9131 Horticulture Outreach Advisor


TITLE Horticulture Outreach Advisor




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Director of the State Fruit Experiment Station

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Dean, College of Natural and Applied Sciences


The Horticulture Outreach Advisor develops and implements industry and public education programs in horticulture, effectively disseminates information for industry and public education and campus promotion, develops and maintains demonstration plantings, conducts applied research, and is involved in undergraduate education.


Education: A Master of Science degree in Horticulture, Plant Science or a related field is required.

Experience: Successful completion of a research or educational project is required. Experience as an educator is preferred.

Skills: Effective oral and written communication skills are required. Proficiency in writing, editing and producing educational and administrative publications is preferred. Familiarity with instructional technology including interactive videoconferencing and online instruction is preferred.

Effort: Physical requirements include lifting and carrying objects weighing up to 25 pounds. The ability to work outdoors in all seasons is required. Frequent and extended periods sitting at a microcomputer are required.


1. Provides the Public Education Advisory Programs of the State Fruit Experiment Station by developing and supervising the maintenance of public education gardens, developing, maintaining, and evaluating horticulture educational programs, tours, events, and projects that address industry and community needs, identifying, securing, and utilizing internal and external resources to promote programming efforts, and producing newsletters and publications to disseminate information.

2. Supports the Mountain Grove Campus by collaborating on applied horticultural research projects as needed, conducting applied research as needed, developing and teaching undergraduate courses as needed, and directing undergraduate interns in research or education projects as needed.

3. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as directed by the Director of the State Fruit Experiment Station.

4. Contributes to the overall success of the State Fruit Experiment Station by performing all other duties as assigned.


The Horticulture Outreach Advisor is supervised by the Director of the State Fruit Experiment Station and supervises support staff and student interns.




Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 3 - 1500 Points: Entry-level knowledge of the principles, concepts, practices, and methods of an administrative, managerial, technical, or professional specialty. Knowledge permits employee to carry out basic recurring tasks and routine portions of assignments or to carry out less demanding professional elements of assignments in professional or technical areas including accounting or auditing, financial management, business administration, human resources, law, engineering, science, or medicine, while gaining familiarity with the University's policies and goals, business practices, and/or accounting systems. This level of knowledge permits the employee to schedule and carry out the steps of a limited operation or project, or to complete stages of a multi-phase project. Alternatively, knowledge at this level might also permit the employee to carry out recurring tasks and routine assignments requiring moderate experience in specific areas within higher education. Knowledge at this level is typically acquired through a combination of formal education and/or training and experience that includes a requirement for a college degree in a specific technical or professional specialty. Knowledge requirements may also include a limited amount of related work experience. Alternatively, equivalent knowledge requirements at this level include a non-technical or general Bachelor's degree requirement with a moderate level of additional related work experience or a non-specific Master's degree requirement with some related work experience.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 2 - 130 Points: Regular, but limited, supervision, training, or directing the work assignments of (a) small numbers of student, part-time or temporary workers, or (b) one or more permanent, full-time employees. The nature of supervision is largely confined to scheduling work and assigning tasks. Supervision at this level typically does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities, and supervisory duties typically do not consume a large portion of the work day.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 3 - 250 Points: The purpose of interactions is to advise or counsel others to solve recurring and structured problems, and/or to plan or coordinate work efforts with other employees who are working toward common goals in situations where relationships are generally cooperative. Interactions are moderately structured and routine and may involve employees in different functions, students, and/or the general public. These types of interactions require normal interpersonal skills.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 3 - 500 Points: The employee operates under general supervision expressed in terms of program goals and objectives, priorities, and deadlines. Administrative supervision is given through statements of overall program or project objectives and available resources. Administrative guidelines are relatively comprehensive and the employee need only to fill in gaps in interpretation and adapt established methods to perform recurring activities. In unforeseen situations, the employee must interpret inadequate or incomplete guidelines, develop plans, and initiate new methods to complete assignments based on those interpretations. Assignments are normally related in function, but the work requires many different processes and methods applied to an established administrative or professional field. Problems are typically the result of unusual circumstances, variations in approach, or incomplete or conflicting data. The employee must interpret and refine methods to complete assignments. Characteristic jobs at this level may involve directing single-purpose programs or performing complex, but precedented, technical or professional work.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 3 - 850 Points: Work involves providing significant support services to others both within and outside of the department that substantially influences decision-making processes. Work activities are complex and others rely on the accuracy and reliability of the information, analysis, or advice to make decisions. Work activities have a direct, but shared, impact on further processes or services, affect the overall efficiency and image of the department, and may have material impact on costs or service quality within the cost center. Incumbents may be responsible for identifying areas of need and for developing proposals that request funding to fulfill those needs.