University of Kentucky College of Agriculture


"I like working with and being an integral part of a community. The relationships built with farmers, 4-H'ers, and community leaders really make this career enjoyable."
Adam Probst, Woodford County

“If you have a program idea but don't know how to get started, chances are that somewhere within the nationwide network of extension agents is someone who can help you." -Kevin Lindsay, Fayette County

Beth Wilson
“As an agent, you are trained to give the best possible solution to a real-world problem. There's a lot of satisfaction in that. You are not micromanaged by a supervisor. You must be internally driven to provide information to residents of your county and to address issues vital to your own community."
-Beth Wilson, Pulaski County















Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development Job Description


Major Job Responsibility:  Educational Programming


Essential Functions & Job Standards: 

  • Develop and implement a plan of work based on locally identified needs which will lead to improved quality of living for youth and adults.
  • Develop and lead a community based 4-H program that includes project, special interest, afterschool and/or community clubs and project groups.
  • Develop and implement a 4-H in-school program (clubs and school enrichment).
  • Provide programs that are research based, designed for diverse audiences, include a variety of educational delivery methods, and contain evaluation components based on sequential learning and demonstrate behavioral change.
  • Develop and lead a comprehensive curriculum based youth development program including six of the following seven curriculum areas: (1) Animal Science; (2) Communications and Expressive Arts; (3) Family and Consumer Sciences; (4) Health; (5) Leadership; (6) Natural Resources; (7) Science, Engineering & Technology.
  • Plan, promote and attend 4-H camp(s) which foster independence, leadership skills, team building skills and environmental education and general life skills.
  • Plan, organize and conduct 4-H activities and events throughout the county that provide opportunity for development of life skills and self-esteem. 
  • Provide opportunities for youth to be actively involved in events and programs outside the county on the district and state, and/or national level.
  • Work with specialist to provide cutting edge information and creative programming.
  •  This position will serve all clientele ensuring that all youth and adults have an equal opportunity to participate in extension programs regardless of race, gender, age, color, sex, religion, disability, or national origin.


Competencies/Skills:  Planning and organizing, able to travel to sites outside the office, written and oral communication skills, teaching and presentation skills


Major Job Responsibility:  Leadership and Council Development


Essential Functions & Job Standards:

  • Determine appropriate volunteer positions.
  • Recruit, develop and utilize youth and adults to be active members of a 4-H advisory council to help identify local issues, conduct and evaluate educational programs, secure resources for Extension programs and communicate curriculum needs to the University.
  • Recruit, develop and train youth and adults as leaders to assist with the implementation of the 4-H program.
  • Ensure that all Client Protection guidelines are implemented within the 4-H Youth Development program area.
  • Ensure that the 4-H leadership is representative of the diversity of the county population.


Competencies/Skills:  Recruitment and marketing skills, confidentiality, attention to detail, ability to work with and value a wide range of personalities, teaching skills


Major Job Responsibility:  Public Accountability & Service


Essential Functions & Job Standards:

  • Generate and utilize evaluation data on programming to document and publicize accomplishments.
  • Share program outcomes with community and elected officials to help them understand the value of Extension.
  • Demonstrate open and efficient communication among agents, support staff and Extension clientele.
  • Provide latest research based information in a customer friendly manner to clientele.
  • Network and build relationships among diverse groups and individuals to market and support for Extension.
  • Support and maintain at least one social media or blog relevant to program area (such as Facebook, Twitter, Pintrest, etc.)
  • Use new technology to communicate with clientele and University officials.
  • Contribute to the information base used to document accomplishments of the Cooperative Extension Service to key decision makers and Federal partners.
  • Develop and maintain components of service to include involvement of youth and adult volunteers in service oriented projects.
  • Support activities and events of the UK College of Agriculture and School of Human Environmental Sciences.
  • Report team and individual accomplishments in a timely manner to immediate supervisor.
  • Regular review and measurement of goals, particularly those documented in County Plan of Work and the Affirmative Action Plan.


Competencies/Skills:  written and oral communication skills, dependability, courteous and responsive to the public, social media skills, service orientation


Major Job Responsibility:  Facilitation, Collaboration and Teamwork


Essential Functions & Job Standards:

  • Serve as a group facilitator to convene or intervene with groups that need a neutral facilitator to help the group identify, solve problems and /or make decisions.
  • Partner with other groups/agencies in the county such as family resource centers, FFA or other youth serving agencies in the county to provide youth programs.
  • Build collaborations with other agencies and organizations to solve community problems and multiply effectiveness.
  • Serve as a source of expertise in youth development and other subject matter areas targeted to youth audiences.
  • Exhibit and promote teamwork within Extension organization at county, district and state levels, acting as mentor and contributing to the professional development of all agents.
  • Support the overall office operation by having input on support staff evaluations, budget, county extension council, as well as other office-wide responsibilities and serving as a lead person in operational areas as needed.


Competencies/Skills: initiative, leadership abilities, able to easily meet people and form relationships, open and honest communication skills, team player


Major Job Responsibility:  Professional Development


Essential Functions & Job Standards:

  • Agents hired without a Master’s degree will be expected to enroll in an approved graduate program and earn at least 12 hours of graduate credit within the first 5 years as an agent
  • Understand and stay up-to-date on current and emerging issues involving youth and volunteer development.
  • Attend in-service trainings to stay current on 4-H guidelines and new program opportunities
  • Participate in youth development professional associations.
  • Share expertise by presenting sessions or serving in leadership roles for relevant state and national associations and/or conferences.


Competencies/Skills:  ability to learn new concepts, leadership and presentation skills


Major Job Responsibility:  Supervision


Essential Functions & Job Standards:

  • Provide training, supervision and evaluation for support staff and program assistants.
  • Provide training, supervision and evaluation for volunteer leaders.


Competencies/Skills: supervision and coaching skills




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