Consumer Horticulture Educator

Michigan State University Extension

Position Overview

Two consumer horticulture educator positions are available that will provide local and statewide leadership and educational programming expertise in alignment with the needs of home and community gardeners and will lead the local Extension Master Gardener Programs. One position will serve Kent and neighboring counties and the other position will serve Kalamazoo and surrounding counties.

You will identify, design, implement, and evaluate research-based educational programs that meet current and projected outreach needs related to best management practices for landscape and garden management contributing to the goals of producing healthy foods and landscapes while protecting the environment. You will be expected to be an effective communicator with teaching methods ranging from traditional in-person meetings held one-on-one or in small groups, to using different forms of synchronous and asynchronous distance learning technologies. You will be expected to develop a broad array of educational materials to include traditional news articles and bulletins, videos, infographics, etc. You will work with lawn and garden hotline volunteers to address home gardening questions from across the state and will serve as an informational resource for lawn and garden questions. You will develop entrepreneurial programs to help support the local consumer horticulture program, while providing support for AABI in determining research and programmatic needs across the state.

Candidates can indicate their preference for location within their cover letter.

These positions may be eligible to utilize a flexible work environment, however, there is an expectation to work from a MSU Extension county office. The needs, responsibilities, and opportunities of an individual’s position and office location drive the ability and amount of work-location flexibility.

West Michigan Consumer Horticulture Educator

Although negotiable, there will be space available for this position to work from the Kent County MSU Extension office, located in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Southern Michigan Consumer Horticulture Educator

Although negotiable, there will be space available for this position to work from the Kalamazoo County MSU Extension office, located in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Minimum Qualifications (see full description for complete list of requirements)

  • Master’s degree in horticulture, ornamental horticulture, landscape design or management, or related field. 

Application Deadline: February 12, 2024.

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer, committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. Michigan State University Extension employment opportunities are open to eligible/qualified persons without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodations.

The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

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