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Iowa State University Natural Resources Extension Field Specialist in Ames, Iowa

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Position Title:Natural Resources Extension Field Specialist

Job Group:Professional & Scientific

Required Minimum Qualifications:Bachelor’s degree

Special Required QualificationsDrivers License

Preferred Qualifications:Preferred Qualifications: -Master’s degree in wildlife biology, ecology, fisheries and aquatic sciences, forestry, water resources, rangeland ecology or a related field. -Additional years of experience and demonstrated knowledge in natural resources professional practice. -Demonstrated experience in classroom or informal adult education including developing, implementing, and evaluating innovative education experiences.-Experience with developing and implementing extension and outreach programming including needs assessment, evaluation, adult education, active listening, learning from others and effective interpersonal and group communication.-Demonstrated experience communicating with diverse audiences using many strategies including oral presentations, writing, and/or social media.-Experience building or maintaining diverse partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.

Job Description:


Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension and Outreach at Iowa State University is seeking candidates for a Natural Resources Extension Field Specialist. The specialist will work in collaboration with the natural resources extension and outreach team with statewide responsibilities for educational program development and implementation. Responsibilities of the Field Specialist include program development and coordination to support extension education efforts in natural resources disciplines including wildlife and fisheries conservation, forest stewardship, water resource protection, and related fields. The successful candidate will initiate interdisciplinary programming that originates from a strong research foundation and engages the network of extension educators in Iowa’s 100 extension districts. The position will develop and provide leadership for coordination and delivery of natural resources educational programs, including Iowa’s Master Conservationist Program.

The specialist will cooperate and communicate with Regional Education and Extension Directors, County Councils, County Extension personnel, other Field Specialists and campus faculty and staff. The specialist will also work to maintain beneficial working relationships with external stakeholders in natural resources and agricultural agencies and organizations.

In addition to the responsibilities listed above, contributions to team reporting and impact measurement are expected. This position will identify innovative ways to meet targeted undeserved and underrepresented audiences.

This position will cover the state of Iowa in programming and the position’s main office location will be based on Iowa State University’s campus in the Department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management. The Natural Resources Extension Field Specialist position will be filled at the Education Extension Specialist I or II level. The level II position has minimum required qualifications of Bachelor’s degree and 2 years of related experience and is a PS807 pay level.

Example of Duties• Functions as an effective educator.• Responds to programming and information using routine sources and materials, matching relevant information and programs with audience needs.• Provides subject-matter support to local networks and coalitions to build community capacity (brings added value to producers, addresses environmental issues, and improves education and service for youth, community or families).• Participates in needs assessment activities; evaluates major program efforts; and completes system reports when due.• Sets goals related to reaching targeted under-served and under-represented audiences.• Secures resources (volunteers, contracts, and grants) to support identified needs at a county level.Level Guidelines• Individual contributor position with developing professional and/or technical skills working under immediate to general supervision• Grasps professional-level knowledge and concepts of field while working in a progressive learning mode• Works on problems and issues of somewhat limited scope• Follows standard practices and procedures in analyzing situations or data for which answers are available or can be obtained• Responds to inquiries and issues, escalating to manager or higher level workers as appropriate• May lead projects of limited scope and complexity• May provide guidance to students

Appointment Type:Regular with Term Appointment (Fixed Term)

Proposed End Date or Length of Term:June 30, 2023

Number of Months Employed Per Year:12 Month Work Period

Time Type:Full time

Pay Grade:PS806

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae2) Letter of Application/Cover LetterIf you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Original Posting Date: July 1, 2021

Posting Close Date:July 26, 2021

Job Requisition Number:R5457

Iowa State University ( is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities ( AAU ), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 30,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community ( .

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email .

If you have questions about the application process please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll-Free at 1-877-477-7485 . Iowa State University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should email or call (515) 294-4800 or Toll-Free: (877) 477-7485 . TTY users are welcome to use the Iowa Relay Service number by dialing 7-1-1 or (800) 735-2942 .

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