Position Details


Location UNH, Durham, NH
Department UNH Cooperative Extension Food and Agriculture [UXFDAG]
Summary of Position

This position is based in Goffstown, NH at the Hillsborough County Cooperative Extension office.

The Extension Field Specialist in Landscape and Greenhouse Horticulture is a professional educator who delivers research-based programming and technical assistance to green-industry businesses including greenhouse, nursery, garden center, and landscape operations, as well as to aspiring business owners and the general public throughout the state of New Hampshire. The Field Specialist, individually and in collaboration with a team of Extension Specialists and industry and community partners, determines educational needs of industry clientele and plans, develops, markets, and implements formal and informal educational programs and resources to meet those needs. The Field Specialist participates in field research and in dissemination of current unbiased information to enhance quality, sustainability, and profitability of the state’s green-industry.

Additional Job Information
Posting Number/Job Order # PS0626FY18
Acceptable minimum level of education Bachelor's
Acceptable minimum years of experience 2 years
Other minimum qualifications

A Master’s Degree and two years relevant experience in greenhouse or nursery production, Extension education, and/or program development is strongly preferred. At least one degree must be in horticultural or a closely related field, earned from an accredited institution. Applicants with a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate field with three years relevant experience may be considered contingent upon their agreement to obtain a Master’s degree within seven years of employment.

The successful candidate will:
• Demonstrate subject matter competence in greenhouse and/or nursery plant production systems OR in sustainable landscape practices, including water and nutrient management, appropriate plant selection, and culture.
• Demonstrate competence in developing and presenting high-quality educational programs that meet the needs of client groups.
• Demonstrate ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing.
• Be able to relate effectively and work cooperatively with coworkers and clients of all ages, ethnic backgrounds, income and education levels.
• Be able to work independently, handle multiple demands, and set priorities.
• Demonstrate advanced decision making skills, flexibility, and innovative problem solving skills.
• Be willing and able to accomplish year-round field work and be available to work some nights and weekends.
• Maintain a valid driver’s license and access to a personal vehicle for frequent local travel.

Additional Preferred Qualifications
Salary Information

Salary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.

Quicklink for Posting
Percent Time Information (FTE) 1.00
Grade 09
EEO Statement

The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.

Institution Information

The University of New Hampshire is a major research institution, providing comprehensive, high-quality undergraduate programs and graduate programs of distinction. UNH is located in Durham on a 188-acre campus, 60 miles north of Boston and 8 miles from the Atlantic coast, and is convenient to New Hampshire’s lakes and mountains. There is a student enrollment of 13,000 students, with a full-time faculty of over 600, offering 90 undergraduate and more than 70 graduate programs.

Posting Details

Posting Date 10/06/2017
Open Until Filled Yes
Closing Date
Posting Open to Internal Candidates Only? No
Interested Internal Candidates Exist? No
Job Category Salaried Staff (Exempt)
Appointment Type Regular
If TERM position provide projected end date
DOT Safety Information None applicable

Duties / Responsibilities

Job Duties


Program Development, Implementation and Evaluation

• Work independently and with a team of Extension Specialists to plan, develop, implement, and evaluate innovative educational programs in the field of landscape and greenhouse horticulture that enhance the profitability and sustainability of green-industry businesses in the region and state.

• Provide formal and informal education to green-industry clients by organizing and implementing educational events including workshops, seminars, field tours, and grower meetings.

• Disseminate current research-based information to clients through development of fact sheets, articles, newsletters, and other print and web-based resources.

• Provide one-on-one instruction and technical assistance to greenhouse, nursery, garden center, landscape, and other horticultural businesses throughout the state to improve quality, sustainability, and profitability of products and services.

• Develop and implement strategies to expand the reach of Extension programming to under-served audiences

• Connect agricultural businesses with appropriate Extension staff and programs as needed.

• Seek external funds to enhance educational goals and/or participate in grant-funded projects with Extension colleagues and UNH faculty when funding aligns with program priorities.

• Involve the Hillsborough County Cooperative Extension Advisory Council and local agricultural agencies and green-industry organizations in educational needs assessment and prepare reports as requested by UNH Cooperative Extension, Hillsborough County Government, and other funders.

• Design and conduct programs and recruit volunteers in accordance with the spirit and policies of Civil Rights, Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity.

• Maintain regular communication with the Program Team Leader and Area of Expertise (AoE) Chairperson (an Extension colleague who leads the Field Specialist’s work team), keeping them fully apprised of programs, needs, and accomplishments and involving them in programs to address these needs as appropriate.


Engagement, Outreach and Communication

• In cooperation with Extension’s Communications Team, make effective and innovative use of print and video media and online learning platforms in delivering educational programs, disseminating information to the public, and maintaining public recognition of Extension in Hillsborough County and throughout the state.

• Develop partnerships and serve on committees and boards with local and state agricultural agencies and organizations and strive for productive relationships with elected and appointed officials.

• Build and maintain relationships with faculty and staff of University of New Hampshire College of Life Science and Agriculture and New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station and with Extension colleagues in New Hampshire and other states.


Professional Development

• Develop and implement a personal professional development plan to maintain and enhance competency in agricultural topics and professional skills (e.g. instructional design, leadership, group facilitation).


Organizational Support

• Support the UNH CE Hillsborough County Office Administrator (COA) in the performance of his/her duties, carry out appropriate delegated responsibilities, and serve as the county COA when the need is identified and as advised by the Program Team Leader and UNH CE Administration.

• Serve in UNH CE organizational leadership or committees.

• Support team development by serving in a mentor capacity as needed and where appropriate and providing input into the evaluation of co-workers.

• Accomplish other duties as assigned by Program Team Leader.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you meet the definition of an Internal Candidate? Internal Candidates include: (1) active status employees who have completed the introductory period and (2) adjunct staff members who have been employed within USNH for at least 12 months in total and who have worked at least 1,000 hours during the 12 month period preceding the application for the position. Student employment does not apply toward internal status eligibility.
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. (3) Professional References Contact Info
Optional Documents