New Staff Orientation and Training

Welcome to UMaine Extension New Staff Orientation and Training!

Many of us currently working in UMaine Extension believe the organization will provide you an opportunity that is both professionally exciting and rewarding.

The following orientation videos, web pages, and training opportunities will help you get to know the organization, learn and reinforce customer service skills, and understand the requirements of your new position.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Assistant Director Fran Sulinski at or at 581.3186.

Video: Getting to Know the University of Maine Cooperative Extension (YouTube)

Upcoming Training Programs:

Trainings are offered via Zoom. All new staff will receive an email invitation from Angela Martin prior to the trainings. The invite will include the Zoom password. Please contact Angela with questions or to register: or 207.581.3739.

Current Series:

June 21, 2023, 9:00-10:30 a.m., via Zoom
Human Resources Things to Know

Click for Zoom Link: Human Resources Things to Know

Password: newemp

July 19, 2023, 9:00-10:30 a.m., via Zoom
Providing the Ultimate Customer Experience

Click for Zoom Link: Providing the Ultimate Customer Experience

Password: newemp

August 23, 2023
New Employee Meet and Greet on the Orono Campus

  • More information coming in early August.

September 13, 2023, 10:30 a.m.-12:00 Noon, via Zoom
Meeting our Civil Rights Obligations

Click for Zoom Link: Meeting our Civil Rights Obligations

Password: newemp

Please Note: If you are a campus-based Extension new staff member, you will be informed of campus-based safety and equal opportunity/sexual harassment training in your appointment letter. Please plan to attend those sessions since safety training is not available through Extension’s new employee training. If the Extension new employee sexual harassment/equal opportunity training fits your schedule better than the on-campus sessions, you may plan to attend with other new Extension employees. Please contact Angela Martin via email at or at 581.3739 or Fran Sulinski at or at 581.3186 if you have questions.

Ongoing Training Programs:

New Employee Onboarding Checklist:

Plugged In:

Visit and review topics relevant to your new position at UMaine Extension’s staff website, called Plugged In. Click on each of the topics in the top navigation bar of this website to become familiar with the many areas covered in our staff site. Specifically, review the Policies & Procedures Manual and complete the training programs listed above.

To obtain information about the University of Maine Cooperative Extension, please visit the public UMaine Extension website.