This individual will function as a team member of the Penn State Extension State Horticulture and Natural Resources teams, working directly with statewide faculty and staff. The individual represents Penn State University and the College of Agricultural Sciences in applying and disseminating the latest research findings in Consumer Horticulture and Watershed Protection. Major responsibilities are coordinating the Master Gardener Program in Chester County and the Master Watershed Steward Program in Chester and Delaware Counties.
Specific responsibilities include: serve as an active member of the state Horticulture and Natural Resources Extension Teams (SETs) providing expertise to support the SETs’ efforts; oversee the general function and activities of the Chester County Master Gardener (MG) volunteer program working with the State MG Coordinator to maintain a strong program; as Master Watershed Steward (MWS) Coordinator, direct and coordinate the operations of the MWS volunteer program in Delaware and Chester Counties, working with the State MWS Coordinator to maintain a strong program. Serve as the MG (Chester) and MWS (Chester and Delaware) spokesperson; serve as the liaison between the County Extension offices and the volunteers; with the assistance of the volunteer groups, provide community outreach to educate consumers on natural resource and horticultural and agricultural issues in the target counties for each program as appropriate; engage community members in the two counties as appropriate to promote Extension, the Master Gardener Program, the Master Watershed Steward Program, and Penn State; write and secure grants and develop revenue enhancement strategies to obtain additional resources for the Master Gardener and Master Watershed Steward programs; identify opportunities and educational needs of consumers and stakeholders and strengthen or extend the programs by maintaining a working relationship with agencies and organizations including the local Conservation Districts, municipalities, DCNR, DEP, and other agencies and organizations as appropriate; use a variety of delivery methods to offer workshops, seminars, demonstrations, on-line courses and/or other educational strategies to teach; use technology, mass media and personal contacts in the delivery and management of high quality extension educational programs; serve as a liaison between clientele and appropriate faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences, as well as other colleges, institutions of higher education, and outreach partners; submit program, administrative, and financial reports as appropriate to the SETs and District; ensure compliance with the affirmative action plan.
Through public notification and “All Reasonable Efforts,” make all programs accessible to clientele without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status; perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Assistant Director for Horticulture Programs and State Coordinators for the MG and MWS Programs.
Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher (Master's degree preferred) or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preference will be given to candidates who have one or more degrees in Ornamental Horticulture, Plant Science, or Environmental Resource Management and volunteer management skills and experience. Candidates must possess teaching, program development and evaluation skills, and demonstrate positive human relations and effective communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse communities is required.
Since this position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as part of your job duties, successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.
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