Campus/Location: Penn State Extension Date Announced: 10/14/2019 Date Closing: open until filled Job Number: 91414 Level/Salary Band: 02 G Exempt Work Unit:
College of Agricultural Sciences Department: Extension - Westmoreland County Full/Part Time: FullTime
This individual will coordinate the Master Gardener Program in Westmoreland County and will work closely with the Master Gardeners to provide education on sustainable horticulture practices to the residents of Westmoreland County. This position is administratively responsible to the Area Master Gardener Coordinator and the Statewide Master Gardener Coordinator.
Specific program responsibilities: As Master Gardener (MG) Coordinator, direct and coordinate the operations of the MG volunteer program in Westmoreland County and work with the Area MG Coordinator to maintain a strong program in the county. Also coordinate with other county MG Coordinators as appropriate; Serve as the MG spokesperson; Serve as the liaison between the County Extension offices, the state-level MG Program and the volunteers; With the assistance of the MG volunteers, provide community outreach to educate consumers about horticultural and environmental issues in the county; 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.
Manage volunteer fiscal matters; Engage community members as appropriate to promote Extension, the Master Gardener Program and Penn State University; Develop revenue enhancement strategies to obtain additional resources for the Master Gardener Program; Identify opportunities and educational needs of consumers and stakeholders and strengthen or extend the program by maintaining a working relationship with the county and other organizations as appropriate; 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; 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; Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the Statewide Master Gardener Coordinator.
Extension Educator 2 rank and salary is commensurate with training and experience. 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 who have: experience managing volunteers, horticulture