This position is full-time typically from March through October and part-time typically from November through February.
CCE of Schenectady County is seeking a Agriculture and Horticulture Educator to work as part of a team to deliver agriculture and horticulture programs for CCE of Schenectady County. The Educator teaches primarily through hands on learning and demonstration techniques; strengthening youth development and leadership skills through teaching, modeling and coaching. This position also delivers agriculture and horticulture programs to adults, collaborating with community organizations to do the same.
This position frequently collaborates with program staff, volunteers, and community organizations such as the Schenectady County Department of Social Services, Schenectady Job Training Agency, Schenectady ARC, local schools, and other organizations that serve target audiences in order to effectively implement programs for impact. The Educator directly supervises seasonal youth crew leaders as part of the Roots & Wisdom program each summer. The Educator connects with Capital Region Agriculture and Horticulture Program staff, Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture program specialists, and Cornell faculty for latest updates in research and field production.
The Educator spends most of the growing season working out of the Sustainable Living Center and branching out to community organizations and other programs during other times of the year.
The Educator works as part of a dynamic team recruiting and reaching diverse audiences and performing existing or new responsibilities which can change based on Association needs, new partnerships, grant initiatives, etc. The Educator also plays an important role in new initiatives to deliver programs virtually.
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All applications must be received on-line by May 17, 2021. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
Bachelor's degree. Associate's degree and two years transferrable program/functional experience may substitute for a Bachelor's degree.
Experience relevant to the role of the position.
Travel Requirements - Ability to meet occasional travel requirements associated with this position. A valid NYS driver's license with the ability to drive and driving record acceptable for Association insurance coverage are required.
Ability to work flexible hours, which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Program Skills - Ability to effectively deliver related programs and trainings. Commitment to helping to ensure inclusive programs and reach diverse audiences. Serve as an effective subject matter resource. Maintain program data confidentiality. Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts, including frequent collaboration with staff and outside organizations.
Communication & Marketing Skills - Ability to appropriately communicate verbally and in writing with program participants, employees and others through a variety of media. Ability to assist with marketing programs through social, print and other media, resulting in diverse, robust program participation. Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders.
Coordination Skills - Ability to effectively coordinate program efforts including data management and reporting, scheduling and coordinating programs and events, compiling and maintaining materials and resources, following financial reporting requirements.
Technology Skills - Ability to adapt quickly to new technologies, including for virtual programming. Ability to learn and effectively use software including use of the internet, program related software, and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel.
Work Environment - In addition to the Working Conditions; the work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions. This position frequently work in outdoor weather conditions including extreme heat, precipitation and cold; frequently lifts, moves or transports program & facility /gardening materials and produce; constantly performs and demonstrates agriculture and horticulture techniques (preparing and winterizing garden beds, planting, weeding, harvesting and washing vegetables and herbs, pest management, composting); use gardening tools and equipment, irrigation systems, small machinery; frequently positions self (for example, pulling, bending, reaching, touching, kneeling, using hands to feel/reach) in greenhouses, garden beds and other program areas. This position works in a typical office environment during the non-growing season.
Degree in agriculture, horticulture, or related fields.
Experience with community based agriculture, horticulture or environmental programs.
Experience supervising youth development programs and seasonal staff.
Position Responsibilities & Essential Functions
Program Delivery - 70%
Teach existing horticulture, agricultural, environmental and related programs through demonstration and hands on teaching methods including: preparing and winterizing garden beds; seeding; composting and recycling; integrated pest management; growing, harvesting, processing, packing, storing, selling, and marketing of vegetables, fruits, herbs and ornamental horticulture. Programs include youth programs during the summer (i.e. Roots & Wisdom) and other programs targeted to adults throughout the year.
Teach and model youth development skills including work readiness, business skills, and working cooperatively with others.
Strengthen youth development and leadership skills through modeling and coaching for seasonal crew leaders who help to deliver programs to summer youth program participants.
Serve as subject matter resource for assigned programs. Provides standard responses and may assist in providing more complex responses to program related questions.
Frequently interact with program participants, volunteers, community members and others are part of the program delivery process.
