Montana State University

Tenure Track Faculty Position
Vacancy Announcement
September 4, 2013

Extension Beef Cattle Specialist (Assistant Professor of Beef Production)
Department of Animal and Range Sciences

Search Number     14-073
Start Date As soon as possible upon completion of search process
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE) tenure-track, fiscal year appointment

Salary to commensurate with qualifications, education, and experience

Benefits Eligible

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of eight academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 15,000 students, including approximately 1,900 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.

This position is located in Miles City (population 8,120), at the confluence of the Yellowstone and Tongue Rivers in southeastern Montana. Custer County has a population of 11,188 with the bulk of the population being located in Miles City and along the Yellowstone River corridor. Miles City is historically significant in terms of Montana’s cattle industry. Much of Montana’s early ranching took place in eastern Montana as the result of vast cattle herds that were trailed north from Texas. So many cattle were shipped from the railhead in Miles City that it was nicknamed the “Cow Capital”. Miles City has maintained its significance as a trade and banking center for southeastern Montana and features a thriving livestock market and a number of other businesses that cater to the agricultural and retail needs of southeastern Montana residents. Recreational opportunities include hunting, fishing, and boating. Miles City is also home to modern medical facilities with a variety of health care settings covering the entire lifespan.


This position represents a cooperative effort between the MSU Extension Service, the MSU College of Agriculture (COA)/Montana Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES), and the USDA Agriculture Research Service. Funding for the position is 75% Extension Service and 25% MAES. The Extension Beef Specialist/Assistant Professor of Beef Production will be a tenure-track faculty position in the MSU COA/MAES within the Department of Animal and Range Sciences, albeit the position is located at the USDA-ARS Ft. Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory (LARRL) in Miles City, MT. The incumbent will report to the Department Head of Animal and Range Sciences with program responsibilities reported to the MSU Director of Extension.

The Extension Beef Specialist– Assistant Professor of Beef Production will serve as one of the nuclei for the department’s applied livestock program. Animal and Range Science faculty have identified "managing grazing livestock" as the area of focus for departmental education and research efforts. The beef specialist will be an invaluable resource in support of this endeavor. The individual will interact with and complement the beef programs on campus and at the USDA-ARS Ft. Keogh Livestock and Range Research Laboratory. This position will interact with clientele throughout Montana and serve as a resource for beef clientele and Extension agents regarding beef production issues.

Presently, there are 11 animal science and 5 range science faculty in the department. Animal science faculty focus teaching and research on nutrition (including ruminal/gastrointestinal microbiology), reproduction, genetics and entomology whereas range faculty focus teaching and research on rangeland ecology and management and riparian/livestock interactions. Extension Specialists in the department focus their off-campus educational efforts on beef cattle, equine, range management, sheep, veterinary entomology, and wildlife management.

To find out more about Montana State University, MSU Extension, the College of Agriculture, Montana Agricultural Experiment Station, the Department of Animal and Range Sciences and Fort Keogh, please access the following websites:

Duties and

The position is 67% Extension teaching, 23% research and 10% service/outreach. The incumbent will develop and implement a nationally-recognized Extension educational program in beef production which will complement and expand existing education and research efforts on the main campus in Bozeman and research at Ft. Keogh LARRL. The incumbent will provide educational leadership to individuals and organizations related to beef production and management, including county/reservation Extension faculty, livestock producers, youth, state livestock and commodity organizations and related industries or organizations. It will be expected that the incumbent will utilize multi-media and active learning methodologies in their educational efforts. As a tenure-track faculty member in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences at Montana State University, the successful candidate will be expected to publish in refereed journals, secure extramural funding, mentor and advise graduate students, contribute to teaching and learning efforts (on- and off-campus), and provide appropriate departmental, college, university, and professional service. It will be expected that the incumbent will work collaboratively on research projects with faculty at the main campus in Bozeman and at the Northern Agriculture Research Center (NARC) in Havre, MT, and ARS scientists at LARRL.

As an Extension Specialist, the successful candidate will comply with all Extension, departmental, college, university, state and federal reporting requirements and assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies.

1.   An earned Ph.D. degree in Animal Science or closely related field at the time of hire.
2.   Demonstrated knowledge of range beef cattle production management strategies and production systems.
3.   Demonstrated accomplishments in on- or off-campus teaching and evidence of research experience.
4.   Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with beef cattle producers and managers.
1.   Ability to interact positively with other disciplines within the university and with external constituents.
2.   Potential to secure extramural funding from multiple sources.
3.   Demonstrated ability to effectively write and communicate research to non-scientific audiences, both youth and adults.
4.   Demonstrated ability in planning, implementing, and evaluating off-campus educational programs.
5.   Demonstrated knowledge of western range livestock issues.
6.   Demonstrated experience working in a team environment.
The Successful
Candidate Will

Have excellent verbal and written communications skills, strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to successfully contribute to teaching (off-campus), research, and outreach.

1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
2.   Must be able to work outdoors in inclement weather conditions.
3.   Must be able to lift objects up to 80 pounds.

Screening of applications will begin on November 1, 2013 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.


To apply, submit the following:

  • (1) a letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications, and
  • (2) a current curriculum vitae, and
  • (3) a copy of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be required upon hire) and
  • (4) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three current professional references.

    An application packet addressing all the above requirements and qualifications as listed is highly encouraged. Missing materials and information may not be requested and may result in your application not being considered for the position.

    Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #14-073" in the subject line of the email.

    • Submit materials to:

    • Extension Beef Cattle Specialist- Assistant Professor Search Committee
    • Department of Animal and Range Sciences
    • Montana State University
    • PO Box 172900
    • Bozeman MT 59717-2900
    • (406)994-7953

      For additional information, contact Rachel Endecott, Search Committee Chair at (406) 994-3747 or

      In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note: Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.

Posted 9/4/13 bbclark