Precision Agriculture Specialist
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.
Provide commercial crop and vegetable
growers, consultants and industry representatives with the knowledge and
educational resources necessary to advance precision agriculture and new
technology applications to production and management practices that will
sustain and enhance the profitability of the field crops and vegetable industries
in Western New York. The Precision Agriculture Specialist will apply
cutting-edge technologies, which may include sensors, computer vision, robotic
automation and geographic information systems (GIS) and Global Positioning
System (GPS) to agricultural production or management activities. They will use
computers to develop and analyze maps or remote sensing images to compare
physical topography with data on soils, fertilizer, pests, or weather. They will test and demonstrate in the field
the uses and applications of cutting edge sensing, mapping and variable rate
technologies with automatic tractor guidance systems, variable rate chemical
input applicators, mechanical harvesting, surveying equipment, and computer
The job duties include:
- Provide leadership for planning, implementing and
evaluating educational programs that address grower identified needs and
opportunities in the area of precision agriculture including:
- Advancing Precision Agriculture and New Technologies to vegetable
and field crop growers.
- Conducting and / or supporting research in technology
innovation with regards to detection and management of crop pests (weeds,
insects, diseases), soil and nutrient management, water management, and
determination of crop maturity (ex. proper time to harvest processing
- 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.
- Initiate and conduct field demonstrations and in-depth
applied research projects appropriate to the needs of commercial vegetable and
field crop production in Western New York.
- 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 in Western New York.
This is a three-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding
- Master’s Degree in Agriculture, Applied Engineering or closely related field from an accredited institution.
- 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 (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Internet
and Social Media).
- 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 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 GIS, Image Processing, Precision Agriculture
and Technology, Vegetable Production, Agronomy, Forage Production, Soil
Science, Nutrient Management, Pest Management, Adult Education, and
- 5+ years of relevant work experience.
- Knowledge of current and emerging issues and production
practices of vegetable, dairy and field crops.
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