Sibley, Iowa – There’s a new face to the Osceola County Extension Office.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach welcomes a new staff member to its Osceola County office in Sibley. Jill Berkland started as the new Osceola County Youth Coordinator in mid-September.
They tell us that Berkland will coordinate the 4-H and Youth Development Program in Osceola County. In this role, she will work with 4-H members, club leaders, parents and volunteers, as well as in partnership with the local school and community organizations.
Berkland says 4-H was a part of his life even before he was old enough to participate as a 4-H member. She says her mother was the leader of the 4-H Westerners club before joining 4-H and throughout her nine-year 4-H career.
Berkland is originally from Osceola County, growing up in the county and graduating from Sibley-Ocheyedan High School in 2017. She received her BSc in Animal Science from Iowa State University in the fall of 2020. During After graduating from college, Berkland says she worked as a trail guide and staff trainer for SK Horses, and after graduation she worked as a receptionist at the AllPets Animal Clinic. Most recently, she worked as a veterinary assistant at the Sibley veterinary clinic.
Berkland says she is very happy that her role as Osceola County Youth Coordinator allows her to help children get involved in 4-H and find their place in life.
She says, “4-H allows kids to get involved in whatever interests them. I was interested in this position because 4-H and the former County Youth Coordinator, Ashley Peters, had an extremely positive impact not only on me, but on other young people as well. I want to be able to have a positive impact on the young people of this riding. “
Berkland can be reached Monday through Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the ISU Extension and Outreach Osceola County office located at 121 9th Street in Sibley, by phone at 712-754-3648 or by email at jberk @ iastate.edu.