Current Position Openings

University of Minnesota Extension
Extension Educator, Agriculture & Horticulture

Location: Wright County - Buffalo, MN

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Brief Description: POSITION DESCRIPTION

Title: Extension Educator – Agriculture and Horticulture

Position: Funded by Wright County. Full-time, with primary office location in Buffalo, MN.

Extension Center: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR)

Location: Wright County Extension Office

Address:Wright County Extension
3500 Braddock Ave NE
Buffalo, MN 55313

Application Review: Initial deadline is April 8, 2019; Position is open until filled.

ABOUT THE COUNTY
Wright County lies in East Central Minnesota, bordered on the north by the Mississippi River and the east by the Crow River. Farmland, rivers and lakes characterize the landscape. This county is one of the fastest growing in the state with a population of approximately 130,000 due to the proximity to the Twin Cities. Major cities include Buffalo, St. Michael and Monticello. Crop and livestock production in Wright County includes corn, soybeans, forages, pastures, small grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy, beef and poultry. Wright County also leads Minnesota in the number of horses, ponies, mules, burros and donkeys. Market values for crop and livestock production are in excess of $227 million. There are untapped agriculture and horticulture opportunities due to the proximity to the Twin Cities.

ABOUT THIS POSITION
The University is looking for candidates with skills and experience in: engaging stakeholders in agriculture and horticulture; developing and strengthening networks; and teaching and facilitating informal educational programs that are relevant to Wright County. Emphasis areas of the position include commodity crops, forages, livestock, horticulture and small farms. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge to new and future programs that enhance and expand the programming in agriculture and horticulture. Special efforts will be required to maintain competency in multiple Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) discipline areas as well as knowledge of local/federal/state related programs.

THIS POSITION WILL:
1) Build relationships with agriculture, horticulture and natural resources professionals to foster educational efforts and economic development.
2) Provide relevant education and support to agriculture, commercial horticulture and forest-related enterprises.
3) Design/conduct educational programs and make them accessible and inviting to diverse participants.
4) Provide technical assistance and expertise in the areas of agriculture, commercial/consumer horticulture and forest products/management.
5) Communicate effectively and positively with colleagues and stakeholders about the work.

For example:
• Design, develop, deliver/implement and evaluate local AFNR programs in order to connect community needs to expertise and expectations. Engage with producers/consumers, agricultural professionals, horticulture professionals, Extension Master Gardener’s and stakeholders to build rapport and working relationships to benefit educational efforts.
• Provide volunteer coordination, leadership and management of the Extension Master Gardener Programs in Wright County. This work can include coordinating educational training for Master Gardeners and the public; recruitment activities; coordinating of Master Gardener speaking and volunteering requests; organizing events; and assisting with efforts to support the state Master Gardener Program including communication items such as providing updates and reporting.
• Foster and contribute to a positive work climate by developing and maintaining effective county, regional, university and state partnerships that further the development and delivery of Extension educational programs.
• Engage with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies, Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD), Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Wright County departments, noxious weed inspector, and agricultural and horticulture professional organizations to provide educational programs relevant to the county.
• Provide technical assistance, engage in information sharing, and respond to local needs in the areas of agriculture and horticulture.
• Ensure that Extension programs, facilities, committees, and employment opportunities are accessible to new, diverse, and historically underserved audiences.
• Grow as a professional through publication, attendance at conferences, self-directed study and other means.
• Document your professional performance using the annual performance review, professional plan of work and promotion for educators without rank.

QUALIFICATIONS
Required Education: Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is preferred. At least one degree in an agriculture or horticulture related discipline is required, i.e., agronomy, soils, livestock production, agricultural economics, horticulture, natural resources and/or agricultural education.

Required Skills/Abilities:
• Demonstrated ability to create new educational programs based upon past successes or failures.
• Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated capacity to develop and maintain positive working relationships with colleagues, partners and various stakeholders.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
• Skilled in Microsoft office programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Preferred Skills/Abilities:
• Current knowledge in crop, horticulture and livestock systems.
• Experience developing and conducting educational programs.
• Commitment to ongoing professional development.
• Experience using technology for communication, information-finding, teaching and report writing.
• Ability to articulate public value of educational programming in agriculture and horticulture.
• Previous experience as an Extension professional or other educationally-related position (within agriculture production systems) is preferred.

