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American Public Gardens Association -Plant Protection Program Assistant -Fri, 11/02/2018 - 10:15am

Plant Protection Program Assistant


American Public Gardens Association

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Job Description 

We seek a professional who is passionate about forest health and plant conservation to join our team in advancing public gardens as leaders, advocates and innovators. This is an amazing opportunity to work for a one-of-a-kind program that brings together our strong community of public gardens and the scientific expertise of our partners (US Forest Service, USDA-APHIS, National Plant Diagnostic Network) to continue to position public gardens as leaders in the battle against significant plant pests and diseases.

The Plant Protection Program Assistant will assist the Plant Protection Program Coordinators by helping to develop and distribute new educational materials about forest health and plant protection; producing and distributing these assets to member gardens for use in their outreach, updating existing materials, providing website and program communications support for the various projects within the program, basic administrative support, and other tasks as needed.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Handles member requests for outreach materials, updates content on program websites, and assists with development of new outreach materials
  • Provides administrative support by tracking expenses, assists in preparation of reports and presentations
  • Assists with logistical planning of training workshops (recruit participants, secure hotel, transportation, and contract fulfillment)
  • Communicates with member organizations on a regular basis (via phone and email) to support their fulfillment of program endeavors (e.g., plant pest monitoring, outreach, and educational efforts)
  • Hours per week vary; average is 25 hours depending on projects assigned

Working Relationships:

  • Internal: The Program Assistant reports directly to the Plant Protection Program Coordinators, who will initiate projects, establish timelines and goals, and review work. As a remote employee, most of this communication will be through email and phone. The Program Assistant will also work collaboratively with other Association staff as needed.
  • External: Interacts with Association members and other Plant Protection Program stakeholders, contractors, vendors, and the general public.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Experience/education in agricultural, biological, horticultural or botanical sciences
  • Experience with science communication, especially when communicating to diverse audiences
  • A working knowledge of plant pests and diseases and other issues related to forest health
  • Proficiency using MS Office Suite software, including MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Displays with training a strong working knowledge of various Content Management Systems (CMS) including, but not limited to Association software used for membership (iMIS/RiSE), marketing & communications (Informz, Qualtrics Survey Software, Paperless Post) and web content (Drupal)
  • Basic knowledge of Adobe Suite products (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) or other graphic design experience
  • Strong writing and technical editing skills
  • Extremely customer service-oriented and collaborative by nature, yet self-motivated and able to work independently
  • Well organized, possesses a strong attention to detail, and able to work efficiently under multiple deadlines
  • Ability to work from home, although a small amount (NTE 10% per year) of travel on behalf of the Association is required
  • Must be able to lift at least 25 pounds


Application Instructions 

To Apply:

Please email your resume and a cover letter detailing your interest in the position to Marisol Mata at The application deadline is Friday, November 30th. Salary range for the position is $13-$18 per hour, depending on experience. American Public Gardens Association is an EOE.

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American Public Gardens Association