Extension Specialist - Pasture Management for Livestock Operations

The University of Maryland
Keedysville, Maryland
Apr 17, 2018
May 22, 2018
Full Time




Title: Agent

Working Title:  Extension Specialist - Pasture Management for Livestock Operations

Position Number:  103272

Category Status:  Faculty Non Tenured, On Track, Full-Time

Unit:  AGNR-UME-West Region

Location: Central Maryland or Western Maryland Research & Education Center

Position Purpose:

The Pasture Management for Livestock Operations Specialist is responsible for planning, organizing, developing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs for Maryland communities and citizens. Specifically, this position will provide leadership and delivery of educational programming related to pasture management and hay production for livestock consumption. Program areas may include grass species and variety choices, weed control, environmental management, sustainable grazing, or other topics. The applicant will have access to Maryland Agricultural Experiment Station facilities including dairy, beef and equine facilities with 600 acres of forage crops. The Specialist will facilitate partnerships with university colleagues, local and state agencies, elected officials, communities, landowners, producers, and industry groups in facilitating implementation of best  practices in pasture management.

The Specialist is part of a diverse team (AGNR, UME, and key stakeholder groups) working on applied research and extension education for management of pastures and hay production for use by livestock producers in the State. The Specialist will provide leadership for relevant pasture management programming within the Agriculture and Food Systems Focus Area, one of four UME strategic programming initiatives. The Specialist will facilitate collaborative education programming with rural landowners/producers and State and County agriculture officials.

The Specialist works to ensure that Extension priorities and initiatives are addressed for target audiences. The Specialist is also responsible to work intentionally and collaboratively to increase the visibility and reach of Extension programs through education designed to meet the needs of diverse audiences. The Specialist will interpret and disseminate the latest research findings using a variety of delivery and communication strategies appropriate for the intended target audience, including but not limited to workshops, classes, demonstration projects, webcasts, social media, publications, mass media and community coalitions.

The Specialist represents University of Maryland Extension (UME), The University of Maryland College Park, and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. The Specialist ensures that educational programming is in alignment with UME’s current strategic plan and plan of work, especially as it relates to the United States Department of Agriculture. The faculty member will be on track for tenure and promotion to a higher rank in accordance with University policy and UME tenure guidelines within a timeframe defined.

In carrying out these duties, the individual is reports to the Assistant Director.


Required –

  • Master’s degree in Animal Science, Agronomy, or a related field of study.
  • Field research experience in pasture management and forage production that involves applications of conservation practices and advanced agricultural technology systems.
  • Demonstrated leadership and management abilities along with evidence of ability to work with colleagues, students, industry and other clientele.
  • Knowledge and use of computer technology for educational programming and management.

Extension Specialist - Pasture Management for Livestock Operations

  • Personal transportation and valid driver’s license required. Must be willing to travel throughout the state of Maryland.  Out of state travel may also be required.
  • Flexible work schedule required for delivering evening and weekend educational programs and activities as determined by clientele availability and need.
  • Maryland Public Agency Applicator’s Certification required or can be obtained within 12-months of employment.
  • Evidence of excellent teaching & communication skills.
  • This position is subject to a Criminal History Record Check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and clearance of the Criminal History Record Check.

Preferred –

  • Ph.D. preferred.
  • Extension research or similar work experience (e.g., work with formal or non-formal education and/or farm management experience).
  • Experience working with graduate students desirable.
  • Preference will be given to individuals with experience working with diverse audiences and all socioeconomic levels.

Physical Demands of the Position: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • This position frequently presents information through vocal and written communication to individuals of various ages, socio-economic, and educational backgrounds. The ability to express or exchange ideas vocally is important, as well as the ability to hear and perceive information at normal spoken work levels.
  • A routine part of this position's responsibilities would be to transport materials to and from field research plots and teaching/event locations, including loading and unloading the vehicle. The employee will frequently lift and/or move items weighing up to 20 pounds. Set-up and tear-down of research machinery, projects displays, tables, and chairs would be necessary at many teaching sites.
  • This position requires the employee to work outdoors conducting field research, delivering programs and teaching at events. This may occur during very hot and/or inclement weather.
  • Visual acuity is required for preparing and analyzing written or computer data and presentations.

Salary & Benefits: Salary will be commensurate with experience: Master’s Base: $51,575; Ph.D. Base: $61,650. The University of Maryland offers an extensive benefits package.

Applications:  All candidates must apply online at https://ejobs.umd.edu. A complete application packet includes a cover letter, resume or CV, copies of transcripts, and three (3) professional references, including name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

Closing Date: For best consideration, complete application by 06/01/2018. Position will remain open until suitable candidate has been identified.

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.