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Oregon State University Extension Seeks Master Gardener & Small Farms Coordinator

August 05, 2020

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Master Gardener & Small Farms Coordinator

Job Summary

Oregon State University and its Extension Service
invites applications for a short-term, full-time (1.0 FTE),
Master Gardener and Small Farms Coordinator position
that will serve the Tillamook and Clatsop counties in Oregon.


The Extension Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Program invites applications for a short-term, full-time (1.00 FTE) Master Gardener and Small Farms Coordinator position for a period up to two (2) years. This position will serve both Tillamook and Clatsop Counties and will be affiliated with the Department of Horticulture in the College of Agricultural Sciences. The duties for this position will be 75% Master Gardener and 25% small farms. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Program Leader and Regional Director.


Position Summary

As a land grant institution committed to teaching, research and outreach and engagement, OSU promotes economic, social, cultural and environmental progress for the people of Oregon, the nation and the world. This position contributes to the mission of the College of Agricultural Sciences, with principal responsibility for needs assessment, Extension program development, delivery, and evaluation, and for conducting applied research needed to support Extension activities.

This Master Gardener and Small Farms Coordinator develops and conducts educational programs and contributes to applied field research activities in topic areas of relevant to commercial small farms and community horticulture. The individual will work collaboratively with area agricultural producers, agriculture and natural resource agencies, and OSU faculty to plan, organize, deliver and evaluate educational programs and provide farm-related problem-solving services.

This position provides leadership for the Tillamook and Clatsop County Master Gardener volunteer programs. In this role the faculty member oversees volunteer recruitment, training and retention; organizes volunteer middle managers; and collaborates with the local Master Gardener Associations. The incumbent is expected to develop community horticulture classes in coastal gardening for the general public, for delivery personally or through volunteers or other collaborators.

This position also provides leadership for programming related to commercial and non-commercial small farms in Tillamook and Clatsop Counties. In this role, the faculty member will utilize farmer and community-based organizations in an advisory capacity to identify and implement educational programs and applied research to fit local needs, and collaborate with Small Farms Program faculty to bring programming into the region. This includes participating in Small Farms Program efforts including planning meetings, and contributions to web, newsletter and other educational resources. In addition, the faculty member will build community, agency, and OSU support for future expansion of Small Farms programming in the region.

Oregon State University is committed to practicing and delivery of tools for state-of-the-science interaction and engagement of partners and stakeholders. This faculty member is required to use modern learning tools, employ and practice engaged scholarship, promote integration of programs across disciplines that are demand-driven and use open source tools that continually align with innovation and shifts in educational program delivery.

Active and effective communication with staff and key stakeholders is critical to the success of this position. This position will require traveling.

College of Agricultural Sciences faculty are committed to enhancing student success by engaging students in quality academic, research, internships, global studies, and other experiential learning opportunities. Positions with primary responsibility for Extension and Outreach are likewise committed to learner success through programming appropriate for diverse audiences.

Oregon State University and OSU Extension Service are committed to maintaining and enhancing a collaborative and inclusive community that strives for equity and equal opportunity. All employees of OSU Extension Service are responsible for helping to ensure that this commitment is achieved. This commitment includes, but it is not limited to, complying with Civil Rights and Language Access regulations. In addition, this position will design, develop, maintain and/or carry out Extension programs to ensure that all people have equal program participation opportunities.


The commitment of OSU Extension Service to maintain and enhance a collaborative and inclusive community should be exemplified in all interactions and duties performed. Faculty will ensure that educational programs and outreach activities serve diverse populations, including those that have been historically marginalized/excluded from participation. Our objective is to create opportunities for diversity, equity, and inclusion, and these activities will be included in the annual plan of work, impact statements, and summary of accomplishments/achievements.

The expectations in this position is to link program level output with the overall OSUES and OSU brand in all opportunities, as well as to provide community and statewide opinion leaders and decision makers the understanding and context on how the program level Extension work relates to overall OSUES programming output. Annually provide impact statement reports adhering to OSUES criteria.


Position Duties 

This position focuses on horticulture (including crops, cropping systems and home horticulture) primarily in the North Coast region of Oregon, with 80% of the efforts focused on Community Horticulture and 20% towards Small Farms programs. This position will:


Provide leadership and volunteer management for the local Master Gardener volunteer program in Tillamook and Clatsop Counties. Recruit, train, support and recognize accomplishments of volunteers. Establish effective volunteer mentoring and middle management structures/systems. Maintain volunteers’ focus on educational outcomes and ensure use of research-based information as the basis for education and outreach. Implement and maintain effective volunteer reporting systems, including systems to ensure compliance with civil rights requirements. Serve as mentor and liaison to the Tillamook and Clatsop County Master Gardener Associations.

Develop active programs for updating and re-certifying trained Master Gardeners, with a focus on coastal gardening.

Supervise, or assist with supervision of, staff members who work in support of the Master Gardener and Home Horticulture program.

Contribute to collaborative Master Gardener training programs as needed beyond the assigned region (North Coast).

Design, develop, deliver and evaluate community horticulture programs that address identified needs of gardeners, home and commercial landscape managers, and the general public along the Oregon coast.

Provide technical education, coordinate, and design community horticulture education programs including Master Gardener program, and support adult Master Gardener volunteers in their community educational roles. Work with Agriculture and Forestry faculty as appropriate in the program design, delivery, and evaluation.

Offer educational events eligible for pesticide license recertification credits in topics germane to the position’s target audiences.