APPOINTMENT/BENEFITS
1. The Extension Educator position (9625ST) has an annual University Professional & Academic appointment. Renewal is dependent on local funding, program needs, performance, and results.
2. University of Minnesota benefits package includes medical, dental, life and retirement plans listed at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/new-employees/benefits-summaries
3. Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy. (Must use personal cell phone, provide own means for traveling throughout the state, and legally required vehicle insurance.
4. Salary commensurate with education and experience.

ABOUT EXTENSION
The University of Minnesota Extension is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota, a land grant institution with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. The mission of the University of Minnesota Extension is “Making a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota.” https://extension.umn.edu/

TO APPLY
Job Opening ID: 329243

Please apply online at: https://extension.umn.edu/about-extension/careers
Applications must be submitted online to be considered for this position. Please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application. Please include the following attachments with your online application:
● Vitae or resume
● Cover letter
Three professional letters of reference and transcripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) may be required during the interview process.

After submitting your application, additional documents may be attached by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents there.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please email employ@umn.edu or call 612-624-UOHR (8647).

For questions about this position, please contact:
Nathan Winter, Program Leader, Extension Center for Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, wint0146@umn.edu or call 320-583-2257.

For questions about this position, please contact:
Tiffany McMillan, Extension Human Resources, tiffmcm@umn.edu.

APPLICATION REVIEW
Initial application deadline is April 8, 2019. Position is open until filled.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the successful completion of a background check.

The University of Minnesota Extension is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status or sexual orientation.

Application Deadline: 04/08/2019


University of Minnesota Extension
Extension Educator, Agriculture Production Systems

Location: Norman County - Ada, MN

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Brief Description: POSITION DESCRIPTION

Title: Extension Educator – Agriculture Production Systems

Classification: Assistant Extension Educator (Job Code 9625ST)

Position: .80 Full Time Equivalent (FTE)/32 hours per week. Funded by Norman County at 60% and 20% by the University of Minnesota Extension. Primary office location in Ada, MN.

Extension Center: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR)

Location: Norman County Extension Office
16 3rd Avenue East, Suite 107
Ada, MN 56510

Application Review: Initial deadline is April 12, 2019; Position is open until filled.

ABOUT THE COUNTY
Norman County is located in the Red River Valley of Minnesota, one of the great farming regions of the world. To the east it is bounded by Mahnomen County, to the south by Clay County, and to the north by Polk. The western boundary is formed by the Red River of the North. The county is made up of twenty-four townships. Norman County has an approximate land area of 566,500 acres. The 581 farms in Norman County make up a land area of 457,670 acres. The average size farm is 788 acres.

ABOUT THIS POSITION
The University is looking for candidates with skills and experience in: engaging stakeholders in agriculture; developing and strengthening networks; and teaching and facilitating informal educational programs that are relevant to Norman County. Emphasis areas of the position include commodity crops and livestock. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge to new and future programs that enhance and expand the programming in agriculture and horticulture. Special efforts will be required to maintain competency in multiple Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) discipline areas as well as knowledge of local/federal/state related programs.

THIS POSITION WILL:
1) Build relationships with agriculture professionals to foster educational efforts and economic development.
2) Provide relevant education and support to agriculture-related enterprises.
3) Design/conduct educational programs and make them accessible and inviting to diverse participants.
4) Provide technical assistance and expertise in the areas of agriculture and commercial/consumer horticulture.
5) Assist Norman County with the Noxious Weed Program.
6) Communicate effectively and positively with colleagues and stakeholders about the work.

For example:
• Design, develop, deliver/implement and evaluate local AFNR programs in order to connect community needs to expertise and expectations. Engage with producers/consumers, agricultural professionals, and stakeholders to build rapport and working relationships to benefit educational efforts.
• Provide coordination for the Norman County Noxious Weed Program by working with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Norman County Township Supervisors.
• Assist with special projects that could include curriculum development and coordination that supports Local Extension Educator efforts in Minnesota. This work could include farm safety and small farm educational efforts.
• Foster and contribute to a positive work climate by developing and maintaining effective county, regional, university and state partnerships that further the development and delivery of Extension educational programs.
• Engage with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies, Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD), Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Norman County departments and agricultural professional organizations to provide educational programs relevant to the county.
• Provide technical assistance, engage in information sharing, and respond to local needs in the areas of agriculture and horticulture.
• Ensure that Extension programs, facilities, committees, and employment opportunities are accessible to new, diverse, and historically underserved audiences.
• Grow as a professional through publication, attendance at conferences, self-directed study and other means.
• Document your professional performance using the annual performance review, professional plan of work and promotion for educators without rank.

