Field Crops Specialist (Cornell Cooperative Extension); Southwest New York
Location: New York State, New York
Internal Number: WDR-00027966
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Field Crops Specialist
Extension Support Specialist I
Band E - Exempt Cornell Cooperative Extension College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Southwest New York
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented identities to apply.
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. The Southwest New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Program offers educational programming and research-based information to meet the needs of the field crops industry as related to forage and cash crop production and integrated with the dairy industry within the region. More information on the team can be found - https://swnydlfc.cce.cornell.edu.
What You Will Do
As the Field Crops Specialist, you will develop, deliver, and implement an integrated educational program for the Southwest New York region in field crop management. You will focus on forage and cash crop production, pest management, new technologies, and soil health/nutrient management for commercial growers and dairy/livestock producers. Other responsibilities include:
Evaluating educational programs that address grower-identified needs and opportunities; making recommendations to enhance program efforts.
Preparing quarterly reports and yearly impact statements on program progress and accomplishments.
Collecting data and participating in the experimental monitoring by collaborating with commercial growers and farms in the region.
Assisting in preparing grants in support of Program Generated Funds requirements for the program.
Utilizing industry-based research to develop educational materials and programs.
Coordinating and facilitating summer crop tours, pasture walks, field demonstrations, and research plots on cooperating farms and local industry representatives.
Conducting winter educational crop programs either in person or online/virtual (or hybrid).
This position is full-time (40 hours/week) and will be located in the Southwest region of New York. This is a one-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance. Moderate travel (about 30%) will be required throughout the region.
What We Need
We are looking for a dynamic individual that excels at building relationships with multiple stakeholders to identify and address industry needs. We need someone who appreciates the agricultural industry in New York State. In this role, you will work with producers across several counties in the Southwest region of New York and contribute to multiple teams while developing a unique and impactful extension and applied research program. Additionally, we need someone who has:
Bachelor's degree in Crop Science, Agronomy, or related field with a demonstrated focus in agronomy and nutrient management and 2+ years of experience working in the field crop industry or other agricultural-related industries or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Demonstrated strong commitment to extension in support of the field crops industry and a willingness to collaborate with other staff in a multi-disciplinary, integrated approach commitment to extension education in support of the field 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, and Web development).
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.
Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
Ability to work evenings and weekends as essential job functions require.
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, including:
Master's Degree in Crop Science, Agronomy, or related field.
Prior experience within the Field Crops Industry.
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, well-being, 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 13 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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