Temporary Project Field Technician Temporary Service Technician Eastern New York Commercial Horticultural Program College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Highland, 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.
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.
The Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture is one of the premier regional agricultural Cornell Cooperative Extension programs in New York, serving a large multi-county area in the Champlain Valley, Capital Region and Hudson Valley of the state. The team's Specialists work together with Cornell faculty and extension educators statewide to address the issues that impact the vegetable, tree fruit, small fruit and grape industries.
Provide technical and program support to Extension Associates in carrying out research and outreach that will ultimately enhance the profitability and sustainability of the vegetable, tree fruit small fruit and grape industry served by the Cornell University Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program (ENYCHP). Travel to research plots on commercial vegetable, tree fruit small fruit and grape farms; participate and assist in the collection and recording of data. Scout for insects, damage caused by insect pests and diseases in research plots and maintain good records. Work will frequently be performed in commercial fields that have been sprayed with pesticides, and will require training in Worker Protection Standards (WPS) to understand the safe field re-entry period and practices. Perform basic data entry and summary. Assist in logistical setup for educational meetings and events throughout the region. Ensure that all protocols and procedures adhere to safety requirements. Assist with horticultural projects and educational programs for the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program.
This is a full-time (39 hours / week) six-month appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance. This position is located in the Hudson Valley in Highland, New York.
Formal training beyond a High School Diploma and 6+ months of experience in an agriculture setting or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Proven ability to work independently in collecting and summarizing data.
Competence utilizing current computer technology, i.e. Windows - Excel/Word/Internet Explorer.
Excellent communication skills (both oral and written). Strong organizational skills and attention to detail; able to prioritize multiple activities and tasks while meeting deadlines.
Excellent customer service skills; must be able to work effectively with a diverse clientele.
Must be able to work outdoors in all types of weather.
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.
Will be expected to work flexible hours, occasional evenings and weekend as job functions require.
Visual concentration, attention to detail and manual dexterity are required.
Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University.
Associate's Degree with coursework agronomy, entomology, and /or horticulture.
Experience supporting research projects, including data collection and summary.
Experience working in agriculture or vegetable or small fruit production.
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