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The Washington County Extension Office is seeking a part-time (0.75 FTE), 12-month, fixed term Instructor. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Metro Regional Administrator. This position is located in Hillsboro.

This position as an Agriculture Extension faculty member is a 12-month fixed term annual contract with academic affiliation in the Department of Horticulture. The incumbent contributes to the missions of Oregon State University Extension Service (OSUES), and the College of Agricultural Sciences (CAS) with principal responsibility for needs assessment, Extension program development, educational program delivery and instruction, and evaluation for adult audiences in the area of urban and home horticulture.

The Washington County Urban and Community Horticulture faculty member works in conjunction with other OSU horticulture faculty and staff in the Portland metro area (Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties) to provide information and educational programs in all aspects of urban and home horticulture to the residents of the metro region. Travel is required for this position.

Extension's Urban and Community Horticulture (HORT) programs educate people about sustainable gardening in the Pacific Northwest, via annual Master Gardener trainings, educational opportunities for the general public and recommendations and advice delivered by trained Master Gardener volunteers. Sustainable Gardening and Backyard/Community food production are the flagship programs of HORT at OSU. HORT works with individuals, families, community groups and partners to help others sustainably and successfully grow their own vegetables, small fruits, tree fruits and other edible plants. Extension Urban and Community Horticulture is part of OSU's College of Agricultural Sciences.

This faculty member will design, develop, maintain and/or carry out Extension programs to insure that all people have equal employment opportunities and equal program participation opportunities regardless of their race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or veteran's status.

Position Duties

90% - Extension:
Collaborate with other OSU Extension staff in planning and promoting community and urban horticulture educational programming in the Portland metro region including the Master Gardener volunteer program and existing contracts with community partners.

The and Urban and Community Horticulture team recruits, trains and provides oversight of Master Gardener volunteers, who assist the faculty in answering gardening and other questions related to home and commercial landscapes. The faculty member is an advisory member of the executive board of the Washington County Master Gardener Association. Document and report impact of the training on the Master Gardener volunteers and impact of the volunteers in the community. Recognize and reward volunteer efforts and accomplishments. (5%)

Respond to public inquiries regarding vegetable gardening, ornamental plants, lawns, home orchards, rodents, houseplants and insect identification and control. Identify problems, research and suggest possible solutions including non-chemical and chemical methods.

Conduct educational programs for the general public on specific aspects of gardening and pest control, and sustainable management of home and commercial landscapes.

Provide consulting services for school and community garden projects in Washington County.

Work in conjunction with other Extension staff and stakeholders to develop and implement community food system planning and projects focused on the following goals: 1) Healthy people, 2) Strong local economy, 3) Flourishing local agriculture. Serve as the primary representative for HORT with food system plan implementation in Washington County.

Maintain working relations with all forms of the media to educate the public and to assure the public's awareness of home horticulture programs.

Provide written reports and verbal updates on current educational activities and programs. Document impact of local Home Horticulture Extension program activities.

Instruct online HORT 260 (Organic Farming and Gardening) course through OSU Ecampus during the summer term.

Maintain and build professional skills by attending professional development training opportunities and maintaining membership in appropriate professional associations.

Maintain current pesticide consultant's license.

Position Duties (continued):
5% - Program Development and Management:
Successfully uses technology as a tool to increase the impact of program delivery on constituents including participating with Ask-an-Expert.

Use multiple methods of electronic communication (i.e. web sites, publications, video conferencing and other online methods) to collaborate internally and externally as appropriate.

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

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

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

5% - Service:
Attend Washington County Extension staff, regional metro meetings and maintain professional relationships with Extension faculty and office staff. Occasionally participate in OSU Horticulture department faculty meetings, committees and other appropriate activities.

Working Conditions/Work Schedule:
Flexibility to work evenings and weekends.

Travel is required.

Minimum/Required Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in agronomy, crop science, horticulture, or related field.

Demonstrated teaching, written and oral communication skills including the effective use of mass media.

Demonstrated community and urban horticulture experience.

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 Microsoft Office Suite and other data management programs.

Demonstrated ability to work independently with minimal supervision.

Demonstrated ability to successfully organize and teach programs for diverse audiences.

Successful completion of a criminal background check prior to beginning employment at OSU and be deemed fit for duty at placement and while serving in the position.

Vehicle access is required. This position must possess and maintain a current, valid Driver's License and maintain a satisfactory driving record while serving in the position. Travel is necessary due to the combination of office and field work.

Preferred Qualifications

Master's degree in horticulture, crop science, environmental science, education, or related field.

Demonstrated experience using multiple forms of electronic communication.

Demonstrated ability to secure external funding support for educational and research programs.

Demonstrated ability to adapt to the changing technology environment.

Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.

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Special Instructions to Applicants

When applying you will be required to attach the following electronic documents:

1) A resume/CV that includes the names of at least three professional references, their e-mail addresses and telephone contact numbers (Upload as 'Other Document' if not included with your resume/vitae).

2) A cover letter indicating how your qualifications and experience have prepared you for this position.

For additional information please contact:
Patrick Proden

Finalists for this position will be required to complete a criminal history questionnaire. Offers of employment will be contingent upon a satisfactory criminal history check.

Finalists for this position will be required to obtain their driving history for the past 2 years from the issuing state's Dept. of Motor Vehicles. Offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory driving history and possession of a valid driver's license.

OSU is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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Please answer the posting specific questions as thoroughly and completely as possible. The following options are available:

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1. How do you see yourself contributing to OSU Extension Service Urban and Community Horticulture educational programming in Washington County and the Portland metro region?

2. What strategies will you implement in building partnerships and advancing food systems investments in the county and across the Portland metro region?

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