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Work type: Extension, Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: Michigan State University Extension
Department: Extension Community Food And Environment 10058942
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: Alger, Brimley, Charlevoix, Cheboygan, Chippewa, Delta, Emmet, Luce, Mackinac, Schoolcraft
Categories: Agriculture, Education/Training, Research/Scientific, Advising/Counseling, MSU Extension- EXPA, Fixed Term Academic Staff, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Tribal Extension Educator (FRTEP)

Position Summary

Michigan State University Extension is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive organization, which requires all staff to contribute towards a vision for success. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to our work, regardless of title or position within the organization. This means that all staff at MSU Extension are dedicated to the following:

  • We work together to ensure that programming is delivered to diverse audiences, produces equitable impacts for all participants, and demonstrates partnership and inclusion for all groups.
  • We embrace that it is everyone’s job to create a culture that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
  • We ensure that every team member is prepared with the skills and resources to contribute to our welcoming and inclusive culture.
  • We foster inclusion by recognizing and valuing diverse perspectives, skills, experiences, and work to create equal access to programming for communities.
  • We commit to continuous learning for diversity, equity, and cultural competency, in order to achieve inclusive excellence.
  • We understand that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential elements to our work and are vital to the organizational culture and programmatic success of MSU Extension.
  • We embrace a culture of understanding, coaching and feedback towards achieving a vision of success for the entire organization and its staff.
  • Together we will achieve success and we commit to these goals in our work, continued education, and ongoing efforts.  



As part of MSU Extension (MSUE) and the Community, Food and Environment Institute (CFEI), this position provides local as well as statewide leadership and educational programming expertise to youth and adult audiences to enhance local food development efforts within multiple Native American communities in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and counties located in northern Michigan. This position will have statewide responsibilities and will collaborate across work teams, Institutes, and community groups, working with faculty, specialists, and educators for overall advancement of the needs of the Institute clientele.

In this position, you will identify, design, implement and evaluate research-based educational programs that meet current and projected outreach needs related to the USDA Federally Recognized Tribal Extension Program (FRTEP) grant. Through your leadership, you will design, adapt, and provide youth food systems engagement and education experiential trainings, toolkits, and other supportive training and education materials on food production, health foods, health and nutrition, and food system career opportunities. You will also design, adapt, and provide tribal farmer support outreach activities, toolkits and other supportive training and education materials to address the needs of current and emerging tribal farmers.

Through collaboration in research, engagement with community members, and dissemination of research-based information through various methods, including in-person and multimedia programming and written communications, you will explore and implement programs that lead to public knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors that focus on healthy local food production that highlight Indigenous foods while promoting STEM education. You will seek intergenerational tribal educational experiences related to healthy, Indigenous local food production and you will also develop, produce, and deliver local food system outreach and education materials for adult tribal audiences in cooperation with tribal governmental units with messaging and content that is accessible and inclusive and is consistent with the USDA FRTEP grant and the Community, Food and Environment Institute messaging.

Your work will include close collaboration with colleagues at MSU, MSU Extension, the MSU Product Center, as well as the diverse network of partner groups that include Bay Mills Indian Community, Hannahville Indian Community, Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians, and the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians. You will collaborate and be an active participant of CFEI’s Community Food Systems workgroup and will act as a statewide point of contact.

Although negotiable, there will be space available for this position to work from the Bay Mills Community College Land Grant Offices located in Brimley, Michigan.

This position is a full-time, fixed term end-dated appointment, renewable annually based upon successful performance and continued funding. Funding is currently available until October 2026 through a four-year renewable USDA Federally Recognized Tribal Extension Program (FRTEP) grant.

Characteristic Duties/Responsibilities

  • Identify, develop, conduct, and evaluate innovative educational programs that meet current and projected statewide needs, and supports growth and understanding of critical issues facing Indigenous people in Michigan.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships intra- and inter-organizationally and create and promote positive public relations for MSU Extension and the CFEI.
  • Understand and support the Community, Food and Environment Institute’s efforts in diversity, equity, inclusion, and Civil Rights, with a special emphasis on removing barriers from participation and reaching diverse populations, including but not limited to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status, socio-economic class, and other human differences.
  • Develop and utilize appropriate media methods to communicate current and timely information, research results, and relevant industry updates, as well as a schedule of current and future activities.
  • Collaborate with MSU Extension staff to gather and report programming outputs and impacts, to demonstrate program effectiveness, and to guide future program priorities for MSU Extension, the CFEI and work teams.
  • Author, produce, and submit regular research-based educational materials and articles that provide valuable information and assistance to tribal partners.
  • Actively participate in professional development opportunities.
  • Other duties or projects as assigned by the Institute Director.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Bachelors -Agriculture, Local Foods, Youth STEM edu

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to agriculture, local foods, youth STEM education, or related field must be earned by date of hire, with an expectation to complete a Master's degree within a specified time frame as discussed with the hiring manager prior to employment; or Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to agriculture, local foods, youth STEM education, or related field must be earned by date of hire.  
  • Familiarity with tribal cultures and traditions.
  • Demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity, knowledge, and use of appropriate approaches, skills, and techniques, which reflect an understanding and awareness of social, cultural, and economic diversity of the target population served.
  • Ability to create and carryout a project plan from research of initial concept to project completion and follow-up.
  • Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in use of technology (e.g., web research, Microsoft Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook for mail/calendaring, distance technology, etc.) for day-to-day work and educational program delivery, record keeping, reporting, team-based communications, and overall management.
  • Ability to travel in local and surrounding communities, and occasional long-distance travel are required as a regular part of this position.
  • Other skills and/or physical abilities required to perform duties of the position.

Desired Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related to agriculture, local foods, youth STEM education, or related field.
  • 3-years’ experience in Extension program delivery or demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation, and evaluation (relevant experience acquired within the last 5-years, preferred).
  • Demonstrated drive and initiative, with proven ability to manage multiple responsibilities and tasks simultaneously.
  • Experience in successful contract and grant writing, including securing and managing grant funds and resources.

Required Application Materials

Current resume/CV.

Cover letter.

Four (4) professional references including two (2) current or previous supervisors.

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

This position is a full-time, fixed term end-dated appointment, renewable annually based upon successful performance and continued funding


MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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