Extension Educator (Horticulture)

Penn State University

Penn State Extension
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
Job Number:
Level/Salary Band:
03 – H – Exempt
Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences
Adams County
Full/Part Time:


The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an individual trained in plant science with horticultural crop production experience. As a member of the Extension Tree Fruit State Team, the extension educator will conduct extension education and applied research that focuses on tree fruit physiology and culture. Efforts will be coordinated with faculty at Penn State along with tree fruit educators in other regions. Cooperative initiatives include outreach specific to the needs of next generation specialty crop growers (including the Penn State Extension Young Grower Alliance) and applied research on precision management innovations developed by a new team of specialty crop engineers. The successful candidate will develop and/or participate in interdisciplinary collaborations across multiple disciplines and institutions and be able to work effectively in a team and with diverse populations and audiences. The individual will provide technical support for specialty crop growers in the areas of horticulture, post-harvest physiology, labor efficient production, and managing environmental and economic risks. Program impact will be measured by; increased production of high quality fruit with improved storage potential; adoption of best practices to increase environmental and socio-economic sustainability of specialty crop production; increased profitability through specialty crop innovation and diversification. Critical performance measures include development of: risk management strategies to increase horticultural innovation and sustainability; specialty crop demonstration trials to address precision management in areas such as water management, plant nutrition, tree training and manipulation, and environmental relationships between plants and the soil biome; a diverse external funding portfolio including grants, contracts, cost recovery, and sponsorship; involvement with multi-state or national education or applied research projects. Candidates must possess effective communication skills (verbal and written), 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. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Other requirements include: proficiency in the use of computer software packages such as Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint; ability to carry equipment, educational materials and supplies with or without accommodation; the ability to travel, and; a valid driver's license and use of a private automobile. 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 an exciting new business model that encourages risk-taking and innovation. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding.

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