Job no: 229079-AS
Work type: Staff-Part Time
Location: Jackson County
Categories: Agricultural, Animal, Biological and Life Sciences, Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement

Position Summary:

The Horticulture Outreach Specialist is an integral part of the UW-Madison Division of Extension and works alongside the people of Wisconsin to improve lives and communities. Extension serves the people and communities of Wisconsin by addressing local, statewide and national issues, improving lives through research-based education, fostering partnerships and action, and facilitating positive impacts.

The primary purpose of the Horticulture Outreach Specialist is to be a leader in providing horticulture programmatic instruction. In order to implement effective programs, this position will apply research findings, support partners and Extension faculty and academic staff with education and outreach efforts related to horticulture programming. This is done through assessment of local, regional and statewide needs and designing, delivering, and evaluating research-based educational programming and services to meet these needs.

This position is a part of the Division of Extension?s Agriculture Institute. The Agriculture Institute facilitates and develops research-based educational programs and informational materials around agricultural and horticultural topics for businesses, individuals and families in Wisconsin.

This dynamic position has an emphasis in delivering Horticulture Programing including:
1. Community Horticulture; such as but not limited to food donation gardens, horticultural therapy, display gardens, and outreach programming to targeted audiences (i.e. vulnerable populations);
2. Coordinating a consistent framework for horticulture diagnostic services
3. Assist with education delivery and coordination of the Master Gardener Program, as appropriate

The ideal candidate is adept at building and maintaining trust-based relationships, engaging stakeholders and applying an equity lens towards transforming lives and communities. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who foster and promote the values of diversity and inclusion.

Position Duties:

List of Duties

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion

Degree and Area of Specialization:

Required: Bachelors degree in a field related to the programming focus, such as horticulture, plant science, plant pathology, botany or other related fields
Preferred: Masters degree in a field related to the programming focus, such as horticulture, plant science, plant pathology, botany or other related fields

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

1. Three years of work experience relevant to the programmatic responsibilities of the position;
2. Ability to communicate effectively using a variety of methods and technology; and
3. Ability to effectively work with people from different cultural backgrounds, including those associated with race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, socioeconomic status, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation, and other aspects of human diversity.

1. Five or more years of relevant professional experience
2. Experience with building diverse, collaborative partnerships that support horticultural programming
3. Demonstrated educational program development skills including planning and implementing programs; evaluating learning experiences; and communicating program impact and value to stakeholders
4. Demonstrated experience using collaborative leadership to accomplish project goals, including the ability to convene and facilitate diverse groups of stakeholders
5. Demonstrated skills in interpreting, utilizing and applying evidence-based information and research findings
6. Demonstrated educational program management skills including budget development and fiscal resource management
7. Ability to write grants and establish partnerships that pool or leverage public and private funds in support of the Institutional mission
8. Strong interpersonal relationship and problem-solving skills in a team setting

Additional Information:

1. The primary accountability relationship for this position is the Area Extension Director for Area 9 for supervision, compensation and benefits and performance reviews
2. This positions primary programming focus is in Jackson and Trempealeau Counties; however, some programming will also be conducted over a broader geographical area.
3. Office location and programming coverage is contingent on county funding support and location may be reassigned to align with county and Extension programming priorities.
4. Expectation to make arrangements for transportation adequate to meet position responsibilities and essential job functions;
5. Work evenings or weekends as needed to meet programming needs

For questions regarding this position, please contact Patricia Malone, patricia.malone@wisc.edu ; (715) 530-0974. For technical questions or assistance, please contact UW Service Center at (888) 298-4159. For all other questions please contact asu.exthr@ohr.wisc.edu .

Please note that successful applicants are responsible for ensuring their eligibility to work in the United States (i.e. a citizen or national of the United States, a lawful permanent resident, a foreign national authorized to work in the United States without need of employer sponsorship) on or before the effective date of appointment.



Work Type:

Part Time: 50%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $48,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

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The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is engaged in a Title and Total Compensation (TTC) Project to redesign job titles and compensation structures. As a result of the TTC project, official job titles on current job postings may change in Fall 2020. Job duties and responsibilities will remain the same. For more information please visit: https://hr.wisc.edu/title-and-total-compensation-study/ .

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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Applications Open: Nov 25 2020 Central Standard Time
Applications Close: Dec 30 2020 11:55 PM Central Standard Time

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