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Place-based Livestock Instructor at Michigan State University Extension Tollgate Farm - 5668

Job Title: 
Place-based Livestock Instructor
Michigan State University Extension Tollgate Farm
28115 Meadowbrook Rd.
Novi, MI 48377
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

Provides leadership and oversight of local programs, clients and participants, related to MSU Extension (MSUE) program focus areas and as part of a specific MSU Extension Institute; oversees and ensures program/project promotion and expansion activities; assists with data gathering for impact evaluation efforts; and works in conjunction with supervisor, program participants and community partners to attain both short-term and long-term goals and objectives. Through supervising educator, works in concert with the appropriate MSUE Institute and/or work team(s) to ensure alignment of programs with overall goals of work team, Institute and organization.

This place-based livestock program instructor will be based out of the MSU Extension site located at the MSU Tollgate Farm in Novi, Michigan. Through a partnership with Maybury Farm, the successful candidate will coordinate horse and livestock care at both sites, be responsible for overall animal well-being and will contribute to programming efforts taking place at both locations. This will take the form of leading youth horse and livestock workshops, supporting school programs, leading summer day camps, and contributing to special events.

Michigan State University (MSU) Extension helps people improve their lives by bringing the vast knowledge resources of MSU directly to individuals, communities and businesses. For more than 100 years, MSU Extension has helped grow Michigan’s economy by equipping Michigan residents with the information that they need to do their jobs better, raise healthy and safe families, build their communities and empower our children to dream of a successful future.

Maybury Farm is a working farm with a mission to connect the community to animals and agriculture through hands-on experiences that are both engaging and educational. Situated on 85 acres of farmland and forest, the opportunities to enjoy and learn about Michigan farming, agriculture and habitats is endless! Maybury Farm offers educational tours that are enjoyed by thousands of children from all over Southeast Michigan each year. Our tours are designed to integrate with Michigan science standards. We want them to have such fun, hands-on experiences that they don't even realize we are teaching them science!

Required Application Materials
Applicants are asked to submit a current resume/CV, cover letter and four (4) professional references that include at least two current or prior supervisors.

Special Instructions
This position is a full-time, end-dated appointment renewable annually based upon successful performance and continued funding. Currently funding is anticipated to be available for three years.

Work Hours
Generally Monday through Friday, 8am - 5pm with some nights and weekends needed. Willingness to work irregular hours delivering program is necessary.

Description of End Date
This position is a full-time, end-dated appointment renewable annually based upon successful performance and continued funding. Currently funding is anticipated to be available for three years.

Summary of Physical Demands
Mildly disagreeable working conditions involving exposure to adverse weather conditions/outdoor weather conditions. This position requires physical exertion, including ability to sit, stand, bend, stoop and stretch; involves handling animals and operation of equipment; lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, moving and driving, are a regular part of the position; and carrying educational materials, equipment, etc. up to 50 lbs.

Summary of Health Risks
Mildly disagreeable working conditions involving exposure to adverse weather conditions/outdoor weather conditions. This position requires physical exertion, including ability to sit, stand, bend, stoop and stretch; involves handling animals and operation of equipment; lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, moving and driving, are a regular part of the position; and carrying educational materials, equipment, etc. up to 50 lbs.

Advertised: Jan 30, 2019 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Feb 12, 2019 Eastern Standard Time

ob no: 559226
Work type: Extension, Support Staff
Pay Grade: 62
Major Administrative Unit / College: Michigan State University Extension
Department: Extension Community Food And Environment 10058942
Salary: 40000.00
Location: Oakland
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Extension Program Associate-EXPA, MSU Extension- EXPA, Advising/Counseling, Agriculture, Education/Training, Veterinary/Animal Care

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Characteristic Duties/Responsibilities

Plan, organize and carry out programs that focus on the specific area of educational programming.
Collaborate with the appropriate MSU Extension Institute work teams.
Provide expertise and information to clientele related to program area.
Plan, organize and implement programs that are relevant to program area and meet the needs of local residents.
Operates somewhat independently, with minimal supervision, ensuring that program delivery follows prescribed guidelines and meets the goals for reaching specific audiences.
Provide information and opportunities for learning through the use of technology, mass media, group meetings, workshops and individual contacts.
Attend various and related local program meetings or committee meetings, as well as community planning activities, as appropriate.
Represent MSU Extension in activities, meetings, etc. in a manner that reflects collegial connection with the community, the research and knowledge of the University, and the goodwill of MSU Extension.
Reach a diverse audience through traditional and newly developed programs.
Actively participate in a variety of professional development opportunities to attain and retain program knowledge and delivery skills.
Has an understanding and commitment to equal access and opportunity and to diversity and inclusivity.
Understands and implements Civil Rights policies and compliance.

Education & Experience: 

Unit Specific Education/Experience/Skills
Preferred bachelor’s degree in Animal Science or Agriculture Education and two years of experience in program management and delivery in area of focus.
Additional experience in area of expertise.
Proficient computer operation skills (e.g. Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.); and effective oral and written communication skills.
Combination of education and specific, relevant experience may be considered in lieu of degree.
Ability to lift and carry educational materials, equipment, etc. up to 25 lbs.
Ability to travel in local and surrounding communities and occasional long-distance travel are required as a regular part of this position.
Transportation is the responsibility of the employee.
Demonstrated success in program development and delivery to diverse audiences/communities including but not limited to race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences.
Proven ability in establishing and working with a diverse network of constituents and community members across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences to assist with program development and outreach.
Understanding of and ability to implement Civil Rights principles and compliance standards.
Other skills and/or physical abilities required to perform duties of the position.
Desired Qualifications
Current certification in first aid and CPR.
Experience in managing livestock and horse care.
Experience leading horse riding programs for youth.
Experience in STEAM and inquiry science education.
Experience in 4-H program development and delivery.

Application Instructions: 

All applications must be received by February 12th through the Michigan State University Careers website. http://careers.msu.edu/cw/en-us/listing/ The position can be found by searching for job posting 559226.

Job Categories: 
Education
Farming/Agriculture