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Livestock Specialist

Employer
Washington State University
Location
Clallam County

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Job Details

Available Title(s):

1132-YN_ADMINPRO - Extension Coordinator

Business Title:

Livestock Specialist

Employee Type:

Admin. Professional (+) (Fixed Term)

Time Type:

Full time

Position Term:

12 Month

Position Details:

Summary of Duties:

Collaborate with the Regional Small Farms team to provide educational opportunities and technical support for local food animal producers in Clallam, Jefferson, and Kitsap Counties. This position will work with regional partners to help promote efficiencies in production and processing helping producers, processors, and consumers. In partnership with the 4-H coordinator, manage and expand the food animal projects associated with 4-H in Clallam County. Positions assigned to this class are responsible for planning and executing programs that support the education of youth involved in 4-H food animal projects.

4-H livestock projects currently include beef and dairy cattle, swine, goats, sheep, poultry, and sometimes rabbits. Engaging with youth enrolled in these projects will include assisting youth and families in 4-H enrollment, scheduling meetings, public presentation, and record books, etc. Livestock projects will include but is not limited to education around housing, nutrition, biosecurity, showing, judging, quality assurance, etc. This position will also coordinate with certified volunteers to ensure Washington State and Clallam County 4-H guidelines are met.

This position will also be responsible for organizing and helping deliver educational events outside of normal club meetings including County events as well as helping youth prepare to attend statewide and national 4-H events. This position will work with local partners to ensure 4-H fundraising goals are met and assist delivering a safe and successful County fair and youth livestock auction including helping youth stay up to date with Youth for the Quality Care of Animals requirement.

Communicate effectively and compassionately with youth, parents, and volunteers. Design marketing, recruiting resources, educational brochures, posters, publications. Manage program budgets and apply for small grants as necessary. Must be team player, work independently and embrace a flexible schedule that includes evenings and weekends.


Required Qualifications:

A Bachelor’s degree in a relevant extension program discipline and two (2) years of related program experience. Any combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted for the educational requirement on a year-for-year basis.

  • A Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Science including but not limited to Animal Science, Agricultural Education, Agricultural Business, Agricultural Economics, Food Science, Meat Science, Poultry Science, Extension Education or another relevant discipline, Masters preferred in one of the degree concentrations.

  • The two years in related program experience must be in food and farms sector and extension programming, preferably both adult and youth audiences (4-H).

  • Must successfully pass the WSU 4-H Youth Development/Child Protection Screening Process.

  • Must be able and willing to work a flexible schedule including evenings/weekend.

  • Must have, or able to obtain, a valid driver’s license by time of hire.

  • Ability to work with large and small livestock safely.

  • Knowledge and experience in teaching utilizing an experiential learning model (youth and adult audiences).

  • Experience developing extension and educational and outreach deliverables, including training and support materials as well as resources supporting the for the food and farm community in areas that will increase efficiency, improve both production and business practices and help to build consumer confidence in the local food system.

  • Areas of expertise may include food animal production, quality assurance, animal well-being, pasture management, nutrition, selection, meat science, etc.

  • Ability to teach workshops, facilitate meetings and evaluate programming efforts offered to diverse audiences that span both youth and adult participants.

  • Any combination of relevant education and professional experience may be considered as a substitute for the preferred post-secondary educational on a year-for-year basis.

  • Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as a team member with 4-H Program Coordinator, County Director, Extension Faculty, staff, and volunteers. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively using oral, written, and listening skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to use a computer and word processing, spreadsheet, and database software programs.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three (3) years of related program experience.

  • Master’s Degree in a related field.

  • Knowledge of regenerative pasture management and food animal related climate concerns

  • Demonstrated cultural competency.

  • Knowledge and/or expertise in custom slaughter and butchery.

  • Fluency in Spanish.

  • Demonstrated ability to use a computer and competence in learning to computer programs.

  • Demonstrated ability to use social media to promote programming and competence in using social media marketing.

  • Experience and ability to work as a team member with staff and volunteers. Knowledge of, and/or experience with, 4-H youth development programs.

  • Strong demonstrated verbal communication and listening skills: public speaking, effective conveyance of program information to the public, program participants, and decision-makers.

  • Experience working/collaborating with multiple public agencies, NGOs, and individuals in partnerships.

  • Knowledge of, and/or experience with, program assessment and evaluation.

