Job Summary

Official Job Title :
Job Vacancy #13-19 Extension Program Associate Colorado Master Gardener/Horticulture (0.5 FTE)
University or Organization :
Colorado State University Extension
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Application Deadline :
Mar 07, 2019
Descriptive Job Title :
Job Vacancy #13-19 Extension Program Associate Colorado Master Gardener/Horticulture (0.5 FTE)
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Location :
Broomfield, CO
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Salary :
The starting salary range is $20,500 - $24,000 for this 50% time position.
Start Date:
None Stated
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. The City and County of Broomfield became Colorados 64th county on November 15th, 2001. The 33.6 square mile county transitions from semi-agricultural uses in the north to a mix of residential, industrial, commercial and open space to the south approaching the Denver Metro area. Broomfield has a broad employer base including retail, manufacturing, tech and communication businesses. Broomfield has 62,138 residents (2014 Census estimate) which represent an increase of more than 11% since the 2010 census. The local governments economic development effort is focusing on establishing a diversified economic base for stability and future growth opportunities. Broomfield places a high priority on enhancing and preserving the quality of life for all its residents. CSU Extension in Broomfield is housed in the Broomfield Department of Library and Cultural Affairs and collaborates with a range of local government departments and community organizations in delivering local programming.The Colorado Master Gardener program in Broomfield County currently has 27 active volunteer members and will be training a new class of volunteers to begin volunteer work in the spring of 2019. The current staff consists of an Extension director/horticulture agent, a part-time support staff person, and this position. This position will provide horticulture programming for youth and adult audiences, and management for the countys Master Gardener program. For more information about the City and County of Broomfield, access their web site at: For more information about Colorado State University Extension visit For more information about the Colorado Master Gardener program, visit PURPOSE OF POSITION: This position will manage and coordinate all aspects of the Colorado Master Gardener program in Broomfield County. Primary Master Gardener duties include: volunteer recruitment; training and coordination; volunteer tracking; support for MG activities that engage the public; ongoing recognition; documentation of program accomplishments; and program reporting. This position develops, markets and delivers non-credit educational programming to youth and adult audiences in response to community needs using a variety of delivery methods. The individual in this position works as a member of the local county Extension team and as a local representative of Colorado State University. This individual works under the guidance and supervision of the Broomfield County Extension director.
Position Category:
Administrative Professional
Additional Description, Instructions or Comments:
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIESVolunteer Recruitment, Development & Management: 65% Maintain, strengthen and grow the City and County of Broomfield CMG program through coordinating the following activities: recruiting, interviewing, selecting, training, deploying and recognizing CMG volunteers; establish CMG project teams and coordinate CMG volunteer project managers, monitor and redirect project implementation as needed.Manage CMG program budget.Help the public gain answers to horticultural and related questions through CMG volunteers; instill quality customer service skills and diagnostic protocols in volunteers.Provide guidance and support for volunteer projects in the community.Coordinate and schedule CMG volunteers for speakers bureau.Educate volunteers to use electronic scheduling and tracking program, maintain email contact lists and databases; create summary reports.Provide continuing education opportunities to volunteers.Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.Program Planning, Development, Delivery, Evaluation and Reporting: 25%Develop, deliver, and evaluate research-based educational programming and information to the public using a variety of educational venues including but not limited to: workshops, newsletters, blogs, website, news releases, radio programs, speaker's bureau and volunteers.Actively participate in, develop a plan to invest and regularly report program activities and outcomes to the Environmental Horticulture Program Reporting Unit. Participate in Colorado Master Gardener program leadership team. Attend state CMG policy development meetings. Follow state CMG program guidelines.Assist with updating and maintaining all website and social media platforms with local CMG and horticulture related information.Completion of the CMG training required of volunteers is required in the first year of hire.Maintain horticulture reference book library, files, and program demonstration materials.Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.Initiate and Develop Relationships and Partnerships: 10%Assure compliance with civil rights and affirmative action policies including reaching out to underserved and underrepresented audiences.Promote horticulture and CMG programs and activities in the community.Note: % of job assigned to this duty may be changed as the program develops.
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Minimum education level :
Completed bachelors degree. Degree must have been awarded in plant sciences (horticulture, botany, plant pathology or closely related field) or a field relevant to volunteer program management (non-profit management, community engagement, education, or closely related field).Demonstrated experience working with people as individuals and in groups; ability to forge equitable and successful partnerships with volunteers, county partners, partner organizations, or other professionals.Prior experience, training, or capacity to supervise volunteers and manage a volunteer program.Professional experience, training, or demonstrated knowledge of the field of horticulture; educational, nursery or greenhouse, and landscaping.Understanding of different ethnic and socioeconomic audiences, commitment to include diverse voices in program prioritization and planning, and a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming.Demonstrated leadership ability; evidence of drive and initiative.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.Strong organizational skills: ability to multi-task; develop, track and implement projects; and meet timelines.Ability to form strong working relationships with other staff, volunteers, community members, partners and local government staff and leadership.Flexibility in scheduling; some night and weekend work is required (able to be scheduled in advance).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.
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PREFERRED JOB QUALIFICATIONSKnowledge and experience working with the Master Gardener program in Colorado or another state.Ability to speak Spanish.
Travel Requirements:
. Available personal transportation required, travel allowance provided.
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BACKGROUND CHECK: Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.


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Contact :
Sara Schweig
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Application Instructions :
For full consideration, all materials must be RECEIVED no later than11:59 PM Mountain Time on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Please submit the following to to apply:ResumeCover letterTranscripts of college(s) course work showing degrees conferred. Please remove all references to birth date or social security number prior to submission. Only one document upload is allowed, no larger than 9 megabytes. Please convert all transcript pages into one PDF File to upload.Please note, contact information for 4 professional references will be requested of applicants should you move forward in the interview process. Special Required Documentation:oStatement (no more than 5 pages) of how you meet all the Required and Preferred criteria listed in the Vacancy Announcement. Please respond to each bullet point separately. Only one document upload is allowed, no larger than 9 megabytes. Please convert your Statement pages into one PDF file. For questions regarding the application process, contact the Office of Equal Opportunity at (970) 491-5836 or email For questions regarding the job vacancy, responsibilities, and salary, please contact Sara Schweig at (720) 887- 2294 or Candidates moving forward in the process should be contacted within 15 working days after the deadline. Next steps and interview dates will be shared at that time.