Extension Educator (Commercial Pre and Post Harvest Produce Safety Extension Educator)

Penn State University

Penn State Extension
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
  • 03 – H – Exempt
  • 04 – I – Exempt
  • 05 – K – Exempt
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Penn State Extension, Lancaster County
Full/Part Time:


The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an individual trained in Food Science, Horticulture or related field to join our nationally-recognized Penn State Extension Food Safety & Quality/Horticulture State Extension Teams. As a member of these teams, the individual will be responsible for actively working to identify important educational learning objectives, develop educational events and materials to support these learning objectives, and participate in evaluations to measure the teams' successes. While we are seeking disciplinary expertise in Food Science, it is expected that competitive candidates will have a general understanding of fruit and vegetable production practices. In particular, the candidate will be responsible for identifying specialty crop producers who will be impacted by produce safety regulations under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and preparing communication and outreach materials, as well as training sessions related to FSMA that will be distributed through identified channels. Team members are expected to work closely with university-based research faculty in developing and conducting applied research that is relevant to customer needs. The individual must be able to work effectively in a team and with diverse populations and audiences. The successful candidate will need to develop and/or participate in interdisciplinary collaborations across multiple disciplines and institutions. All team members are expected to participate in the development of a diverse external funding (e.g. grants, contracts, cost recovery, development) portfolio in support of the team’s programs. The individual will be expected to develop original content to engage audiences through innovative educational methods such as online courses, videos, mobile apps, and electronic publications in addition to traditional publications and in-person presentations. It is expected that the individual in the position will obtain lead trainer certification through the Produce Safety Alliance (PSA) in order to provide food safety education, with the goal of improving the safety of the food supply and reducing the incidence and risk of foodborne illness. As a result of these educational programs, expected critical outcomes are measureable improvements in frequency of food borne illnesses or indirect measures, such as increased numbers of farms, farm market food managers, and food handlers certified in handling food safely, as well as increased implementation of good food harvesting and handling practices and a decreased number of farm food businesses cited for improper food safety practices. Success in this educational program will allow Pennsylvania farm businesses to continue to contribute to economic growth and jobs in the Commonwealth. While the successful candidate will be stationed in Extension District 17 (Lancaster, Lebanon and Chester Counties), he/she will be part of two state teams and thus, expected to participate and deliver programs across the state. The home base will be in Lancaster County (Office location: 1383 Arcadia Road, Room 140 Lancaster, PA 17601-3184). This job will be filled as a level 3, level 4, or level 5, depending upon the successful candidate's competencies, education, and experience. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience for a level 3. Additional experience and/or education and competencies are required for higher level jobs. Preference will be given to candidates with degree(s) or significant training in Food Science and Food Safety, Horticulture or related disciplines and those that have related work experience in education or industry. Candidates should have a basic knowledge of and commitment to food and agriculture, and enjoy the challenge of working as a part of a team on a wide variety of educational efforts. Excellent verbal and written communications skills required in English and valued in Spanish. Candidates must possess teaching skills, interpersonal skills, ability to build effective working relationships with colleagues and clientele, and work as a member of a team. The candidate must be organized and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Desired experience includes: writing articles for clientele information and formal reports, managing grants, and providing leadership. Proficiency in use of computer software packages such as Word, Excel, Publisher and PowerPoint. Must be able to carry equipment, educational materials and supplies with or without accommodation. Must possess a valid driver's license, use of a private automobile, and the ability and desire to travel. Since this position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as part of your job duties, successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required, in addition to standard background checks. This position is an opportunity to join one of the nation's leading extension organizations at a time when it is embarking on a new and exciting new business model that encourages risk taking and innovation. Review of applications will begin January 4, 2016 and continue until a suitable candidate is identified.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088