Regional Dairy Educator

Full Time
Fond du Lac

Job Summary:

About Extension:
UW-Madison’s Division of Extension serves the people and communities of Wisconsin by addressing local, statewide, and national issues, improving lives through research-based education, fostering partnerships and action, and facilitating positive impacts.

About the Dairy and Livestock Program:
Dairy and Livestock Program is part of the Division of Extension’s Agriculture Institute and provides timely resources and information to help Wisconsin producers and their consultants manage livestock and dairy more efficiently and profitably. While the Program area is both Dairy and Livestock, this position will focus on dairy education.

About this Position:
Extension has been working with farmers for more than 100 years, and we’re diversifying our staffing portfolio to meet the evolving needs of our clientele. The Regional Dairy Educator position is designed to work with dairy producers and agribusiness professionals across a multi-county service area to solve production challenges and incorporate new research findings into outreach and educational materials that improve the efficiency and profitability of dairy production while also considering environmental sustainability.

The Regional Dairy Educator will work with producers in their service area to identify needs and deliver research-based solutions to help them meet their goals. This position will cover Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Fond du lac & Dodge Counties, but geography may expand in the future.

The Regional Dairy Educator will:
– Collaborate with Extension colleagues to identify needs and develop and maintain robust, high-quality outreach education programs to find solutions to the most critical dairy management issues facing Wisconsin producers.
– Develop and maintain a specific expertise related to dairy production and management to share with colleagues in similar positions across the state. This expertise will be decided by the successful candidate based on individual content expertise and regional county educational needs.
– Build trust-based relationships with various stakeholder groups including; producers, commodity organizations, ag industry professionals, county, regional, and state colleagues.

The ideal candidate will have experience with developing and evaluating educational programming and a track record of building positive relationships.

The Division of Extension has a deep and profound commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity, believing that these values are foundational elements to eliminate disparities and expanding access for all. As Extension, we acknowledge the need for strategic and coordinated actions that help us form a more equitable, anti-racist, non-biased, and inclusive organization. ( As such, all Extension employees are expected to foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.


Delivers and assists with planning outreach program activities, strengthens partnerships, ensures adherence to policy, and assists with program administration to promote stable and productive relationships between the university and local community. Strives to expand and ensure access to programs, facilities, and educational services to diverse audiences. May assist with tracking and managing the outreach program budget.

  • 20% Identifies, promotes, and maintains external partnerships to support the outreach program
  • 10% Schedules and secures resources and communicates logistics in support of an outreach program
  • 20% Delivers outreach program content and materials to community members
  • 10% Researches, develops, and facilitates outreach program content and materials
  • 20% Develops and evaluates curriculum and programs and provides recommendations for improvement
  • 5% May assist with the monitoring of outreach program budget spending
  • 5% Leads the implementation of programs, policies, and procedures through oversight of day-to-day activities for program staff and student and community volunteers
  • 10% Communicate plans, activities, and achievements to Area Extension Director, Program Managers, Partners, and relevant Stakeholders

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background – people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Bachelor’s Degree in a field related to the job summary

Master’s Degree


– Three or more years relevant professional experience.
– Demonstrated skills in interpreting, utilizing, and applying evidence-based information and research findings.
– Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, both written and verbal, through a variety of technologies.
– Demonstrated ability to effectively work with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity.
– Strong interpersonal relationship and problem-solving skills in a team setting.

– Demonstrated ability to communicate scientific materials in both written and verbal forms for a variety of lay and other audiences.
– Experience building collaborative partnerships to accomplish goals.
– Ability to be flexible and positive when problem solving.
– Ability to work independently, as well as a member of a team.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $57,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Employees in this position can expect to receive benefits such as generous vacation, holidays, and paid time off; competitive insurances and savings accounts; retirement benefits. Benefits information can be found at (

Additional Information:

The position location is flexible within the region (Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Fond du lac & Dodge Counties) and will be determined based on programmatic needs and successful candidate’s preferences and availability of suitable space.

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.

How to Apply:

We are eager to learn more about how your experience and passion may align with this position. Please submit a cover letter referring to your related work experience and a resume detailing your educational and professional background.

Your cover letter should communicate your interest in the position and how your skillset aligns with the role. The application reviewers will be relying on written application materials to determine who may advance to preliminary interviews.

A Regional Dairy Educator often writes articles on current topics impacting the dairy industry. Articles are submitted to news outlets, posted to social media sites, and commodity organization magazines. In addition to your cover letter and resume, please submit a writing sample (approximately 500 – 1,200 words). Your writing should utilize research-based information to address a pressing issue you believe faces the dairy industry in Ozaukee, Sheboygan, Fond du lac & Dodge counties today.


Cindy Sarkady
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Outreach Specialist(OE009)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

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