Coordinator (Horticultural Consultant)

Updated: 25 days ago
Location: College Park, MARYLAND
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Posting Details


Position Number: 126411
Title: Coordinator
Functional Title: Coordinator (Horticultural Consultant)
Category Status: 35-Exempt Contingent Category 2
Applicant Search Category: Staff
University Authorized FTE: 0.80
Unit: AGNR-UME-Home and Garden
Campus/College Information:
Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.
Vaccine Protocol

The University of Maryland has made the safety of our students, faculty and staff, and our surrounding communities a top priority. As part of that commitment, the University System of Maryland (USM) recently announced that students, faculty, and staff on USM campuses this fall, including UMD, are required to be vaccinated against COVID. As a prospective and/or a new employee at UMD, you will be required to comply with the University’s vaccination protocol. Proof of full vaccination will be required before the start of employment in order to work at any University of Maryland location. Prospective or new employees may seek a medical or religious exemption to the vaccination requirement at return.umd.edu and must have an approved exemption prior to the start of their employment.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:
The Home and Garden Information Center (HGIC) is a national leader in garden/landscape and pest management education and problem-solving. Master Gardeners, schools, agencies, non-profits, and residents use HGIC’s information and answers across multiple digital platforms- web pages, social media, blog, enewsletter, and YouTube. HGIC provides direct answers to residents who submit questions and photos 24/7 via the “Ask Extension” widget found on UME web pages. The Coordinator will work 32 hours per week answering questions submitted by clientele, assigning questions to Master Gardeners, and writing and reviewing content for he website and other platforms. The job location is the Central Maryland Research & Education Center/Clarksville facility.
Minimum Qualifications:
* Bachelor’s degree preferred.  An equivalent combination of education and/or experience may be substituted for the degree. Minimum of 5 years of experience working with garden and landscape plants, identifying plant and pest problems, and understanding the principles and practices of sustainable horticulture and integrated pest management. * This position is subject to a Criminal History Record Check. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of the Criminal History Record Check.
Preferences:
* Bachelor’s Degree in a related field * Degree disciplines preferred in plant sciences, horticulture, botany, environmental sciences, entomology, landscape architecture, or related fields. * Work experience practicing and/or teaching plant identification and plant problem solving skills. Must be able to demonstrate or document this experience. 
Additional Certifications:
* Ability to work independently and to function as part of a team. * Strong oral, written, and electronic communication skills are essential. * Strong computer software skills are essential, including Microsoft Office, web search, and ability to work between platforms. * Must be able to pass a quiz on plant identification and plant problem-solving. * Master Gardener certification helpful but not required * Valid driver’s license. Must provide personal transportation for meetings and conferences. * Must obtain Pesticide Applicator and Certified Professional Horticulturist certifications from the Maryland Department of Agriculture within 18 months of hiring date. 
Additional Information:
Responsibilities:
  • Use science-based resources to directly answer the garden, lawn, landscape, insect, and plant problem questions of Maryland residents via the online national “Ask Extension” system. This includes making plant and pest problem diagnoses and recommendations, identifying plants and insects, and educating clients about best practices in sustainable horticulture.
  • Answer questions accurately, efficiently, and courteously (with support of UME faculty) by searching internal and external web resources and digital files.
  • Review and revise existing content and write and review new content for website, blog, print media, and other platforms. Expand on and re-purpose Ask Extension questions and answers and work as part of a team to identify priority topic areas.
  • Stay current on subject matter and computer software through professional development opportunities.

Salary & Benefits:
Salary will be commensurate with experience. University benefits are offered including supplemented health benefits and a retirement stipend, along with a generous leave package.
Applications:
All candidates must apply online at https://ejobs.umd.edu . A complete application packet includes a cover letter, resume, and three (3) professional references, including name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address. 
Job Risks Not Applicable to This Position
Physical Demands
* Work is performed in an office environment and requires the ability to operate standard office equipment and keyboards. 
* Must have close visual acuity and be able to work on a computer and view monitor for 4-8 hours per day. 
* Must have the ability to walk short distances. 
* Must be able to drive and provide personal transportation to events or training venues.
Posting Date: 07/06/2021
Closing Date:
Open Until Filled Yes
Best Consideration Date 07/27/2021
Diversity Statement:
The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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