Position Summary

Salary and Other Benefits

Expected Salary Range ( $38,900.00 - $50,000.00 )

Position Description

Clemson University Cooperative Extension seeks applicants for a full-time Urban Horticulture Extension Agent and Master Gardener volunteer coordinator Lexington and Aiken Counties.

This role will be located in the Lexington County Extension Office, serve as a member of the statewide horticulture program team, and is responsible for consumer and commercial horticulture duties in Lexington and Aiken Counties.

Responsibilities of the Urban Horticulture Agent will include educating the public on various horticulture topics including home gardening, home lawn care, commercial lawn and landscape management, pesticides and pest management.

This role will work with the local staff and Extension Advisory Council to plan, deliver and evaluate educational programs relevant to the counties’ needs. The agent will provide direct assistance and expertise to clientele seeking horticulture-related information through phone calls, office walk-ins, emails, and other sources. The agent will deliver horticulture education through a variety of strategies including in-person classes, workshops and demonstrations; online courses; publications; mass media; social media; television/radio and others as needed.

This role will coordinate the local Clemson Extension Master Gardener volunteer programs and work with the Statewide Master Gardener Coordinator to ensure the timely delivery of local Master Gardener training classes. The agent will coordinate local Master Gardener volunteer activities and engage volunteers in the delivery of Extension programming.

The agent will collaborate with the Horticulture Program Director and other horticulture agents to develop and deliver programs regionally and will assist the Clemson Extension Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC) by serving as a content expert with fact sheets, blogs, and other publications.

Required Qualifications

Successful candidate must have a B.S. in Horticulture or related field, with a M.S. preferred. The agent will be expected to hold or obtain a South Carolina pesticide applicator license. Ideal candidates will demonstrate significant experience in horticulture, oral and written communication, teaching methods, strong computing skills, and a commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion.

Travel Requirements

Overnight Travel

Equal Employer Statement(s)

Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service offers its programs to people of all ages, regardless of race, color, gender, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital or family status and is an equal opportunity employer.

About Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service

Clemson Cooperative Extension helps improve the quality of life of all South Carolinians by providing unbiased, research-based information through an array of public outreach programs in youth development; agribusiness; agriculture; food, nutrition and health; and natural resources. With offices in all 46 counties of the state, Extension works to help support South Carolina’s $46.2 billion Agribusiness (agriculture and forestry) industry; strengthen families and communities; improve stewardship of natural resources and the environment; strengthen connections between people and their food; and expose South Carolina youth to opportunities in agriculture, science, technology, engineering and math.