Master Gardener Coordinator

  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Schuylkill Haven, PA, USA
Full Time Agriculture

Job Description

Master Gardener Coordinator


The College of Agricultural Sciences is seeking an individual to coordinate the Master Gardener Program in Schuylkill and Carbon Counties. This is an 80% full-time equivalency (FTE) appointment working 32 hours per week. Full Penn State benefits included.


This individual will direct and coordinate the operations of the Master Gardener (MG) volunteer program in both counties and work with the State and Area Coordinators to maintain strong programs in each. This individual will serve as the spokesperson for the program and be expected to engage community members as appropriate to promote Extension, the MG Program and Penn State University.


This individual will be required to work with Master Gardener volunteers to:


  • Initiate, prepare, and evaluate program impact reports
  • Recruit, select, and train new volunteers
  • Assure volunteers' compliance with Penn State policies
  • Oversee volunteer projects
  • Identify and promote volunteer professional development opportunities
  • Manage program development meetings for volunteers
  • Oversee program finances


The individual must be able to work collaboratively with volunteers, other county coordinators, Extension programs, county office staff, and organizational partners. With the assistance of the volunteer groups, this person will be responsible for providing community outreach to educate consumers about sustainable horticulture in Schuylkill and Carbon Counties. This individual will need to identify opportunities and educational needs of consumers and stakeholders and strengthen or extend the program by maintaining a working relationship with local agencies and organizations. It is expected that this individual will develop revenue enhancement strategies to obtain additional resources for the program.


This individual must ensure compliance with Penn State's affirmative action plan through public notification and “All Reasonable Efforts,” and will be responsible for making all programs accessible to clientele without regard to age, ancestry, color, disability or handicap, national origin, race, religious creed, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Typically requires a Bachelor's Degree or higher (Master's Degree preferred) plus one years of related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The candidate must be organized and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously. Preference will be given to candidates with:


  • A degree(s) in Horticulture, Environmental Science or similar field, with at least five years of experience in volunteer management
  • The ability to inspire and develop leadership in individuals, committees and supervisors
  • The ability to build and maintain community partnerships
  • Strong organizational and communications skills (both oral and written)


Computer literacy including Microsoft Word, SharePoint, Outlook email and Web browsers and the ability to lift up to 30 pounds are required. The candidate must possess a valid driver's license, use of a private automobile, and the ability to travel across several counties. This position requires the following clearances: PA State Police Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form, and Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check. This position requires that you operate a motor vehicle as a part of your job duties. A valid driver's license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with good possibility of re-funding.


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Education Requirements

Bachelor's Degree