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Penn State Extension Careers

Extension and You

Do you want a career that keeps you excited, engaged, and fulfilled? Penn State Extension staff, educators, and faculty have a passion for agriculture, community, or youth and family, and enjoy sharing that passion with others. Through education and outreach, we have the opportunity to improve lives by helping diverse populations meet challenges in an ever-changing environment. If you share our mission of serving others, Penn State Extension may be the right fit for you.

Professional DevelopmentProfessional Development

Penn State Extension is committed to enabling all employees to reach their fullest potential as both individuals and members of the organization. We believe that by supporting employees in professional growth, we improve job performance as well as increase levels of personal satisfaction.

Resources and BenefitsResources and Benefits

Penn State offers a wide range of benefits, including medical, life, and disability insurance, wellness programs, educational privileges, and retirement savings. You can find a summary of benefits on the Human Resources site.

Diversity and InclusionDiversity and Inclusion

Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms. We embrace individual uniqueness and foster a culture of inclusive excellence that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverages the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engages all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusive excellence as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. Penn State Extension is committed to diversifying our faculty and staff to effectively meet the educational needs of the multicultural communities we serve.




Amber Denmon
“I am beyond thrilled to be working on the extension team because it involves all the things I am passionate about!”— Amber Denmon

Andy Hineisen
“I came to work for extension because of the potential to impact the lives of our urban youth.”— Robert Ware

Laurie Welch
“The flexibility of working for extension enabled me to maintain a good balance between my work and family life.”— Laurie Welch

Mauricio Rosales
Being an extension educator is more than a simple job: it is an opportunity to serve others.”— Mauricio Rosales
Mandel Smith
“I am a good fit for extension work because I love working with people. I enjoy helping people discover ways to improve their health and well-being.”— Mandel Smith

Mauricio Rosales
Being an extension educator is more than a simple job: it is an opportunity to serve others.”— Mauricio Rosales

Amber Denmon
“I am beyond thrilled to be working on the extension team because it involves all the things I am passionate about!”— Amber Denmon

Andy Hineisen
“I love the fact that I get to help people. I like the variety of audiences I get to interact with and the different settings I find myself in.”— Andy Hineisen
Laurie Welch
“The flexibility of working for extension enabled me to maintain a good balance between my work and family life.”— Laurie Welch

Andy Hineisen
“I love the fact that I get to help people. I like the variety of audiences I get to interact with and the different settings I find myself in.”— Andy Hineisen

Jessica McCoppin
“Extension provides me an opportunity to become a more fully informed and engaged member of my community.”— Jessica McCoppin

Mauricio Rosales
Being an extension educator is more than a simple job: it is an opportunity to serve others.”— Mauricio Rosales


Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a position? All positions require application through the Penn State job portal.

Should I include a cover letter? Because all of our positions require outstanding communication and marketing skills, your cover letter is important to us. We do read them and take them into consideration.

What is involved in the interview process? Interviews may be in two stages. The first step may be via Zoom or Skype teleconference. From there, you will be considered for a face-to-face interview. This meeting will include the interview committee and usually takes place at the office site where the position will be housed.

How many people will be in the interview meeting? This varies. On average, it’s typically about five individuals. Sometimes other individuals from the office or community are also invited for the presentation.

How many references do I need? Three to five references should be listed on a separate sheet of paper and provided to the chair of the interview committee. Please let your references know that they will be contacted after the interview.

What if I have more questions? Please visit the Penn State jobs FAQ.