Location: Ithaca, New York
Ag Climate Resiliency Specialist (Cornell Cooperative Extension); Hudson Valley New York
Cornell University 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 and/or marginalized identities to apply.
Ag Climate Resiliency Specialist
Extension Support Specialist II
Band F - Exempt
Cornell Cooperative Extension
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Hudson Valley New York
Who We Are
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.
What You Will Do
The Climate Resiliency program provides research and educational support to New York agriculture to guide adaption and mitigation in response to Climate Change. You will help farmers maximize carbon sequestration potential through land management strategies, reduce and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, and provide guidance for farmers to contribute to New York State climate change goals. Specific duties include:
- Providing leadership for planning and developing educational programs emphasizing the adaptation and mitigation of climate change on New York State agriculture.
- Utilizing industry-based research to develop educational materials and programs.
- Evaluating educational programs that address grower-identified needs and opportunities; making recommendations to enhance program efforts.
- Assisting in preparing grants to support Program Generated Funds requirements for the program.
- Helping producers comprehend and navigate the legal/regulatory process related to carbon sequestration and "carbon credits".
- Preparing quarterly reports and yearly impact statements on program progress and accomplishments.
- Participating in collaborative research projects with University and extension faculty and staff as well as other agencies and organizations.
What We Need
We are looking for a talented individual who builds and maintains effective relationships with multiple stakeholders. We need someone who appreciates agriculture and wants to improve the climate resiliency of farm operations within New York State. You will work across the Hudson Valley and contribute to multiple teams while developing educational programs. Additionally, we need someone who has the following:
- Bachelor's Degree in Crop Science, Agronomy, Horticulture, Geology, Meteorology, or related field with a demonstrated focus in agricultural production and 3+ years of experience working in field crops, horticulture, or other agricultural-related industries, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Experience with digital agriculture tools such as Geographic Information System (GIS) for spatial modeling, monitoring and benchmarking metrics such as soil carbon, nutrients, erosion, etc.
- Demonstrated strong commitment to extension in support of agriculture and a willingness to collaborate with other staff in a multi-disciplinary, integrated approach to extension education.
- Able to collaborate with other University staff, extension and industry personnel, and commercial farms.
- Proven organizational and time-management experience.
- Effective written and verbal communication skills.
- Strong relationship-building experience with proven ability to work with diverse audiences in group and one-on-one settings.
- Participate in climate-related research in collaboration with faculty, elected officials and farmers.
- Strong commitment to quality service, collaborative solution-making, teamwork, and communication is essential.
- Experience that demonstrates sound judgment, creativity, management, and solution-finding skills.
- Able to work well within a team of staff.
- Experience in planning and anticipating potential issues, with a strong aptitude for multi-tasking.
- Fundamental knowledge in 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, and have reliable transportation as well as have and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State driver's license.
- Be able to work evenings and weekends as essential job functions require.
- Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
- 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, Precision Agriculture, or related field.
- Prior experience with crop production and management
- Certified Crop Advisor.
- New York Certified Pesticide Applicator License.
This position is full-time; it will be located in the Hudson Valley and will work across New York State. Moderate travel (about 30%) will be required throughout New York State.
This is a one-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.
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.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
No relocation assistance is provided for this position. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
How to Apply
You must submit both a resume/CV and a cover letter.
Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.
Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.
University Job Title:
Extension Supp Spec II
Pay Rate Type:
$62,841.00 - $73,031.00
Remote Option Availability:
Job Titles and Pay Ranges:
Noted pay ranges reflect the potential pay opportunity for each job profile. The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:
Prior relevant work or industry experience
Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position
Unique applicable skills
Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
Online Submission Guidelines:
Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application.
Notice to Applicants:
Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.