Attention Applicants: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references (at least 2 previous employers) as one document when applying. All candidates who are current employees of CCE Tompkins must apply as internal applicants. Please note that changes cannot be made to an application once it is submitted. The deadline to apply is 3/22/17. For more information about how to apply and benefits, please see the message at the bottom of this posting.
This is a part time regular (28 hours per week) position:
This individual is responsible for implementing and providing input toward evaluating educational programs in home horticulture for adult audiences. This highly public and popular program involves a large amount of interaction with volunteers and the community at large. Specific duties include: recruiting and training volunteers, supporting volunteer activities, facilitating educational programs with an emphasis on underserved audiences, organizing and teaching classes, and writing/editing educational information for media and online outreach. Educational programs are to be implemented through the effective use of volunteers, in collaboration with community groups and other resources. The individual in this position is responsible for stewardship of the horticulture program and ensuring a reputation for high quality educational programs, resources, information and service to clientele.
This position is supervised by the Agriculture Team Issue Leader with additional programmatic input provided by the Agriculture Program Committee and Master Gardener Volunteers. The individual works as part of the CCETC Agriculture and Horticulture staff team and is expected to participate as an effective team member. Work is to be carried out independently in a professional manner especially when interacting with volunteers and the public.
- Master's Degree in plant sciences or equivalent (Bachelor's Degree with 4 years' relevant evidence based experience managing volunteers and developing educational programs).
- Experience gained through extensive gardening and technical knowledge of plant science topics including soils, plant and pest ID, and cultural practices
- Significant experience coordinating and supporting volunteers in their roles ensuring a high level of engagement
- Experience in community based work including outreach to diverse and underserved populations
- Ability to respond professionally and accurately to garden questions from callers and visitors to the CCE office
- Experience teaching adult audiences using a variety of teaching methods including hands-on approaches
- Ability to engage in hands-on gardening activities or instruct others to perform gardening tasks
- Be flexible to work evenings and weekends (regular office hours are expected to be available for questions from the public via phone/in person).
- Valid driver's license or the ability to make transportation arrangements.
- Ability to meet acceptable background check standards, if required.
- Degree with specialization in horticulture, plant sciences, soils, ecology, entomology, plant pathology, plant ecology, or related fields.
- Coursework in communications and adult education.
- Grant writing and grant management experience.
- Infectious enthusiasm and energy with a positive attitude and excellent communication skills.
Responsibilities/ Essential Functions:
Program Development (5%):
- Assist supervisor to establish educational strategies for the Horticulture Education program.
- Assist in the creation of program materials to support programs and address participant interests.
Program Delivery (65%):
- According to program priorities, implement educational programs in home horticulture for adult audiences that result in increased knowledge of plants, pests, and ecological gardening practices.
- Apply existing horticulture knowledge to deliver horticulture programs for the general public.
- Utilize a variety of educational methods in delivering programs including classes, workshops, tours, demonstration gardens, events such as the Spring Garden Fair and Plant Sale, exhibits at community events, newsletters, media, and web/social media.
- Provide accurate timely information and up-to-date publications from research based extension resources to clients as part of program delivery, using diagnostic, soil testing and Grow-line services.
- Assist supervisor to ensure a diversity of audiences is reached through direct and indirect outreach methods and place based programs.
- Deliver the Master Gardener program, including training and support of volunteer activities.
- Work with the City Forester to implement the Citizen Pruner volunteer program, which provides volunteers education in pruning techniques, in Ithaca.
- Engage volunteers in supporting outreach activities and to increase program delivery.
- Liaison with area gardening groups to identify opportunities for collaboration in program delivery.
- Represent CCE before the public, community partners, government officials, and Cornell as part of program delivery.
- Assist in ensuring that program delivery is within the statewide Plan of Work.
Program Evaluation (5%):
- Implement evaluation of programs and assist in making recommendations for strengthening and improving programs based on evaluation results.
- Communicate evaluation results and findings through the annual CCE reporting process.
- Participate on the agriculture/horticulture team to contribute to the development of an implementation plan for education programs in home horticulture.
- Assist supervisor to plan delivery of programs to meet program goals.
- Develop and enhance networks of volunteers to extend program outreach.Assist supervisor to collaborate with area horticulture educators and the Cornell Master Gardener coordinator to plan Regional Master Gardener training programs.
- Select volunteers for Master Gardener Program.
- Develop a supportive relationship with volunteers (Master Gardeners, Citizen Pruners, and others) that encourages leadership, builds a sense of ownership and increases participation.
- Provide direction for the daily tasks of Grow-Line phone volunteers in the office to ensure they are accurately and effectively responding to questions from the public.
- Provide program related input to supervisor and assist in preparing and submitting proposals to secure additional funding.
Coordination/ Operation (10%):
- Implement program schedules.
- Collect evaluation data from participants.
- Prepare materials for report submission.
- Recruit non-traditional program participants to introduce them to the joys of gardening, build skills, and find satisfaction for their accomplishments.
- Organize Master Gardener and Citizen Pruner program activities.
- Collect program fees and ensure deposits are recorded to meet accounting requirements.
- Secure program materials and track related expenses.
- Compile resources into educational materials.
Professional Improvement (5%):
- In cooperation with Supervisor and/or Executive Director, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes and Association priorities.
- Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and performother duties as assigned.
Health and Safety (applies 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 (applies 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 of Tompkins 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.
Position Information and How to Apply:
This is a part time regular (28 hours per week) benefits eligible position. Pay is commiserate with experience.
Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:
- Vacation, Sick and Personal time
- Paid Holidays
- NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance)
- NYS Retirement
- 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
- Vision Access Program
How To Apply:
Applicants (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations other than Tompkins) must apply online through the APPLY button in this job posting. Current employees of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association indicated in this job posting are considered internal applicants and must apply online through their Workday account which may be accessed here: http://workday.cornell.edu/
IMPORTANT! All applicants must submit a COVER LETTER (please reference the position you are applying for), a RESUME and indicate in your cover letter, resume or other document three individuals who may be contacted as REFERENCES.
Please consider indicating in your application all information you feel would be helpful for selection committee members to know. Once the application is submitted you will NOT be able to change your submission or add attachments. Be sure that you have followed all directions and requirements listed in the job posting. All applications must be received on-line by March 22, 2017. Position closing date may be extended based on Association needs.
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) 255-2117, or via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The successful candidate must pass criminal background, sex offender registry, and driver history checks.
Job Title:Association Subject Educator II
Pay Rate Type:Hourly
Contact Name:Krystal Watson
Number of Openings:1
Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate government agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are support of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.