Cornell University, Section of Horticulture

Program ID:Cornell-Section of Horticulture-EXTASSOC [#13509, WDR-00018388]
Program Title: Extension Associate: Garden-Based Learning Program
Program Type:Other
Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Area: Horticulture
Appl Deadline:2019/04/30* finished (2019/03/29, finished 2019/06/24, listed until 2019/04/30)

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

Extension Associate – Garden-Based Learning Program (Adult Garden-Based Learning Leadership)
Section of Horticulture
School of Integrative Plant Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University’s second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being. 

Position Function

The Extension Associate will provide leadership in adult garden-based learning outreach to non-commercial audiences throughout New York State. Develop garden-based learning curricula, projects, and citizen science programs that use gardens and gardening as tools for connecting with audiences around priority areas identified by the School of Integrative Plant Science (SIPS) and Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) on plans of work (i.e., climate change, food security, environmental stewardship, community development). Support multipliers (e.g., CCE community horticulture and Master Gardener Volunteer learning networks) by cultivating campus to county connections and facilitating professional development and educator enrichment experiences that incorporate modern communication strategies while advancing quality garden-based learning experiences in NYS communities. Examine evidence and research in areas of garden-based learning as well as adult learning, peer learning networks, facilitation, community engagement, reaching diverse audiences and different ways of knowing to apply best practices in program efforts. Evaluate program efforts for their effectiveness and seek funds or generate revenue that supports launching new projects. Elevate the profile of the Cornell Garden-Based Learning (CGBL) program by participating in national meetings, establishing collaborations with colleagues across the country, and publishing in scholarly journals.

This is a three-year term appointment, with the possibility of extension dependent on successful performance and continued funding.

 Anticipated Division of Time:

100% Extension - Leadership in adult garden-based learning outreach to non-commercial audiences throughout New York State. This entails:

  • 35% Developing curricula, projects, and programs.
  • 25% Facilitating professional development and enrichment experiences.
  • 20% Collaborate with content experts and programs as well as human development researchers and program evaluation specialists.
  • 10% Connecting students with engaged learning experiences in Cornell.
  • 10% Seeking funds and/or generate revenue.

Supervision Exercised:

Operate independently, but at a minimum meet twice monthly with the other CGBL team members to ensure communication, coordination and collaboration on evaluation and program development for youth and adult audiences. Explore partnerships, seek input, and coordinate activities with other CALS faculty and staff that provide services, outreach or conduct applied research related to emerging issues in home, school, group, and community horticulture. Interact with graduate and undergraduate students through independent study projects or course instruction related to adult garden-based learning and cooperative extension networks.

Required Qualifications: 

Master's Degree in horticulture related field with two years relevant work experience in adult learning and program management/development

Preferred Qualifications:

Five years of relevant work experience, experience in Cooperative Extension or similar outreach to educator audiences and online course content management systems.


Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion via the link Review of applications will being immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the description.

Further Info:
134 Plant Science Building
236 Tower Road
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

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