Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University

Position ID:Cornell-Cornell Cooperative Extension-VEGETABLECROPSSPECIALISTEASTERN [#11294, WDR-00015184]
Position Title: Vegetable Crops Specialist (Cornell Cooperative Extension); Plattsburgh, New York
Position Location:Plattsburgh, New York 12901, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Agronomy
Integrated Pest Management
Crop Production
Horticulture
Entomology (more...)
Appl Deadline:2018/08/01* (posted 2018/06/13, updated 2018/06/12, listed until 2018/08/01)
Position Description:    

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Vegetable Crops Specialist

Extension Associate

Cornell Cooperative Extension

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)

Cornell University

Plattsburgh, New York

 

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 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 cultural practices. 

This position will provide commercial vegetable growers and industry representatives with the knowledge and educational resources necessary to assess production and management practices that will enhance their profitability and sustain the growth of the vegetable industry in Eastern New York. Provide leadership for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs that address producer identified needs and opportunities.  Emphasis is on the demonstration and adoption of principles and practices leading to economical and environmentally sound use of crop inputs to maximize quality, profitability, and sustainability. 

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.
  • 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. 
  • Provide leadership for food safety initiatives for the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture region.
  • 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 the commercial vegetable industry in Eastern New York.
  • Meet the evaluation and reporting requirements of funding partners.
  • Responsible for routine 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 at CCE Clinton County in Plattsburgh, 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 Vegetable Crops, Horticulture, Plant Pathology, Entomology or closely associated fields.
  • 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 Web development).
  • Appreciation of Agriculture as a business and as a lifestyle.
  • Creativity, energy, motivation and positive enthusiasm.
  • Must possess or have the ability to acquire a New York State Certified Pesticide Applicators License within one year from start date.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as essential job functions require.
  • 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:

  • Coursework in Crop Production, Economics of Production, Pest Management, Food Safety, Plant Pathology, Soils, Adult Education, and Communications.
  • Knowledge and experience in current and emerging issues and production practices of vegetable crops, including food safety. 

To apply:  

Please apply via Academic Jobs On-line (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/11294).

Qualified applicants 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 Chuck Bornt at cdb13@cornell.edu. Additional information about the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program can be found at https://enych.cce.cornell.edu/.

 

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