Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture
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 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
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 grape
and wine industry in Eastern New York. Provide
some support for berry production in concert with other team members.
The job duties include:
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 efforts.
- 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 grape production in the Lake Erie Region. When necessary, pursue funding to support
- 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
- Foster strong
collaboration among faculty, peers, and industry.
- Participate in
professional development opportunities appropriate to program and personal
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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 lifestyle.
- Creativity, energy,
motivation and positive enthusiasm.
- Ability to work
evenings and weekends as essential job functions require.
- 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
- Coursework in Weed
Science, Crop Production, GIS, Economics of Production, Pest Management, Plant
Pathology, Soils, Adult Education, and Communications.
- Solid knowledge in
current and emerging issues and production practices related to 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
- Knowledge and/or
experience in current and emerging Grape and Wine Production and Marketing
- Experience in writing
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 Peter Landre at email@example.com.
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