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Livestock and Field Crops IPM Coordinator

Livestock and Field Crops IPM Coordinator, Senior Extension Associate

The New York State IPM Program, a nationally recognized leader in the development and promotion of IPM practices, is searching for a Livestock and Field Crops IPM Coordinator. An M.S. or Ph.D. (preferred) is required in entomology, plant pathology, weed science, agronomy, animal science, general agriculture or a closely related field; and the candidate must have experience in extension. The position is 80% extension and 20% research, and will be housed on Cornell’s main campus in Ithaca NY. Alternatively , the position could be housed on the Geneva NY campus if desired by the candidate. Please note that this position requires a wide range of knowledge and skills across field crops and livestock IPM. However, we realize that potential candidates may not have experience in all aspects of the position, but they must be willing to learn and grow into those areas.

Applications are due February 1, 2018. Submit application at AcademicJobsOnline: NYS IPM.

 

Summary Statement of Job’s overall purpose

The position of Livestock and Field Crops IPM Coordinator (Sr. Extension Assoc.) in the New York State IPM Program is needed to facilitate and lead statewide IPM demonstration, implementation, and research activities in Livestock (primarily Dairy and Beef Cattle), and field and forage crops production within Cornell Cooperative Extension and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. This position addresses the needs associated with:

  • multi-county and statewide IPM program planning
  • low-impact pest management
  • on-farm demonstration of IPM
  • development of educational IPM programs and materials
  • impact documentation
  • evaluation of pest management practices
  • promotion of IPM adoption by farmers, and
  • applied IPM research.

This position requires multidisciplinary knowledge and activity including, but not limited to, the disciplines of entomology, plant pathology, weed science, and agronomy. Please note that this position requires a wide range of knowledge and skills across field crops and livestock IPM. We realize that potential candidates may not have experience in all the aspects of the position, but they must be willing to learn and grow into those areas.

Responsibilities include:

  • Identify Livestock and Field Crops Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program needs and opportunities.
  • Develop and implement a statewide educational program in Livestock and Field Crops IPM.
  • Provide leadership for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs that address producer identified needs and opportunities. 
  • Provide leadership for off-campus extension staff who develop IPM educational programs.
  • Seek funding for and conduct applied research and field demonstrations of livestock and field crops IPM.
  • Analyze and interpret data.
  • Develop IPM training materials such as training manuals, fact sheets, online resources, videos, and phone apps.
  • Prepare reports for granting agencies and for extension publications. 
  • Evaluate the impact of demonstrations, applied research, and other program efforts on the efficacy, environmental impact, and cost of IPM practices in livestock and field crops.

Key Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required to Perform the Work of This Position

  • Knowledge of philosophy, principles, and theory of Livestock and Field Crops IPM
  • Knowledge of the philosophy, objectives and operation of an informal education system such as Cornell Cooperative Extension.
  • Ability to initiate, plan, conduct and evaluate informal adult education programs
  • Ability to define, conduct, and interpret applied research/demonstration projects
  • Ability to communicate effectively through verbally, written, and multi-media
  • Ability to lead and participate in teams

Education

MS (required) or PhD (preferred) degree in Entomology, Plant Pathology, Weed Science, Agronomy or a closely related field.

Experience

Minimum of 8 years professional experience in Extension education and/or research in IPM. Experience in these areas as a graduate student might apply. Must possess agricultural experience with ability to relate to routine farm situations.

Application, Submit by February 1, 2018:
Curriculum vitae, letter of interest, names and contact information for three references, and a one page statement about your philosophy of IPM and effective ways of promoting and evaluating IPM implementation.  Submit application at AcademicJobsOnline: NYS IPM.

Start Date:  Immediately, or when a suitable candidate is identified.

Location:  Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Overnight travel will be required.

Further information:
Contact Jennifer Grant, Director, NYS IPM Program, jag7@cornell.edu; 315-787-2353.

Announced July 2016