Role Description


To support the county Extension office and county Extension staff in implementing the University of Maine Cooperative Extension plan of work in a way that addresses the needs and interests of county residents and aligns with Extension’s mission to help Maine people improve their lives through an educational process that uses research-based knowledge focused on issues and needs.

Time Commitment

  • Approximately 8 Executive Committee meetings per year, typically held weekday evenings.
  • New members are elected annually for a fixed year term unless specified otherwise.
  • Standing and ad-hoc committees meet, as-needed, to review educational programs, the budget, nomination of new members, and volunteer recognition.


Promote the educational programs of UMaine Cooperative Extension by:

  • Becoming familiar with the staff and programs of the County Extension office.
  • Assisting in publicizing UMaine Cooperative Extension educational programs to reach diverse audiences.
  • Bringing a grassroots perspective to support program staff in developing and assessing effective educational programs that address community needs to reach plan of work outcomes.
  • Educating citizens, county commissioners, legislators and other community leaders regarding Extension’s educational program impacts.
  • Attending scheduled Executive Committee meetings and participating on standing and ad-hoc committees.
  • Signing and completing all mandatory agreements and training.
  • Helping to prioritize staffing needs by making recommendations to Extension administration and serving on search committees as requested.
  • Overseeing the preparation of the County Extension office budget.


  • Commitment to helping people help themselves through an educational process.
  • Ability to work as a team member.
  • Interest in UMaine Cooperative Extension educational programs.
  • General knowledge of educational needs and issues in your geographic area.
  • Commitment to promoting programs that support diversity, inclusivity and equity for program participants.

Resources Available and Training Provided

  • Orientation for new members.
  • County Executive Committee manual.
  • Networking with staff and committee members.


  • Becoming aware of the broad range of educational programs, publications and courses available to meet the public’s need through University of Maine Cooperative Extension.
  • Serving as a team member, building upon and learning new leadership skills.
  • Networking with committee members and the community.
  • Giving back to your community and making a difference.