stipend $8,000
Compensation Type salary at 1.0 full-time equivalency (FTE)
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)
Number of Vacancies 1
Target Hire Date 1/31/2022
Expected End Date
Contact Information for Candidates Patty Merk, [email protected]
Open Date 12/21/2021
Open Until Filled Yes
Documents Needed to Apply Curriculum Vitae (CV), Cover Letter, and Three Additional Documents
Special Instructions to Applicant [Additional Documents Instructions] Attach three (3) current reference letters to application
Diversity Statement At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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