Additional Information:

Area/College:

WSU Extension


Department Name:

Ag & Natural Resources/4-H


City, State, Zip:

Port Angeles, WA 98362


Department Link:

https://extension.wsu.edu/clallam/


Monthly Salary:

$3,750.85 - $5,397.56

In accordance with RCW 49.58.110, the above salary reflects the full salary range for this position. Individual placement within the range is based on the candidate’s current experience, education, skills, and abilities related to the position. Successful candidates typically begin up to mid-point of the salary range. For more information regarding Administrative Professional (AP) Compensation at Washington State University (WSU), please visit the following website: https://hrs.wsu.edu/managers/classification-compensation/ap-compensation-structure/.

WSU offers a comprehensive benefits package which includes paid sick and vacation leave; paid holidays; medical, dental, life and disability insurance package for employees and dependents; retirement; deferred compensation and optional supplemental retirement accounts.

For a more detailed summary of benefits offered by WSU for AP staff visit: https://hrs.wsu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2024/01/2024-Benefit-Overview-for-Faculty-and-AP.pdf.

Find total compensation information here: https://hrs.wsu.edu/managers/recruitment-toolkit/total-compensation/.


Overtime Eligibility:

Overtime Eligible


FTE:

100%


Temporary End Date:

This is a temporary position expected to end on February 1, 2025. Renewal is dependent on the need for extension and/or if additional funding is secured to extend employment. Funding has been renewed successfully for several years and we expect funding to continue to be renewed.


Posting Close Date:

Applicants must submit their completed application by May 27, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

Background Check:

This position has been designated by the department to require a background check because it requires access to children or vulnerable adults as defined by RCW 74.34, engages in law enforcement, requires security clearance, interacts with WSU students in a counseling or advising capacity, has access to personal identifying and/or financial information, unsupervised access to university buildings/property, or other business-related need. A background check will not be completed until an initial determination of qualification for employment has been made.


Application Instructions:

External candidates, please upload all documents in the “Resume/CV” section of your application. Internal candidates, please upload all documents in the “Resume/Cover Letter” section of your application.

Required Documents:

Applicants must upload the following required documents to their online application.

1) Resume

2) Cover Letter

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or hrs@wsu.edu.

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WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

WSU is Washington’s land-grant university with campuses located statewide in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and online through the Global Campus. WSU also has research centers located throughout the state and extension offices in every county. Learn about WSU’s statewide reach.

WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research with nationally recognized academic programs, renowned professors, students who make a difference, and vibrant communities.

WSU offers staff and faculty a comprehensive benefits package as well as professional development and a host of work/life quality programs. Explore WSU’s benefits.

Review the application instructions for instructions and tips on using the WSU Jobs site and applying for jobs at WSU.

Diversity Profile: Washington State University

As a land-grant institution, diversity, equity, and inclusion serve as core values and beliefs of Washington State University (WSU). At the university, college, or department level, WSU is committed to fostering open, proactive dialogue to create a more inclusive culture at all its locations including the five physical campuses and its online Global Campus, as well as its 39 Extension offices, four research centers, and 25 small business development centers.

Core Belief

WSU is committed to achieving an ethical and socially just society for all. Instituting social change on a large scale begins at home with system-level policies that actively promote equity. The University is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout every aspect of its statewide system. We strive to create a climate that enables underrepresented students, faculty, and staff to thrive in communities that foster a sense of belonging in a culture of inclusion. The ultimate goal? Creation of institutional culture in which inclusion and equity are the norms, a model that helps move the world toward a place in which all people are treated with dignity and respect.

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Equity, diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Promotion of an ethical and socially just society through an intentional commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

WSU’s core ideology can be found in its System Strategic Plan. 

WSU’s Student Body

WSU's student body statewide is ethnically diverse: 31 percent of our students are underrepresented minorities, and first-generation students represent nearly 33 percent of the total enrollment. About 15 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington and about 7 percent are international students. System-wide enrollment reached a record 31,607 students in fall 2019.

Associate Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence Recently Announced

Dr. Lisa Guerrero was recently named associate vice provost for inclusive excellence. Guerrero has been an active advocate for diversity and inclusion since joining the WSU faculty in 2004. She is currently a professor of Comparative Ethnic Studies in WSU’s School of Languages, Cultures, and Race. She will maintain her faculty position, while serving as associate vice provost in a half-time appointment.

Dr. Guerrero will provide leadership to academic affairs in implementing WSU’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. She will help to identify and implement best practices and evidence-based approaches in faculty hiring, tenure and promotion, research support, faculty retention, teaching and mentoring, and curriculum planning. One of her first areas of responsibility will be to oversee the Racism and Social Inequality in the Americas faculty cluster hire program for Fall 2021.

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WSU Resources and Offices

WSU Human Resource Services supports a climate of integrity and equity that actively reflects open, respectful dialog. Additional resources are available on the Human Resource Services website.

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