Lake Erie Regional Grape Program
Cornell Cooperative Extension
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE)
provides the educational outreach functions for Cornell University’s role as
New York State’s Land Grant University.
Programmatically, Cornell Cooperative Extension connects the College of
Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and the College of Human Ecology (CHE)
with 55 off-campus Associations, Integrated Pest Management, New York State Sea
Grant, Area Specialists, and CCE New York City.
The Lake Erie Regional Grape Program
consists of Extension Educators and research faculty/staff from Cornell
University and Penn State University devoted to projects aimed at increasing
yields, product quality, diversity and improvement of cultivars, efficiency of
production, profitability and adoption of environmentally sound cultural and
pest management strategies. There are approximately 30,000 acres of vineyard in
the Lake Erie region of New York and Pennsylvania grown on 840 farms, making
this the largest grape growing region outside of California. The Lake Erie
Regional Grape Program is supported, in part, by five county Cornell Cooperative
Extensions including: Cattaraugus,
Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara Counties in New York and Erie County in
Provide commercial grape
growers/producers with the knowledge and resources necessary to assess
production and management practices that will enhance their profitability and
sustain the growth of the juice and wine grape industry in the Lake Erie
The job duties include:
- Provide leadership for planning, implementing and
evaluating educational programs that addresses producer-identified needs and
opportunities. Emphasis is on grape
production including: soil and site selection, growth control, integrated pest
management, nutrition and water management, and harvest management.
- Provide producers and industry with a framework to
analyze production and management alternatives and to maximize profit
opportunities based on emerging best-management practices, new varieties,
consumer market demands, etc.
- Plan and implement educational programs utilizing a
variety of methods including direct teaching through group experiences, mass
media, newsletters, electronic technology and distance learning.
- Analyze and evaluate major program efforts with the
input of all program partners and make recommendations for enhancing these
- Prepare quarterly reports and yearly impact statements
on program progress and accomplishments.
- When necessary, pursue funding to support projects.
- Initiate and conduct field demonstrations and in-depth
applied research projects appropriate to the needs of commercial grape
production in the Lake Erie Region. When
necessary, pursue funding to support projects.
- Individually and collaboratively explore and pursue
new and additional funding sources to enhance and extend program opportunities.
- Support Cornell University and Cooperative Extension
system-wide initiatives through participation in program development work
teams, ad-hoc committees and advisory groups.
- Foster strong collaboration among faculty, peers, and
- Participate in professional development opportunities
appropriate to program and personal skill enhancement.
This position is full-time and will be located at the Cornell Lake
Erie Research and Extension Laboratory in Portland, New York. This is a three-year
appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.
- Masters Degree in Agriculture from an accredited institution
with a major in Viticulture, Horticulture, or closely associated field.
- 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; ability to work 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 external 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 (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Internet
and Web development).
- Appreciation of Agriculture as a business and as a
- Creativity, energy, motivation and positive enthusiasm.
- Ability to work evenings and weekends as essential job
- 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, including having reliable transportation or having and maintaining a
valid New York State driver’s license.
- Coursework in Weed Science, Crop Production, GIS, Economics
of Production, Pest Management, Plant Pathology, Soils, Adult Education, and
- Solid knowledge in current and emerging issues and
production practices related to bulk juice grape production based on 3+ years
of relevant work experience.
- Experience in initiating and conducting field demonstrations
and in-depth applied research on general viticulture topics, including soil
fertility, mechanization, and vine size management.
- Knowledge and/or experience in current and emerging Grape
and Wine Production and Marketing practices.
- Experience in writing grant proposals.
Please apply via Academic Jobs
Qualified applications should submit a cover letter, résumé, names of at
least three individuals who can be contacted to provide letters of
Applications will be reviewed as received, continuing until a suitable
applicant is identified. For more information, please contact Tim Weigle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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