Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent


Job Overview

Extension agents are professional educators who serve as a link between Kansas State
University and communities across Kansas. Agents are jointly responsible to the director of
K-State Research and Extension (represented by a designated administrator) and the local
extension board.
• Lead the development, implementation, and evaluation of research-based educational
programming related to agriculture and natural resources. Programming may include but is
not limited to: agronomy; livestock production; agricultural economics, management, and
public policy; horticultural production and management; and natural resources
conservation and environmental stewardship.
• Share responsibility for 4-H youth development programming related to Agriculture and
Natural Resources.
• Share responsibility for community vitality programming that helps our communities
become better places to live, work, and play. Programming will strengthen social, civic,
economic, and technological capacity of communities through leadership development and
civic engagement.
• Successful extension programs require agents to:
• Identify local needs and emerging issues related to K-State Research and Extension’s five
Grand Challenges (water and natural resources; community vitality; health; developing
tomorrow’s leaders; and global food systems) by engaging with program development
committees and other community organizations and professionals.
• Design appropriate educational strategies to engage clientele. Strategies might include
educational programming in a community-based setting; events and activities that
provide experiential learning opportunities; use of innovative technologies; individual
educational consultations; and group facilitation.
• Collaborate with local partners to meet community and programming needs.
• Develop and implement strategies to serve diverse audiences and to ensure K-State
Research and Extension is an equal opportunity provider of educational programming.
• Collect and communicate evidence of educational program impact.
• Cultivate expertise in a subject matter competency area by engaging as a member of a
Program Focus Team.
• Pursue internal and external funding to support educational programming.
• May periodically be assigned to serve as the local unit director providing administrative
oversight for fiscal operations; coordination of personnel; the development, delivery, and
reporting of program impact; and other administrative functions assigned by the director
for extension’s representative and the extension board.
• Serve as a member of the Thomas County team, cooperating in the planning and delivery of
unit-wide programming and related events.

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