The statewide viticulture extension program provides extension and applied research in viticulture to support the continued growth and profitability of the New York wine and grape industry, working closely with faculty, regional extension educators, and industry groups in enology and viticulture to provide growers and wineries with educational programs, workshops, newsletters, and applied on-farm research that supports profitable production of grapes, grape products and wine.
The USDA-funded VitisGen2 project seeks to apply next-generation technologies to accelerate grapevine cultivar development. As a key member of the Vitis Gen2 project, assist PI in coordinating outreach efforts for a project team of 20 scientists at 10+ institutions. The Extension Support Specialist will assist project outreach team leader Martinson in coordinating outreach planning; maintaining the project website; organizing and running webcasts; facilitating communication with team members leadingproject training workshops; overseeing production of project-based videos; and writing/editing articles intended for media and trade publication release.
Assist PI in developing outreach efforts with the NE1720 Coordinated grape variety trials, including a NE region variety trial database, to disseminate information about variety trial results to cooperators and stakeholders in the Eastern US.
Assist PI with writing and editing extension publications including Veraison to Harvest and Appellation Cornell, and format/post publications online. Coordinate data collection for fruit maturity sampling and bud hardiness measurements.
Collaborate with PI in field trials evaluating cold-hardiness, variety and clonal evaluation, and canopy management. Prune and implement canopy management practices, coordinate harvest data collection, and manage data collection and analysis from field trials.
Will require extensive interaction with a diverse group of stakeholders, industry groups and project staff in food science, horticulture, genetics, economics and extension/outreach. Work may require weekend and non-traditional work hours, and annual overnight travel to project meeting/winter conferences.
This is a two year appointment funded through December 31, 2019, with annual extensions through 2021 contingent upon funding and performance. Position is located in the Horticulture Section at Cornell University in the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY.
Bachelor's degree in Horticulture, Food Science, Agricultural Science or equivalent and a minimum of 2-3 years of experience in a related field. Demonstrated ability to work well with a variety of diverse audiences in outreach and research settings and facilitate project communication efforts with project personnel and stakeholder groups. Experience that demonstrates sound judgment, creativity, management and problem-solving skills, and the ability to work well within a team of professionals. Ability to plan ahead and anticipate potential conflicts so that they can be fairly resolved in a transparent and documented way. Ability to work in a team environment but be independent to accomplish required tasks and objectives. Experience and skill in writing and statistical data management for both technical and nontechnical audiences. Must be personable, flexible, and be able to take criticism related to developing materials so that many ideas can be shared to achieve the best outcome. Must be a self-starter, responsible for making decisions which require consideration of various criteria. Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University. Prior presentation experience is a must and preparation of grant proposals for submission a benefit. Must have and maintain valid Driver License. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. Competency in using office, data entry, and statistical software required. Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position. Work closely with the supervisor under very general supervision, keeping supervisor informed of progress, and work independently to complete tasks.
Master's degree. Proven ability to organize and facilitate communication among project scientists and industry collaborators to complete tasks in an efficient and timely manner. Prior experience in preparing and editing project articles and newsletters for industry audience. Prior experience in managing and curating website content, collaborative web tools, and contact databases. Prior experience in field research projects in perennial crops, data collection and management.
No visa sponsorship is available for this position.
No relocation assistance is available for this position.
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