Master Gardener Coordinator

Oregon State University

Newport,  Oregon

The Oregon State University Extension Service invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Small Farms and Master Gardener Coordinator position, that will be located at the Extension Lincoln County Office in Newport, Oregon. This position will be affiliated with the College of Agricultural Sciences, and the Forestry & Natural Resources Program at Oregon State University. Reappointment is at the discretion of Regional Director and the Program Leaders.

As a land grant institution committed to teaching, research and outreach and engagement, OSU promotes economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation and the world.

This position contributes to the mission of the College of Agricultural Sciences, with principal responsibility for needs assessment, Extension educational program development, delivery, and evaluation, and for conducting applied research needed to support Extension activities. This Coordinator will also be team member of the Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems working group and the home horticulture working group.

This position will also provide assistance to program faculty and staff for the Forestry Natural Resources Extension Program in planning, conducting and evaluating educational programs for woodland owners, forest products firms, professional foresters, conservation groups, loggers, policy makers and community leaders, youth and the general public.

This position will require traveling. Active and effective communication with staff and key stakeholders is critical to the success of this position.

Oregon State University is committed to practicing and delivery of tools for state-of-the-science interaction and engagement of partners and stakeholders. This faculty member is required to use modern learning tools, employ and practice engaged scholarship, promote integration of programs across disciplines that are demand-driven and use open source tools that continually align with innovation and shifts in educational program delivery.

Oregon State University and the OSU Extension Service are committed to maintaining and enhancing a collaborative and inclusive community that strives for equity and equal opportunity. All employees of Extension are responsible for helping to ensure that these commitments are achieved. In addition, this Coordinator will design, develop, maintain and/or carry out Extension programs to ensure that all people have equal program participation opportunities as well as ensure that the educational practices are inclusive and safe to diverse audiences and that the content is shared in a culturally appropriate manner to diverse audiences.

Position Duties


  • General Small Farms and Master Gardener Programming: (80% of effort)
  • Provide leadership for educational programming in the Small Farms and Master Gardener sectors in Lincoln County.
  • Participate in the Small Farms Working Group, and home horticulture working groups as appropriate, for program design, delivery, and evaluation.
  • Extend current research-based information to diverse audiences, primarily targeting small-scale farmers and Master Gardeners through workshops, tours, publications, newsletters, web sites, and other methods and media. Seafood, livestock and pasture management and weed control are likely to be a significant part of on-going programming needs in the small farms sector.
  • Explore and develop new educational program delivery systems for various clientele groups – small farmers, Master Gardeners, natural resource professionals, community leaders and youth.
  • Provide individual educational assistance to clientele via office, telephone and electronic consultations, correspondence and field visits (as time allows).
  • Provide leadership and oversight to the Lincoln County Master Gardener program. This program includes approximately 200 volunteers.
  • Provide technical support for youth interested in natural resources base for the county as appropriate.
  • Develop networks and coalitions of formal and informal interest groups in subject matter areas where appropriate. Utilize coalitions of diverse interest groups to provide advisory support and to enhance program quality and delivery. This will likely include (but is not limited to) networking with clients, community colleges, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Soil and Water Conservation District, agriculture groups, other state agencies, and watershed councils.
  • Integrate and apply diverse knowledge for creative solutions to the needs of small farms and Master Gardeners in the area.
  • Evaluate regularly and document evidence of program accomplishments. Produce plans of work, reports of accomplishments and impact reports as required.
  • Develop and follow a professional development plan. Participate in appropriate professional and scientific organizations.
  • Secure outside grants and contracts for support of program activities, individually and/or as part of program area working groups.

