Horticulture Program Assistant

Clayton County Government

Jonesboro , Georgia

MUST MEET MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS: High school diploma or GED: must have basis clerical and telephone skills; experience and/or formal training in the area of horticulture, landscaping, gardening, master gardening, agriculture or related area strongly preferred; must have proficiency in the use of personal computers and word processing, spreadsheet and/or desk
publishing software applications. Must be computer literate.

NATURE OF WORK: The purpose of this classification is to perform secretarial and clerical duties under the supervision of the Agricultural Coordinator and County Director.

SOME OF THE ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES INCLUDE: Assigns priority in responding to telephone inquiries and questions on horticulture matters. (All messages should be responded to before close of workday or ASAP). Assigns top priority in responding to walk-in clients with horticultural problems; develop proficiency in addressing horticultural questions and teach at least three home horticulture programs per year, program content will be critiqued by Agricultural Agent for conformity. (No program should be delivered without approval of Agricultural Agent). Responsible for retrieving and summarizing data from automated telephone system; principal liaison between County Master Gardner Association and Horticultural Agent; responsible for updating Agent on all Master Gardner activities; submit soil samples and plant sample to UGA lab as needed and assist with organizing mail out and client inquiries of test results; serve as office equipment coordinator in helping staff with technical issues relating to all electric/electronic equipment and inventory; prepare weekly schedules and post same in assigned box; complete Georgia Counts reports by the 10th of every month. Assumes other duties as assigned.

Tasks require the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (5-10 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation. Experience in recruiting and managing volunteers a welcome attribute.