The Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County Horticulture Program Coordinator will provide coordination for the Horticulture Program including education and technical assistance through the Horticulture Diagnostic Lab (HDL) and the Soil Laboratory. The work will focus on coordinating and delivering programs to help the general public and horticulture service industry in areas of horticulture and integrated pest management. Responsibilities include processing diagnostic samples and answering inquiries on the phone, through letters/email, and in person on subjects including food gardening, container gardening, landscaping, lawn care, structural and medically important pests, wildlife, environmental and sustainable issues, forestry and pesticide use and misuse. The position will process and test soil for pH as needed and send out comprehensive soil test reports with recommendations. This person is responsible for vetting or writing articles for various publications, updating factsheets and website information.
This is a part-time, 25-30 hours per week, non-exempt, benefits eligible position.
Bachelors or Equivalent Education (Associate Degree + 2 yrs. transferrable program/functional experience is acceptable) in Horticulture or related field such as plant science, soils, entomology, landscape design or related subjects
Two years' transferrable program/functional experience relevant to the role of the position.
Ability to communicate effectively with the public through oral, written, and visual channels using traditional as well as innovative methods.
Possession of computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets, and PowerPoint Presentations.
Ability to write press releases/speak/educate stakeholders and the public about the horticulture program
Willingness to learn new tasks and ability to work independently.
Willingness to work as a team member with CCE staff, certain Cornell Faculty, cooperating and organizations agencies, and the public.
Ability to work with a diversity of people of all ages and abilities.
Ability to perform physical tasks as required.
Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
Ability to meet acceptable background check standards, if required.
Ability to work flexible hours which include evenings and/or weekends.
Ability to initiate, plan, organize, implement, teach, and evaluate informal educational programs.
Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
Ability to identify and utilize program resources from the organization and the community.
Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders.
Ability to plan and organize personal work responsibilities according to priorities developed with the immediate supervisor.
Coursework or degree in horticulture, plant science, soils, entomology, landscape design or related subjects
Knowledge of vegetable gardening, fruit production, and other edible crops (mushrooms, maple syrup, herbs)
Knowledge of plant diseases and problems, invasive species, integrated pest management, tree care, and ecological gardening techniques (rain gardens, xeriscape gardening)
Knowledge of plant diagnostic techniques.
Knowledge of annual, perennial and woody ornamentals, turf, and interiorscape plants.
Experience with Cooperative Extension or other similar educational organizations.
Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work effectively with advisory boards and committees, community and funding partners.
Program Delivery - 10%
Serve as horticulture, invasive species, and gardening subject matter resource.
Apply existing horticulture/gardening knowledge and program materials occasionally to create lesson plans to deliver educational program or use existing lesson plans to address local, regional and statewide programming priorities.
Foster acceptance of horticultural best practices based on pre-existing materials from university/ extension research, to address community and individual needs.
Interact and communicate with program participants in a variety of ways, including face to face, e-mail, telephone and social media in order to answer questions, facilitate learning and develop and maintain good rapport.
Represent CCE before the public, community leaders, government officials, and Cornell as part of horticulture, invasive species, and gardening program delivery.
Occasionally participate as a team member with other local and /or regional association educators to deliver programs.
Utilize a variety of educational methods which may include direct teaching, group experiences, media, newsletters, electronic technology, internet, and distance learning to deliver program.
Implement horticulture education programs, activities, and schedule, including providing lab sampling services and results to constituents.
Direction - 5%
May provide input to program leaders in planning the delivery of program goals.
Assist in proposing unit budget and in allocating unit budget amounts.
Assist in developing communication strategies to further the reach of the Horticulture Program.
Management - 5%
Assist with budget allocation and management
Coordination/Operation - 75%
Prepare and maintain teaching materials necessary for Horticulture programs applying existing subject matter knowledge.
Process Horticulture Diagnostic Lab samples
Coordinate horticulture education programs, activities, and schedule.
Assist with coordination of marketing and promotion of Horticulture through public relation initiatives and networking/collaborating with government, economic, educational and other organizations.
Provide information as requested to assist with preparation of reports, impact statements, and success stories on program progress and accomplishments for funders, advisory committees, Board and others as necessary.
Submit program-related expense receipts to supervisor for recording.
May assist in the coordination of fundraisers, enrollment campaigns, and other extension association activities, as assigned.
Coordinate administrative tasks related to Commercial Horticulture Education events.
Provide moderately complex administrative tasks in the implementation of the budget to include, but not limited to assisting with tracking expenditures.
Professional Improvement - 5%
In cooperation with the Supervisor, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes in programming and Association priorities.
Participate in all required orientation, training, and/or in-service meetings and trainings as scheduled/required.
Pursue personal growth through expanding personal knowledge of the total organization and through updating techniques and technical skills relating to the position.
Health and Safety - Applied to all duties and functions.
Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
Be familiar with and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, Association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard.
Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.
EEO/EPO and Policy - Applied to all duties and functions.
Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers and the public.
Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences.
Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association Sullivan County policies, procedures and Cornell Cooperative Extension Skills for Success.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely and accurate manner.
This is a part time, 25 - 30 hours per week, non-exempt,, benefits eligible position. Compensation paid at the rate of $17.15 per hour.
Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:
Vacation, Sick and Personal time
NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance)
Long-term Disability Insurance
Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity
Voluntary Flexible Spending Accounts
Voluntary Group Universal Life Insurance
Voluntary Personal Accidental Insurance
Voluntary Legal Plan Insurance
Voluntary Long Term Care Insurance
Voluntary Auto and Homeowner's Insurance
Voluntary Pet Insurance
Voluntary New York's College Savings Program
How To Apply: Applicants (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations) must apply online through the APPLY button in this job posting. Current employees of Cornell Cooperative Extension Sullivan County are considered internal applicants and must apply online through their Workday account which may be accessed here: http://workday.cornell.edu/
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All applications must be received on-line by June 3, 2019. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.
The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform the essential functions of their job. If you require an accommodation so you may participate in the selection process you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at 607-255-6120, or via email at: email@example.com.
For additional questions please contact Leah Cadwallader, Regional Human Resources Manager, e-mail LC267@cornell.edu or (845) 340-3990x314.
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