Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator

Iowa State Extension & Outreach Linn County

Job Description:  
Under general supervision, the coordinator will work with team of staff and volunteers to plan and implement the Master Gardener education and volunteer service program in Linn County, IA within the Land Grant mission of Iowa State University.  The coordinator facilitates Master Gardener classes, organizes special program committees and implements horticulture education related events for the public.In addition, the coordinator will seek beneficial partnerships to engage citizens in education in areas such as community gardens, sustainable landscape, urban agriculture, and local foods.

Primary Location: ISU Extension & Outreach – Linn County – office based in Cedar Rapids, IA

Status: Part Time Non-Exempt (30 hours/week) w/ flexible schedule; primarily daytime work, but regular nights and occasional weekend work required.  

Compensation: Hourly commensurate with education and experience; Wage Range: $15-$17

Benefits: % of Employer Provided Health, Life and Dental insurance optional; Paid time off; sick leave; Nine (9) paid holidays per year; IPERS retirement benefits.

Direct Supervisor: County Extension Education Director
  • Effective and timely communication skills, ability to utilize a variety of communication styles and modalities (phone, email, social media), including conflict management.
  • Demonstrated leadership & organizational skills, capable of delegating tasks and coordinating volunteer efforts.
  • Working operational knowledge of audio-visual equipment and office machinery locally and off-site.
  • Implements professionalism in client and volunteer confidentiality;
  • Ability to work independently, and as a team with office staff and community partners (existing and new).
  • Able to lift and move 40 pounds.

  • Minimum AA college education, and a minimum of 2 years of experience in one or more areas of the position description
  • Volunteer coordination/management is a must
  • Event Coordination
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite or equivalent, Access, Outlook, Constant Contact.

  • Excellent People Skills
  • Gardening and/or Horticulture experience
  • Grant writing experience
    • Establishing partnerships and networks
  • Experience facilitating educational programs and other groupsAdobe Connect and/or web editing may be helpful

  • Recruit, screen and identify individuals to become interns for the fall semester Master Gardener class.
  • Engage current volunteers for ongoing educational opportunities and to sufficiently staff all activities.
  • Oversee and participate in volunteer recognition programs and special events.
  • Maintain complete files for all Master Gardener program volunteers including reporting database.
  • Maintain all effective correspondence for the Master Gardener program with volunteers, administration, Council, and the community.Routinely advises Director and Council of program impacts and needs.
  • Adheres to all Director and Council directives regarding policies and procedures.  
  • Work with Master Gardener Steering Committee and other volunteer committees to carry out county-sponsored activities, events, marketing, and social media in compliance with state and local Council policy and guidelines.
  • Works with Master Gardener Exec and Steering Committees to insure proper accounting practices for all external funds procured.

  • Provide educational outreach to the general public through coordinating local conferences, webinars and speakers in subject areas such as urban agriculture, local foods, community gardens.
  • Encouraged to write grants and obtain contracts to expand Extension horticulture education offerings.  

  • Distribute news releases about the Master Gardener program in cooperation with the Extension office.
  • Post events on the Extension Calendar and report attendance (including Civil Rights).
  • Support Master Gardener committees in coordinating efforts to schedule educational events for the public.
  • Maintain the ISU Extension and Outreach – Linn County Master Gardener web site.
  • Develop Master Gardener displays for the office and for external events.
  • Ensure adequate branding of Master Gardener program and confirm that materials are in accordance with the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Visual Identity Guide.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Personal vehicle and proof of insurance; must have responsible transportation.  May be required to transport activity items.  Mileage is reimbursed at the state rate.

  • To be considered for the position, submit an employment application, cover letter and resume to RaeAnn Gordon, Extension Education Director, at Application documents are appreciated in PDF format, however, can be accepted in .DOC format. Applications will be accepted through October 5, 2018 at 5pm or until filled. You can find the application at this link -

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Master Gardener Volunteer Coordinator

Iowa State Extension & Outreach Linn County

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