QUALIFICATIONS
Required Education: Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is preferred. At least one degree in an agriculture related discipline is required, i.e., agronomy, soils, livestock production, agricultural economics, natural resources and/or agricultural education.

Required Skills/Abilities:
• Demonstrated ability to create new educational programs based upon past successes or failures.
• Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated capacity to develop and maintain positive working relationships with colleagues, partners and various stakeholders.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
• Skilled in Microsoft office programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.


Preferred Skills/Abilities:
• Current knowledge in crop and livestock systems.
• Experience developing and conducting educational programs.
• Commitment to ongoing professional development.
• Experience using technology for communication, information-finding, teaching and report writing.
• Ability to articulate public value of educational programming in agriculture.
• Previous experience as an Extension professional or other educationally-related position (within agriculture production systems) is preferred.

APPOINTMENT/BENEFITS
1. The Extension Educator position (9625ST) has an annual University Professional & Academic appointment. Renewal is dependent on local funding, program needs, performance, and results.
2. University of Minnesota benefits package includes medical, dental, life and retirement plans listed at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/new-employees/benefits-summaries
3. Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy. (Must use personal cell phone, provide own means for traveling throughout the state, and legally required vehicle insurance.
4. Salary commensurate with education and experience.

ABOUT EXTENSION
The University of Minnesota Extension is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota, a land grant institution with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. The mission of the University of Minnesota Extension is “Making a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota.” https://extension.umn.edu/

TO APPLY
Job Opening ID: 329156

Please apply online at: https://extension.umn.edu/about-extension/careers
Applications must be submitted online to be considered for this position. Please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application. Please include the following attachments with your online application:
• Vitae or resume
• Cover letter
Three professional letters of reference and transcripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) may be required during the interview process.

After submitting your application, additional documents may be attached by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents there.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please email employ@umn.edu or call 612-624-UOHR (8647).

For questions about this position, please contact:
Nathan Winter, Program Leader, Extension Center for Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, wint0146@umn.edu.

For questions about this position, please contact:
Tiffany McMillan, Extension Human Resources, tiffmcm@umn.edu.

APPLICATION REVIEW
Initial application deadline is April 12, 2019. Position is open until filled.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the successful completion of a background check.

The University of Minnesota Extension is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status or sexual orientation.

Application Deadline: 04/12/2019


University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Extension Educator – Beef Systems (Webster County)

Location: Red Cloud, Nebraska

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Brief Description: Do you have the drive to help us with critical issues facing the beef industry? Can you be a strong regional expert and develop focused, comprehensive learning programs on topics such as planning resiliency to drought into grass and forage resources, as well as integrating latest genetics, reproduction or nutrition technologies into your beef operation? University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension is an organization that values individuals who excel, adapt easily, exhibit passion for helping others, and are excellent communicators. As a member of the UNL Extension team you will collaborate with research and extension faculty who are leaders in their field. You will work with high performing teams to create and deliver world class, innovative learning experiences that empower Nebraskans to improve their lives around critical issues.

We have an excellent opportunity for a full-time faculty position located in Red Cloud, Nebraska and serving south central Nebraska. We want individuals who are self-directed and able to work in a flexible environment. The focus of this position will be beef cow/calf production systems.

Required Qualifications:
• Master’s degree required; one degree in range science, animal or veterinary science, or closely related field. Master’s degree must be completed by start date.
• Successful experience teaching in a formal or informal setting.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate (i.e. publications, presentations, web, and social media).
• Understanding of beef cow/calf production systems.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience in working with individuals, coworkers, and teams to accomplish individual and/or group goals, as evidenced by college, career, and/or community activities.
• Outstanding leadership skills as demonstrated by roles in college, career, and/or community activities.
• Ability to utilize electronic and online technologies for educational program delivery.
• Understanding of different ethnic and socioeconomic audiences and a commitment to developing and delivering both inclusive and targeted programming.
• Successful experience in developing financial support for educational programs including grant writing, fund generation, contracting and/or cost recovery efforts.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple priorities and programs.
• Minimum of 2 years’ experience with agricultural production similar to Nebraska systems.
• Successful experience in teaching beef and grassland systems topics in a formal or informal setting.
• Experience teaching beef producers or their advisors.
• Demonstrated ability to network with beef industry.