Cooperate with other OSU faculty on research priorities, demonstration trials and distribution of information about research findings.

Utilize College of Agricultural Sciences working groups approach to team with up with other OSUUSDA-ARS and other scientists, as appropriate, to accomplish these assignments. Ongoing coordination of activities with other agricultural sciences faculty at OSU is essential.


Provide education opportunities and management strategies for small farm producers of agricultural crops and animals to meet producer goals, including integrated pest management, crop production, marketing, and natural resource conservation and enhancement.

Provide direct education, produce technical and information materials, coordinate educational events, and respond to subject matter questions in areas of expertise in the OSU Small Farms outreach program.

Assist in reviewing, editing, updating, and developing Extension publications on community horticulture and agricultural crops grown in the region (e.g. production practices guides, integrated pest management and nutrient management guides, etc.).

Respond to or refer routine phone, correspondence and walk-in questions related to all aspects of horticultural crop management.

Determine program needs and priorities through use of local advisory groups and/or networks, producer and marketing associations, community development groups and meetings with crop producers and local leaders on an individual or neighborhood basis. Assess design of, and impact of, educational and applied research programs.

Explore and develop appropriate information and program delivery systems utilizing research results from disciplines associated with agriculture, education, marketing, community development and environmental management. Potential tools include newsletters, email lists, web pages, social media, publications, fact sheets, individual and small group meetings, workshops, demonstrations and field days.

Serve as a liaison to area organizations that serve the position’s target audiences.


Utilize technology successfully as a tool to increase the impact of program delivery on constituents including participating with Ask-an-Expert.

Use multiple methods of electronic communication to collaborate internally and externally as appropriate.

Implement fee-based programming and cost-recovery practices, develop partnerships, and solicit external funding to support and enhance educational programs as appropriate.

Develop an annual plan of work addressing educational needs as well as evaluate the quality and impact of educational programs provided to audiences as appropriate.

Organize and maintain program advisory and management committees or networks to identify program needs, make recommendations, assist in program implementation, and evaluate program effectiveness.

Seek external funding to support and enhance position-appropriate educational and applied research programs.

Evaluate and communicate the outcomes of program activities and file reports required by county, department, college and university administrators.

Contribute to equity, inclusion, and diversity as part of teaching, educational delivery, advising, research, Extension, and service.


Be actively involved in regional and statewide Extension programs that promote engagement with communities across the state.

Cooperate with agencies and organizations in Tillamook and Clatsop Counties and other relevant locations of the Pacific Northwest. Serve on College, Departmental, and/or Extension committees as appropriate.

Attend university, Extension, industry and professional organization training and in-service programs to improve ability and knowledge to provide effective service to area farmers and allied industry personnel.

Maintain active membership and involvement in professional organizations.

Participate in training opportunities that provides professional development that includes building expertise around diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Market Extension programs locally, statewide, and nationally.

Contribute to a welcoming and respectful workplace environment.


 Minimum Required/ Qualifications 
  • Bachelor’s degree with academic studies directly related to horticulture, agriculture, botany, entomology, plant pathology, or a related field. Degree must be completed by application date.
  • Demonstrated teaching and organizational skills that are appropriate for adult learners and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated written and oral communication skills, including the effective use of mass media.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as a team member with other professionals and volunteers.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead groups and to plan, organize, evaluate, manage, and delegate details associated with program management.
  • General knowledge of computers, including proficiency with e-mail, social media, and blogs.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision and evidence of good time management skills.
  • Willingness to collaborate with and contribute to Extension programs beyond the assigned region of the North Coast.
  • Must have or be able to obtain an Oregon Department of Agriculture Pesticide Consultant License within six months of employment and maintain it throughout employment.
  • Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion.
  • This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a Criminal History Check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in Youth Programs may have additional Criminal History Checks every 24 months.
  • This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030 et seq.
  • Master’s degree with academic studies directly related to horticulture, agriculture, botany, entomology, plant pathology, or a related field.

  • Demonstrated ability to engage Spanish-speaking audiences through the utilization of bi-literate and bicultural skills.

  • One or more years’ experience with Extension or other informal or community education delivery methods.
  • Demonstrated experience in horticultural and/or agronomic crop production.
  • Demonstrated skills in plant problem diagnosis.
Demonstrated ability to lead/supervise volunteers.
Preferred (Special) Qualifications 


  • One or more publications in print that are geared to general audiences (e.g. newspaper or magazine articles), Extension audiences (e.g. Extension publications), and/or professional audiences (e.g. peer-reviewed or refereed publications).
  • Pest management (insects, weeds or diseases) training or experience and familiarity with pesticide registration procedures.
  • Demonstrated experience using multiple forms of electronic communication, including social media.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt to the changing technological environment.
  • Demonstrated understanding of needs and impact assessment techniques and their application to Extension programs and services.
  • Demonstrated ability to secure external funding support.
  • Demonstrated commitment to work with historically marginalized populations.
  • Demonstrated life experience, education, and/or training that broaden capacity to equalize the success of or impact on underserved audiences.
Working Conditions/ Work Schedule 
  • Flexibility to work evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to lift, carry and transport equipment and materials up to 40 lbs.
  • Travel is required.



This position requires a clear and unambiguous commitment to compliance of all National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) requlations for DI (FBS) Universities


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 Posting #P03886UF
Closing Date 08/11/2020
OSU is an AA/EOE/Vets/Disabled.


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