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County, MSU Seeks New Extension Agent

Roosevelt County is hopeful that a new Extension agent can be hired in a timely fashion for the family consumer science and 4-H youth development agent position.

The opening occurred when Ardis Oelkers retired after serving for 34 years as the family consumer science and 4-H youth development agent for Roosevelt County.

Roosevelt County Commissioner Gordon Oelkers explains that Montana State University will handle the hiring process including advertising for the position. At least one county commissioner will be involved with interviewing applicants.

“We just make a recommendation, MSU makes the decision,” Commissioner Oelkers said.

Roosevelt County pays a small percentage of the position’s salary as well as providing an office.

The person must commit to earning a masters degree in family consumer science in the next five years.

“It will be a hard one to find,” Commissioner Oelkers said of the replacement.

He mentions that possibly a December graduate might be interested in starting a career in Roosevelt County. The commissioner noted it’s a busy time since 4-H enrollment for the new school year is taking place. In addition, fall and winter programs are usually being held.

He said although the some offerings will be reduced for the time being, the Extension office is in excellent hands with administrative assistant Judy Heupel and agriculture agent Wendy Becker.

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