Band F - Exempt Cornell Cooperative Extension College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Central New York
Who We Are
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. 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 throughout the State. Harvest New York Specialists respond to emerging issues and develop new opportunities using the research of Cornell University, the resources of Cornell Cooperative Extension and relationships with partnering organizations statewide.
What You Will Do
As the Emerging Crops Specialist, you will be responsible for providing leadership in planning and developing educational programs that emphasize the production and management of emerging crops. You will be developing a formal program that supports the growth and expansion of industrial hemp, hops, grains for the local craft beverage or bakery industry, or other emerging crops in New York State. Specific duties include:
Implementing educational programs utilizing a variety of methods.
Delivering one-on-one consultations with key producers and industry partners.
Communicating evaluation results to program partners and funders.
Building and maintaining effective relationships with the producers, consultants, and other industry representatives.
Participating in collaborative research projects with University and extension faculty and staff as well as other agencies and organizations.
Supporting communication efforts with stakeholders through production guides, newsletters, quarterly reports, news releases, evaluation plans, etc.
Responsible for day-to-day program operations and fiscal accountability.
Developing and pursuing a self-development plan that will enhance efforts within the program.
This position is full-time (40 hours/week) and will be located in Central New York, negotiable with the successful candidate. This is a one-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance. Moderate travel (approximately 60%) will be required throughout New York State.
What We Need
We are looking for an individual that excels at building relationships with multiple stakeholders to identify and address industry needs. We need someone who has an appreciation for agriculture in New York State and realizes the importance of building relationships with producers and processors. In this role, you will work across a wide geography within Central New York and contribute to multiple teams while developing their own unique program. Additionally, we need someone who has:
Bachelor's degree in Crop Science, Agronomy, Horticulture or related field with a demonstrated focus in agronomy and nutrient management and 3+ years of experience working in field crop, horticulture or other agricultural-related industries or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience with pest management and disease issues of crops.
Demonstrated strong commitment to extension in support of the crops industry and a willingness to collaborate with other staff in a multi-disciplinary, integrated approach commitment to extension education in support of the crop industry.
Ability to collaborate with other University staff, extension and industry personnel, and commercial farms.
Proven organizational and time-management skills.
Effective written and verbal communication skills.
Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work with diverse audiences in group and one-on-one settings.
Participate in industry-based research in cooperation with commercial growers.
Strong commitment to quality service, collaborative decision making, teamwork, and communication is essential.
Experience that demonstrates sound judgment, creativity, management, and problem-solving skills and the ability to work well within a team of professionals.
Ability to plan ahead and anticipate potential issues, with a strong ability for multi-tasking.
Fundamental competence utilizing current technology as a management and program delivery tool (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Internet, Social Media, and Web development).
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.
Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University.
If you possess these experiences and skills this may be the role for you! There are a few other qualifications that we would view as incredibly helpful in this role, to include:
Master's Degree in Crop Science, Agronomy or related field.
Prior experience with crop production and management
Certified Crop Advisor.
New York Certified Pesticide Applicator License.
Rewards and Benefits
We hope you appreciate great benefits. Cornell receives national recognition as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.
Our benefits program includes comprehensive health care options, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, and generous retirement contributions.
Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 12 holidays: e.g., an end-of-year winter break, from December 25 through January 1.
Cornell's impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Part-time Study and Employee Degree Program, Tuition Aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance program.
No relocation assistance is provided for this position. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
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