Cari Snider, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service specialist and program coordinator at the Texas 4-H Conference Center in Brownwood, is moving to the Texas Panhandle to fill the 4-H youth development agent position in Potter County, effective Feb. 1.
From her days as a 4-H’er and time spent as camp counselor to positions as an AgriLife Extension intern, student teacher in agriculture education and, finally, as 4-H program coordinator at the center, Snider said she has always enjoyed working with youth — and looks forward to her new position in Potter County.
“I am excited to make the change and become the 4-H agent in Potter County,” Snider said. “I am looking forward to working with the established program in Amarillo and building new programs for 4-H members as well as other youth in the community. I am ready for the new challenge and all that this move will bring.”
For the past three years, she has been responsible for hiring all summer staff, planning and implementing summer staff training at the 4-H center, as well as planning and scheduling camps and retreats, creating and implementing the 4-H Center Road Show, and assisting other specialists and agents with leadership and teambuilding ideas.
“I also served as the challenge course and aquatics manager, where I was responsible for in-service for staff. I am an American Red Cross instructor for lifeguarding and First Aid/CPR/AED and was tasked with training summer staff and other full-time center staff,” she said.
“We are excited to have Cari joining us in Potter County,” said Michael Clawson, AgriLife Extension district administrator for Districts 1 and 2, Lubbock. “She brings with her a lot of enthusiasm and experience working with the youth.”
Snider is a native of Hall County, where she was active in 4-H, including showing livestock, soil and livestock judging, food challenge and serving in leadership roles at the county, district and state levels.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in agricultural science and master’s degree in agricultural leadership, education and communication, both from Texas A&M University. She also has various certifications, including certification to teach agricultural science and technology to grades 6-12 through the Texas Education Agency.
Snider worked as a student intern at the AgriLife Extension office in Burleson County, where she helped coordinate and implement program events and activities. Snider was also a student teacher at Dimmitt High School, where she assisted in agricultural science classes supervising student projects and helped students prepare for public speaking contests.
She joined AgriLife Extension full time in 2017 after spending several years as a lead summer staff member at the 4-H center, providing staff instruction, developing educational programs and entertainment for campers and serving as an instructor for kayaking, archery and rifle safety. She also served as a lifeguard and led camp sessions in veterinary science, leadership and riflery.