Extension Educator 2 (Master Gardner and Master Watershed Steward Coordinator)
Penn State University
- Penn State Extension
- Date Announced:
- Date Closing:
- open until filled
- Job Number:
- Level/Salary Band:
- 02 – G – Exempt
- Work Unit:
- College of Agricultural Sciences
- Penn State Extension, Montgomery County
- Full/Part Time:
This individual will coordinate the Master Watershed Steward Program and the Master Gardener Program in Montgomery County. This individual will also work closely with the Statewide Master Gardener Coordinator and the Statewide Master Watershed Steward Coordinator, as well as local program partners. This position is administratively responsible to the Assistant Director of Horticulture Programs and the Assistant Director of Agronomy and Natural Resources Programs. As Master Watershed Steward (MWS) Coordinator, direct and coordinate the operations of the MWS volunteer program in Montgomery County and work with the State MWS Coordinator to maintain a strong program in the counties. As Master Gardener (MG) Coordinator, direct and coordinate the operations of the MG volunteer program in Montgomery County and work with the State MG Coordinator to maintain a strong program in the county. Also coordinate with other county MG Coordinators as appropriate. Serve as the MWS and MG spokesperson. Serve as the liaison between the County Extension offices, the state-level MG and MWS Programs and the volunteers. With the assistance of the volunteer groups, provide community outreach to educate consumers about natural resource and horticultural and agricultural issues in the target counties for each program. Work with Master Volunteer Committees to: initiate, staff, manage, evaluate, and prepare program impact reports; recruit, select, and train new volunteers; assure volunteers’ compliance with Penn State policies; oversee volunteer projects; identify and promote volunteer professional development opportunities; manage business/program development meetings for volunteers; and manage volunteer fiscal matters. The successful candidate will engage community members as appropriate to promote Extension, the Master Watershed Steward Program, the Master Gardener Program and Penn State University. Individual will coordinate Master Gardener involvement in Master Watershed Steward projects and promote collaboration between the two programs. Will collaborate with Master Watershed Steward program partners to organize training, volunteer projects and secure funding for the program. Develop revenue enhancement strategies to obtain additional resources for the Master Watershed Steward and Master Gardener programs. Identify opportunities and educational needs of consumers and stakeholders and strengthen or extend the programs by maintaining a working relationship with agencies and organizations including the local Conservation Districts, municipalities, DCNR, DEP, and other agencies and organizations as appropriate. Demonstrate competency in knowledge of computers and applicable software. Use technology, mass media and personal contacts in the delivery and management of high quality extension educational programs. Ensure compliance with the affirmative action plan. Through public notification and “All Reasonable Efforts,” make all programs accessible to clientele without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Statewide Master Watershed Steward Coordinator. Typically requires a Bachelor's degree or higher (Master's degree preferred) or higher plus one year of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Preference will be given to candidates who have one or more degrees in Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Entomology or Environmental Sciences. Candidates must possess teaching, program development and evaluation skills, and demonstrate positive human relations and effective communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse communities is required. 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 is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with good possibility of re-funding.
These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.