Ag & Natural Resources Program Coordinator

Base County
Counties Served

The Ag & Natural Resources (ANR) Program Coordinator for Jackson County will work with a team of staff and volunteers to plan and implement ANR education throughout the county. They will manage research-based ANR programming and be responsible for outreach regarding ag issues in Jackson County. 



  • Explore opportunities for programming in areas such as, but not limited to: Women in Ag, Small Farm Sustainability, Beef, the Master Conservationist Program, and partnering with schools on youth ag education areas.
  • Work with ANR specialists in the coordination of Livestock, Crops, Conservation, Soil Management and Farm Management Programming.
  • Maintain knowledge of ISU Extension and Outreach educational programs and resources.
  • Collaborate with Extension staff and with other agencies to plan and deliver programs.
  • Explore areas of ANR programming that can benefit underserved populations in Jackson County.
  • Collect, analyze, and share county data to ensure program effectiveness and communicate impact
  • Seeks out, writes, and manages grant funds and corresponding programs when applicable.
  • Promote county events and activities working with local partners and media.
  • Work with Jackson County Master Gardener Board, volunteer committees, and County Director to carry out county-sponsored activities, events, communications, and social media.
  • Organize the annual Master Gardener training classes by planning Master Gardener intern learning opportunities throughout the year.
  • Assist in finding opportunities for continuing education for volunteers.
  • Authorize volunteer and education hours on the Iowa Master Gardener reporting database.
  • Coordinate requests from community for Master Gardeners to speak/present about horticulture related subject matter.

Public Relations

  • Ensure that all Jackson County Extension ANR program materials are in accordance with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Visual Identity Guide.
  • Represent Iowa State University, ISU Extension and Outreach, and the Jackson County Agricultural Extension District positively and professionally.   
  • Working with the County Director, develop and execute a communication strategy to engage volunteers and participants which may include emails, newsletters, social media posts, events, and/or face-to-face contacts.

Organizational Support

  • Work with County Extension Director to ensure adequate financial resources are secured. 
  • Attend regional and state professional development meetings to stay current with programs, services, and technology updates.
  • Maintain knowledge of ISU Extension and Outreach ANR educational programs and resources. 
  • Ensure that all external funds (donations, grants, contracts) are secured with proper authorization.
  • Communicate effectively and build relationships with other extension staff, County Extension Council, and community partners.
  • Other duties as assigned by County Extension Director.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent years of education, training and experience in Agriculture & Natural Resources 
  • Evidence or knowledge of volunteer management.
  • Experience organizing events and activities.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Programs, web design/editing, and social media platforms.
  • Successful completion of a background check within the ISU Extension and Outreach policy.
  • Valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation.

Preferred Job Skills

  • Passion to work with volunteers.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to work with persons from various backgrounds and cultures.
  • Ability to work flexible hours. The successful candidate will be expected to successfully manage their schedule including some evening and weekend meetings.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to multi-task, solve problems, and prioritize.
  • Self-motivated and ability to initiate work without direct supervision.
  • People-oriented and skilled in customer relations.
  • Dependable team player, punctual, and detail-oriented.
  • Appearance, attitude, and conduct conducive to a professional work environment.
  • Ability to lift 25 pounds including files, books, stacking chairs, moving tables, etc.
Additional Information

Work Hours: Part-time (20 hours per week), hourly, regular position. General work week falls between 8:00am - 4:30pm. Monday-Thursday and 8:00am - 3:00pm Friday; however, regular evening meetings, occasional weekend events, and out of town trips will occur as scheduled.

Classification & Benefits: Regular Part-Time, Non-Exempt Employee. Employed by the Jackson County Agricultural Extension District. Vacations and sick leave, FICA, IPERS, mileage reimbursement, and professional development.

Supervisor: Amber Matthiesen, County Director.

Application Procedure: E-mail completed applications along with a resume and cover letter to Amber Matthiesen, Applications deadline: March 1, 2023 or until filled. 


Job Type
Part Time
Application Deadline

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