Educational Program Assistant 1: Home and Garden Education Center & Department Communications

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Academic Programs and Services

JOB SUMMARY 

The University of Connecticut is seeking applicants for a full-time position as Educational Program Assistant 1. The ideal candidate is a dynamic and engaged individual with a strong interest in finding horticultural solutions and a passion for communicating with the public. This position has 80% effort in support of the Home and Garden Education Center (HGEC) and affiliated service laboratories, and 20% effort in support of communications for the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (PSLA). The HGEC is part of UConn Extension and this person will be the main point of contact for the Plant Diagnostic Lab, Turfgrass Disease Diagnostic Center, and the Soil Nutrient Analysis Lab. The selected candidate will join a team of exemplary staff and faculty members in the HGEC that strive to identify and educate the public and private entities on environmentally sustainable and economically feasible solutions for commercial and residential horticultural issues. The selected candidate would also be a member of and primary communications staff person for the Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture, which is recognized for service to Connecticut through graduate and undergraduate education, outstanding public outreach programs associated with formal extension and engaged scholarship, and nationally competitive research programs.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES 

Home and Garden Education Center (80%)

  1. Administer programmatic tasks and operational services to support the successful operation of the HGEC;
  2. Serve as HGEC’s primary contact for the public, internal and external units/parties about operations and services;
  3. Receive, evaluate, and respond to horticultural questions from clients via email and phone, by providing further information, basic horticultural recommendations, or a referral to the appropriate contact at UConn, such as the Plant Diagnostic Lab or Soil Nutrient Analysis Lab;
  4. Research, write, and disseminate educational materials in accordance with University standards;
  5. Support program outreach via presentations, websites, blogs, and social media;
  6. Assist with setup and staffing of educational outreach events that are recurring and/or scheduled throughout Connecticut and the Northeast;
  7. Complete routine tasks related to sample submission and use software to record information, generate invoices and receipts, and maintain client records;
  8. Assist with training and evaluation of student workers, participants in the Master Gardener and Master Composter programs, and community volunteers;
  9. Contribute to the expansion, promotion, and support of HGEC activities by providing feedback and ideas for improvement to the center director and member labs, as appropriate.

Department of Plant Science and Landscape Architecture (20%)

  1. Draft, edit, post, and maintain content for the department website and social media, such as announcements, jobs, events, awards, opportunities, and people features;
  2. Serve as the primary contact for online communications for the Department;
  3. Participate in weekly meetings with PSLA department staff to prioritize tasks;
  4. Generate reports related to the impact of online communication;
  5. Contribute to the expansion, promotion, and support of PSLA activities by providing feedback and ideas for improvement to the Department Head and faculty, as appropriate.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Bachelor’s degree in plant science, agronomy, horticulture, plant pathology, entomology, soil science, or a related field and up to one year of experience working in a plant management field (nursery, greenhouse, farm, forestry, research lab, extension office, etc.) OR Associate’s degree in plant science, agronomy, horticulture, plant pathology, entomology, soil science, or a related field and two to three years of experience working in a plant management field (nursery, greenhouse, farm, forestry, research lab, extension office, etc.);
  • Comfortable handling plants, soil, insects, and pathogen culture material daily;
  • Ability to regularly lift, carry, load, unload, and transport samples and equipment, and stand or sit for long periods of time;
  • Experience designing or updating web pages and social media accounts using online tools (e.g., WordPress, Qualtrics, Twitter, Facebook, MailChimp);
  • Excellent organizational, writing, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Knowledge of administrative methods relevant to a position serving the public;
  • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, as well as videoconference software, such as Zoom or WebEx;
  • Reliable transportation and willingness and the ability to occasionally travel for outreach events in CT and the Northeast.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS 

  • Bachelor's degree in plant science, agronomy, horticulture, plant pathology, entomology, soil science, or a related field and two or more years of experience working in a diagnostic laboratory, agricultural extension office, or similar higher education or public-service position;
  • Experience working with organisms of significance to plant health and reproduction including pathogenic fungi/bacteria, nematodes, agronomic weeds, insect pests, invasive plants or pollinators, such as honey bees;
  • Experience using social media in a professional setting;
  • Experience with scientific writing methods (e.g., use of peer-reviewed sources, proper source citation practices) for writing technical and non-technical articles for the public audience;
  • Familiarity with the Cooperative Extension System.

APPOINTMENT TERMS 

This position is located on the main University of Connecticut campus in Storrs, CT. Occasional in- or out-of-state travel may be required in support of program needs or professional development for the incumbent. This position includes an outstanding full benefits package. Mileage reimbursement for work-related travel is provided. Salary will be commensurate with the successful candidate’s background and work experience.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

Employment at the University of Connecticut is contingent upon the successful candidate’s compliance with the University’s Mandatory Workforce COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.  This Policy states that all workforce members are required to have or obtain a Covid-19 vaccination as a term and condition of employment at UConn, unless an exemption or deferral has been approved. 

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

TO APPLY 

Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs. Staff positions. Search # 495872 to upload a resume, cover letter, one (or more) letter(s) of recommendation, and contact information for three (3) professional references.  To ensure full consideration, applications should be received no later than February 1, 2022.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on February 1, 2022. 

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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