Community Horticulture Specialist

Job Title: Community Horticulture Specialist

Classification Title: Resource Educator

Location: 423 Griffing Avenue, Riverhead, NY

Benefits: Full Benefits package

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 includes 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:

Specify preferred specialized education, field and/or certifications.

  • 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.

All applicants must submit a cover letter, resume and indicate three individuals who may be contacted as a reference. Please be sure to include all information that you feel would be helpful for selection committee members to know before you click SUBMIT. Once the application is submitted you will NOT be able to change your submission or add attachments.

Review of applications will begin immediately. Position will remain open until qualified pool of candidates is obtained.

How to Apply:

Current employees of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association interested in this job posting are considered internal applicants and must apply online through their Workday account which may be accessed here:

External candidate, go to:

  • Reference position: Community Horticulture Specialist – Riverhead, NY

Full instructions on how External Applicants may apply through Workday may be found here:

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 you may participate in the selection process you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at (607) 255-2117, or via email at:

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Last updated March 9, 2017