Regional Dairy Specialist (Cooperative Extension); Canton, New York
Regional Dairy Specialist
Extension Associate Cornell Cooperative Extension College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Canton, 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 North Country Regional Agricultural Team provides science-based information and services to producers and agri-business professionals, equipping all with the knowledge to profitably produce and market safe and healthful dairy products and crops, contributing to the viability of New York State agriculture. Specifically, the North Country Regional Agricultural Team focuses on providing workshops and programs (i.e., Dairy Institute, Calf Congress), developing relevant applied research, conducting one-on-one farm consultations and participating in collaborative projects with producers, faculty, consultants, and agribusiness to strengthen the dairy industry in the North Country.
Focus of the position:
Providing commercial dairy 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 industry in Northern New York. Leading and facilitating the extension of research findings from Cornell University, other land grant universities and agribusinesses, and working with local stakeholders to test alternative dairy management practices at the farm level. Collaborating in development and delivery of educational programs with other CCE educators, PRO Dairy statewide team, and Cornell faculty.
The job 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.
Providing programs on the demonstration and adoption of principles and practices leading to economical and environmentally sound use of dairy management practices that maximize quality, profitability, and sustainability.
Initiating and conducting field demonstrations and in-depth applied research projects appropriate to the needs of commercial dairy production in Northern New York.
Supporting efforts in planning and implementing of regional and statewide events and conferences directly related to Cornell, Cooperative Extension or related collaborators.
Preparing quarterly reports, impact statements, and yearly success stories on program progress and accomplishments.
Communicating evaluation results, findings, and make recommendations to program partners and funders.
Supporting Cornell University and Cooperative Extension system-wide initiatives through participation in program development 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 the CCE St. Lawrence County Office, Canton, New York. This is a three-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.
Masters Degree from an accredited institution with a major or demonstrated focus in Animal Science, Dairy Science, Dairy Management or Dairy Nutrition.
2+ years of relevant work experience in Agribusiness, Dairy Management, 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 Web development).
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.
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.
Coursework in Economics of Production, Adult Education, and Communications.
5+ years of relevant work experience.
Knowledge and experience in current and emerging issues and production practices relating to the dairy industry in Northern New York.
Applications will be reviewed as received, continuing until a suitable applicant is identified. For more information, please contact Kitty O'Neil at email@example.com. Additional information about the North Country Regional Agriculture Team can be found at
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