Extension Educator (Master Gardener/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
- Extension - Philadelphia County
- Full/Part Time:
The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an individual to coordinate the Master Gardener Program and the Master Watershed Steward Program in Philadelphia County. It is expected that this individual will direct and coordinate the operations of the Master Watershed Steward (MWS) and Master Gardener (MG) volunteer programs in Philadelphia County and work with the State Coordinators to maintain strong programs in the county. This individual will serve as the spokesperson for both programs and be expected to engage community members as appropriate to promote Extension, the MWS Program, the MG Program and Penn State University. This individual will be required to 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 individual must be able to work collaboratively with volunteers, other county coordinators and extension programs, county office staff, and organizational partners. With the assistance of the volunteer groups, this person will be responsible for providing community outreach to educate consumers about natural resource and horticultural and agricultural issues in the target county for each program. This individual will need to 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 Philadelphia Water Department, municipalities, DCNR, DEP, and other agencies and organizations as appropriate. It is expected that this individual will develop revenue enhancement strategies to obtain additional resources for the MWS and MG programs. This individual must 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. The candidate must be organized and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously. 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 with a degree(s) in Horticulture, Environmental Science or similar field, with additional years of experience in volunteer management, the ability to manage staff and volunteers, ability to inspire and develop leadership in individuals, committees and supervisors, ability to build and maintain community partnerships, strong organizational and communications skills (both oral and written). Computer literacy including Microsoft Word, Sharepoint, email and Web browsers, and ability to lift up to 30 pounds with or without accommodation is required. They must possess a valid driver's license, use of a private automobile, and the ability to travel across several counties. 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 excellent possibility of re-funding.
These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.