Occasionally apply established subject matter knowledge to create lesson plans to deliver educational programs.
Represent CCE before the public, community leaders, government officials, or others as part of program delivery.
Work in a multidisciplinary team effort to deliver program, utilizing a variety of proven educational methodologies. Assist other program staff (4-H, Recycling & Composting, Master Gardner) to deliver their assigned programs.
Meet or exceed targeted program delivery goals assigned by the supervisor.
Program Evaluation - 5%
Interact with program participants and others to obtain their evaluation of programs.
Based on established program parameters, interpret evaluation data to the constituencies.
Communicate evaluation results and findings.
May assist in analyzing program evaluation data.
May assist in making recommendations for program improvements.
Direction - 5%
Assists the Supervisor in planning assigned programs.
Management - 5%
Solve problems and resolve conflicts that arise within assigned programs utilizing appropriate policies and procedures and with supervisor guidance as needed.
Assist with identifying, anticipating, recommending and planning for program needs/supplies.
Assist with effectively managing the program budget. Assist in identifying ways to reduce costs and maximize existing resources. Assist with managing assigned programs fundraising efforts.
Directly supervise seasonal, part-time staff (crew leaders), working with the supervisor to manage training, time cards, resolve issues, complaints, etc.
Manage volunteer recruitment and oversight for the Sustainable Living Center.
Coordination/Operation - 10%
Recruit program participants. Responsible for marketing, design, content and implementation involving volunteers and staff as a team, via local media, website, press releases.
Compile existing resources into educational program materials.
Implement established assigned program schedule.
Perform agriculture and horticulture responsibilities (for example preparing garden beds, planting, weeding, harvesting and washing vegetables and herbs, pest identification/management, composting) in greenhouses, garden beds and other program areas, as needed in the growing season.
Frequently lift, move or transport program & facility /gardening materials and produce, primarily in the growing season.
Perform maintenance of gardening tools and equipment, irrigation systems, small machinery etc. (in conjunction with Maintenance workers/grounds keeper)
Perform Interrelated Pest Management techniques.
Coordinate and assist with special projects and outreach efforts as required by Supervisor.
Track and record volunteer activity.
Effectively maintain existing professional relationships with other agencies, organizations and businesses that promote effective communication and facilitate continued programming efforts.
Prepare and submit expense reports.
Prepare and develop content for the program related communications. Provide information as requested to assist with preparation of reports, impact statements, and success stories on program progress and accomplishments for funders, advisory committees, Board and others as necessary.
Maintain communication with constituents and the community through variety of methods such as newsletters, e-mails, electronic technology, internet, social media, website postings and content.
On an occasional basis transports self in personal vehicle.
Professional Improvement - 5%
In cooperation with Supervisor and/or Executive Director, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes and Association priorities.
Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety - Applied to all duties and functions.
Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
Be familiar with and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, Association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard.
Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.
EEO/EPO and Policy - Applied to all duties and functions.
Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers and the public.
Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences.
Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Schenectady County policies, procedures and Cornell Cooperative Extension Skills for Success.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely and accurate manner.
This position has an FTE which varies based on program season. 1.0 FTE (full-time) typically from March through October and .60 FTE (part-time) typically from November through February. This is a nonexempt position. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:
Paid Vacation, Sick & Personal leave
NYS Health Insurance Program (including FREE Dental Insurance)
NYS Retirement (NYSERS)
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Total Care Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity Plan
Voluntary Flexible Spending Accounts
Voluntary Group Universal Life Insurance
Voluntary Personal Accidental Insurance
Voluntary Legal Plan Insurance
Voluntary Long Term Care Insurance
Voluntary Auto and Homeowner's Insurance
Voluntary Pet Insurance
Voluntary New York's College Savings Program
ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions
No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.
The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform the essential functions of their job. If you require an accommodation so you may participate in the selection process you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at 607-255-6120 or via email at: [email protected].
For additional questions please contact Jim McNaughton, Association Lead Human Resources Manager, e-mail [email protected] or phone (518) 765-3503.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate government agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.
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