Extension Assistant/Associate Professor- Agricultural Economics


Requisition ID: 2021-4526

# of Openings: 1

Job Locations
US-UT-Nephi | US-UT

Category (Portal Searching): Faculty

Position Type: Benefited Full-Time

Job Classification: Faculty

Percent of Time or Hours per Week

College: Extension

Department: Extension Agriculture & Natural Resources

Advertised Salary
Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Utah State University Extension invites applications for an Area County Extension faculty, 12-month, tenure track position. Extension faculty develop, implement, evaluate, and coordinate research-based educational programs to enhance quality of life for youth and adults.  Extension faculty also recruit, train and supervise volunteer leaders and serve as a liaison between local clientele, other resource agencies, and Utah State University administrators, faculty, and programs. This Extension position includes university responsibilities and is split between Juab and Utah Counties.

An office will be provided at the USU Extension offices in Nephi and Orem, Utah. 

Juab County is located in central Utah and borders Utah County to the south. Most of Juab County consists of federal land. There are five major population areas in Juab County including Nephi, Mona, Levan, Eureka, and West Desert. Nephi the largest of those and is the county seat. Juab County continues to grow in population due to the close proximity to larger cities in Utah County. Outdoor recreation opportunities are abundant with Little Sahara sand dunes, Yuba reservoir state park, Topaz Mountain in the west desert, and Mt. Nebo (highest peak on the Wasatch mountain range).

Utah County is located in northern Utah along the Wasatch Front corridor. It borders Juab County on the North. It is a county with a booming population, strong technology industries located at Silicon Slopes, and two major universities, Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University. Outdoor recreation opportunities are abundant with ski resorts, Utah Lake, National Forests, and blue-ribbon trout fishing on the Provo River.

The position requires knowledge of farm management, enterprise budgets, farm financial health, farm and ranch record keeping, risk management as related to agricultural operations, evaluation of profitable agricultural enterprises, ability to identify and analyze diverse and innovative agricultural enterprises in order to increase profitability, farm and ranch succession planning, and understanding of agricultural credit. We welcome candidates with diverse interests and experience related to these areas. The successful applicant will work with diverse agricultural enterprises including but not limited to tree fruit industry, livestock, hay production, and small farms/ranchettes.


Rank will commensurate with experience, qualifications and current rank. Appointment opportunities include Extension Assistant/Associate Professor (tenure track). A master’s degree is required.

Estimated start date is February 1, 2022


  • Provide leadership to Extension activities such as farm management, farm enterprise budgets, farm and ranch record keeping, risk management as related to agricultural operations, ways to increase profitability for farmers and ranchers, and other innovative agricultural economic and agribusiness programs.
  • Develop, implement and evaluate agricultural economic and agribusiness programs for adults.
  • Develop partnerships and employ innovative approaches to reach clientele and new audiences.
  • Work closely with partner organizations such as Farm Bureau, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, and Conservation Districts.
  • Work with on-campus specialists in developing applied research projects and program development and delivery to clientele. Close partnerships and collaboration with on-campus Agricultural Extension Specialists will be expected.
  • Pursue internal and external funding to support Extension programming.
  • Document impacts and produce scholarly publications based on Extension programming.
  • Manage budgets, personnel, and volunteers.
  • Serve diverse audiences and support the civil rights mandate of Utah State University Extension.
  • Serve and collaborate with other Extension and University personnel, community and government agencies, and stakeholders.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned master’s degree in the areas of agricultural economics, agribusiness, or other closely related agricultural field.
  • Ability to plan, organize and direct educational programs.
  • Experience in teaching adult audiences.
  • Excellent oral and written English communication skills.
  • Ability to act as a liaison between federal, state, university, and county clientele.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with program development and/or delivery related to farm management programs.
  • Proven success in implementing programs that increased profitability for farmers and ranchers.
  • Skills and experience with implementing applied research activities.
  • Skills and experience in writing scholarly publications.
  • Skills and experience with grant writing.
  • Skills and experience with low income and under-served audiences.
  • Skills and experience with social media.
  • Skills and experience in developing on-line courses.
  • Skills and experience with related organizations/agencies and fostering positive relationships with community stakeholders.
  • Prior experience with the Land Grant University System.
  • Ability to converse and write in the Spanish language.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1) Resume/CV to be uploaded in the Candidate Profile

2) Cover Letter to be uploaded under ‘Documents 1-10’

3) Transcript(s) to be uploaded under ‘Documents 1’10’

4) Three Professional References with contact information

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

College/Department Highlights

Utah State University (http://www.usu.edu) is Utah’s Land-Grant Institution with an approximate enrollment of 28,000 students. Through the Extension system, the University extends research-based information across the state. Extension faculty support elected officials and citizens in all 29 Utah counties. Utah State University is sensitive to the needs of dual-career couples.

County specific information for Juab County is available at: https://juabtravel.com

County specific information for Utah County is available at: https://www.utahcounty.gov

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.

A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.

The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:

Executive Director of the Office of Equity discrimination@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov

USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


In its programs and activities, Utah State University does not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex (including sexual harassment, pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-related conditions), national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity/expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by university policy or local, state, or federal law. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies:

USU Title IX Coordinator
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Director
Old Main Rm. 161

For further information on notice of non-discrimination:

U.S. Department of Education
Office for Civil Rights

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