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Extension Horticulture Program Outreach Assistant

Company: Colorado State University
Location: Fort Collins
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Classification Title Temporary Hourly Employment Category Temporary Is this an Hourly position? Yes Work Hours/Week 15-20 Overtime Eligible? Yes Position Location Fort Collins, CO 80523 Description of Work Unit We are committed to increasing the diversity of our staff and providing culturally responsive programs and services. Therefore, we encourage responses from people of all backgrounds and abilities. We invite you to review Colorado State Universitys Principles of Community ( that guide our mission and vision of access, teaching, service and engagement. Colorado State University is a land-grant institution with a three-part mission of teaching, research, and outreach. The campus is located in the city of Fort Collins, the county seat of Larimer County. Fort Collins is a progressive community of approximately 156,000 situated 65 miles north of Denver on Interstate 25. Located at an elevation of 5,000 feet, Fort Collins has a clear, dry climate and generally pleasant temperature throughout the year. Extension is a major component of the Universitys outreach organization serving Colorados 64 counties. Through its county, state, and federal partnerships, Extension currently focuses its efforts in Environmental Horticulture; 4-H Youth Development; Community and Economic Development; Family and Consumer Science; Health, Nutrition and Food Safety; Food Systems; Cropping Systems; Livestock and Range; Natural Resources; and Energy. Working closely with local and state advisory groups to determine local program needs and direction, Extension draws on the resources of 13 different departments in five colleges to provide non-credit educational programs based on research-generated knowledge. To learn more about Colorado State University Extension, go to The CSU Extension Colorado Master Gardener (rg/) Program engages over 1400 active volunteers across 40+ counties. The program offers educational opportunities to non-volunteers through Green School (rg/) , a Colorado-specific horticulture training for both volunteers and other learners. Additionally, the Certified Gardener Badge Program (/) is a non-credit on-line instructional course based on the Green School curriculum, yet designed to be flexible, self-paced, and structured around the individuals needs. The certified gardener badging program is not Colorado-specific allowing participants from across the country to earn digital badges by taking individual horticulture courses, bundling courses, or completing the full program. Search Contact Email Position Summary The position provides support for horticulture program outreach related to state-led work including the Colorado Master Gardener program, Green School training and the Certified Gardener Digital Badging program. This position works cooperatively with the Statewide Colorado Master Gardener Coordinator, county-based and university Extension personnel to implement programs and trainings, evaluation coordination and reporting efforts. The Horticulture Program Assistant provides appropriate support, facilitation and linkages to university and external resources including marketing and promotion of horticulture outreach. The office for this position is in the State Extension Administration Office in the University Square building located at 1311 South College Avenue in Fort Collins. Due to COVID -19 restrictions and the nature of the work, this position may be eligible to work from home or another county Extension office. Position Minimum Qualifications Completed undergraduate degree.
One degree must have been conferred in horticulture, public horticulture, entomology, plant pathology, weed science, forestry, natural resources, small acreage management, urban agriculture, community food systems, Extension education or closely related plant sciences field.
Ability to communicate through teaching, public speaking/presentation and writing as demonstrated through application materials and experience.
Demonstrated use of technology in managing and/or delivering educational programs.
Experience teaching with and developing curricula for online instruction, using learning management systems such as Canvas (preferred), Blackboard, or Moodle.
Evidence of drive and initiative.
Demonstrated ability to work independently.
Must have a valid drivers license or the ability to obtain a drivers license or access to a licensed driver by the employment start date. Preferred Qualifications Completed or currently enrolled in a Masters degree.
Training and experience in consumer horticulture (growing and managing fruits, vegetables and ornamental plants).
Ability to read, converse and translate Spanish. Working Title Extension Horticulture Program Outreach Assistant Posting Number 202100135T Department CSU Extension Salary Range $17.00 - $22.00 Employee Benefits Visit CSU s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for temporary employees in the following University benefit areas: Close Date 04/30/2021 Special Instructions to Applicants For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED directly at no later than 11:59 PM Mountain Time on Friday, April 30, 2021. Please submit the following to apply: + Resume. + Cover letter Please address how you meet the positions minimum and preferred qualifications. + Three professional or educational references. For questions regarding the Colorado Master Gardener program, the position, qualifications, or job duties please contact Katie Dunker, Extension Statewide Colorado Master Gardener Coordinator at . Background Check Policy Statement Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so. EEO Statement Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity ( is located in 101 Student Services. The Acting Title IX Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO. 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715, . The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836. Diversity Statement Personal or professional commitment to diversity and inclusion as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity and inclusion outcomes. Essential Job Duties Job Duty Category Co-coordinate and Implement Extensions Green School Program Duty/Responsibility Manage the CSU Extension Green School Horticulture training program with guidance from the statewide coordinator.
Support all aspects of program scheduling, registration, payment, communication and database management.
Serve as a primary contact for implementation including online course enrollment, weekly live sessions, tracking student progress, and email communications.
Assist in program evaluation and reporting.
Manage certificate production and mailing following the course. Note: % of job assigned to all duties may be changed as the program develops or needs arise Percentage Of Time 40% Job Duty Category Assist with Colorado Master Gardener volunteer program Duty/Responsibility Co-coordinate the statewide volunteer master gardener program.
Assist with program evaluation and reporting.
Manage website updates as needed.
Provide assistance with the Volunteer Management System.
Coordinate GardenNotes curriculum updates with volunteers and faculty/field experts.
Collaborate with coordinators across the state as needed to answer questions and provide support. Note: % of job assigned to all duties may be changed as the program develops or needs arise Percentage Of Time 30% Job Duty Category Marketing & Communication Duty/Responsibility Consult on best practices for marketing and promoting the Green School and online badging programs to both internal and external audiences.
Work closely with the Colorado Master Gardener Statewide coordinator to develop new strategies for outreach.
Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to underserved and underrepresented audiences. Note: % of job assigned to all duties may be changed as the program develops or needs arise. Percentage Of Time 20% Job Duty Category Manage the Certified Gardener Badging Program Duty/Responsibility Coordinate the CSU Extension Certified Colorado Gardener Online Badge Program.
Manage and update program materials (including curricula updates) and administrative portals related to the online program.
Collaborate with instructors as needed. Note: % of job assigned to all duties may be changed as the program develops or needs arise. Percentage Of Time 10% Minimum References Required 3 Maximum References Required Documents Needed To Apply Required Documents + Resume + Cover Letter Optional Documents

Keywords: Colorado State University, Fort Collins , Extension Horticulture Program Outreach Assistant, Other , Fort Collins, Colorado

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