Cornell University, Cornell Cooperative Extension

Position ID:Cornell-Cornell Cooperative Extension-LIVESTOCKSPECIALIST [#8754, WDR-00009713]
Position Title: Livestock Specialist (Extension Associate – Cornell Cooperative Extension); Central New York
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Animal Science / Animal Science
Starting Date:2016/12/23
Appl Deadline:2017/02/28help popup* finished (2016/12/23, finished 2017/12/03, listed until 2017/02/28)
Position Description:    

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

Livestock Specialist 
Extension Associate 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 Central New York Dairy and Field Crops Team was formed to work with the dairy and field crop industry. The mission of this extension team is to provide high quality educational programs that address the needs of dairy and field crop producers within the following New York counties: Chenango, Fulton, Herkimer, Montgomery, Otsego, Saratoga and Schoharie.

The Livestock Specialist will provide commercial producers and the associated industry with the knowledge and educational resources in livestock production with business management and economics. The goal is to enhance profitability and sustain the growth of the livestock industries in central New York.

The job duties include:

  • Provide leadership for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs that address producer identified needs and opportunities with emphasis on livestock production along with business analysis for commercial livestock growers and other industry clientele. 
  • Plan and implement educational programs utilizing a variety of methods including direct teaching through group experiences, mass media, newsletters, electronic technology, use of the internet and distance learning. 
  • Analyze and evaluate major program efforts with the input of all program partners and make recommendations for enhancing these efforts.
  • Prepare quarterly reports, impact statements, and yearly success stories on program progress and accomplishments.
  • Initiate and conduct appropriate applied research and field demonstrations with both regional and statewide implications in production and economics of commercial livestock production as an educational outreach strategy.
  • Individually and collaboratively explore and pursue new and additional funding sources to enhance and extend program opportunities.
  • Participate in regional, statewide and national work groups related to the work of Cornell University, Cooperative Extension and the Commercial Dairy, Field Crops and Livestock Industries.
  • Foster strong collaboration among faculty, peers, and industry.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities, conferences and workshops appropriate to program and personal skill enhancement.

This position is full-time (40 hours/week) and will be located in the Central New York region. This is a three-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.

Required Qualifications:

  • Masters Degree in Agriculture from an accredited institution with a major in Animal Science or closely associated fields.
  • Coursework in Animal and Economic Sciences, Marketing, Labor Management, Adult Education, and Communications.
  • 2+ years of relevant work experience in Agribusiness, Livestock and/or Field Crops Production, Cooperative Extension, or closely related fields.   
  • Demonstrated knowledge of principles, theory, and research in commercial livestock production and business management.
  • Familiarity with production evaluation software.
  • Experience in conducting, interpreting, evaluating and communicating the results of applied research.
  • Fundamental competence utilizing current technology as a management and program delivery tool (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Internet and Social Media).
  • Proven organizational and time-management skills.
  • Successful experience obtaining new funding including grants and industry support.
  • Ability to define, conduct and interpret applied research and demonstration projects.
  • 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.
  • Strong leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • Creativity, energy, motivation and positive enthusiasm.
  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of relevant work experience.
  • Knowledge and experience in current and emerging issues and production practices of dairy, field crops and livestock farm businesses.
  • Familiarity with FINPACK©, Center for Farm Financial Management, University of Minnesota.
  • Appreciation of agriculture as a business and as a lifestyle.
  • Knowledge of the philosophy, objectives and operation of an informal education system such as Cornell Cooperative Extension.

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 Peter Landre at

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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