Extension Support Specialist I (Band E -Exempt) Cornell Cooperative Extension College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
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. 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.
Provide commercial crop and vegetable growers, consultants and industry representatives with the knowledge and educational resources necessary to advance precision agriculture and new technology applications to production and management practices that will sustain and enhance the profitability of the field crops and vegetable industries in Western New York. Apply cutting-edge technologies, which may include sensors, computer vision, robotic automation and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Global Positioning System (GPS) to agricultural production or management activities. Utilize computers to develop and analyze maps or remote sensing images to compare physical topography with data on soils, fertilizer, pests, or weather. Test and demonstrate in the field the uses and applications of cutting edge sensing, mapping and variable rate technologies with automatic tractor guidance systems, variable rate chemical input applicators, mechanical harvesting, surveying equipment, and computer mapping software.
In cooperation with team leaders, prepare quarterly reports, impact statements, and yearly success stories on program progress and accomplishments. Communicate evaluation results, findings, and make recommendations to program partners and funders. 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 (40 hours/week) and will be located at the CCE Genesee office in Batavia, New York. This is a one-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.
Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture or Applied Engineering from an accredited institution and 2+ years of relevant work experience in Agribusiness, Crop Production, Cooperative Extension, or closely related fields, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience in conducting, interpreting, evaluating and communicating the results of applied research.
Fundamental competence utilizing current technology as a management and program delivery tool (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Internet and Social Media).
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.
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.
Ability to lift up to 20 pounds.
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.
Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University.
3+ years of relevant work experience.
Master Degree in Agriculture from an accredited institution.
Coursework in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Image Processing, Precision Agriculture and Technology, Vegetable Production, Agronomy, Forage Production, Soil Science, Nutrient Management, Pest Management, Adult Education, and Communications.
Knowledge of current and emerging issues and production practices of vegetable, dairy and field crops.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
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