Review of applications will begin on April 8, 2019. Position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found or search is closed. Candidates must apply online at http://employment.unl.edu, requisition F_190019. Click “Apply for this Job;” or sign on and complete or review existing Information Form. You will be required to attach the following documents:
- Cover Letter
- Resume
- List of three professional references
- Transcripts (official or unofficial) or grade report listing courses taken, the institution where they were taken and final grade. Transcripts must be attached to the online application, attached to an email and sent to jmackin1@unl.edu, or faxed to 402-624-8010. Please make sure to black out your social security number before you send or upload your transcripts/grade report.

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See http://www.unl.edu/equity/notice-nondiscrimination.

Application Deadline: 04/08/2019


University of Delaware
Cooperative Extension Agent II, Kent County

Location: Dover, Delaware

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Brief Description: The University of Delaware Cooperative Extension serves as the link between the College of Agriculture & Natural Resources and local communities. Delaware Cooperative Extension delivers high quality, science-based information in the areas of agriculture, horticulture, youth development, and family & consumer sciences. This position will help support the agricultural community in Delaware, as part of a multi-disciplinary team of faculty and professionals in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The Agriculture Agent serves as a recognized local resource in commercial agriculture production. Working closely with the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension Agriculture team, the Agriculture Agent will identify and address important agriculture issues for farmers, crop consultants, and the commercial agriculture industry. Agricultural issues the Agent can expect to work on include agronomic and vegetable crop production, integrated pest management, irrigation, pasture and hay production, nutrient management, and business development. This may include frequent site visits, development and delivery of agricultural workshops in commercial crop production, participating in annual meetings such as Delaware Ag Week and Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School, and working together with the soil-testing laboratory and plant diagnostic clinic to provide technical assistance and services to industry clientele. This position will be located at the University of Delaware Paradee Building in Dover, Delaware and will report to the Kent County Extension Director.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Identify critical areas of concern related to commercial crop production in Kent County, Delaware. Plan, develop, and implement educational programs using science-based information to help address and resolve issues in the areas of commercial field crop production (corn, soybeans, small grains), commercial vegetable crop production (sweet corn, lima beans, and other vegetables), and forage crop management (hay and pasture).
• Employ a variety of educational delivery methods to help clientele (farmers, agriculture industry) understand and adopt new practices, procedures, and skills based on current science. Delivery methods include frequent on-site visits, newsletters, fact sheets, field demonstrations and tours, field trials, educational meetings, workshops, short courses, the Delaware Agronomy Blog and the UD Extension website
• Collaborate with other county-based Extension staff and with the various agricultural Extension Specialists in Delaware and the region. Responsibilities may include conducting applied field research, and participating in large educational meetings and workshops such as Delaware Agriculture Week and Mid-Atlantic Crop Management School.
• Work closely with various state and federal agencies including the Delaware Department of Agriculture, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, Kent Conservation District, Farm Service Agency, and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The Agent will also work with the local Farm Bureau, Delaware Soybean Board, and other producer organizations.
• Document and track program impact based on stated objectives, develop effective evaluation techniques, and enter this information into internal tracking software.
• Continue to develop own professional expertise and mentor less experienced Extension staff.
• Implement initiatives in support of the affirmative action plan; insure equal opportunity and access to Extension programs for all individuals.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• Bachelor’s degree plus four years’ experience or Master’s degree plus two years’ experience, in Extension teaching, research or closely related field in agronomy, soils, crops, or other related area.
• Ability to conduct applied research related to environmentally and economically viable agricultural production.
• Experience developing and delivering educational programs to the public.
• Evidence of service and demonstrated leadership skills working with the agricultural private sector, trade organizations, universities, and state and federal agencies.
• Successful record of forming strong working relationships with producers, agricultural organizations, academic colleagues, and the public.
• Effective communication, public relations, and interpersonal skills.
• Knowledge of Extension programming which involves responding to clientele and community needs.
• Proficient computer and technological skills including use of software for word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and website updates.
• Grant writing experience preferred.
• Travel using personal vehicle (mileage reimbursement provided).
• This position requires some irregular work hours, such as occasional nighttime and weekend work.

