Vegetable Pest Program
Cornell Cooperative Extension
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
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 iPiPE CAP (Integrated Pest Information Platform for Extension and Education, Cooperative Agricultural Project) internship program is committed to investing in the coaching and development of future agricultural scientists/extension educators through a limited term internship experience in an applied environment. The purpose of the program is to learn how to scout for pests in the field and contribute observations to the iPiPE platform.
The key objectives of the program are to:
- Receive training on pest identification in vegetable crops as well as proper scouting techniques.
- Identify vegetable pests (insects, diseases and weeds).
- Utilize Integrated Pest Management (IPM) tools; enter and manipulate data. Monitor incoming data and sample through the course of the season.
- Utilize the gathered information to drive stakeholder education programs and inform educational agenda for both in-seasons events (field days, farm visits, etc.) and to prioritize off-season development of publications, workshop topics, etc.
- Visit with growers, consultants and clientele.
- Manage program data, and assist with preparing blog posts and other Extension communiqués.
- Learn how to prepare extension publications.
At the conclusion of the internship, have the ability to:
- Successfully evaluate and interpret data for presentation to a diverse audience.
- Identify common vegetable pests.
- Collect weekly pest data from cooperating farms in the region.
- Enter data and observations into the iPiPE system.
- Assist with writing a blog and extension publications for vegetable pests detected in Western New York.
- Identify crop pests in multiple vegetable crops as well as employ proper scouting techniques for early detection.
- Work independently on individual farm scouting route to monitor pests.
- Share accomplishments at the annual iPiPE Participant Mixer (IPMx) meeting.
- Successfully create a blog and/or extension publication.
This position is a 5-month appointment (39 hours/week) and will be located in the CCE Erie County Office (East Aurora, New York).
- Pursuing Associate or Bachelors Degree in Plant Biology, Agriculture or related sciences.
- Must possess sound judgment, excellent reasoning and decision-making skills.
- Excellent writing and verbal communications skills.
- Ability to effectively convey scientific information to farmers.
- Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position, including having reliable transportation or having and maintaining a valid New York State driver's license.
- Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University.
- Coursework in Biology, Plant Pathology, Crop Production, Agronomy, Entomology and Weed Science.
- Experience in entering and analyzing data.
- Prior experience in vegetable or agriculture production.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
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University Job Title:Intern, Paid Non-Exempt
Level:No Grade - Hourly
Pay Rate Type:Hourly
Contact Name:Janet Camilli
Number of Openings:2
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