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Cornell Cooperative Extension Horticulture Program Educator - Liberty, NY in Liberty, New York

The Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County Horticulture Program Educator will provide support for the Horticulture Program including education and technical assistance through the Horticulture Diagnostic Lab (HDL) and the Soil Laboratory. Responsibilities include processing diagnostic samples and answering inquiries utilizing existing resources on the phone, through letters/email, and in person on subjects including food gardening, container gardening, landscaping, lawn care, structural and medically important pests, wildlife, environmental and sustainable issues, forestry and pesticide use and misuse. The position will process and test soil for pH as needed and send out comprehensive soil test reports with recommendations from subject matter experts and the land grant university system. This person is responsible for vetting articles for various publications, updating factsheets and website information.

This is a part time, 10 hours per week position.

Required Qualifications:

  • Associates Degree or equivalent. GED/High School Diploma and one year transferrable experience is acceptable.
  • Interest and/or functional experience in Horticulture or related field such as plant science, soils, entomology, landscape design or related subjects desired.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with the public through oral, written, and visual channels using traditional as well as innovative methods.
  • Possession of computer skills including word processing, spreadsheets, and PowerPoint Presentations.
  • Ability to write press releases/speak/educate stakeholders and the public about the horticulture program
  • Willingness to learn new tasks and ability to work independently.
  • Willingness to work as a team member with CCE staff, certain Cornell Faculty, cooperating and organizations agencies, and the public.
  • Ability to work with a diversity of people of all ages and abilities.
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
  • Ability to work flexible hours which includes evenings and/or weekends.
  • Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
  • Ability to identify and utilize program resources from the organization and the community.
  • Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders.
  • Ability to plan and organize personal work responsibilities according to priorities developed with the immediate supervisor.
  • Ability to perform the following functions, primarily during the growing season, with or without reasonable accommodation: frequently work in outdoor weather conditions including extreme heat, precipitation and cold; frequently lift, move or transport program & facility /gardening materials and produce; and constantly perform and demonstrate agriculture and horticulture techniques (for example preparing garden beds, planting, weeding, harvesting and washing vegetables and herbs, pest management, composting) by frequently positioning self (for example, pulling, bending, reaching, touching, kneeling, using hands to feel/reach) in greenhouses, garden beds and other program areas.
  • Ability to work in an office, primarily during the non-growing season, with occasional to frequent distractions and opportunities to demonstrate positive collaboration amongst staff, visitors and the public; and by operating office equipment like a computer, copy machine, etc. without or without a reasonable accommodation.

*Preferred Qualifications:*

  • Knowledge of vegetable gardening, fruit production, and other edible crops (mushrooms, maple syrup, herbs)
  • Knowledge of plant diseases and problems, invasive species, integrated pest management, tree care, and ecological gardening techniques (rain gardens, xeriscape gardening)
  • Knowledge of plant diagnostic techniques.
  • Knowledge of annual, perennial and woody ornamentals, turf, and interiorscape plants.
  • Experience with Cooperative Extension or other similar educational organizations.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work effectively with advisory boards and committees, community and funding partners.

**Responsibilities/Essential Functions:__

*Program Responsibilities:*

Delivery - *80%*

  • Apply existing horticulture/gardening knowledge and program materials occasionally to answer help line inquiries and use existing lesson plans to address local, regional and statewide horticulture and land stewardship programming priorities.
  • Foster acceptance of horticultural best practices based on pre-existing materials from university/ extension research, to address community and individual needs.
  • Interact and communicate with program participants 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.
  • Represent CCE before the public, community leaders, government officials, and Cornell as part of horticulture, invasive species, and gardening program delivery.
  • Occasionally participate as a team member with other local and /or regional association educators to deliver programs.
  • Utilize a variety of educational methods which may include direct teaching, group experiences, media, newsletters, electronic technology, internet, and distance learning to deliver program.
  • Implement horticulture education programs, activities, and schedule, including providing lab sampling services and results to constituents.

Applied Research - *5%*

  • Collect and process diagnostic laboratory samples.

Administrative Responsibilities:

Coordination/Operation - *10%*

  • Prepare and maintain teaching materials necessary for Horticulture programs applying existing subject matter knowledge.
  • Process Horticulture Diagnostic Lab samples
  • Coordinate horticulture education programs, activities, and schedule.
  • Assist with coordination of marketing and promotion of Horticulture through public relation initiatives and networking/collaborating with government, economic, educational and other organizations.
  • 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.
  • Submit program-related expense receipts to supervisor for recording.
  • May assist in the coordination of fundraisers, enrollment campaigns, and other extension association activities, as assigned.
  • Coordinate administrative tasks related to Commercial Horticulture Education events.
  • Provide administrative tasks in the implementation of the budget to include tracking expenditures.

Professional Improvement - *5%*

  • In cooperation with the Supervisor, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes in programming and Association priorities.
  • Participate in all required orientation, training, and/or in-service meetings and trainings as scheduled/required.
  • Pursue personal growth through expanding personal knowledge of the total organization and through updating techniques and technical skills relating to the position.

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 Sullivan 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 part time, 10 hours per week, non-exempt position, and not benefits eligible.

*Compensation paid at the rate of $15.00 per hour. *

*Please be sure to read the*Notice to Applicants**.

*How To Apply: Applicants (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations) must apply online through the APPLY* button in this job posting. Current employees of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Sullivan County are considered internal applicants and must apply online through their Workday account which may be accessed here:

*All applicants are requested to submit a cover letter, resume and indicate three individuals who may be contacted as a reference.* Please consider indicating in your application all information you feel would be helpful for selection committee members to know. Once the application is submitted you will NOT be able to change your submission or add attachments. Be sure that you have followed all directions and requirements listed in the job posting. For instructions, visit:

*All applications must be received on-line by February 27, 2020.* Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.

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:

For additional questions please contact Leah Cadwallader, Regional Human Resources Manager, e-mail or (845) 340-3990x314.

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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 support of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

Notice to Applicants: Please read the required Notice to Applicants statement. This notice contains important information about applying for a position at Cornell Cooperative Extension as well as some of your rights and responsibilities as an applicant.

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