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urban ag position- Baltimore

  • Subject: [cg] urban ag position- Baltimore
  • From: "Jon H. Traunfeld" jont@umd.edu
  • Date: Tue, 28 Jun 2005 10:25:09 -0400

Please pass this along to anyone who may be interested in this exciting 
new position with Maryland Cooperative Extension.  Thanks,





Area Extension Educator, Urban Agriculture

Agent, Senior Agent - tenure-track


Baltimore City Extension Office - Baltimore, MD (home office)

Baltimore City - 70%; Baltimore County - 30%


    * Develop, promote, implement and evaluate non-formal educational
      programs in the area of urban agriculture to include but not
      limited to backyard and community food production, while
      incorporating sustainable agricultural practices, improved
      environmental quality and using research-based information to meet
      identified needs.
    * Serve as coordinator for an urban/ metro area Master Gardener
      program with responsibilities that include organizing and
      implementing Master Gardner volunteer trainings and advanced
      training sessions. Additionally educator will facilitate projects
      and volunteer opportunities that actively engage communities in
      building and sustaining community gardens.
    * Collaborate with agencies and organizations to assess needs and to
      develop outreach programs that promote urban greening, urban
      forestry and the use of environmentally friendly
      agriculture/horticulture practices. Develop leadership and
      expertise within communities for maintenance, enhancement and
      expansion of community gardens.
    * Coordinate urban horticulture educational programs with State
      Specialists and other MCE faculty, in an effort to teach intensive
      food production and sustainable agriculture practices to youth and
      adults. Methods to be used include but are not limited to short
      courses, workshops, demonstration gardens and youth
      entrepreneurship gardens.
    * Work with EAB/EAC's and other extension faculty to identify
      community and programmatic needs in horticulture in an urban area.
    * Develop and conduct creative, intellectual activities that are
      validated by peers and communicated, such as educational materials
      published and adopted by others, extension publications, articles
      in referred publications, participation in extension or university
      research, conference posters, professional presentations, etc.
    * Serve on local, regional, state, college and university
      committees; non-university community committees; provide
      leadership for committees, professional organizations and special
      assignments, etc.               


Master's Degree required. Major areas of study in fields such as urban 
agriculture, horticulture, plant science, education, or related area. 
Demonstrated leadership and management abilities with evidence of being 
able to work well with volunteers, community leaders and families. 
Extension or similar work experience preferred; experience working in an 
agriculture field and with volunteers desirable. Knowledge and use of 
computer technology for educational programming and management is 
required. Personal transportation and valid driver's license required. 
Must be willing to travel within the assigned counties and the state. 
Flexible working hours required; must be available for evening and 
weekend program and meetings. Preference will be given to individuals 
with experience working with diverse audiences and all socioeconomic 
levels. Evidence of excellent teaching and communication skills


Salary will be commensurate with experience. The University of Maryland 
offers an extensive benefits package.


A complete application packet includes a letter of application, a 
current resume or Curriculum Vitae, transcripts (copy acceptable for 
application process), and three (3) references, including name, mailing 
address, telephone number, and E-mail address. This information should 
be sent to Ms. Barbara V. Duncan, Director Human Resource Management, 
1119 Symons Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-5551.

Applications will be accepted until August 1, 2005 or until a suitable 
candidate is selected.

The University of Maryland is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity 


Jon Traunfeld
Regional Specialist / State Master Gardener Coordinator
University of Maryland
12005 Homewood Road
Ellicott City, MD  21042

Tele: 410.531.5556
Fax:  410.531.5567

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