College of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Coordinator (State Master Gardener)

University of Maryland Extension   |  Ellicott City, MD  |  Posted: Jul 19 2018

Position URL:

Position Number: 123973
Category Status: Exempt, Regular
Unit: AGNR-UME-Home and Garden

Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the flagship institution in the University System of Maryland. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation's legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation's capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The State MG Coordinator is responsible for 1) developing, setting, maintaining, and implementing policies and training standards; 2) promoting and marketing the program; 3) program evaluation; collect, develop, and report statewide impacts; 4) training and supporting UME Master Gardeners and UME county/city Master Gardener Coordinators; and 5) supervising state MG office staff and providing administrative and programmatic oversight for 20 county/city MG programs.

Programmatic supervision is provided by the Program Leader for Environment & Natural Resources. Administrative supervision is provided by the Assistant Director of Operations.

Position Responsibilities:

The UME Master Gardener (MG) Program is a 40 year old state-wide program with 20 county/city programs and 1,800+ Certified MG Volunteers. MGs are trained volunteer educators who teach science-based horticultural information to Maryland residents. The responsibilities include:
• Program Management-
Coordinate and lead a major state-wide program and provide administrative and programmatic oversight to 20 county/city MG programs. Develop and implement state-wide program policies and standards for MG Volunteers and Coordinators. Develop and implement strategies that raise program visibility and increase accessibility among underserved audiences. Advance the Master Gardener mission through collaborative partnerships with faculty and staff, and with relevant agencies, organizations, and programs.
• Support County/City MG Coordinators-
Provide direct support to county/city MG Coordinators and programs related to policy and volunteer management issues and serve as final arbiter and decision-maker. Meet and communicate regularly with county/city MG Coordinators. Coordinate with Program Leader to provide training for MG Coordinators.
• MG Basic & Advanced Training-
Maintain statewide training standards for basic and advanced training. Manage the online basic training platform on UM’s Canvas platform. Work with MG Coordinators to assess the continuing education needs of Volunteers and provide advanced training opportunities based as appropriate. Oversee all aspects of the MG handbook, including format, updates/revisions, access, and distribution.
• Data & Financial Management & Reporting Impacts- Oversee the Program’s website and Volunteer Reporting System and work with Business Coordinator to manage the Program budget. Use cost-recovery strategies and obtain extra-mural funding where appropriate. Evaluate the MG program through data collection and analysis, and report state results and impacts to internal and external stakeholders through an annual report.


Required –
• Bachelor’s degree in relevant field (e.g., horticulture, environmental science, ecology, entomology, soil science). All degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.
• Minimum of 3 years work experience related to the area of assignment.
• Enthusiastic self-starter with excellent organizational, administrative, and customer service skills.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Skills in developing or managing programs and working with volunteers.
• Exceptional computer skills, including MS Office, Adobe Creative Cloud applications, web content
management, internet proficiency, and social media.
• This position is subject to a Criminal History Record Check. Employment is contingent upon successful
completion and clearance of the Criminal History Record Check.
Preferred –
• Master’s degree in relevant field.
• Five years of relevant work experience.
• Experience as an Extension Master Gardener Volunteer or Extension Master Gardener Coordinator of a
county or state program (or closely related training).
• Experience creating/managing online classes
• Horticultural and Integrated Pest Management training and work and teaching experience.

Salary & Benfit Information:

Salary will be commensurate with experience, with a base salary of $52,800.00. The University of Maryland offers an extensive benefits package.

Application Instructions:

All candidates must apply online at A complete application packet includes a cover letter,
resume, copies of transcripts, and three (3) professional references, including name, mailing address, telephone
number, and e-mail address.

Position Closing Date:

Monday, August 13, 2018

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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