Extension Range Field Specialist I

South Dakota State University Extension

The Extension Range Field Specialist I will be responsible for development and dissemination of research-based programming and resources in support of multi-species range, grassland management, and woody encroachment control, including but not limited to, grazing systems, soil health, ecology and other related topics across South Dakota.  They will travel extensively to build strong relationships with producer groups, agribusinesses, and governmental agencies to identify ongoing and emerging needs in regard to range and grassland management. This includes:

  • Implement proactive, problem-solving approaches to identified stakeholder issues, needs, and topics.
  • Exercise communication and facilitation skills in working with appropriate discipline and topic focused organizations and groups.
  • Commit 20% of work time and effort to creating and delivering technological outreach through the Extension web portal https://extension.sdstate.edu.
  • Develop and interact with learning communities related to range and grassland management.
  • Commit to regional and statewide program delivery strategies and the intent to create enthusiastic implementation among state and local stakeholders.
  • Develop and implement presentations, workshops, and training to a variety of audiences.
  • Develop and implement evaluation tools for measuring and reporting program impact.
  • Utilize and implement program business plans to manage projects and programs.
  • Develop grants and/or cost recovery mechanisms to assist with program sustainability.
  • Establish strong collaborative partnerships.