Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University

Position ID:Cornell-Cornell Cooperative Extension-PRECISIONAGRICULTURESPECIALIST [#8965, WDR-00010146]
Position Title: Precision Agriculture Specialist (Cooperative Extension); Western, New York
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Area: Agricultural and Resource Economics
Appl Deadline:2018/01/23* finished (posted 2018/01/17, finished 2018/09/27, listed until 2018/01/23)
Position Description:    

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

Precision Agriculture 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.

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 mapping software.

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 vegetables).
  • 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 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 industry.
  • 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 and performance.

Required Qualifications:

  • 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 lifestyle.
  • Creativity, energy, motivation and positive enthusiasm.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as essential job functions require.
  • Must be able to meet the extensive 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:

  • Coursework in GIS, Image Processing, Precision Agriculture and Technology, Vegetable Production, Agronomy, Forage Production, Soil Science, Nutrient Management, Pest Management, Adult Education, and Communications. 
  • 5+ years of relevant work experience.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging issues and production practices of vegetable, dairy and field crops.

To apply:

Please apply via Academic Jobs On-line ( The position will remain open until January 23, 2018.

Qualified applications should submit a cover letter, résumé, names of at least three individuals who can be contacted to provide letters of recommendation.

For more information, please contact Mike Stanyard at or Julie Kikkert at

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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