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Extension Assistant for Urban Horticultural Production

Kentucky State University
Louisville, KY
Date posted
Feb 14, 2024

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TITLE: The Extension Assistant for Urban Horticultural Production

DEPARTMENT: Land Grant Program                                                      

REPORTS TO: Program Leader


EMPLOYMENT STATUS:   Full-Time                                           

EMPLOYMENT CLASSIFICATION:  Non-Exempt                                            


The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required of personnel so classified.




The Extension Assistant for Urban Horticultural Production (Jefferson County) is a member of the off-campus public service staff of Kentucky State University. The Extension Assistant for Urban Horticultural Production provides unbiased, research-based, practical, and useful information to underserve and historically disadvantaged Kentuckians through virtual and in-person methods.  The Extension Assistant for Urban Horticultural Production reports to the Community Resources Development Program Manager. This position will serve all clientele ensuring that all youth and adults have equal opportunity to participate in Extension programs regardless of race, color, ethnic origin, national origin, creed, religion, political belief, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, marital status, genetic information, or age.



  1. Collaborate with 4-H Agents, schools, community members, and others to establish gardening, farming, hydroponic, greenhouse planting, and aquaculture programs.
  2. Assist with the implementation and maintenance of community gardens and farms producing specialty crops, livestock, grains, and other agriculture products.
  3. Provide technical assistance and programs related to urban soil health, soil ecology, climate resiliency, gardening, farming, hydroponic, greenhouse planting, aquaculture and sustainability.
  4. Serve as a conduit to additional programming and information available at Kentucky State University such as community gardening, school gardening urban agriculture, vegetable production, aquaponics, and other related programming.
  5. Deliver educational programming using a range of approaches and media, including but not limited to one-on-one meetings, workshops, field days, site visits, phone calls, email, and other virtual methods of communication.
  6. Works collaboratively with Extension specialists and associates in the piloting and implementation of urban Extension relevant programs.
  7. Recruit volunteers, create and utilize the expertise of advisory groups, community leaders, public officials, and representatives of intended audiences to analyze data, identify needs, and assist in developing educational programs.
  8. Advise farmers on opportunities to apply for available grant programs such as the KSU Small Scale Farm Program grants, USDA grants, and other grant programs. 
  9. Establish methods and plans to promote programs and reach diverse and underrepresented audiences representative of the service area including Limited English Proficient individuals.
  10. Serve as a link between researchers and specialists and the local communities served.
  11. Demonstrate personal interest and involvement in the community by participating in and supporting civic/community activities/organizations and networking with community leaders 
  12. Establishes, maintains, and updates files, databases, records, and/or other documents; develops and maintains data, and performs routine analyses and calculations in the processing of data for recurring internal reports.
  13. Assists in conducting farm activities such as planting, irrigating, weeding, and harvesting.
  14. Other related duties as required.



  Bachelor’s degree in horticulture, agriculture, agribusiness management, agricultural education, or a related field. 



  • Extensive knowledge of horticulture in urban settings (small scale farming, small space gardening, vertical gardening, intercropping, problem solving pest and weed pressures, etc).
  • Knowledge of organic and non-organic production systems. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally, and in writing.
  • Ability to create, compose, and edit written materials.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work effectively with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. 
  • Skill in the use of personal computers and related software packages. 
  • Records maintenance skills. 
  • Strong planning and organizational skills.
  • Ability to plan and teach educational programs.
  • Ability to work well in teams.
  • Ability and understanding of the Land Grant mission and vision, University policies, procedures and objectives in planning and conducting Extension programs.  
  • Knowledge of federal and state agricultural agencies. nowledge of Agricultural crops. 
  • Initiative, resourcefulness, punctuality, and ability to work independently are essential.




  • Work involves some exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises. 
  • Requires standing, lifting, loading and unloading tools, twisting, kneeling, bending, and walking. 
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. required.
  • This position requires some night meetings, weekend work, and attendance at out-of-county meetings. 
  • A valid driver’s license and a personal vehicle for official duty travel are required. Mileage will be reimbursed at a rate established by the university
  • Field research involves extended physical exertion.
  • Exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.



KENTUCKY STATE UNIVERSITY is an Equal Opportunity Employer

The functions, qualifications, knowledge/skills, and physical requirements listed in this job description represent the essential duties of the job, which the incumbent must be able to perform either with or without reasonable accommodation. The Job Functions listed do not necessarily include all activities that the individual may perform.



Kentucky State University is a public, comprehensive, historically black land-grant university committed to advancing the Commonwealth of Kentucky, enhancing society, and impacting individuals by providing quality teaching with a foundation in liberal studies, scholarly research, and public service to enable productive lives within the diverse global economy.

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