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Home Horticulture Extension Program Manager

UNH Cooperative Extension

UNH, located in Durham, New Hampshire, with additional campuses in Concord and Manchester, is the flagship undergraduate, graduate, and research institution of the University System of New Hampshire. UNH holds land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant charters and is the only comprehensive public research, doctoral-granting institution in New Hampshire. The University enrolls 14,000 students, has a full-time faculty of 600, and offers over 95 undergraduate and 68 graduate programs in eight colleges. New Hampshire’s natural beauty includes coastal beaches, an extensive lakes region and the White Mountains. Durham is near the seacoast and about an hour from the mountains and lakes region to the north and Boston to the south.

UNH Cooperative Extension is the primary outreach unit of UNH. Its mission is to provide New Hampshire citizens with research-based education and information, enhancing their ability to make informed decisions that strengthen youth, families and communities, sustain natural resources, and improve the economy. UNH Cooperative Extension, in partnership with county, state and federal government, conducts comprehensive research-based educational programs. Its offices are headquartered on the University’s Durham campus with additional offices in each of the ten counties, where community based programming is tailored to the needs of New Hampshire citizens. There are 137 employees located throughout the state, working with over 3,000 volunteers to make a positive difference in people’s lives. The UNH Cooperative Extension budget was $16.9 million in FY14.


Summary of Position

The Home Horticulture Education Program Manager will serve as the primary source of research-based information related to agriculture, gardening, and pest management for Cooperative Extension’s Home Horticulture and Master Gardener volunteer programs. The person in this position will create and coordinate development of educational content for home garden audiences and will work with Extension staff and volunteers to provide research-based information to NH’s gardening public.

Requirements:

Acceptable minimum level of education

Bachelor's

Acceptable minimum years of experience

2 years

Other minimum qualifications

1. Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, plant science, sustainable agriculture, or related field and two years’ experience in work related to delivering educational programs.
2. Previous work experience in a related discipline (ie. landscaping, nursery production/sales, farming, plant health diagnostics)
3. Strong human relations and communication skills.
4. Must work well as part of a team.
5. Excellent writing skills.

Responsibilities:
  • Provide research-based information on topics related to gardening, landscape, and pest management to Master Gardener volunteers and the general public through Cooperative Extension’s Education Center located in Goffstown, NH.
  • Provide oversight and guidance to volunteers working at the Extension Education Center.
  • Create and deliver educational content (articles, workshops, videos, etc) for home garden audiences.
  • Ensure accuracy and quality of educational materials created by volunteers.
  • In collaboration with the Master Gardener Program Manager, develop, update, and deliver educational curriculum and instruction for the Master Gardener Program.
  • In cooperation with Extension’s Food and Agriculture program staff, conduct ongoing educational needs assessment for home horticulture clientele and develop annual plans of work for Extension’s home horticulture program.
  • Accomplish other duties as assigned by Program Team Leader.
  • Ensure programmatic involvement of under-served and under-represented audiences and ensure that all educational programming is conducted in full accordance with civil rights, Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO), Affirmative Action (AA) and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) policies and procedures.
Job Location:

Goffstown

Date Added: April 1, 2021

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