CCE of Warren County is seeking a Community Horticulture Program Coordinator responsible for coordinating the Master Gardener (MG) Volunteer and related programs for CCE of Warren County and assist with related programs for CCE of Saratoga County.
The Coordinator works with volunteers and the supervisor to coordinate and deliver educational programs and resources on diverse community-based horticulture topics. These can include but are not limited to: gardening and horticulture, plants sales, soils, invasive species, ticks and tick borne diseases, small-scale farming and youth, and more. The Coordinator engages these topics directly or works with partners (e.g. the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture regional team, etc.) to deliver educational programs and training.
The Coordinator helps build and maintain positive relationships with MG volunteers, remaining current on current on emerging horticulture issues serving as a subject matter resource for constituent audiences. This is a "hands on" position with no task too big or too small to handle, helping to ensure constituents value the support and resources as part of the vital work of CCE.
The Coordinator also plays an important role in new initiatives to deliver programs virtually.
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All applications must be received on-line by June 18th, 2021. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
Bachelor's degree. Associates degree plus 2 yrs. transferrable program/functional experience may substitute for a Bachelor's degree.
Experience relevant to the role of the position.
Ability to meet the frequent 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.
Coordination Skills - Ability to coordinate and provide oversight to a local community horticulture program. Ability solve problems and resolve conflicts in assigned programs. Ability to help oversee program budgets, help identify and secure funding that supports programs including sponsorships and public and private partnerships.
Program Skills - Ability to effectively coordinate and deliver assigned programs. Commitment to helping to ensure inclusive, diverse programs. Ability to serve as an effective subject matter resource. Ability to recruit, engage and motivate volunteers and program participants. Maintain volunteer and program participant and volunteer data confidentiality. Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
Communication & Marketing Skills - Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with the public, program participants, volunteers, employees and others. Ability to generate a credible media presence in the community. Ability to effectively market programs through social, print and other media, resulting in robust program participation. Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders.
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 works in a typical office environment. In addition, the position frequently lifts, moves, or transports program related materials and equipment. The position regularly works in garden and outdoor weather conditions including extreme heat, precipitation and cold - especially during the gardening seasons. This position regularly performs or demonstrates gardening and horticulture techniques during the gardening season.
Degree or coursework in horticulture, plant pathology, entomology, or related fields.
Knowledge or experience with horticulture (vegetables, annuals, perennials and woody ornamentals), plant science, landscape design, invasive species, Integrated Pest Management, small and beginning farms, and ticks, Lyme disease, and other tick borne diseases.
Experience as a landscaper/gardener.
Knowledge of annual, perennial and woody ornamentals and their use in the landscape.
Knowledge of invasive species and best management practices.
Skill in using websites, writing press releases, and other marketing and communication skills.
Position Responsibilities & Essential Functions
Program Delivery - 10%
Deliver existing virtual, in-person and multimedia education programs and trainings on diverse topics pertaining to horticulture.
Assist with teaching innovative, high quality horticulture educational programs that address identified programming priorities.
Utilize a variety of educational methods which may include direct teaching, group experiences, media, newsletters, electronic technology, internet, and distance learning to deliver program.
Serve as subject matter resource and connection to Cornell faculty, Regional Cornell Teams (i.e. Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Team, etc.), local organizations and partner agencies.
Collaborate with community agencies as requested or required to facilitate programs and activities, such as community gardens.
Foster acceptance of horticultural best practices, program, methods, and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
Train new volunteers on subject matter and provide professional development for existing volunteers.
Interact and communicate with program participants and volunteers in a variety of ways, including face to face, e-mail, telephone and social media in order to answer questions, facilitate learning and develop and maintain good rapport.
Regularly perform/demonstrate horticulture/gardening techniques for targeted audiences to help foster acceptance of community horticulture program.
Represent CCE before the public, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land grant universities in a professional manner as part of program delivery.
Assist in creation of educational materials for multiple uses and platforms.
Assist in multidisciplinary team efforts to deliver projects and programs.
Assist in ensuring that program deliverables are met and are within scope of the Community Horticulture plan of work.
Direction - 5%
Assists the supervisor with planning programs, marketing efforts, budgets and fundraising efforts.
Management - 10%
Solve problems and resolve conflicts that arise in the operation of the horticulture and gardening programs, utilizing appropriate policies and procedures related to volunteer management and goals.
Support the management of MG volunteers including recruitment and involvement, helping to ensure the program adheres to Volunteer Involvement Policy including compliance training, background checks and annual reporting. Responsibilities include recruiting, interviewing, and selecting volunteers; mentoring and appraising performance; recognizing and disciplining volunteers; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Help assure positive volunteer and public relations.
Assist with identifying, anticipating, recommending and planning for Horticulture and Master Gardener Program needs/supplies.
Assist in identifying ways to reduce costs and maximize existing resources within the Association.
Coordinate MG volunteer involvement in soil test clinics, demonstration gardens, farmers markets, speaker's bureau programs, and regional flower show.
Assures adequate phone coverage for MGV hotline.
Lead and facilitate Master Gardener Advisory Board meetings.
Coordination/Operation - 70%
Coordinate assigned projects, programs, trainings, events, and meetings related to Master Gardener and other Community Horticulture programs. Programs include but are not limited to the annual plant sale, Warren county Youth Fair, Master Gardener trainings with CCE Saratoga, invasive species, native plants, and other gardening programs, educational school gardens, and greenhouse tours.
Coordinate logistics, promotion, registration, delivery, evaluation, and partner/speaker engagement for virtual, in-person, and multimedia programming.
Compile and refine existing resources (publications, factsheets, inventory documents, assessments, online tools, management plans, etc.) utilizing Adobe, Microsoft software, and other platforms.
Maintain professional relationships with colleagues, partners, agencies, organizations, schools, and local governments.
Recruit participants, partners, organizations, schools, and others for events and robust program participation.
Draft standard and nonstandard communications for education including articles, letters, reports, press releases, impact statements, blogs, websites, and social media posts.
Maintain confidentiality of information regarding all program participants and MG volunteers.
Track and record volunteer activity; maintain Master Gardener database.
Collect and compile data for the program including program evaluations, reports, volunteer lists, and other relevant information.
Coordinates assigned budget and fundraising efforts.
Report/submit program related expenses and income according to established Association policies.
On a frequent basis transports self to program sites.
Frequently lift, move and/or transport program materials and resources.
Maintain program tools and equipment.
On a frequent basis, transport self in personal and/or Association vehicles.
On a frequent basis lift, move, and/or transport program supplies and materials.
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 Warren 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 is a full-time position, 37.5 hours/week. Compensation in the range of $22 per hour. 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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