Extension Associate Section of Soil and Crop Sciences School of Integrative Plant Science
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Cornell University Ithaca, New York
The College of Agriculture and Life Science 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 prove 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.
Serve as project coordinator for extension and research activities related to Soil Health. This program focuses on soil health at New York State, national and international scopes. It is currently supported by multiple funding programs, including USDA-NRCS, USDA-NIFA, and New York State, with possible other funding sources in the future. Primary responsibilities involve working in concert with supervisor and other team members to:
Coordinate communication among project participants (farmers, consultants, extension staff, soil water professionals, etc.)
Provide leadership for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs that address diverse stakeholder groups, utilizing a variety of methods such as direct teaching through group experiences, mass media, newsletters, electronic technology, use of the internet and distance learning.
Coordinate field research activities with farmers, consultants and campus staff
Support the management team for the soil health testing facility through data analytics and related activities.
Guide and interact with visiting scientists, technical staff, and graduate and undergraduate students
Analyze and evaluate major program efforts with the input of program partner, and make recommendations for enhancing these efforts.
Communicate evaluation results, findings, and recommendations as appropriate, including peer-reviewed journals.
Prepare quarterly reports and yearly impact statements on program progress and accomplishments for funding agencies, and collaborate on writing funding proposals and meet the evaluation and reporting requirements of funding partners.
Support the efforts of industry organizations and partners to extend program information
Other duties as appropriate to meet sponsor goals.
Examples: Develop and Administer specific extension programs.
Develop and administer an educational program providing expert training, consulting and advisory service in the area of Soil Health.
Anticipated Division of Time Extension 50% Research 50%
Required Qualifications: MS degree in soil science or agronomy, with strong background and experience related to soil health assessment and management, and 2 or more years of related work experience. In-depth knowledge of soil health testing procedures. Strong skills in project management, data analytics, content presentation to large audiences, reporting, and writing of publications.
Preferred: Experience in extension education; knowledge of, and experience with professional agricultural staff; basic GIS skills.
Supervision Exercised: Incumbent will work at a high level of independence, and will interact frequently with academic peers and graduate students.
Ability to travel independently to represent the program.
Depending on project needs, incumbent may supervise a technician to help with implementation of above activities. May also supervise undergraduate student researchers and co-advise visiting students and scientists.
Terms of Appointment:
Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.
The anticipated start date for the appointment is April 1, 2019.
All application materials must be received by the close of business on March 21, 2019.
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