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Agent Associate (Master Gardener)

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Position Number: 117684
Title: Agent Associate
Functional Title: Agent Associate (Master Gardener)
Category Status: 15-Fac.Non-Tenured,Continuing Con
Applicant Search Category: Faculty
University Authorized FTE: 1.00
Unit: AGNR-UME-Baltimore City
Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

This position is located in Baltimore City at the University of Maryland Extension Baltimore City office.

This is a full-time position that will work in support of the Baltimore City Home Horticulture Extension Program. The Educator will provide coordination and programmatic support for home horticulture activities in Baltimore city, including collaboration on educational programs among partners, outreach to clientele, and related activities. The position will be located in Baltimore City at the University of Maryland Extension Baltimore City office.

Minimum Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s Degree in horticulture, agriculture education, applied plant science and/or agronomy or related field.
• Working knowledge of accepted home horticulture practices.
• Applicants must be self-motivated, flexible, innovative, and resourceful with skills and experience in conducting community-based education programs.
• Ability to communicate effectively.
• Experience working with volunteers and diverse audiences of all socio-economic levels.
• Knowledge and use of computer technology for educational programming and management.
• Flexible working hours required; must be available for evening and weekend programs and meetings and a valid driver’s license and access to an automobile for travel.
• This position is subject to a Criminal History Record Check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and clearance of the Criminal History Record Check.


• Master’s Degree in horticulture, agriculture education, applied plant science and/or agronomy or related field.
• Experience in program planning and collaborative work with other organizations.
• Experience in writing grants and securing funds for projects.

Additional Certifications:
Additional Information:

• Develop, conduct and evaluate educational seminars, classes, workshops and other presentations related to horticulture.
• Develop educational materials as necessary to conduct programming.
• Respond to clientele requests via phone, office visits, email, etc. for information on lawn care, landscape plants and trees, home fruit and vegetable production, pest control and other subjects related to home horticulture, providing appropriate literature and advice in a timely and professional manner. This may include home/site visits when deemed necessary and appropriate.
• Coordinate Master Gardener program in Baltimore city which includes volunteer recruitment and training, and coordination of community-based projects.
• Identify plants, insects and other horticulture samples submitted by clientele and respond with information and recommendations in a timely and professional manner. Disseminate horticulture information to city residents through news releases, website updates, etc.
• Provide pest control and fertilizer recommendations in accordance with University of Maryland guidelines.
• Assist in collecting, reporting and evaluating Home Horticulture programs in accordance with funding requirements and UMD policy.
• Develop and maintain collaborative relationships with agricultural organizations and other relevant organizations, implement and evaluate programs, and seek new partnerships to deliver outreach education.

Salary & Benefits:
Salary will be commensurate with experience, with base salary of $36,575.00/year. The University of Maryland offers an extensive benefits package. The position is a 12-month full-time contract that may be renewed annually, based on performance and funding.

All candidates must apply online at A complete application packet includes a letter of application, a current (signed) resume or Curriculum Vitae, copies of transcripts (official transcripts will be required if offered the position), and three (3) professional references, including name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

Posting Date: 01/26/2018
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 02/23/2018
Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
• This position frequently presents information through verbal and written communication to individuals of various ages, socio-economic, and educational backgrounds. The ability to express or exchange ideas verbally is important, as well as the ability to hear and perceive information at normal spoken work levels.
• A routine part of this position’s responsibilities would be to transport materials to and from teaching/event locations, including loading and unloading the vehicle. The employee will frequently lift and/or move items weighing up to 20 pounds. Set-up and tear-down of displays, tables, and chairs would be necessary at many teaching sites.
• Environmental conditions vary. Primary work will occur in an office, but the employee will also be working in gardens, farms, and other outdoor conditions in course of developing demonstration sites, delivering programs, and teaching at events. This may occur during very hot and/or inclement weather.
• Visual acuity is required for driving, preparing and analyzing written or computer data, and preparing presentations, and identifying plants and pests.

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Unofficial Transcript
  4. List of References (no emails sent from system)
Optional Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae

Posting Specific Questions

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