Educator appointments with Penn State Cooperative Extension are usually based upon the employee providing forty-eight (48) weeks of service during a fifty-two (52) week calendar year. Occasionally, staff may be appointed for short-term positions lasting less than twelve (12) calendar months on a Fixed-Term basis. An employee appointed to a forty-eight (48) week standing appointment is provided with four weeks of paid time off for each year in which forty-eight (48) weeks of service are provided. Employees appointed during the calendar year shall have their paid time off pro-rated in the appropriate amount.


     One hundred percent appointments are those which are scheduled to exist 12 months a year, 40 hours per week. Appointments scheduled to work fewer months per year and/or fewer hours per week may be established also. Such positions can range from 75% to 99% (FTE) annually (July through June), if they carry the expectancy of regular recurrence.

Examples of 75% or greater FTE positions include:

  1. A position scheduled for 40 hours per week, 10 months a year = 83.3% FTE
  2. A position scheduled for 30 hours per week, 12 months a year = 75% FTE
  3. A position scheduled for 40 hours per week, 10 months a year and 20 hours per week, 2 months a year = 91.7% FTE