4-H/Youth Summer Assistant - Two open positions

Cedar Rapids
Base County
Counties Served

Start/End Date: June 1st, 2022 to early August 2022 - may flex based on applicant’s schedule and office workload. Summer, temporary position, 40 hours per week. Applications will be accepted through January 10th at 4:30 pm or until filled. Please send cover letter, resume, and

to sarahwh@iastate.edu.


This position will have a primary focus on office support and coordination/communication for Linn County 4-H and summer outreach programming for youth in Linn County. Summer Assistants will support Linn County Fair preparation, activities and events at the Linn County Fair through early July.  Throughout the summer, the position will also support summer youth programming such as day camps and other youth outreach events. The summer assistant will assist with organization, planning, and teaching research-based curriculum to Kindergarten-8th grade youth in day camp settings as well as perform general office duties. 

  • High school diploma plus a minimum of 1-2 years post-secondary studies or equivalent experience in youth development, education, public relations, or related fields required. 
  • Must be able to be approved under ISU Extension child protection policy with a background check.
  • Interest in working directly with youth and leading educational activities.  
  • Ability to be around farm livestock for extended periods of time.
  • Must be available for the Linn County Fair prep and events (June 23 – July 3, 2023).
  • Computer literacy required (MS Office including Word, Excel, Online database systems, fluent with e-mail programs).  
  • Ability to work in a team atmosphere with minimal supervision.
  • Problem-solving skills, organizational skills, and multitasking capabilities.
  • Ability to complete scheduled tasks on time.
  • Effectively communicate with all age groups. Must have strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Licensed driver and access to a vehicle.
Preferred Qualifications
  • 4-H background either as a member or volunteer preferred.
  • Experience working directly with youth.
  • Other qualities desired:
    • Self-motivated
    • Organized
    • Positive attitude
    • Interpersonal skills
    • Team player
Additional Information

Reporting of Activities:

The Summer Youth Program Assistant will attend regular staff meetings and work closely with the Linn County Youth Coordinator, Linn County Youth Outreach Educator, County Extension Program Director, other staff. Accountable to Linn County Agricultural Extension Council and all its policies.


  • Assist in letter writing, preparing brochures/booklets and other communications
  • Collection and management of registrations, entries and other program data
  • Daily customer service- distributing information and handling transactions with clients via email, mail, phone and in-person
  • Other clerical duties as needed to support programming

Program Assistant/Support Staff:

  • Assist with delivery of summer 4-H & youth camps
  • Prepare and organize workshop/camp materials as necessary
  • Attend workshops/camps to help carry out programming
  • Assist in planning, organizing and conducting the 4-H/Youth activities at the Linn County Fair.  Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: preparing paperwork, assisting with livestock shows and sale, data entry and management, and general support of livestock and exhibit hall activities. During the fair, additional hours will be required.  
  • Conduct evaluations and collect/report information for annual statistical reports 
  • Assist with preparation and delivery of other Extension programs as needed
  • Any other related duties deemed necessary by the County Extension Director
  • Participate in positive youth development training.
  • Participate in training on each summer camp that will be delivered


  • Starting Salary: $13 - $15/hour for up to 400 hours.  (40 Hours per week for 10 weeks) Must be available for the scheduled hours the week leading up to and including county fair.
  • Mileage for use of personal vehicle in the performance of approved duties will be paid at the current Linn County travel allowance rate. 
  • Internship and College Credit: If enrolled in college and need college credit, with prior approval, Extension staff will cooperate with your institution to fill this need.
Job Type
Summer, temporary position, 40 hours per week
Wages (type)
$13 - $15/hour for up to 400 hours
Application Deadline
This position will remain open until filled

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.

This institution is an equal opportunity provider. For the full non-discrimination statement or accommodation inquiries, go to www.extension.iastate.edu/diversity/ext.