TO APPLY: For a complete list of requirements and job duties and to apply online, please visit the UDJOBS website at www.udel.edu/udjobs Job ID 106291 .
Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Delaware is an Equal Opportunity Employer which encourages applications from minority group members, women, individuals with a disability and veterans. The University's Notice of Non-Discrimination can be found at http://www.udel.edu/aboutus/legalnotices.html. Employment offers will be conditioned upon successful completion of a criminal background check. A conviction will not necessarily exclude you from employment.

Application Deadline: 03/31/2019


Cornell Cooperative Extension
Agriculture Issue Leader

Location: Tompkins County, NY

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Brief Description: Title: Agriculture Issue Leader
The Agriculture Issue Leader provides program leadership for the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of the agriculture and horticulture program area of the association.

The Agriculture Issue Leader will:
• Develop and deliver programs in a specific subject of broad importance to the Agricultural program area (Agriculture Economic Development, Food Systems, Ag & the Environment (e.g. climate smart agriculture, carbon farming, water issues, etc.) and Farmland Protection)
• Lead a team of program educators and volunteers implementing a range of educational programs
• Secure funds and effective management of resources available
• Develop programming that reflects responses to identified needs
• Collaborate with staff, volunteers, local community groups, and other stakeholders throughout the community region to address high priority issues and maximize effective use of community resources to bolster community and economic development.
• Serve as a senior member of the Association’s Leadership Team

This position is with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County, which serves our community’s diverse needs through responsive programs run by committed staff. With about 80 employees and over a thousand volunteers, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County strengthens youth, adults, families and communities through learning partnerships that put knowledge to work. Our office offers a friendly work environment that welcomes all forms of diversity, and places a value on work-life balance. It is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.

Qualifications:
• Minimum of a Master’s Degree in Agricultural related field and at least 4 years related experience in program development, delivery and management; a relevant PhD may substitute for 2 years experience.
• Demonstrated ability to effectively engage a diversity of stakeholders, committees or consultants in the development of program direction.
• Demonstrated experience in facilitating community engaged processes, building consensus, and achieving results, especially for underserved audiences.
• Ability to initiate, plan, organize, implement, teach and evaluate informal and innovative educational programs using a wide variety of program delivery methods.
• Demonstrated skills in effectively communicating complex information through oral, written, and visual channels, and through social media
• Broad understanding of regional, statewide and/or national agricultural issues and initiatives specifically in areas of: Agriculture Economic Development, Food Systems, Agriculture Environmental issues, and Farmland Protection
• Demonstrated ability to conduct research projects and understand, evaluate and summarize data for effective reporting. Demonstrated ability to provide supervision and guidance to staff and volunteers.
• Demonstrated ability to secure, develop, and manage resources.
• Significant grant writing and grant management experience.

Hours/Benefits: Position is full-time and includes full benefit package including health and dental insurance, retirement, life insurance and more.

Inquiries: Questions in advance of application should be directed to Kenneth Schlather, Executive Director, 607-272-2292 or email ks47@cornell.edu.

Application: Individuals interested in this position should apply on-line. A link to the full position description and application process is available at: ccetompkins.org/jobs. The posting will remain open until we have a suitable pool of candidates. Resume review will begin on March 28, 2019.
Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tompkins County
Education Center
615 Willow Avenue, Ithaca, NY 14850
Phone: 607-272-2292 / Fax: 607-272-7088
Email: tompkins@cornell.edu
Web: www.ccetompkins.org

All Cornell Cooperative Extension positions are contingent upon adequate performance and availability of funds.
Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive
of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Deadline: 03/28/2019


Cornell Cooperative Extension
Area Fruit Specialist - Extension Associate

Location: Western New York.

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Brief Description: Area Fruit Specialist
Extension Associate
Lake Ontario Fruit Program Cornell Cooperative Extension College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Cornell University
Western New York

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.

The Lake Ontario Fruit Program partners with Cornell Cooperative Extension of Wayne, Orleans, Niagara, Monroe, and Oswego Counties, Cornell University Cooperative Extension and faculty to provide educational programs for the commercial fruit industry, using research-based information to help the tree fruit and berry industries in New York compete in the world market and provide safe, high-quality produce for consumers.

Primarily, the objectives of the Lake Ontario Fruit Program are to maintain competitiveness and profitability of NY fruit farms in a global market; evaluate new technology for potential increases in efficiency through applied research; assist in the adoption and implementation of appropriate technologies; improve production and delivery of high quality fruit to consumers; and to reduce financial, legal, labor, environmental, and health risks.

