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Assistant Extension Agent - FRTEP The Hopi Tribe (Kykotsmovi, AZ)

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Title Assistant Extension Agent - FRTEP The Hopi Tribe (Kykotsmovi, AZ)
Department Tribal Extension Programs (1510)
Location Outside of Tucson
Position Summary

The primary purpose of this position is to carry out needed problem-solving research, determine and conduct needed educational programs and provide useful and practical information to the people of the Hopi Tribe in the program areas of agricultural production, natural resource management and 4-H youth development, using all available means of communications. The position has the responsibility of developing and conducting Extension programs that address priority issues as identified by the Department of Natural Resources and other Tribal programs within the Hopi Tribe, as well as cooperating and supporting other Agents in Navajo and Coconino County. Additional responsibilities may be deemed necessary and assigned by the College and/or Extension Administrators. Approximately 50% of the Agent’s time will be spent in the agriculture and natural resources areas with approximately 50% of the Agent’s time spent in 4-H Youth Development. This position is a year-to-year appointment subject to continued federal funding. It is anticipated that the Native American programs will be long-term.

The official office for Extension agent working on the Hopi Reservation will be in the vicinity of the Tribal headquarters as designated by the Tribe.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

A. Program Development

  • Coordinates with Department of Natural Resources Programs, who will provide technical assistance and direction in program development.
  • Works with the Hopi Tribal Cattle Associations, tribal ranch, independent Ranchers, local schools and youth groups.
  • Develops and advises a 4-H Advisory Committee which will give direction on critical issues for the program development.
  • Is familiar with local conditions, resources, issues and educational opportunities, and uses appropriate methods for determining client needs and program priorities.
  • Acquires thorough knowledge of the Hopi Tribe relative to livestock, grazing land,
    farmland, plant and animal diseases, irrigation systems, quality and quantity of water, problem priorities and all natural resource concerns.
  • Assesses the needs of youth and develops educational programs to meet these needs. Collaborates with tribal youth service providers and schools.
  • Involves Tribal Programs, Tribal leadership, commodity groups, governmental agencies,
    county Extension staff and clientele in program planning.

B. Program Implementation

  • Involves the Department of Natural Resources Programs, other Tribal Programs, Tribal leadership, governmental agencies, County Extension Boards, other Extension professionals and individuals in the development of an annual plan of work which becomes part of the plan of work for Navajo and Coconino County.
  • Develops educational objectives and uses appropriate, available means of communications and methodology, including problem solving research, to carry out educational objectives.
  • Recruits, trains and supervises 4-H volunteers.
  • Actively promotes the organization of 4-H clubs in every community on the Hopi Reservation.
  • Prepares and submits regular news releases and newsletters as appropriate to the job.

C. Program Results

  • Evaluates agriculture, natural resources and 4-H Youth Development programming in terms of effective methodology and products of objectives achieved.
  • Documents expected results and actual impacts of educational programs on Clientele.
  • Counsels with the County Extension Director and the Associate Director, Programs and the Director of Tribal Extension Programs, to evaluate program effectiveness and personal achievements as an Extension faculty member.
  • Reports results of educational programs to Extension administrators, DNR Director, Tribal leadership clientele and general public as appropriate.

D. Operations

  • Prepares expense accounts, leave and out-of-area travel expenses.
  • Accepts accountability for University of Arizona property.
  • Is responsible for compliance with Arizona Affirmative Action Plan.
  • Develops and forwards plans, reports and records to Extension administrators as required and directed.
  • Serves on College and University committees as requested by Administration.

E. Professionalism

  • Maintains professional competence in agricultural, natural resources and youth development subject matter relative to the Reservation’s needs.
  • Promotes good communication and working relations among Extension faculty and staff, Experiment Station researchers, the total University, and all other University personnel on an as needed basis. Uses initiative to discover ways to build public understanding and support for Extension and University programs.
  • Keeps current in areas of specialization and publishes appropriate applied and scholarly materials.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Ability to design, implement, evaluate and report productive and innovative problem solving research and educational programs and to secure supplemental resources needed to conduct and expand educational programs.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in supporting a team approach with Tribal leadership, Extension faculty and staff, volunteers, youth and agencies in program planning and implementation.
  • High level of competency in subject matter and people related skills such as teaching, advising, problem analysis, communications, human relations and leadership development.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree in agriculture, natural resources or a related discipline is required.
  • Willingness to travel through rough terrain for range monitoring, and work with large animals and various equipment.
  • Skills in computer programs, social media and use of various technology.
  • Maintains high ethical and professional standards, and is loyal to Cooperative Extension and the University of Arizona.
  • Valid driver’s license is required, as travel on the Hopi Reservation and in Arizona is necessary to carry out job duties.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Two years of applicable experience working in Arizona or an area with similar conditions is preferred.
  • Knowledge of the Hopi Tribe culture and traditions is preferred.
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40 and some weekends
Job Category Research
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay DOE
Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to job duties)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A21966
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 09/11/2017
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Please email any inquiries related to this position to Jennifer Gardner Smith at

Open Date 08/09/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 08/21/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant
Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have a Master’s Degree in agriculture, natural resources or a related discipline?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Experience in Administration, Research, Teaching and Outreach
Optional Documents