Horticulture Educator

Location: Livingston County, MI
Deadline: March 6, 2017



This Horticulture Educator position, based in Livingston County, Michigan will have statewide Extension programming responsibilities with a focus on Consumer Horticulture.


As part of Michigan State University Extension (MSU Extension) and the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute (AABI), this position provides local as well as statewide leadership, educational programming and applied research expertise in alignment with Consumer Horticulture. This position collaborates across work groups, Institutes and community groups and works with faculty, specialists and educators for advancement of the needs of the Institute clientele; designs, implements and evaluates programming based on basic and applied research and the needs of clientele groups; ensures dissemination of research-based information through various methods, including multi-media, personal education and written articles; and serves as an informational resource for Extension Personnel and clientele. This position is based in Howell (Livingston County), Michigan.


  • Develop, conduct and evaluate innovative educational programs that meet current and projected needs for home gardeners in collaboration with statewide Consumer Horticulture work team initiatives.

  • Coordinate and support the Extension Master Gardener Program in Livingston County.

  • Provide support to the statewide Extension Master Gardener Program as an instructor,

    promotion of Advanced Master Gardener opportunities, and direction of program management.

  • Communicate and interact with community groups to evaluate the needs of the clientele.

  • Assist Michigan State University Extension’s Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute (AABI) in

    determining research and programmatic needs across the state through interaction with state groups and associations and communicate those needs to county commissioners, campus-based departments, and research partners.

  • Serve as an information resource for home gardening for Extension personnel throughout the state, and work with statewide AABI workgroups to effectively plan and implement relevant programming for clientele, partners and Extension staff.

  • Collaborate with Michigan State University Extension staff and specifically, serve as an engaged member of the Consumer Horticulture work team, to conduct and evaluate programming efforts.

  • In concert with the MSU Extension work team(s), work with federal, state and county agencies to support agriculture industries and to complete needs assessment of the community and develop effective programming.

  • Create and promote positive public relations for MSU Extension and the Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute.

  • Author, produce and submit regular research-based educational articles.

  • Develop and utilize appropriate media methods to communicate current and timely information, research results, and relevant industry updates, as well as a schedule of current and future activities.

  • Actively participate in appropriate professional development opportunities.

  • Gather and report programming outputs and impacts, to demonstrate program effectiveness

    and to guide future program priorities for MSU Extension, AABI and the Consumer Horticulture

    work team.

  • Work to ensure that community needs assessment, program development, and recruitment

    efforts include the engagement of Michigan’s diverse residents across race, gender,

    socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences.

  • Understand and implements Civil Rights policies and procedures.

  • Other duties or projects as assigned by the Institute Director.


    Agriculture and Agribusiness Institute (AABI) Director


    This position requires driving as a regular part of the position; carrying educational materials, equipment, etc. up to 25 lbs.


  • Master’s degree from an accredited institution in a field of study related horticulture must be earned by date of hire;

  • Knowledge of practices related to horticulture production;

  • Ability to create and carry-out a project plan from research of initial concept to project completion

    and follow-up;

  • Experience with marketing/promotion of educational programs;

  • Strong interpersonal, oral and written communication skills;

  • Experience and proven ability working productively with a team;

  • Proficiency in use of technology (e.g. web research, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook for

    mail/calendaring, distance technology, etc.) for day-to-day work and educational program delivery,

    record keeping, reporting, team-based communications and overall management;

  • Demonstrated success in program development and delivery to diverse audiences/communities including but not limited to race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences;

  • Proven ability in establishing and working with a diverse network of constituents and community members across race, gender, socioeconomic class, disabilities and other differences to assist with program development and outreach;

  • Understanding of and ability to implement Civil Rights principles and compliance standards;

  • Ability to lift and carry educational materials, equipment, etc. up to 25 lbs.;

  • Ability to travel in local and surrounding communities and occasional long distance travel are

    required as a regular part of this position; transportation is the responsibility of the employee.


• Experience in Extension program delivery or demonstrated ability and skill in educational program planning, implementation and evaluation (relevant experience acquired within the last 5-years preferred);


Other skills and/or physical abilities required to perform duties of the position.


Applicants interested in applying for this position should go to the Michigan State University jobs page at https://jobs.msu.edu and search for posting #4742.

Application deadline is March 6, 2017.

Applicants should include the names and contact information (including email addresses) of four professional references with the cover letter.

This position is a full-time, end-dated appointment renewable annually based upon successful performance and continued funding.