ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- College students with an interest in serving as spokespersons for animal agriculture are urged 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.
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 older with an interest and/or experience in 4-H and livestock exhibits. Other qualifications are communication; teaching and coaching skills; ability to work with a 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.
The program will include a one-day orientation/training led by 4-H and Midwest Dairy staff on Aug. 24, written materials for review and coaching and daily support by staff during the state fair.
Applicants must also be available the four days of the 4-H Livestock Weekend, Aug. 25 to 28. A $450 stipend per person, fair entry tickets and 4-H meal tickets and lodging will be provided.
To apply, applicants must submit a résumé, 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.
The application deadline is Sunday, July 10. Send completed materials to Juanita Reed-Boniface, project manager, 2462 Lake George Dr. NW, Cedar, MN 55011.