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Half-time Horticulture Program Educator

Half-time Horticulture Program Educator

All applications must be received on-line by 11:59 pm on Monday, September 18, 2023. 

Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.

Job Description

The Horticulture Program Educator will serve as the Association’s point of contact/support for the Home Horticulture and Master Gardener Program.

This position will provide horticulture/gardening programming, and technical advice including community gardens. Liaison and support to Farmers’ Markets in Seneca County. Regularly communicate program information through media channels. Provide support to the agricultural and nutrition programs for special projects.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree. An 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.
  • Ability to clearly communicate (speak, read, and write proficiently) in English.
  • Ability and willingness to work with diverse audiences and maintain cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to help ensure diverse, equitable, and inclusive programs.
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
  • Ability to meet acceptable background check standards.
  • Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.

Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community, and professional leaders.

  • Ability to communicate effectively, clearly, and tactfully through verbal, written and electronic methods.
  • Ability to initiate, plan, organize, implement, teach, and evaluate informal educational programs.
  • Ability and willingness to work with a high degree of integrity, accuracy, organization, sound professional judgment, and the ability to handle confidential, sensitive information.

Ability to organize, manage, and prioritize multiple tasks, deadlines, requirements, and priorities to complete work in a timely manner and within established deadlines.

  • Proficiency with windows-based software including use of the internet 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 regularly lifts, moves, or transports program related materials and equipment. The position regularly works in outdoor weather conditions including extreme heat and cold, precipitation, and in environments like youth showcase events, outdoor community events, farms, gardens, and natural environmental settings.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Coursework in Horticulture, Education, Agriculture, and/or Natural Resources.
  • Experience with Cooperative Extension or other similar educational organizations.
  • Experience in guiding and collaborating with volunteers.
  • Ability to identify and develop volunteer leadership.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work effectively with advisory boards and committees, community, and funding partners.
  • Experience and ability to relate to and work effectively with the public.
  • Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
  • Ability to identify and utilize program resources from the organization and the community.

Position Details

This is a half-time hourly wage position (20 hours per week) position. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:

  • Paid Vacation, Sick, and Personal leave
  • Paid Holidays
  • NYS Health Insurance Program (including free Dental Insurance)
  • NYS Retirement (NYSERS)
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Total Care Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Tax Deferred Annuity Plan
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Group Universal Life Insurance
  • Personal Accidental Insurance
  • Legal Plan Insurance
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • Auto and Homeowner’s Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • New York’s College Savings Program
  • ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions

All applications must be received on-line by September 13th, 2023. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.

To Apply & For Further Details:

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 governmental 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.

Last updated September 7, 2023