Cornell University, Cornell Cooperative Extension

Program ID:Cornell-Cornell Cooperative Extension-VEGETABLECROPSSPECIALISTPOTATOCVP [#13005, WDR-00017327]
Program Title: Vegetable Crops Specialist - Cornell Vegetable Program (Cooperative Extension) Western New York
Program Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Horticulture
Plant Pathology
Crop Production
Agricultural and Resource Economics
Entomology (more...)
Appl Deadline:2019/01/20 11:59PMhelp popup* finished (2018/12/17, finished 2019/03/28, listed until 2019/01/20)

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Vegetable Crops Specialist
Extension Associate
Cornell Cooperative Extension
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Cornell University
Western 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.

The Cornell Vegetable Program is one of the premier regional agricultural teams in New York State: a Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) partnership between Cornell University and the CCE Associations in a large multi-county region in the western and central parts of the state. The team's Vegetable Specialists work together with Cornell faculty and Extension Educators statewide to address the issues that impact the commercial vegetable industry. The Cornell Vegetable 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 vegetable crops, contributing to the viability of farms and the economic wellbeing of New York State. Specifically, the program focuses on food safety, variety evaluation, market development, pest management, soil health, post-harvest handling/storage and cultural practices.

The Cornell Vegetable Program is supported, in part, by fourteen county Cornell Cooperative Extensions of Western New York: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Monroe, Niagara, Ontario, Orleans, Oswego, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne and Yates Counties.

Focus of the position:

Provide leadership for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs that address vegetable grower identified needs and opportunities. While working across a variety of vegetable crops, this position will provide leadership for the team for commercial potato and dry bean production and adoption of principles and practices leading to economical and environmentally sound use of crop inputs to maximize quality, profitability, and sustainability. Additional emphasis is on the demonstration and adoption of production and harvest handling practices that impact post-harvest vegetable quality to include: harvesting, handling and storage of vegetables, including the role of pre-harvest factors, and implementation of post-harvest technologies.

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.
  • 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 field demonstrations and in-depth applied research projects appropriate to the needs of the commercial fresh market vegetable industry in Western New York.
  • Meet the evaluation and reporting requirements of funding partners.
  • Support team efforts in communication with stakeholders and partners.
  • 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 work teams, ad-hoc committees and advisory groups.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities, conferences and workshops 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 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. 
  • 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, 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 (including potatoes), Post-harvest handling and storage technology, Economics of Production, Pest Management, Weed Science, Plant Pathology, Soils, Adult Education, and Communications.
  • Solid knowledge in current and emerging issues and production practices related to vegetable crops based on 3+ years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience in initiating and conducting field demonstrations and in-depth applied research in general vegetable culture including pest management (weeds, insects, diseases), plasticulture, soil fertility and stand establishment.
  • Experience in writing grant proposals.

To apply:

Please apply via Academic Jobs On-line (

Qualified candidates should submit a short cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion via the website.

Applications will be reviewed as received, continuing until a suitable applicant is identified. For more information, please contact Julie Kikkert at Additional information about the Cornell Vegetable Program can be found at

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