Researcher in Field Crops

Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Field Crops Specialist

Extension Associate
Cornell Cooperative Extension
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)

Cornell University

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. The Central New York Dairy, Livestock and Field Crops Team was formed to provide high-quality educational programs and applied research efforts that address the needs of dairy, livestock and field crop producers within this region.

What You Will Do

Provide commercial crop growers, producers, consultants and industry representatives with the knowledge and educational resources necessary to assess production and management practices that will enhance their profitability and sustain the growth of the dairy and field crops industry in Central New York. Provide leadership for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs that address producer identified needs and opportunities.  Emphasis is on the demonstration and adoption of principles and practices leading to the economical and environmentally sound use of crop inputs to maximize quality, profitability, and sustainability.

Specific duties include:

  • Providing producers and industry with a framework to analyze production and management alternatives and to maximize profit opportunities based on emerging best-management practices.
  • Planning and implementing educational programs utilizing a variety of methods including direct teaching through group experiences, social media, newsletters, electronic technology, use of the internet and distance learning. 
  • Analyzing and evaluating major program efforts with the input of all program partners and make recommendations for enhancing these efforts.
  • Preparing quarterly reports and yearly impact statements on program progress and accomplishments.
  • Initiating and conducting field demonstrations and in-depth applied research projects appropriate to the needs of commercial crop production in Central New York.
  • Meeting the evaluation and reporting requirements of funding partners.
  • Supporting team efforts of communication with stakeholders and partners.
  • Individually and collaboratively exploring and pursuing new and additional funding sources to enhance and extend program opportunities.
  • Supporting Cornell University and Cooperative Extension system-wide initiatives through participation in program work teams, ad-hoc committees, and advisory groups.
  • Participating in professional development opportunities, conferences and workshops appropriate to program and personal skill enhancement.

This position is full-time and will be located in Central New York, negotiable with the successful candidate. This is a three-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 Central New York and contribute to multiple teams while developing their own unique program. Additionally, we need someone who has:

  • Master’s Degree in Agriculture from an accredited institution with a major in Agronomy and or Field Crops, or closely associated agricultural 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 Social Media).
  • Appreciation of Agriculture as a business and as a lifestyle.
  • Creativity, energy, motivation and positive enthusiasm.
  • Must possess or have the ability to acquire a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) certification and 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.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as essential job functions require.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Coursework in Agronomy, Forage Production, Soil Science, Nutrient Management, Precision Agriculture, Pest Management, Adult Education, and Communications 
  • 5+ years of relevant work experience.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging issues and production practices of dairy and field crops.

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.
  • We invite you to follow this link to get more information: https://hr.cornell.edu/summaries-benefits.

To apply:

Please apply via Academic Jobs On-line (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/16110).

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. 

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