Location: Ithaca, New York
Vegetable Project Field Technician (Cornell Cooperative Extension); Albion, New York
Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.
Vegetable Project Field Technician
Band A - Nonexempt
Cornell Cooperative Extension
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Albion, New York
Who We Are
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented identities to apply.
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.
Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) provides the educational outreach functions for Cornell University's role as New York State's Land Grant University. The Cornell Vegetable Program (CVP) is one of the premier agricultural extension programs in New York, serving a large multi-county region in the Central and Western parts of the state. The team's Vegetable Specialists work with Cornell faculty and extension educators statewide to address the issues impacting the vegetable industry.
What You Will Do
As the Vegetable Project Field Technician, you provide technical support to team members in carrying out research activities that will ultimately enhance the profitability and sustainability of the vegetable industry in Central and Western New York. You will scout commercial fields for weeds, pests, diseases, and abiotic injury. Other duties include:
- Traveling to research plots in the region to collect data.
- Assisting with crop harvests, measuring, and recording yields.
- Assisting with trial set-up, crop planting, and maintenance.
- Preparing data tables, charts, and information for presentations using Microsoft Office.
- Assisting in logistical set-up for educational meetings and events.
- Transport samples to storage sites or research facilities for further analysis.
What We Need
We are looking for someone with an excellent work ethic, who appreciates agriculture, and can work in commercial fields that have been sprayed with pesticides. We need a talented individual with excellent communication skills who builds and maintains effective relationships with multiple stakeholders. Additionally, we need someone who has the following:
- High School diploma and 1+ years of experience in an agriculture setting, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Able to work independently in collecting and summarizing data.
- Experience utilizing current computer technology, i.e., Windows - Excel/Word/PowerPoint.
- Proven experience in communicating effectively, both written and oral.
- Possess excellent organization experience.
- Knowledge of prioritizing multiple activities and tasks while meeting established time frames.
- Excellent customer service; must work effectively with a diverse clientele.
- Must be able to work outdoors in all types of weather.
- Will be expected to work flexible hours, occasional evenings, and weekends as job functions require.
- Visual concentration, attention to detail and manual dexterity are required.
- Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
- 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.
- Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University.
- Experience in and/or demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and wellbeing.
- Passionate about working in an organization that values and promotes diversity, equity, inclusion, anti-racism, and wellbeing.
If you possess these experiences and skills, this may be the role for you! There are a few other qualifications that we would view as incredibly helpful in this role, including:
- Associate's or Bachelor's Degree with coursework in vegetable production, entomology, plant pathology, weed science, horticulture, and / or agronomy.
- Experience assisting research projects, including data collection, summary, and statistical analysis.
- Experience working in agriculture or vegetable production.
This is a one-year appointment (39 hours/week) with possible extension depending on funding and performance. Working overtime (more than 40 hours/week), including evenings is common from June through September. Hours may be reduced to a minimum of 20 hours/week during winter months, depending on available work and funding.
This position will be located in Albion, New York and will be on-site five days a week.
Rewards and Benefits
We hope you appreciate great benefits. Cornell receives national recognition as an award-winning workplace for our health, well-being, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
No relocation assistance is provided for this position. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
How to Apply
You must submit both a resume/CV and a cover letter.
Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.
Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.
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Notice to Applicants:
Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.