Cornell University, Cornell Cooperative Extension

Program ID:Cornell-Cornell Cooperative Extension-DIRECTOR [#12426, WDR-00016811]
Program Title: Director of Pesticide Management Education Program (Cooperative Extension; Ithaca, New York
Program Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Horticulture
Crop Sciences / Crop Sciences
Appl Deadline:2018/12/05 11:59PMhelp popup* finished (2018/10/18, finished 2019/08/29, listed until 2018/12/05)

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

Director of Pesticide Management Education Program
Extension Associate / Senior Extension Associate
Cornell Cooperative Extension
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Cornell University
Ithaca, New York

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) 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.

The Pesticide Management Education Program (PMEP), a Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) program, has been a nationally recognized leader in pesticide safety education for over 40 years. Whether enjoying New York-grown or processed food and beverages, dining out, benefitting from public health mosquito control programs and properly maintained right-of-ways, or hiring professionals to tackle pest problems from weeds to termites and bed bugs, virtually every New Yorker benefits from PMEP’s efforts to train agricultural producers and commercial businesses in the proper use and handling of pesticides.

PMEP fulfills its mission by developing pesticide applicator certification training manuals, providing live and online applicator training, producing the Cornell Crop and Pest Management Guidelines series, and responding to public inquiries regarding pesticides and pest management. In doing so, PMEP is a leader in providing education in areas such as groundwater protection, integrated pest management, pollinator protection, and protecting people from pesticide exposure.

The job duties include:

  • Providing leadership for the full breadth of the Pesticide Management Education Program to include the Pesticide Safety Education Program (PSEP) and the Pesticide Sales and Use Reporting (PSUR) groups.
  • Acting as the primary program liaison throughout Cornell and CCE and to lawmakers and government agencies, pesticide applicator certification and training program partners in other states, industry and special-interest organizations, the media, and the general public.
  • Fostering strong collaboration among faculty, peers, and industry.
  • Developing and delivering educational programs and materials related to pesticide safety and use.  
  • Managing program finances, including developing budgets.
  • Actively engaging in seeking out extramural sponsored and college funding opportunities, through grants and gifts, to contribute to support of the overall program.
  • Providing leadership for developing and submitting program comments regarding proposed state and federal regulations pertaining to pesticides.
  • Preparing quarterly reports, impact statements, and yearly success stories on program progress and accomplishments.
  • As appropriate, initiating and conducting in-depth applied research projects.

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

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in a related field (e.g., entomology, horticulture, crop sciences, plant science, other area relevant to pesticide use and safety).
  • 2+ years of relevant work experience in a pesticide-related field. 
  • Knowledge of the philosophy, objectives and operation of an informal education system such as Cornell Cooperative Extension.
  • Experience in interpreting, evaluating, and communicating the results of applied research.
  • Skilled at establishing and maintaining professional work relationships and networks.
  • Ability to work with CALS faculty and staff to develop applied research projects.
  • Ability to incorporate revenue generation into appropriate educational program initiatives including, but not limited to, program fees, partnership development and grant writing.
  • Experience in writing grant proposals.
  • Experience in budget development and management.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as essential job functions require.
  • 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.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated skill in developing written educational materials and conducting in-person training.
  • Knowledge of where pesticides fit within broader contexts such as Integrated Pest Management, food safety, and public health.
  • Fluent in Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Must hold New York State pesticide applicator certification or be able to obtain certification within one year of hire.
  • 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:

  • Ph.D. in a related area.
  • 10+ years of relevant work experience in a pesticide-related field.
  • Experience with InDesign, SharePoint, and Moodle.
  • Working knowledge of federal and New York State pesticide laws and regulations.

In order to be considered for an appointment as a Senior Extension Associate, minimum requirement includes a Master’s degree with 8+ years’ experience, however a PhD is preferred.

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Applications will be reviewed as received, continuing until a suitable applicant is identified. For more information, please contact Tom Overton at  

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