Community Horticulture Specialist

Community Horticulture Specialist, Riverhead, NY

Position Summary:

Community Horticulture Specialist is responsible for planning, developing, and implementing educational outreach to and for the public about sustainable horticulture in Suffolk County. Major emphases include developing and implementing the Master Gardener training program, overseeing and coordinating the efforts of these community volunteers, and developing educational materials on community horticulture. The Specialist will also supervise the operation of the Horticultural Diagnostic Laboratories in Riverhead and Oakdale. The Specialist will serve as a subject matter expert to program committees, CCE Staff, and such clientele as local, regional, and statewide agencies and other groups. This person is also expected to secure grants and outside funding, and managing budgets in support of the program’s educational priorities under the direction of the supervisor.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree required in Horticulture or related sciences with emphasis on environmental stewardship.
  • Relevant experience in Cooperative Extension or equivalent experience.
  • Commitment to inspiring, identifying, and developing volunteer leadership.
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
  • Ability to meet acceptable background check standards, if required.
  • Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
  • Ability to communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual channels.
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize tasks with minimum supervision.
  • Familiarity with necessary computer skills such as the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Ability to practice sound, ethical judgement when representing CCE Suffolk to ensure that all protocols and procedures adhere to legal and safety requirements.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with planning, teaching, and evaluating adult educational programs.
  • Two or more years’ experience in Cooperative Extension or similar educational fields preferred.
  • Experience working with other researchers, educators and other extension staff in developing and delivering community and environmental horticulture educational programs.
  • Experience in grant writing and overseeing budgets.
  • Knowledge of integrated pest management and sustainable horticultural practices.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.


Exempt: 40+

Salary Range: ~$55,000


***Please provide BOTH a resume and cover letter ***

Review of applications will begin immediately. Position will remain open until qualified pool of candidates is obtained. Applicants need to attach/upload a resume to the online application in either Microsoft Word or PDF format. In the “Experience” section of your application, use the Paperclip icon to search for file(s) or use the “Drop Files Here” box to manually drag document(s) into your application. Once the application is submitted you will not be able to change your submission or add attachments.

External Applicants: (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations) please refer to the Applying for a Job (External Candidate) document for additional guidance Apply Here. Internal Applicants: Current employees of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association indicated in this job posting are considered internal applicants; please refer to the Applying for a Job (Internal Candidate) document for additional guidance.

Questions please contact: Valerie Smith, HR Manager –

No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.

The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform the essential functions of their job. If you require an accommodation so that you may participate in the selection process you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at (607) 255-6120, or via email at:

Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate government agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.


Valerie J. Smith
Human Resource Director
631-727-7850 x 344

Last updated February 13, 2019