Extension Beef Nutrition Field Specialist I

South Dakota State University Extension


To provide strong regional and statewide leadership in delivering research-based programming in the Competitive Livestock capstone area. The Extension Field Specialist I will be responsible for development and dissemination of research-based programming and resources in support of the cattle industry across South Dakota. They will travel extensively to build strong relationships with producer groups, agribusinesses, and governmental agencies to identify ongoing and emerging needs of commercial cow-calf and seedstock producers.



These positions require strong knowledge and ability to conduct impactful programming based on needs assessments; commitment to development of emerging technology materials for program development and delivery; commitment to developing or leading learning communities; ability to collaborate on emerging issues; and developing relationships with pertinent stakeholders. The Extension Beef Nutrition Field Specialist I’s also have a responsibility to secure programmatic funding, conduct evaluation, and successfully engage with the public by bridging research to practice. These positions are accountable to the Agriculture and Natural Resources Program Leader and affiliated with the Animal Science Department and will work collaboratively with other Competitive Livestock Field Specialists, State Specialists, and other faculty members in their respective department.



  • Master’s Degree, completed by first day of employment in Animal Science or other closely related field.
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. Sponsorship is not available for this position.
  • Experience with beef production systems.
  • Knowledge of ruminant nutrition including coursework.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences.
  • Strong oral communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work as a team member.
  • Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs.
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to plan, implement, and evaluate educational materials and direct effective programs.
  • Effective written communication skills.
  • Valid driver’s license, or ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire, and willingness to travel.