Please submit a resume, cover letter, and list of 3 references (at least 2 previous employers) when applying. All candidates who are current employees of CCE Tompkins must apply as internal applicants. Please note that changes cannot be made to an application once it is submitted. This posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified, however resume review will begin on 3/20/19. For more information about how to apply and benefits, please see the message at the bottom of this posting.
The hourly rate for this position will be $16.00 to $18.00 per hour, depending on experience. This is a part time (20 hours per week), fully benefits eligible position.
This person will work with the Horticulture Program Manager (supervisor) to implement the work plan of the CCETC horticulture program through delivery of educational programs in the field of home and community horticulture, addressing topics such as: ornamental plants, food gardening, managing pests and invasive species, climate smart gardening, and other horticulture topics. This person helps arrange and deliver public workshops and garden tours focused on educating the public and volunteers about suitable plants and sustainable gardening practices. They will work with the supervisor to engage volunteers, including Master Gardeners and Seed to Supper volunteers, in program delivery and community service projects. Also, this person interacts with CCETC nutrition and youth educators, Cornell Horticulture staff, and community organizations/groups interested in ornamental and food gardening to collaborate on program outreach. This person provides support for answering gardening questions, identifying plants and pests, and processing soil samples, contributes content for the Garden Post newsletter and the CCETC Horticulture Program website, and uses a variety of outreach methods for delivery of current horticulture and pest information.
This person works under the immediate supervisor to implement a variety of programs, supervises volunteers, summer interns or temporary employees that assist with program implementation, and attends meetings as relevant to the position.
This person also serves as a member of the CCETC Horticulture and Agriculture Team and develops working relationships with Cornell Horticulture faculty and staff, as well as other horticulturists and community educators.
Associates Degree (Bachelor's Degree preferred) (
2 years transferrable program/functional experience
At least one-year food and landscape gardening experience.
Coursework in education, horticulture, plant science, soils, or landscape design or related subjects.
Demonstrated ability to engage and motivate volunteers.
High level of organizational skills.
Ability to communicate effectively using a variety of mediums.
Ability to perform or direct hands-on garden work.
Ability and willingness to drive CCE vans, with training and accommodations as needed.
Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
Ability to meet acceptable background check standards, if required.
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Three years of home gardening experience.
Knowledge of annual, perennial and woody ornamentals and their use in the landscape.
Experience growing vegetables and fruits.
Experience with home food preservation.
Community and people oriented with good communication/public relations skills
Experience working with a variety of community groups to engage and support their efforts.
Ability to work with a diversity of people of all ages and abilities
Ability to recruit, support, engage, empower and excite volunteers and staff who reflect the diversity of our community
Ability to write press releases, give presentations, and educate the public about horticultural subjects.
Computer literacy to generate documents, prepare slide shows, manage databases, spreadsheets, update websites, etc.
Responsibilities/ Essential Functions
Program Delivery (75%)
Deliver educational programs related to home landscapes, food gardening and community gardening as designed.
Work alongside volunteers to help them succeed in their community outreach roles.
Organize Master Gardener activities including Plant Sale, demonstration gardens, Growline outreach, community outreach, and other such activities in which volunteers become involved.
Deliver the Seed to Supper program, including training and community outreach. Assist volunteers with workshop logistics as needed (resources, meeting locations, plants, etc.)
Teach classes and arrange tours aimed at educating the public about good plant choices, ecological practices, managing pests, and gardening in changing climate conditions.
Implement, in cooperation with supervisor and other horticulture staff, public events such as such as the Spring Garden Fair and Plant Sale, After Sale, Plastic Pot Swap, and other horticulture related programs.
Assist supervisor to prepare monthly garden newsletter as part of program delivery.
Assist in class promotion activities.
Ensure CCETC Horticulture program website content is current and relevant to public interests.
Assist Growline volunteers with pest and plant identification and soil testing support.
Coordinate with other CCETC staff members as relevant to enhance program delivery.
Assist supervisor with efforts to reach rural communities and diverse audiences with program information.
Deliver sound science based information from Cornell research and developed materials to the public via the Growline, and public classes and events.
Program Evaluation (5%)
Implement evaluation tools as designed.
Assist supervisor to make recommendations to improve programming.
Provide input on program priorities and development of the annual work plan.
Provide input to supervisor regarding budget development based on program needs and funding allocation.
Assist supervisor with administrative and management activities as assigned.
Assist supervisor with volunteer recruitment and training, and support volunteers in program delivery.
Supervise temporary staff as needed.
Coordination/ Operation (5%)
Help track data for annual reporting including: projects implemented, workshops held and attendance, volunteer numbers and hours, as required for reporting to CCE, campus and funders.
Submit program expense receipts for recording.
Transport self and materials to program delivery sites.
Coordinate logistics for a variety of horticulture programs.
Assist in maintenance of CCETC Demo gardens to be used as a teaching tool.
Professional Improvement and other Duties as Assigned (5%)
In cooperation with Supervisor and/or Issue Leader, 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.
Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety (Applies to All Duties and Functions)
Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
Be familiar 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 (Applies 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 Tompkins County policies and procedures.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely and accurate manner.
Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County offers excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:
Vacation, Sick and Personal time
NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance)
Long-term Disability Insurance
Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity
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
Vision Access Program
Employee Assistance Program
How To Apply:
Applicants (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations other than Tompkins) must apply online through the APPLY button in this job posting. Current employees of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association indicated in this job posting are considered internal applicants and must apply online through their Workday account which may be accessed here: http://workday.cornell.edu/
IMPORTANT! All applicants must submit a COVER LETTER (please reference the position you are applying for), a RESUME and indicate in your cover letter, resume or other document three individuals who may be contacted as REFERENCES.
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.
This posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified, however resume review will begin on 3/20/19
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The successful candidate must pass criminal background, sex offender registry, and driver history checks.
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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.
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