| This position will serve as the Agriculture Educator – Generalist for Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Oswego County and will provide program implementation and outreach education to the Oswego County agricultural community. This position is responsible for conducting educational programs in: field crops, consumer horticulture, Master Gardener programs, Christmas tree production, dairy and livestock production, maple production, and other agriculture programs as identified. This position will utilize existing program resources and materials in program work, and will utilize a wide variety of delivery methods, including, but not limited to: one-on-one sessions, farm visits, and group workshops and presentations, to assist in the delivery of innovative educational programs as assigned. This position will make calls on individuals involved with all aspects of agriculture to familiarize individuals with existing agricultural programs and promote the education of Cornell Cooperative Extension. This position will refer questions to appropriate specialists within the state-wide Cornell Cooperative Extension System when appropriate, including Regional Specialists, or to other agencies (i.e. Oswego County Soil and Water, USDA Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service and Farm Net) as needed.|
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS:
All applicants must apply by close of business on February 21, 2017 to be considered for this position. All applicants must complete an application packet, which includes: cover letter, resume and three (3) references.
All External Applicants (including applicants currently employed by Cornell Cooperative Extension in Associations other than the Association advertising this career opportunity) must submit his/her application materials via the "APPLY" button located within this job posting.
All Internal Applicants (current employees working for the Association advertising this career opportunity) must apply online via his/her Workday account, which may be accessed here: http://workday.cornell.edu/.
Please contact Cynthia Walsh, Association Team Leader at 315-963-7286 with questions.
This position is a full-time position - 100% FTE, 35 hours per week. This position, based on eligibility, offers a comprehensive benefit package, to include: health and dental insurance, retirement, vacation, sick and personal leave.
- Bachelor's Degree or equivalent education (Associate's Degree and 2 years of transferrable program/functional experience).
- Experience relevant to the role of the position.
- Valid NYS Driver's License and the ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
- Ability to meet acceptable background check standards (DMV and criminal background checks).
- Ability to work flexible hours which will include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
- Current Federal and State Pesticide Certification, or the willingness to obtain certification within one (1) year.
- Knowledge of production agriculture as practiced in Oswego County.
- Demonstrated initiative, reliability and dependability.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with clients and staff.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through oral, written and visual means.
- Demonstrated ability to utilize computer technologies for educational and communication purposes.
Delivery - 70%
- Utilize established program resources and materials in program work.
- Occasionally apply subject matter knowledge to create lesson plans to deliver educational programs.
- Assist in the teaching of innovative educational programs in Agriculture as defined, to include, but not limited to: field crops, consumer horticulture, Master Gardener programs, Christmas tree production, dairy and livestock production, maple production, and other agriculture programs.
- Foster acceptance of the Agriculture Programming area and program offerings, including methods and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
- Provide established Agriculture educational programs via multi-media.
- Serve as subject matter resource in Agriculture and provide standard responses to questions and inquiries including, but not limited to: field crops, consumer horticulture, Master Gardener Programs, Christmas tree production, dairy and livestock production, maple production, and other agriculture programs, and refer to other Agriculture Educators and agencies/organizations when needed/appropriate.
- Based on established program framework, refer questions to appropriate Cornell Cooperative Extension Educators, Regional and Cornell Cooperative Extension Specialists, and to other agencies as appropriate.
- Utilizing existing program materials, familiarize agricultural producers and other customers with educational programs and services of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County and other area agencies.
- Utilize a wide variety of delivery methods and educational technologies and strategies in program implementation, teaching and outreach efforts to include: in-person calls, one-on-one sessions, farm visits, and group workshops and presentations to support and serve agricultural producers in Oswego County and effectively reach target audiences.
- Serve as a team member and cooperate with the entire Association and Agriculture Program staff to achieve Association program delivery goals.
Evaluation - 5%
- Implement program evaluation as designed.
- Interact with program participants to obtain program evaluation information.
- Assist in analyzing collected evaluation data.
- Communicate evaluation data and evaluation results and findings to constituencies.
- Assist in making recommendations for program improvements based on evaluation findings.
Applied Research - 5%
- Under the direction of the Supervisor and/or Association Executive Director, assist in conducting applied research in conjunction with assigned Land Grant University Faculty, when identified/required.
- Collect and process diagnostic lab samples, if needed.
Direction - 5%
- Provide input in the planning of the structure of delivering Agriculture programs via various delivery methods.
- Provide input to the planning of the Agriculture program budget based on program needs.
- Provide input to the planning of the marketing/communication strategy for Agriculture Outreach Education.
- Work to solve problems and resolve conflicts that arise in the operation of the Agriculture Program area, in compliance with established procedures, policies and protocol.
- Assist with Volunteer recruitment and involvement, specifically with Master Gardener Program Volunteers.
- Provide guidance to Master Gardener Volunteers in accordance with established policies, procedures and protocol.
- Provide moderately complex administrative tasks to support the delivery of established Agriculture Education Program goals.
- Organize and coordinate programming and activities related to Agriculture programming efforts, including, but not limited to: field crops, DEC pesticide programs and certification credits, consumer horticulture, Master Gardener programs, Christmas tree production, dairy and livestock production, maple production, and other agriculture programs.
- Coordinate, compile and organize existing program resources and program materials for use in program work.
- Provide administrative support for fund development activities as identified.
- Maintain effective communication and professional relationships with other agencies, businesses, and organizations that promote effective communication and facilitate continued Agriculture programming efforts.
- Under the oversight of the Supervisor and/or Association Executive Director, participate as the organizational liaison to Oswego County's Office of Emergency Management and its related committees.
- Assist in utilizing effective marketing strategies in the promotion of Agriculture programming efforts to include, but not limited to: print media, news media, social media, and multi-media efforts.
- Assist in the promotion of major public events and programs, including, but not limited to: Oswego County Fair, Oswego County Harvest Dinner, Holiday Farmer's Market Program, Maple Weekend; and the DEC pesticide programs and certification credits.
- Coordinate and assist with projects and outreach efforts in the area of Agriculture as identified.
- This program may require the transport of program participants and/or program materials and resources, and will exercise care when utilizing any Association owned property and/or resources while performing position responsibilities.
Professional Improvement and Other Duties as Assigned - 5%
- In cooperation with the Supervisor and/or Association Executive Director, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes in programming and association priorities.
- Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension including but not limited to attendance at staff meetings, timely reporting of expenses, working with other staff, general marketing of Extension programs and other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety - Applied to all duties and functions.
- Support the association to maintain a safe working environment.
- Be familiar and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard.
- Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.
EEO/EPO and Policy - Applied to all duties and functions.
- Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers and the public.
- Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences.
- Be aware of, and adhere to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Oswego County policies and procedures.
- Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely, and accurate manner.
Equal Opportunity Employment
Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.
Job Title:Association Subject Educator I
Pay Rate Type:Hourly
Contact Name:Jerilynn Sharrott
Number of Openings:1
Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate government agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are support of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.