Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University

Position ID:Cornell-Cornell Cooperative Extension-FRUITSPECIALIST [#9171, WDR-00010749]
Position Title: Fruit Specialist (Extension Associate – Cooperative Extension); Eastern New York
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Horticulture
Agricultural and Resource Economics
Crop Production
Starting Date:2017/05/15
Appl Deadline:2017/06/22* finished (posted 2017/05/15, finished 2017/11/27, listed until 2017/06/22)
Position Description:    

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

Fruit Specialist
Extension Associate
Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program
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.  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 Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program is one of the premier regional agricultural Cornell Cooperative Extension programs in New York, serving a large multi-county area in the Champlain Valley, Capital Region and Hudson Valley of the state. The team's Specialists work together with Cornell faculty and extension educators statewide to address the issues that impact the vegetable, tree fruit, small fruit and grape industries. The Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program provides educational programs and information to growers and agri-business professionals, arming them with the knowledge to profitably produce and market safe and healthful horticultural crops, contributing to the viability of farms and the economic wellbeing of New York State. Specifically, our program focuses on food safety, variety evaluation, market development, pest management, and cultural practices.

Provide commercial fruit growers, producers, consultants and industry representatives with the knowledge and educational resources necessary to assess production and management practices that will enhance their profitability, promote environmental stewardship and sustain the growth of the fruit industry in Eastern New York.

The job duties include:

  • Provide leadership for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs that address producer identified needs and opportunities. 
  • Identify and demonstrate new production technology and management alternatives for producers and industry to help them analyze the economic and environmental impact 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, social media, newsletters, electronic technology, and distance learning. 
  • Analyze and evaluate major program efforts with the input of all program partners.
  • 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 fruit production in the region.
  • Participate in regional, statewide and national work groups related to the work of Cornell University, Cooperative Extension and the Commercial Fruit Industry.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities, conferences and workshops appropriate to program and personal skill enhancement.

This position is full-time and will be located in the Eastern New York region. This is a three-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Horticulture, Agri-business, or closely related field.
  • 2+ years relevant work experience in Horticulture, Agri-business, Fruit Production, Cooperative Extension adult education, or closely related field
  • 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 University 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 (Microsoft Office, Internet, Social Media, WebEx, etc.).
  • 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.
  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Coursework in pomology, viticulture, plant physiology, soils, production economics, adult education, and communication.
  • 5+ years relevant work experience.
  • Knowledge and experience in current and emerging orchard and vineyard management and production practices.

To apply:

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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 Laura McDermott at  

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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