Extension Program Associate Colorado Master Gardener/Horticulture

Colorado State University

Broomfield , Colorado

Description of Work Unit
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The City and County of Broomfield became Colorado’s 64th county on November 15th, 2001. The 33.6 square mile county transitions from semi-agricultural uses in the north to a mix of residential, industrial, commercial and open space to the south approaching the Denver Metro area. Broomfield has a broad employer base including retail, manufacturing, tech and communication businesses. Broomfield has 62,138 residents (2014 Census estimate) which represent an increase of more than 11% since the 2010 census. The local government’s economic development effort is focusing on establishing a diversified economic base for stability and future growth opportunities. Broomfield places a high priority on enhancing and preserving the quality of life for all of its residents. CSU Extension in Broomfield is housed in the Broomfield Department of Library and Cultural Affairs and collaborates with a range of local government departments and community organizations in delivering local programming.

The Colorado Master Gardener program in Broomfield County currently has 27 active volunteer members and will be training a new class of volunteers to begin volunteer work in the spring of 2019. The current staff consists of an Extension director/horticulture agent, a part-time support staff person, and this position. This position will provide horticulture programming for youth and adult audiences, and management for the county’s Master Gardener program.

Position Summary
This position will manage and coordinate all aspects of the Colorado Master Gardener program in Broomfield County. Primary Master Gardener duties include: volunteer recruitment; training and coordination; volunteer tracking; support for MG activities that engage the public; ongoing recognition; documentation of program accomplishments; and program reporting. This position develops, markets and delivers non-credit educational programming to youth and adult audiences in response to community needs using a variety of delivery methods. The individual in this position works as a member of the local county Extension team and as a local representative of Colorado State University. This individual works under the guidance and supervision of the Broomfield County Extension director.

Required Job Qualifications
• Completed bachelor’s degree.
• Degree must have been awarded in plant sciences (horticulture, botany, plant pathology or closely related field) or a field relevant to volunteer program management (non-profit management, community engagement, education, or closely related field).
• Demonstrated experience working with people as individuals and in groups; ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with volunteers, county partners, partner organizations, or other professionals.
• Prior experience, training, or capacity to supervise volunteers and manage a volunteer program.
• Professional experience, training, or demonstrated knowledge of the field of horticulture; educational, nursery or greenhouse, and landscaping.
• Understanding of different ethnic and socioeconomic audiences, commitment to include diverse voices in program prioritization and planning, and a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming.
• Demonstrated leadership ability; evidence of drive and initiative.
• Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
• Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs.
• Strong organizational skills: ability to multi-task; develop, track and implement projects; and meet timelines.
• Ability to form strong working relationships with other staff, volunteers, community members, partners and local government staff and leadership.
• Flexibility in scheduling; some night and weekend work is required (able to be scheduled in advance).
• Must have a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain a driver’s license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date.

Preferred Job Qualifications
• Knowledge and experience working with the Colorado Master Gardener program in Colorado or another state.
• Ability to speak Spanish.

Diversity Statement
Personal or professional commitment to diversity and inclusion as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity and inclusion outcomes.

Essential Duties

Volunteer Recruitment, Development and Management
• Maintain, strengthen and grow the City and County of Broomfield CMG program through coordinating the following activities: recruiting, interviewing, selecting, training, deploying and recognizing CMG volunteers; establish CMG project teams and coordinate CMG volunteer project managers, monitor and redirect project implementation as needed.
• Manage CMG program budget.
• Help the public gain answers to horticultural and related questions through CMG volunteers; instill quality customer service skills and diagnostic protocols in volunteers.
• Provide guidance and support for volunteer projects in the community.
• Coordinate and schedule CMG volunteers for speaker’s bureau.
• Educate volunteers to use electronic scheduling and tracking program, maintain email contact lists and databases; create summary reports.
• Provide continuing education opportunities to volunteers.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting
• Develop, deliver, and evaluate research-based educational programming and information to the public using a variety of educational venues including but not limited to: workshops, newsletters, blogs, website, news releases, radio programs, speaker’s bureau and volunteers.
• Actively participate in, develop a plan to invest and regularly report program activities and outcomes to the Environmental Horticulture Program Reporting Unit. Participate in Colorado Master Gardener program leadership team.
• Attend state CMG policy development meetings. Follow state CMG program guidelines.
• Assist with updating and maintaining all website and social media platforms with local CMG and horticulture related information.
• Completion of the CMG training required of volunteers is required in the first year of hire.
• Maintain horticulture reference book library, files, and program demonstration materials.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.

Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships
• Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to underserved and underrepresented audiences.
• Promote horticulture and CMG programs and activities in the community.
Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.