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Extension Educator, Horticulture, Penn State Extension
Category: Horticulture

Penn State Extension
University Park, PA

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013


Position Title: Extension Educator, Horticulture, Penn State Extension


Counties Served:  Lebanon/Franklin/Adams/Lancaster/York/Cumberland/Dauphin


Office Location: Lebanon County Extension Office

  2120 Cornwall Road, Suite 1

  Lebanon, PA  17042-9777



Penn State Extension is seeking an individual who will function as a team member of the Penn State Extension State Horticulture Team, working directly with statewide faculty and staff.  The individual represents Penn State University and the College of Agricultural Sciences in interpreting, applying, and disseminating the latest research findings in Ornamental Horticulture.  


Major responsibilities will include managing the Flower Trials at the Southeast Ag Research and Extension Center in Landisville, PA.  They will also serve as the Master Gardener County Coordinator in Lebanon County. This position is administratively responsible to both the Extension Program Leader for Horticulture and the District 17 Director. 




1.Serve as an active member of the state Green Industry Extension Team, providing expertise to compliment and support the SETs efforts.  

2.Direct and coordinate the operations of the Penn State Flower Variety Trials.  Work with SEAREC director, staff, administrative support and volunteers to establish and maintain annual trials, evaluate entries and conduct floriculture research.   

3.Work under the advisement and to help coordinate the PA Floriculture Advisory Board. 

4.Responsible for managing trial fiscal operations according to Penn State policies and procedures. 

5.Write and secure grants and develop revenue enhancement strategies to obtain additional resources for the Flower Trials and the Lebanon County Master Gardener Program.  

6.Identify opportunities and educational needs of customers and stakeholders by maintaining a working relationship with growers and industry organizations to strengthen or extend Extension programs.  



7.Serve as a liaison between clientele and appropriate faculty in the College of Agricultural Sciences, as well as other colleges, institutions of higher education, and outreach partners.




8.Demonstrate competency in operating in a team environment in the State Extension Team (SET) with faculty, educators and other staff.  The Educator is responsible for submitting program, administrative and financial reports as appropriate to the SET and District.



9.Demonstrate competency in teaching in various non-formal environments.  Use a variety of traditional and new technological delivery methods to develop workshops, seminars, demonstrations, on-line courses and/or other educational strategies to communicate the latest technologies to the agricultural community.  Prepare educational materials that are relevant to and that enhance the educational process for targeted individuals and groups.



10.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.



11.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.



12.Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Horticulture Extension Program Leader and the District Director.



13.As Master Gardener Coordinator, oversee the general function and activities of the Lebanon County volunteer program:



-Serve as a resource to assist Hort Hotline team in answering client questions.

-Engage the Lebanon County community to promote Extension, the Master Gardener Program and Penn State University.

-Serve as the Master Gardener spokesperson.

-Serve as the liaison between the County Extension office and the Master Gardener volunteers.



Work with Master Gardener Volunteer Committees to:

-Initiate, staff, manage, evaluate and prepare program impact reports.


          Recruit, select and train Master Gardener volunteers.

-Assure volunteers compliance with the Master Gardener Policies.


Identify and promote Master Gardener professional development      opportunities.

-Manage business/program development meetings for Master Gardener volunteers.

-Manage Master Gardener fiscal matters.





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 plus two years of work 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 who have one or more degrees in Ornamental Horticulture, Floriculture or Plant Science.  Candidates must possess teaching, program development and evaluation skills, and demonstrate positive human relations and effective communication skills.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.


Visit (Job # 39270 under the Penn State Extension location) to apply. For best consideration, apply by May 31, 2013 – Position open until filled. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.


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