Students sought for 4-H Speaking Up for Animal Agriculture

ST. PAUL – Applications are being accepted for college students who want to help 4-H members serve as spokespersons for animal agriculture during the Minnesota State Fair 4-H Livestock Encampment.

Interested persons are urged to to apply for the position of Minnesota State Fair 4-H Animal Science Speaking Up for Animal Agriculture Peer Mentor. Six positions are available. This program is sponsored by Minnesota 4-H and Minnesota Livestock Breeders Association. Juanita Reed-Boniface serves as project manager.

Persons in these positions will serve as mentors to selected 4-H State Fair livestock exhibitors in all species (beef, dairy, sheep, swine, goats, poultry and rabbits) to encourage, model and role-play positive interactions with State Fair visitors to livestock displays.

Positions are open to college students age 18 or over, with an interest and/or experience in 4-H and livestock exhibits. Other qualifications are communication, teaching and coaching skills, ability to work with variety of adults and youth, expertise in production, processing and promotion of one or more animal species and experience as a livestock exhibitor and industry spokesperson. See the Minnesota 4-H State Fair Employment website for a complete job description or contact AgriFolks@gmail. com.

The program will include a one-day orientation/training led 4-H and Midwest Dairy staff on Aug. 25, written materials for review and coaching and daily support by staff during the State Fair.

Applicants must be available the five days of the 4-H Livestock Weekend, Aug. 26-30, 2015. A $450 stipend per person, fair entry tickets, 4-H meal tickets and lodging will be provided.

To apply, applicants must submit a resume, transcript and statement describing why they are interested in this position and the industry knowledge, communication and leadership skills that they bring to the position. Deadline for applications is August 1. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled. Send completed materials to Juanita Reed-Boniface, Project Manager, 2462 Lake George Dr. N.W. Cedar, MN 55011. For more information, contact AgriFolks@gmail.com.

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