Field Specialist II or III - Farm Management

Position Details

Classification Information

University Title Field Specialist II - 7151
Pay Grade 34
Salary Commensurate with qualifications
Base of Employment P - P&S
Job Category Professional and Scientific
Pay Frequency Monthly

Posting Details

Posting Number 80026P
Working Title Field Specialist II or III - Farm Management
Advertised Employing Department Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension and Outreach
Appointment Type Professional & Scientific - Term
Proposed Start Date As soon as possible
Proposed End Date or Length of Term 06/30/2019
Number of Months Employed Per Year 12
Full or Part Time Full-Time
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Extension to Agriculture and Natural Resources with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach is seeking qualified candidates for the position of Field Specialist – Farm Management. This position will be filled at the Field Specialist II or III level. Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension field specialists provide educational leadership in the application of knowledge, grounded in research-based science, to help Iowans and agricultural industry prosper. This position will have an emphasis on livestock activities.

Educational leadership responsibilities of this position will focus on all aspects of farm and agricultural business management and entrepreneurial activities. Program leadership areas include agricultural financial management; farm lease contracts and land management; economics of crop and livestock (mainly cattle) production; commodity marketing; accounting; development of value-added agricultural enterprises; business planning; risk management tools; and other farm management related program areas. In addition, this position will be part of the core farm management team and assist with statewide programming and area interdisciplinary team efforts. Program audiences include farmers, farm families, land owners, agricultural businesses, cooperatives, farm organizations, commodity groups, citizen organizations, community colleges, and mass media.

This position will participate in grant and contract opportunities and be active in revenue generation. Responsibilities of this position will also include entrepreneurial, collaborative, service and administrative functions with ISU. Subject matter leadership is provided through the ISU Department of Economics in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

In addition to duties above, a Field Specialist III will create and deliver comprehensive and complex interdisciplinary programming; conduct and analyzes needs assessment activities and identify, develop, and implement innovative and creative ways to meet clients’ needs; establishes, organizes, and facilitates networks and coalitions at the local, area, and state levels to build community capacity; and provide leadership/supervision and subject-matter expertise at the local, area, state, and national level.

The successful candidate will have the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing with a wide variety of individuals and groups. The candidate will also have the ability to establish partnerships with community leaders. Cooperates with and informs Regional Directors, County Councils, County Extension Staff, Field Specialists, and Program Director of their projects and has a positive working relationship with staff and clients in assigned geographical and subject matter areas. Strong organizational skills are also a necessity as this position will be expected to work on multiple projects.

About Iowa State University and the Ames Community

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. More than 36,000 students are enrolled and are served by over 6,200 faculty and staff.

Iowa State University is a global and culturally diverse university committed to providing an inclusive, equitable, and diverse environment for both learning and employment. We know that diversity in experience and perspective is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and building an inclusive academic community. At Iowa State, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituents. The university has an expectation that all employees will demonstrate a contribution to diversity and inclusion as embodied in Iowa State University’s Principles of Community.

Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted one of the best college towns in the nation.

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented populations, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All employees are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, university activities, collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Required Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree and 5 years of related experience; OR a Master’s degree and 3 years of related experience.

Supplemental Required Education and Experience

The above is for a Field Specialist II.

Field Specialist III: Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics, Economics, Business, Finance, Management, Marketing, Agricultural Education or a related field and five years of experience at a comparable level directly related to the duties of the position.

Preferred Education and Experience

Master’s degree in degree stated above. Additional years of experience. Experience in the agri-business industry. Experience or training in crop and livestock economics. Experience with livestock activities, preferably cattle. Experience in farm and agricultural business management areas. Experience communicating with a wide range of audiences, including agricultural clientele and the mass media.

Location (if other than Ames) West Central Iowa
Additional Information

This position will serve West-Central Iowa. Base location to be negotiated with successful candidate. In addition, the position requires statewide travel to carry out Extension and Outreach responsibilities. Candidates must have access to their own transportation. The duties of this position require willingness to work evenings and weekends.

Department Contact Name Kaela Black
Department Contact Phone 515-294-3283
Department Contact Email
Department/Unit Website
Application Instructions

To apply for this position, please click on “Apply for this Job” and complete the Employment Application. Please be prepared to enter or attach the following:

1) Resume/Curriculum Vitae
2) Letter of Application/Cover Letter
3) Contact Information for Three References

If you have questions regarding this application process, please email or call 515-294-4800 or Toll Free: 1-877-477-7485.

Special Instructions Summary
Guaranteed Consideration Date 02/23/2018
Pre-Employment Screening

All offers of employment, oral and written, are contingent upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by federal and state law, ISU policies/procedures, and may include the completion of a background check and/or a consumer credit check.

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EO Statement

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Office of Equal Opportunity, 3410 Beardshear Hall, 515 Morrill Road, 515 294-7612, email

Required Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Preferred Licensure(s)/Certification(s)

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please briefly describe your experience in the agri-business industry.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * Please briefly describe your experience or training in crop and livestock economics.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Please briefly describe your experience with livestock activities, particularly cattle.

    (Open Ended Question)

  4. * Please briefly describe your experience in farm and agricultural business management areas.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Please briefly describe your experience communicating with a wide range of audiences, including agricultural clientele and the mass media.

    (Open Ended Question)

  6. * Where did you first learn about this vacancy?
    • ISU Employment Opportunities Website
    • ISU Employee
    • Website
    • Placement Office
    • Trade Journal
    • Newspaper
    • HERC Website
    • LinkedIN
    • Facebook
    • CareerBuilder
  7. Please indicate which specific website, placement office, trade journal, newspaper, or other resource influenced you to apply for this position.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Letter of Application/Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  3. Reference Contact Information
Optional Documents