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Extension Program Worker/ Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator

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Work type: Extension, Support Staff
Pay Grade: 00
Major Administrative Unit / College: Michigan State University Extension
Department: Extension Agriculture And Agribusiness 10058940
Sub Area: EXPA- Ext. Prog Assoc
Salary: 17.00 per hour
Location: Wayne
Categories: On-Call

Unit Position Summary

Michigan State University Extension is committed to fostering a welcoming and inclusive organization, which requires all staff to contribute towards a vision for success. Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to our work, regardless of title or position within the organization. This means that all staff at MSU Extension are dedicated to the following:

  • We work together to ensure that programming is delivered to diverse audiences, produces equitable impacts for all participants, and demonstrates partnership and inclusion for all groups.
  • We embrace that it is everyone’s job to create a culture that promotes diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
  • We ensure that every team member is prepared with the skills and resources to contribute to our welcoming and inclusive culture.
  • We foster inclusion by recognizing and valuing diverse perspectives, skills, experiences, and work to create equal access to programming for communities.
  • We commit to continuous learning for diversity, equity, and cultural competency, in order to achieve inclusive excellence.
  • We understand that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential elements to our work and are vital to the organizational culture and programmatic success of MSU Extension.
  • We embrace a culture of understanding, coaching and feedback towards achieving a vision of success for the entire organization and its staff.
  • Together we will achieve success and we commit to these goals in our work, continued education, and ongoing efforts.

Position Summary:

The Extension Master Gardener (EMG) volunteer coordinator position will provide support to the Extension Master Gardeners across Wayne County and the Consumer Horticulture Educator. Responsibilities will include communication with EMGs, customer service, assisting with the Volunteer Selection Process, and other technical support functions.

This position will provide support for Extension Master Gardener volunteers and assist the Consumer Horticulture Educator in completing program requirements.

Characteristic Duties/Responsibilities:

The coordinator will communicate extensively with volunteers, assist with screening prospective volunteers, enter data into software, and advise volunteers in program policies.

Ten hours per week are expected for this role, and some of the duties may be performed remotely. Occasional evening or weekend hours could be required to facilitate programming in Wayne County.

Position Term: On-Call allowed to work 1039 hours in any twelve (12) month period.

Desired Qualifications

  • Attention to detail and ability to learn online volunteer management software database.
  • Comfortable communicating with volunteers over the phone, in person, and in front of groups.
  • Knowledge of, experience of, or desire to learn about, vegetable and flower gardening.
  • Understanding of and ability to implement Civil Rights principles and compliance standards.
  • Ability to lift and carry educational materials, equipment, etc. up to 25 lbs.
  • Ability to demonstrate sensitivity, knowledge, and use of appropriate approaches, skills and techniques, which reflect an understanding and awareness of social, cultural and economic diversity of the target population served.
  • Effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency in use of technology (e.g., web research, Zoom, Qualtrics, Microsoft Teams, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook for mail/calendaring, distance technology, etc.).
  • Other skills and/or physical abilities required to perform duties of the position.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Application Materials

Resume, Cover Letter, 3 Professional References

Work Hours


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