Job no: 232899-AS
Work type: Staff-Full Time
Location: Wisconsin
Categories: Agricultural, Animal, Biological and Life Sciences, Extension, Outreach, Public Engagement, Natural Resources, Environmental Sciences, Plant Sciences

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. 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 farm businesses, individuals, and families in Wisconsin.

The Horticulture Outreach Specialist will utilize research-based information to provide horticulture education and outreach. This is done through the assessment of needs and designing, delivering, and evaluating research-based educational programming and services to meet these needs.

This position is a part of the Agriculture Institute's Horticulture Program and will specifically focus on:
- Horticulture diagnostics, including engaging and training volunteers that participate in diagnostics support
- Horticulture content development and delivery, including but not limited to consumer horticulture and green industry audiences

The ideal candidate will be 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:

Bachelors degree in horticulture or a closely related field such as entomology, plant science, plant pathology, and similar fields required

Masters degree in related field preferred

Minimum Years and Type of Relevant Work Experience:

- Professional experience relevant to the programmatic responsibilities of the position;
- Knowledge and/or coursework in applying the principles of plant diagnostics in a professional setting;
- Demonstrated 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.

- Experience related to plant diagnostics and horticulture inquires (which may include a diagnostic lab setting, a greenhouse or nursery setting, field plant health scout setting, extension office setting, etc.);
- Experience overseeing volunteers, (such as Master Gardeners for example) or paid staff;
- Demonstrated ability to work remotely in a virtual team setting;
- Demonstrated ability to be highly organized;
- Interest in keeping records of customer interactions, transactions, and comments;
- Bilingual in both English and Spanish.

Additional Information:

- Position has statewide responsibilities, location is negotiable. Could potentially work anywhere in Wisconsin, depending on the availability of local office space.

- The primary accountability relationship for this position is the Agriculture Institute Director for supervision, compensation and benefits, and performance reviews

- Expectation to make arrangements for transportation adequate to meet position responsibilities and essential job functions;

- Work evenings or weekends as needed to meet programming needs

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:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $50,000 ANNUAL (12 months)
Depending on Qualifications

Instructions to Applicants:

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Applications Open: Apr 2 2021 Central Daylight Time
Applications Close: Apr 30 2021 11:55 PM Central Daylight Time

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