UNH Extension seeks a Healthy Living Field Specialist

This position is located in the Merrimack County UNH Cooperative Extension office in Boscawen, NH.
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Summary of Position

The Extension Healthy Living Field Specialist leads, coordinates, develops and evaluates direct education, professional development, and policies, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes in schools, Head Start programs, and other youth-oriented environments. The Specialist uses research-based content and knowledge to develop community-based programs targeting nutrition, physical activity, food safety, and food resource management skills and behaviors of NH youth, adults, and families. The position also provides leadership through program coordination and liaising with other Extension programs and community partners, with a specific focus on youth and school-based community programming. The position is primarily funded through the USDA-FNS Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-Ed) and the USDA-NIFA Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). This position is located in the Merrimack County UNH Cooperative Extension office in Boscawen, NH.

Masters level or higher in appropriate discipline. A strong candidate with a B.S. level degree candidate in appropriate discipline with experience may be considered if they are willing to obtain a Masters degree within 7 years of hire.

Additional Preferred Qualifications

Experience working with youth/schools; experience working with underserved audiences; experience with nutrition and physical activity-related community level change and/or the socio-ecological model and/or policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) changes; experience working on coalitions and/or with collective impact models; demonstrated communication skills; experience with virtual program delivery; supervisory experience; experience with curriculum development and/or training; experience with grant writing and/or management; Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RD/RDN) or Dietetic Technician, Registered (DTR); knowledge of Cooperative Extension and/or Nutrition Connections/EFNEP/SNAP-Ed and/or 4-H.


This position is located in the Merrimack County UNH Cooperative Extension office in Boscawen, NH.

EEO Statement

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, genetic information, and political orientation. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.

Institution Information

The University of New Hampshire is an R1 Carnegie classification research institution providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs of distinction. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast, and is convenient to New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 13,000 students, with a full-time faculty of over 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs. The University actively promotes a dynamic learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, life experiences, and cultural backgrounds pursue academic goals with mutual respect and shared inquiry.

The UNH Diversity Resource Guide with information and programming available in the seacoast area, New Hampshire and the region can be found here: https://www.unh.edu/hr/diversity-resource-guide