Now hiring 4-H Extension Assistant

Extension Assistant – 4-H in Lincoln Logan and McPherson Counties

To Apply: Fill out this application and submit it along with your resume to the Extension Office at 348 W. State Farm Rd. in North Platte. Application deadline is September 15th, 2022.

Job Summary

Transform lives by delivering, teaching, and managing effective educational programing in Focus Area by providing positive youth development to include current and emerging youth issues in Lincoln, Logan, and McPherson Counties.  Must be able to engage youth through diverse learning strategies at appropriate places and times.  Ability to travel within Lincoln, Logan, and McPherson Counties.  


70% Educational Programming (Approximately)

  • Teach and deliver extension educational programming in 4-H/Youth Development in Lincoln, Logan, and McPherson Counties.
  • Teach new issues and new audiences
  • Identify emerging issues focusing on underserved audiences.
  • Partner with local schools and other youth service organizations to teach on youth issues in the community.
  • Manage (promote, coordinate, support, and deliver) educational activities and events.
  • Teach local volunteers to carry out programs.
  • Engage in collaborative programming efforts.


15% Recruiting and Marketing (Approximately)

  • Teach youth on career and college readiness.
  • Foster strategic relationships and implement partnership deliverables.
  • Recruit 4-H volunteers
  • Recruit new and retain existing youth through a variety of innovative and effective 4-H delivery methods (clubs, after school, school enrichment, camps, and special interest groups).
  • Engage in recruitment strategies for UNL


10% Evaluation and Record Keeping (Approximately)

  • Measure Impact of 4-H teaching efforts and report results to decision-makers, clientele and UNL administrators
  • Assist in the evaluation, reporting and review of educational programs, training materials and other resources.
  • Collect and manage 4-H data.  Complete required records and reports.


5% Other (Approximately)

  • Pursue grants and other resources to support and expand the educational programing.
  • Participate in staff meetings and professional development, as well as local, regional, and statewide committees and activities
  • Prepare professional goals and participate in reporting responsibilities.



  • Must have a valid driver’s license.  After being selected must pass a background check.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Youth Development, Education or closely related field is preferred, however, Associate Degree is required. 
  • Experience with youth work through other organizations as an employee or volunteer.  Previous 4-H or teaching experience.
  • Demonstrate ability to teach.  Ability to keep accurate records and prepare reports. 
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, leadership, and teamwork skills.
  • Self-starter with excellent organizational skills.  (Optional – Bilingual)
  • Ability to implement, teach and evaluate programing.  Knowledge of word processing spreadsheet and data management software.
  • Extension Assistant routinely chooses the methods used in decision making/problem solving in prioritizing work.  Measure/report the impact of program efforts.  Prioritize work assignments.  Choose topics and media materials to include in programing.  Decide what concerns need to be brought to supervisor’s attention.  Select which community organizations to involve.  Determine specific methods to address challenges.
  • 80% of time spent interacting with others.  Work is focused on working with individuals and groups.  Most of the interpersonal contact in this position will be with external clients.  These include but are not limited to: Educators/Assistants/Specialists, 4-H Council, Extension Board, Fair Board, community groups, schools, families, and youth.
  • Work closely with Extension Educators and Specialists to accomplish program objectives; specifications vary from general to detail according to the project.  Most generally outcome is explained but specific methods left to discretion of employee.  Employee is expected to identify effective educational strategies to accomplish program needs.  


Direct Supervision by 4-H Educator secondary by Lead Educator.


Impact – Employee will represent UNL as well as Nebraska Extension in assigned counties (Lincoln Logan and McPherson).  Errors would cast doubt about UNL as well as Nebraska Extension’s ability to deliver viable, effective programs that meet the needs of Nebraska Citizens.  Errors in teaching content or breach of confidentiality can result in loss of program effectiveness and credibility.  Errors in judgement, performance or behavior can be very detrimental to the employee, the program, and the organization.


Please note that the employee is being employed by the county of Lincoln, Nebraska, hereinafter referred to as County, and that the employee’s employment with the County is “at will” which means that either the County or the employee may terminate the employment relationship at any time without cause.  Notwithstanding the aforementioned, if the employee is not doing his/her job properly or is misconducting himself/herself, the County (employer) may discipline said employee in a matter the County (employer) believes appropriate.


Salary:  $35,000 a year, 40 hours per week. Some nights and weekends required on occasion. A performance review will be conducted six months from start date. 


Employee benefits through Lincoln County would apply.