Cornell University, Cornell Cooperative Extension

Position ID:Cornell-Cornell Cooperative Extension-VITICULTUREEXTENSIONEDUCATOR [#11221, WDR-00014797]
Position Title: Viticulture Extension Educator (Extension Associate – Cooperative Extension); Portland, New York
Position Location:Portland, New York 14769, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Plant Pathology
Crop Production
Pomology (more...)
Appl Deadline:2019/01/13help popup* finished (2018/05/24, finished 2019/02/19, listed until 2019/01/13)
Position Description:    

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Viticulture Extension Educator
Extension Associate
Cornell Cooperative Extension
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Cornell University
Portland, 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.

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) provides the educational outreach functions for Cornell University’s role as New York State’s Land Grant University.  This mission is to put knowledge to work in pursuit of economic vitality, ecological sustainability and social well-being. We bring local experience and research based solutions together, helping New York State families and communities thrive in our rapidly changing world.

The Lake Erie Grape Program (LERGP), a combined program of Cornell and Penn State Universities, serves a large five-county region along Lake Erie in New York and Pennsylvania. The team’s Grape Specialists work together with Cornell and Penn State faculty and extension educators to address the issues that impact the industry. The Lake Erie Regional Grape Program  provides educational programs and information to growers, processors and agri-business professionals, arming them with the knowledge to profitably produce and market safe and healthful grape juice, wines, jams, jellies and table grapes, contributing to the viability of farms and the economic well-being of New York State.

This position provides 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 juice and wine grape industry in the Lake Erie region.  Provide 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, nutrition and water management, and harvest management.

The job duties include:

  • 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, and opportunities for diversification.
  • 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.
  • Initiate and conduct field demonstrations and in-depth applied research projects appropriate to the needs of commercial grape production in the Lake Erie Region. 
  • Meet the evaluation and reporting requirements of funding partners.
  • Assume responsibility for routine program operations, reporting and accountability.
  • Individually and collaboratively explore and pursue new and additional funding sources to enhance and extend program opportunities.
  • Foster strong collaboration among faculty, peers, and industry.

This position is full-time and will be housed in Portland, New York. 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 Viticulture, Horticulture, Pomology 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 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; 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.
  • Experience in writing grant proposals.
  • 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 Web development).
  • 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.
  • 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, and have reliable transportation as well as have and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State or Pennsylvania State driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 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 bulk juice / wine 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 size management.
  • Knowledge and / or experience in current and emerging Grape and Wine Production and Marketing practices.
  • Successful experience obtaining external funding, including grants and industry support.

To apply:

Please apply via Academic Jobs On-line (

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the names of at least three individuals who can submit letters of reference.

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

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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6592 West Main Road
Portland, New York 14769

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