UNH Extension Seeks a Field Specialist - Youth and Family Resilience

Position Summary

This position is based out of UNH Extension’s Merrimack County Office and is focused on developing and delivering programs designed to foster the positive development of New Hampshire youth and families. The position is a part of the Youth and Family Resilience (YFR) Area of Expertise Team and works in close collaboration with other UNH Extension staff and local community partners. Responsibilities include developing, implementing and evaluating community-based programs targeting the needs of vulnerable youth and families. Specific efforts will include professional development for Extension staff, practitioners and community volunteers.



    • Assess community needs and establish priorities
    • In partnership with YFR team members, develop, implement and evaluate research-based community programs focused on building the resiliency of NH youth and families. Programs could include: positive youth development, youth leadership development, trauma informed work, youth mental health, family education and support, prevention of risky youth behaviors and building protective factors.
  • PROGRAM COLLABORATION: Support youth and family behavioral health work of Extension teams, local partner organizations, and UNH colleagues. Current areas of work include professional development and training focused on: 4-H Youth Development, school-based behavioral health, youth and families experiencing stress and trauma, social, emotional and mindful learning, and youth mental health.
  • RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT: Build capacity for Extension youth and family resiliency programming. In addition to grant development and writing, efforts could include program development and collaboration in order to partner with agencies, develop fee for service work, secure contracts, or solicit donors. 
  • MERRIMACK COUNTY OFFICE TEAMWORK:  Contribute as member of Merrimack County Extension Staff team (e.g., engage with Advisory Council, engage local legislators/stakeholders, participate in staff meetings and projects, and take a turn as the County Office Administrator).


Minimum Qualifications: Masters level or higher in appropriate discipline (e.g., family development, counseling, social work, or education) and two years of applicable experience. A strong candidate with a B.S. level degree may be considered if they are willing to obtain a M.S. degree within 7 years of hire. Experience developing programs for youth and/or for the professional development and training of educators, practitioners and/or volunteers. Commitment to reaching underserved or underrepresented audiences.

Additional Desirable Qualifications:  Experience with 4-H Youth Development, Family Development and other Cooperative Extension programming; Experience authoring and managing grants; Experience evaluating programs.

Applications will begin to be reviewed on April 22


The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.

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Anna Boudreau
State Advisory Council Chair, Natural Resources Steward and NH Coverts Cooperator