Extension Educator 3 (Livestock: Beef)

Penn State University

Penn State Extension
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
03 – H – Exempt
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Extension - Lancaster County
Full/Part Time:


The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an individual trained in livestock science and / or livestock business management to join our Penn State Extension Livestock Team. The individual will be responsible for actively working with the team to identify important livestock industry issues, formulate learning objectives, develop educational events and materials to support these objectives, and participate in evaluations to measure the team’s educational and economic impact. While we are seeking disciplinary expertise in beef feedlot management and economics, it is expected that competitive candidates will have a general understanding of beef biology, husbandry, nutrition, building systems, nutrient management principles and beef production practices for both feedlot and cow calf operations. Experience in precision technologies, disease diagnosis and biosecurity are favorable attributes. Team members will be expected to work closely with university-based research faculty in developing and conducting applied research that is relevant to clientele needs. Expectations include contributing a major effort toward the sustainable growth and profitability of the state’s diverse livestock sectors (beef, swine, sheep, goats). The individual must be able to work effectively on a team and with diverse populations and audiences. The successful candidate will need to develop and/or participate in interdisciplinary collaborations across multiple disciplines and institutions. All team members will be expected to participate in the development of a diverse external funding portfolio (e.g. grants, contracts, cost recovery, development) in support of the team’s programs. The individual will develop original content to engage audiences through innovative educational methods such as online courses, videos, mobile apps, and electronic publications, in addition to traditional publications and in-person presentations. Major responsibilities will include planning, implementing, conducting and evaluating a broad educational program for commercial beef enterprises of any size, especially initiatives that can increase farm income, enhance farm sustainability and relationships at the urban rural interface, and advance farm level measures to enhance food safety and meat quality. Success in these educational initiatives enables Pennsylvania livestock enterprises to contribute to economic growth and jobs creation. While the successful candidate will be stationed in Extension District 9 (Lancaster, Berks, Schuykill, Chester, Lebanon, Delaware Counties), they will be part of a state team and thus expected to participate and deliver programs statewide. The home base will be in Lancaster County (Office location: 1383 Arcadia Road, Lancaster, PA 17601). Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Candidates with a Bachelor’s degree and strong work experience will be considered. Preference will be given to candidates who have one or more degrees in animal science, ruminant nutrition, agricultural economics, business management or related disciplines, and work experience with multiple aspects of beef production or processing. The successful individual must possess skills for excellent teaching, program development, impact evaluation, and grant management. The candidate must demonstrate the capacity to develop and maintain positive human relationships and the communication skills necessary to work effectively with team members, farmers, industry representatives, government officials, and the general public. Excellent verbal and written communications skills are required in English and valued in Spanish, and one must be proficient in the application of computer software and on-line tools. Must possess a valid driver's license, use of a private automobile, and the ability and desire to travel. Since this position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as part of your job duties, successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. This position is an opportunity to join one of the nation’s leading extension organizations at a time when it is embarking on an exciting new business model that encourages innovation and a variety of learning environments.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088