Job Location
Golden, Colorado
Job Closing Date

Colorado State University invites applications and nominations for an Extension County Specialist, Horticulture, Jefferson County. This is a full-time, twelve (12) month, non-tenure track Extension faculty position. Faculty rank is dependent upon the candidate’s academic credentials and professional experience and is subject to review by the Extension Promotion Committee. The faculty appointment, evaluation, and promotion standards are centered around the three core duties of extension faculty – educate, create, and connect. Candidates are sought with interests that complement and expand upon current initiatives and education activities in OEE and CSU Extension.

The Extension County Specialist, Horticulture, Jefferson County will provide leadership and guidance in the development, delivery, and evaluation of Extension horticulture, Plant Diagnostics, and Integrated Pest Management (IPM), plant pathology and related programs. The position includes oversight of an area budget ($10-$20k), and support of the full-time staff, Volunteer Coordinator for the Jeffco Colorado Master Gardener program, and volunteers. The specialist may supervise Horticulture area staff depending on area growth (i.e. part-time, interns, AmeriCorps); formal supervision of Volunteer Coordinator to be considered depending on professional goals of Specialist, and best interest of the team and programs. The Specialist will have successful teaching, evaluation, and knowledge of horticulture principles, gardening, plant pathology and diagnostics, plants, trees, insects, and urban food systems. They will have a proven track record of working well with people and experience working in the field of laboratory diagnostics to address horticulture issues related to yards, gardens, and small farms. The individual will work well in a team environment, using strong verbal and written communication skills to develop relationships with staff, customers, volunteers, and partners. This individual works as a member of the local county Extension Team and as a local representative of Colorado State University. The specialist works cooperatively with other Extension specialists in their program area, and statewide with specialists and partners to develop and deliver quality educational programming to the citizens of Colorado. This individual works under the guidance and supervision of the Extension Director of Jefferson County.

The primary office location for this position is in Golden, Colorado. While this position is eligible for a hybrid work arrangement, the individual in this position is expected to maintain a balance establishing a presence in the primary office, to effectively carry out the duties of the position. The work schedule will vary, and occasional nights and weekend work will be necessary.

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