Focus of the position:
Provide commercial fruit growers, producers, consultants and industry representatives with the knowledge and educational resources necessary to assess and adopt integrated pest management practices that will enhance their profitability and sustain the growth of the fruit industry in Western 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 Integrated Pest Management principles and practices leading to economical and environmentally sound use of pesticides to maximize fruit quality, profitability, and sustainability.

The job duties include:
• Provide producers and industry with a framework to analyze and implement pest management alternatives and to maximize profit opportunities based on emerging pests and best-management practices.
• Plan and implement educational programs utilizing a variety of methods including direct teaching through group experiences, mass media, newsletters, electronic technology, use of the internet and social media.
• Analyze and evaluate major program efforts with the input of all program partners and make recommendations for enhancing these efforts.
• Prepare quarterly reports, impact statements, and yearly success stories on program progress and accomplishments.
• Initiate and conduct field demonstrations and applied research projects using integrated approaches to manage insect pests, diseases, weeds, and others as appropriate to the needs of commercial fruit production in Western New York.
• Meet the evaluation and reporting requirements of funding partners.
• Support team efforts in communication with stakeholders and partners.
• Individually and collaboratively explore and pursue new and additional funding sources to enhance and extend program opportunities.
• 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 and will be located in Western New York. This is a three-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.

Required Qualifications:
• Masters Degree in Agriculture from an accredited institution with a major in Pest Management or closely associated field (entomology, plant pathology, etc.)
• 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 (Microsoft Office, Internet, Social Media and Web development).
• Appreciation of Agriculture as a business and as a lifestyle.
• Appreciation of the benefits/risks in the use of pesticides as tools in perennial fruit crop production.
• Creativity, energy, motivation and positive enthusiasm.
• Ability to work evenings and weekends as essential job functions require.
• Must possess or have the ability to acquire a 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.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Coursework in crop protection that compliments the Masters Degree focus: horticulture, pomology, plant physiology, soils, adult education, and communications.
• Knowledge and experience in current and emerging fruit crop production practices.
• Working knowledge of technical vocabulary and jargon common to Spanish-speaking workers on fruit farms.

To apply:
Please apply via Academic Jobs On-line (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/13132).
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.

Applications will be reviewed as received, continuing until a suitable applicant is identified. For more information, please contact Craig Kahlke at cjk37@cornell.edu. Additional information about the Lake Ontario Fruit Program can be found at https://lof.cce.cornell.edu/about_program.php.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Life. Changing.

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. Located in Ithaca, New York, Cornell's far-flung global presence includes the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus to be built on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

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

Application Deadline: 04/01/2019


University of Minnesota Extension
Extension Educator- Agriculture & Natural Resources

Location: St. Louis County Extension Office, Northland Office Center

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Brief Description: POSITION DESCRIPTION

Title: Extension Educator – Agriculture Production and Natural Resources

Position: Funded by St. Louis County. Full-time, with primary office location in Virginia, MN

Extension Center: Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR)

Location: St. Louis County Extension Office, Northland Office Center

Address: St. Louis County Extension Office
Northland Office Center
307 First Street South, Suite 105
Virginia, MN 55792

Application Review: Initial deadline March 17, 2019; Position open until filled.

ABOUT THE COUNTY
St. Louis County is located in northeastern Minnesota and has a population of 200,000. It covers over 7,000 square miles and extends from the southern tip of Lake Superior to the Canadian Border. It is the largest county in the U.S., east of the Mississippi River. The area is known for its spectacular natural beauty including more than 500 sparkling lakes, a national forest, a national park, four state parks, and its rich iron range mining history. Agriculture in St. Louis County includes cattle/calves, poultry, goats, forages, pastures, small grains, fruit, and vegetable crops which accounts for market values in excess of $17 million. With such an expansive geographic region, there are opportunities for untapped agriculture, horticulture and natural resources in the area.

ABOUT THIS POSITION
The University is looking for candidates with skills and experience in: engaging stakeholders in agriculture, horticulture and natural resources; developing and strengthening networks; and teaching and facilitating informal educational programs that are relevant to St. Louis County. Emphasis areas of the position include forages, beef production, small farms, commercial horticulture, forest products and private woodland management. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability to apply knowledge to new and future programs that enhance and expand the programming in agriculture, horticulture and forest products/management for private woodlands. This educator will also work closely with the horticulture educator in Duluth to coordinate programming and the Extension Master Gardener program. Special efforts will be required to maintain competency in multiple Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (AFNR) discipline areas as well as knowledge of local/federal/state related programs.

