Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University

Position ID:Cornell-Cornell Cooperative Extension-VEGETABLECROPSSPECIALISTCVP [#10977, WDR-00014129]
Position Title: Vegetable Crops Specialist (Cornell Cooperative Extension); East Aurora, New York
Position Location:East Aurora, New York 14052, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Agronomy
Soil Science
Plant Pathology
Agricultural and Resource Economics
Crop Production (more...)
Appl Deadline:2018/04/30* finished (2018/03/16, finished 2019/02/20, listed until 2018/09/16)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Vegetable Crops Specialist
Extension Associate
Cornell Cooperative Extension
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Cornell University

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) provides the educational outreach functions for Cornell University’s role as New York State’s Land Grant University.  This mission is to put knowledge to work in pursuit of economic vitality, ecological sustainability and social well-being. We bring local experience and research based solutions together, helping New York State families and communities thrive in our rapidly changing world.

The Cornell Vegetable Program (CVP) is one of the premier agricultural extension programs in New York, serving a large multi-county region in the Central and Western part of the state. The team’s Vegetable Specialists work together with Cornell faculty and extension educators statewide to address the issues that impact the industry. The CVP provides educational programs and information to growers, processors and agri-business professionals, arming them with the knowledge to profitably produce and market safe and healthful vegetable crops, contributing to the viability of farms and the economic well-being of New York State. The Cornell Vegetable Program is supported, in part, by thirteen county Cornell Cooperative Extensions of Western New York:  Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Seneca, Wayne and Yates Counties.

Provide commercial vegetable growers and industry representatives with the knowledge and educational resources necessary to assess production and management practices that will enhance their profitability and sustain the growth of the vegetable industry in Western New York. Provide leadership for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs that address producer identified needs and opportunities.  Emphasis is in the area of commercial fresh market vegetable production and adoption of principles and practices leading to economical and environmentally sound use of crop inputs to maximize quality, profitability, and sustainability.

The job duties include:

  • Provide producers and industry with a framework to analyze production and management alternatives and to maximize profit opportunities based on emerging best-management practices.
  • Plan and implement educational programs utilizing a variety of methods including direct teaching through group experiences, mass media, newsletters, electronic technology, use of the internet and distance learning. 
  • Analyze and evaluate major program efforts with the input of all program partners and make recommendations for enhancing these efforts.
  • Initiate and conduct field demonstrations and in-depth applied research projects appropriate to the needs of the commercial fresh market vegetable industry in Western New York.
  • Meet the evaluation and reporting requirements of funding partners.
  • Responsible for routine operations, reporting and accountability.
  • Individually and collaboratively explore and pursue new and additional funding sources to enhance and extend program opportunities.
  • Foster strong collaboration among faculty, peers, and industry.

This position is full-time and will be housed at CCE Erie County in East Aurora, New York. This is a three-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Agriculture from an accredited institution with a major in Vegetable Crops, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Entomology or closely associated fields.
  • 2+ years of relevant work experience in Agribusiness, Crop Production, Cooperative Extension, or closely related fields. 
  • Experience in conducting, interpreting, evaluating and communicating the results of applied research.
  • Knowledge of the philosophy, objectives and operation of an informal education system such as Cornell Cooperative Extension.
  • Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work with diverse audiences in group and one-on-one settings; working effectively with advisory boards and committees, community and funding partners.
  • Proven organizational and time-management skills.
  • Ability to define, conduct and interpret applied research and demonstration projects.
  • Successful experience obtaining new funding including grants and industry support.
  • Strong leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Fundamental competence utilizing current technology as a management and program delivery tool.
  • Appreciation of Agriculture as a business and as a lifestyle.
  • Creativity, energy, motivation and positive enthusiasm.
  • Ability to meet the travel requirements of the job.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as essential job functions require.
  • Must possess or have the ability to acquire a New York State Certified Pesticide Applicators License within one year from start date.
  • Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position, and have reliable transportation as well as have and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Coursework in Weed Science, Crop Production, Economics of Production, Pest Management, Plant Pathology, Soils, Adult Education, and Communications.
  • Solid knowledge in current and emerging issues and production practices related to vegetable crops based on 3+ years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience in initiating and conducting field demonstrations and in-depth applied research in general vegetable culture including pest management (weeds, insects, diseases), plasticulture, soil fertility and stand establishment.
  • Experience in writing grant proposals.

To apply:

Please apply via Academic Jobs On-line (

Qualified applications should submit a cover letter, résumé, names of at least three individuals who can be contacted to provide letters of recommendation.

Applications will be reviewed as received, continuing until a suitable applicant is identified. For more information, please contact Julie Kikkert at Additional information about the Cornell Vegetable Program can be found at

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