Forestry and Natural Resources Programming: (20% of effort)

  • Assist Forestry Faculty with Forestry and Natural Resource program in Lincoln County.
    Collaborate with Forestry Faculty to design, develop, deliver, and evaluate educational programs to include classes, workshops, shortcourses, seminars, field tours, webinars, web-based instructional modules, videos, etc. on Forestry and Natural Resource related subjects important in Lincoln County. These services may reach both a farm and woodland owner audience when appropriate.
  • Co-Coordinate the recruitment of instructors, speakers, and volunteers.
  • Co-Coordinate Forestry and Natural Resource educational programs and events with Forestry Faculty, collaborators and community partners.
  • Assist faculty members in meeting preparations including purchases, arranging facilities and services, setting up and taking down displays. Provide classroom management practices as necessary.


  • Develop innovative educational materials and effective instructional methods that meet clientele needs, with materials, methods, and outcomes shared with peers in state, region, and/or the nation.


  • Utilize technology successfully as a tool to increase the impact of program delivery on constituents including participating with Ask-an-Expert.
  • Use multiple methods of electronic communication to collaborate internally and externally as appropriate.
  • Implement fee-based programming and cost-recovery practices, develop partnerships, and solicit external funding to support and enhance educational programs as appropriate.
  • Organize and maintain program advisory and management committees or networks to identify program needs, make recommendations, assist in program implementation, and evaluate program effectiveness.
  • Develop an annual plan of work addressing educational needs as well as evaluate the quality and impact of educational programs provided to audiences as appropriate.
  • Link your program level output with the overall OSUES and OSU brand in all opportunities. Provide community and statewide opinion leaders and decision makers the understanding and context on how your program level Extension work relates to overall OSUESprogramming output. Annually provide impact statement reports adhering to OSUES criteria.
  • Contribute to equity, inclusion, and diversity as part of teaching, educational delivery, advising, research, Extension, service, and outreach.


  • Assist with the maintenance of the Extension system on a regional and/or statewide level. Cooperate with agencies and organizations on the Northern Coast, in the southern Willamette Valley and other relevant locations of the Pacific Northwest.
  • Serve on College, Departmental, and/or Extension committees as appropriate.
  • Maintain active membership and involvement in professional organizations.
  • Market Extension programs locally, statewide, and nationally.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities that enhance the educational programming capacities and administrative leadership.

Minimum/Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Horticulture, Agronomy, Pest Management, Plant Pathology, Soil Science, General Agriculture, Forestry, Natural Resources, or closely related field;
  • OR a closely related Bachelor’s degree with five years cumulative experience related to assigned duties.
  • The Master’s or Bachelor’s degree must be completed by application date.
  • Demonstrated or ability to work with volunteer groups.
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills including the effective use of electronic (traditional and web-based) and printed mass media.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both verbally and in writing, with diverse audiences including volunteers and industry stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team member with other professionals and volunteers.
  • General ability to use common computer software, including proficiency with information technology, web sites and social media.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision and evidence of good time management skills.
  • Demonstrated understanding of teaching principles and applied research as well as good organizational skills.
  • Must have or be able to obtain an Oregon pesticide applicators’ consultant license within six months of employment and maintain it throughout employment.

A demonstrable commitment to diversity and inclusion; including, ability to successfully engage diverse populations in a culturally responsible manner and ability to incorporate multiple cultural perspectives in educational design and delivery.

This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months. 
Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Criminal History Check Requirement.

This position requires driving a University vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the University; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Motor Vehicle History Check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per OSU Standard 576-056-0000 et seq. Offers of employment are contingent upon meeting all minimum qualifications including the Motor Vehicle Check Requirement.

Preferred (Special) Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience with Extension or other informal education delivery methods.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead groups and to plan, organize, evaluate, manage, and delegate details associated with program management.
  • Demonstrated understanding of needs and impact assessment techniques and their application to Extension programs and services.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to the changing technological environment.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role of program advisory committees.
  • Demonstrated ability to secure external funding support for educational and research programs.
  • Demonstrated life experience, education, and/or training that broaden capacity to equalize the success or impact on underserved audiences.

Working Conditions / Work Schedule

  • Must obtain and maintain an Oregon Department of Agriculture Pesticide Consultant License.
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to transport field and office equipment and materials up to 50 lbs.
  • Travel is required.

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