Program Assistant - Consumer Horticulture and Invasive Species
The Consumer Horticulture and Invasive Species Program Associate will be based in the Virginia Cooperative Extension - Frederick County office in Winchester, Virginia. The position will provide invasive species outreach and education to residents, businesses, and volunteers in the Northern Shenandoah Valley to ensure awareness of pests (current threat of high concern is Spotted Lanternfly) and to provide each audience with the current best management practices most appropriate for their situation. Outreach and education may be delivered through media interviews, written publications, virtual and in-person presentations, individual consultations and site visits, phone and video conferencing, email or written correspondence, social media posts, and any other appropriate communication outlets. The Program Associate will also assist businesses with education and best management practices to adhere to pest related quarantines. With invasive species, the position will assist with the coordination of Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and Virginia Cooperative Extension reporting and management efforts and collaborate with any other appropriate local, state, and Federal agencies.
The Program Associate will partner with VCE ANR agents in Planning District 7 (counties of Clarke, Frederick, Page, Shenandoah, and Warren along with the City of Winchester) to provide leadership, development, evaluation, and public relations support to the Consumer Horticulture Program in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. This programming is largely conducted through the Northern Shenandoah Valley Master Gardener Program and the approximately 150 Extension Master Gardener volunteers working in Planning District 7. Job specific tasks and expectations are assigned by the Virginia Cooperative Extension ANR (Horticulture) Agent in VCE-Frederick.
Associate's degree or combination of equivalent training and experience. Possess strong written and verbal communications skills. Interest in improving horticultural skills and knowledge. PC computer skills; word processing, data bases, spreadsheets, online calendars, and PowerPoint presentation software. Be detail oriented, self-motivated, show initiative and possess problem solving abilities. Ability to maintain a positive, tactful, encouraging, upbeat friendly attitude and enjoy working with people. Required to obtain VDACS Pesticide Applicator License upon employment (Category 10). Valid drivers license.
Bachelor's Degree preferred. Experience with managing volunteer programs and/or employment in horticulture preferred. Preference will be given to an individual who can show demonstrated experience and success with the following activities: good listening skills, effective written and verbal communication skills, proven track record of leading a work team or committee, possession of organizational abilities, and experience in delegating responsibility to volunteers and team members. Experience working in a multitasking environment where flexibility and the ability to deal with high volume and shifting priorities is needed. Experience with Qualtrics survey program and ArcGIS Survey 123 preferred.
Commensurate with Experience
June 15, 2021
The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check
Must have a driver's license check
Must have an acceptable and safe driving record
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