THIS POSITION WILL:
1) Build relationships with agriculture, horticulture and natural resources professionals to foster educational efforts and economic development.
2) Provide relevant education and support to agriculture, commercial horticulture and forest related enterprises.
3) Design/conduct educational programs and make them accessible and inviting to diverse participants.
4) Provide technical assistance and expertise in the areas of agriculture, commercial/consumer horticulture and forest products/management.
5) Communicate effectively and positively with colleagues and stakeholders about the work.

For example:
• Design, develop, deliver/implement and evaluate local AFNR programs based on local needs and expectations. Engage with producers, agricultural professionals, private woodland owners, county foresters, land management professionals and stakeholders to build rapport and working relationships to benefit educational efforts.
• Foster and contribute to a positive work climate by developing and maintaining effective county, regional, university and state partnerships that further the development and delivery of Extension educational programs.
• Work in collaboration with St. Louis County horticulture educator. Engage with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) agencies, Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD), Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), county environmental and land management services, noxious weed inspector, and agricultural and natural resources professional organizations to provide educational programs relevant to the county.
• Provide technical assistance, engage in information sharing, and respond to local needs in the areas of agriculture, forest products and private woodland management.
• Ensure that Extension programs, facilities, committees, and employment opportunities are accessible to new, diverse, and historically underserved audiences.
• Grow as a professional through publication, attendance at conferences, self-directed study and other means.
• Document your professional performance using the annual performance review, professional plan of work and promotion for educators without rank.


QUALIFICATIONS

Required Education: Bachelor’s degree is required; Master’s degree is preferred. At least one degree in an agriculture or natural resources related discipline is required, i.e. agronomy, soils, livestock production, agricultural economics, natural resources, forestry and/or agricultural education.

Required Skills/Abilities:
• Demonstrated ability to create new educational programs based upon past successes or failures.
• Demonstrated strong oral and written communication skills.
• Demonstrated capacity to develop and maintain positive working relationships with colleagues, partners and various stakeholders.
• Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
• Skilled in Microsoft office programs such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

Preferred Skills/Abilities:
● Current knowledge in livestock systems, crop, horticulture, and knowledge of basic forest management.
● Experience developing and conducting educational programs.
● Commitment to ongoing professional development.
● Experience using technology for communication, information finding, teaching and report writing.
● Ability to articulate public value of educational programming in agriculture and natural resources.
● Previous experience as an Extension professional or other educationally related position (within agriculture production systems) is preferred.

APPOINTMENT/BENEFITS

1. This is a full-time position as an Extension Educator and renewal is dependent on local funding, program needs, performance, and results.
2. University of Minnesota benefits package includes medical, dental, life and retirement plans listed at: https://humanresources.umn.edu/new-employees/benefits-summaries
3. Reimbursement for travel and subsistence is available in accordance with University policy. (Must use personal cell phone, provide own means for traveling throughout the state, and legally required vehicle insurance. Salary commensurate with education and experience.

ABOUT EXTENSION
The University of Minnesota Extension is a major outreach arm of the University of Minnesota, a land grant institution with a mission to serve the public through applied research and education. The mission of the University of Minnesota Extension is: “Making a difference by connecting community needs and University resources to address critical issues in Minnesota.” https://extension.umn.edu/

TO APPLY
Job Opening ID: 328847
Applications must be submitted online. Please apply online at: https://extension.umn.edu/about-extension/careers

To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position. Please include the following attachments with your online application:
● Vitae or resume
● Cover letter

Three professional letters of reference, and transcripts for all college work (unofficial transcripts are acceptable) may be required during the interview process.

Additional documents may be attached after the application process by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents there.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please email employ@umn.edu or
call 612-624-UOHR (8647).

For questions about this position, please contact:
Nathan Winter, Program Leader, Extension Center for Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources
Email wint0146@umn.edu or call 320-583-2257.

For questions about applying online, please contact:
Tiffany McMillan, Extension Human Resources, tiffmcm@umn.edu.

APPLICATION REVIEW
Initial application deadline is March 17, 2019. Position is open until filled.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the successful completion of a background check.

The University of Minnesota Extension is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status or sexual orientation.

Application Deadline: 03/17/2019


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