Cornell Cooperative Extension, Cornell University

Position ID:Cornell-Cornell Cooperative Extension-URBANAGRICULTURESPECIALIST [#9120, WDR-00010569 / WDR-00012322]
Position Title: Urban Agriculture Specialist (Extension Associate - Cooperative Extension); Brooklyn, New York
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Brooklyn, New York 11223, United States [map]
Subject Area: Horticulture
Appl Deadline:2017/05/31 finished (posted 2017/04/27, finished 2017/11/27, listed until 2017/05/31)
Position Description:    

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Urban 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.

Harvest New York is an innovative Cornell Cooperative Extension team that focuses on workforce development and business expansion projects that increase profitability and investment in key sectors of New York’s agriculture industry. Harvest New York Specialists respond to emerging issues and develop new opportunities using the research of Cornell University, the resources for Cornell Cooperative Extension and relationships with partnering organizations statewide. The five project areas covered by Harvest New York are: Dairy Food Processing and Marketing, Local Food Distribution and Marketing, Farm-Based Beverages, Livestock Processing and Marketing, and Farm Strategic Planning.


The Urban Agriculture Educator is responsible for planning, organizing, developing, implementing, and evaluating Extension educational programs for New York City commercial urban agriculture farmers.  Specifically, this position will provide leadership and delivery of educational programming related to urban agriculture including production, harvesting, packaging, marketing, food safety, and other sustainability issues.  Urban farm types include those producing in soil, greenhouses or vertical /enclosed facilities. The Educator will work closely with Cornell faculty, Regional Agriculture Teams and NYC Cornell Cooperative Extension to support research and extension on urban agriculture development and entrepreneurship.  The Educator will also facilitate partnerships with local and state agencies, elected officials, communities, landowners, residents, industry and environmental groups in developing economic urban farming opportunities while protecting, as well as advocating for a science-based and responsible approach to managing natural resources.

The job duties include:

  • Provide leadership for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs that address producer identified needs and opportunities. Identify urban agriculture and food system needs, issues, and opportunities in New York City and communicate these with local, state and regional collaborators.
  • Provide expertise and support for application of sustainable farming practices in soil, greenhouse and vertical farming operations, aquaponics and other emerging urban agriculture strategies.
  • Facilitate linkages among upstate and NYC farmers to support education, training and marketing of New York produce in NYC.
  • Compile or produce educational resources to support commercial urban agriculture development
  • Implement appropriate Evaluation Plan(s) to document program impacts and communicate these impacts to stakeholders.
  • Interpret and disseminate the latest research findings in the fields relevant to the position utilizing publications and state of the art education and communication techniques.
  • Implement targeted research and extension programs on urban farming practices, procedures, techniques and skills that will result in Best Management Practice adoption over time.
  • Participate in statewide, collaborative research projects with Harvest New York team, university and extension faculty and staff as well as other agencies and organizations.
  • Support team efforts in planning and implementing of regional and statewide events.
  • 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 Brooklyn, 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 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.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as essential job functions require.
  • 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 license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Coursework in Crop Production, Weed Science, Economics of Production, Pest Management, Plant Pathology, Soils, Adult Education, and Communications. 
  • Solid knowledge in current and emerging issues and production practices related to agriculture, preferably in an urban setting, based on 3+ years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience in initiating and conducting field demonstrations and in-depth applied research.
  • Experience in writing grant proposals.

To apply:

Please apply via Academic Jobs On-line (

Qualified applications 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 Craig Trowbridge at  

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

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