Extension Educator 3 (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
Extension - Northampton County
Full/Part Time:


The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an individual trained in Horticulture, Entomology or Plant Pathology with commercial ornamental horticulture experience. As a member of the Extension Green Industry State Program Team, the individual will identify industry needs, develop educational events and materials to support these needs and participate in evaluations to measure the team’s success. The individual must be able to work effectively in a team and with diverse populations and audiences. The successful candidate will participate in interdisciplinary collaborations across multiple disciplines and institutions. The individual will provide technical support for the green industry in the areas of ornamental crop production, integrated pest management, landscape management, and green infrastructure. Program impact will be measured by: Adoption of integrated pest management practices to reduce human exposure, pesticide runoff into surface water and reduced likelihood of pesticide resistance; Increased profitability of horticultural producers. Critical performance measures include: Technical assistance provided for green industry in geographic focus area; Educational presentations at local, state and national meetings; Development of web-based educational outreach; Development of a diverse external funding portfolio including grants, contracts, cost recovery, and sponsorship. The candidate will be expected to develop original content to engage audiences through innovative educational methods such as online courses, videos, and electronic publications in addition to traditional publications and in-person presentations. Typically requires a Master's degree or higher plus two years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 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 an active member of a team. The candidate must be organized and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Proficiency in the use of computer software packages such as Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint required. Must have the ability to carry equipment, educational materials and supplies with or without accommodation and the ability to travel. Must possess 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 a new and exciting new business model that encourages risk-taking and innovation. Review of applications will begin January 25, 2019 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