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Fruit IPM Coordinator

New York Integrated Pest Management (NYSIPM)

Who we are

We help New York residents manage pests effectively with as little risk to the health of people and the environment as possible. Our new Fruit IPM Coordinator will lead our efforts to expand knowledge and access to sustainable pest management practices in all fruit crops, for all New Yorkers.

We are committed to equitable and inclusive workspaces, research, and extension that values and supports diversity. We put our commitment into practice through internal work, like monthly all-staff discussions related to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and through external work, like offering bilingual resources and programming. We hope that you can help us continue this work.

The NYSIPM Program is part of Cornell’s transformative College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) and Cornell Cooperative Extension, New York State’s trusted source for research-based information.

Why NYSIPM

We’re located on the vibrant campus of Cornell AgriTech In Geneva, NY—the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes Region. We enjoy all of the perks of Cornell University’s main campus in a smaller, welcoming community that values collegiality, cross-disciplinary work, and collaboration. We enjoy direct interaction with our stakeholders. The Cornell AgriTech campus is accessible to farmers, and they are accessible to us. We value flexibility and will consider hybrid or alternate primary work sites, close to the main growing fruit areas in the state, for the right candidate

Some of the other benefits you will enjoy include:

  • Annual budget for travel, expenses, research, and extension
  • Access to Cornell University fleet vehicles, equipment, laboratories, greenhouses, libraries, and research fields
  • Increased visibility and funding opportunities for research and projects
  • Access to NYSIPM communication and marketing specialists who can work with you to extend your reach
  • Access to professional development opportunities through Cornell University and professional conferences
  • Ample opportunities to collaborate with other world-class researchers and educators
  • Generous vacation, health insurance, retirement, and other benefits

What you will do

  • Enable fruit farmers to access and implement sustainable pest management practices
  • Work collaboratively and across disciplines with stakeholders, Cornell faculty, and Extension staff
  • Identify research and extension needs in fruit IPM and implement plans to meet these needs through applied research, educational programs, and resource development
  • Evaluate and document the impact of your work
  • Provide access to research-based knowledge equitably and inclusively to all New York farmers and growers

What we need

A must:

  • M.S. in a field related to agriculture or pest management
  • At least eight (8) years of experience in extension and/or IPM (could include graduate studies)
  • Ability to design, execute, and analyze field experiments
  • Ability and commitment to communicate with diverse audiences in a variety of formats

Our wish list:

  • Ph.D. in a field related to agriculture or pest management
  • At least three (3) years leadership or other relevant work experience in extension, IPM, crop production, or pest management
  • Experience developing and implementing informal education programs
  • Experience conducting, interpreting, evaluating, and communicating results of applied research.

Questions

For any questions, contact Alejandro Calixto (aac273@cornell.edu)

Resources to guide your application

What you will need to apply (submit your application here):

  • Cover Letter
  • CV (Curriculum vitae)
  • Contact information for three (3) references 
  • DEI statement

Who you’ll serve

From the latest National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) report, there are over 2,500 orchards in NY representing more than 80,000 acres. Apples are grown on about 50,000 acres, producing a value of over $600 million dollars. Grapes are grown on about 40,000 acres, Cherries are grown on about 2,500 acres, representing over $5 million in production value. Peaches are grown on about 2,000 acres. Berries, especially blueberries and strawberries, are also grown in significant quantities [pdf].

The NASS report indicated that the majority of NY fruit and nut producers identified as White, but there were also 14 who identified as primarily American Indian or Alaska Native, 66 who identified as primarily Asian, 16 who identified as primarily Black or African American, 50 who identified as primarily Hispanic, Latino, or of Spanish origin, 8 who identified as primarily Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 24 identified as more than one race.

It may also be helpful to view the following grower-identified priorities in fruit research and extension: