Urban Garden Educator (Cornell Cooperative Extension); Rochester, New York

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: New York City, NEW YORK
Job Type: FullTime

   

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.

   

Urban Garden Educator

Extension Support Specialist II
(Band F -
Exempt)
Cornell Cooperative Extension
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)

Rochester, New York

Who We Are

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (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.

Harvest New York is an innovative Cornell Cooperative Extension team that focuses on workforce development and business expansion projects that increase profitability and investment in key sectors of New York’s agriculture industry. The six project areas covered by Harvest New York are: Dairy Food Processing and Marketing, Local Food Distribution and Marketing, Urban Agriculture, Farm-Based Beverages, Emerging Crops, and Farm Strategic Planning. More information on the team can be found - https://harvestny.cce.cornell.edu/ .

The Urban Agriculture program provides emphasis on growing for market. The team serves urban farmers through educational programming, technical assistance, and research. The program areas include production, marketing, regulations, food safety, and urban agriculture's social and environmental impacts.

What You Will Do

As part of the Urban Agriculture team, you will provide leadership and delivery of educational programming related to community gardening, including production, harvesting, food safety, sustainability, nutrition, food access and other social and environmental justice issues as identified.  You will create innovative or alternative (to existing delivery models) educational programs that meet programmatic and community needs as well as changing regional and statewide issues. Specific duties include:

  • Providing expertise and support for the application of sustainable gardening practices and other emerging urban growing strategies.

  • Implementing targeted research and education programs on garden-based learning practices, procedures, techniques and skills that will result in positive behavioral and/or practice change over time, including human nutrition.

  • Utilizing industry-based research to develop educational materials and programs.

  • Implementing program evaluation, analyzing collected data, and making recommendations for improvements.

  • Collaborating with CCE NYC nutrition educators to develop educational strategies in support of gardener nutrition programming.

  • Develop community garden advisory and workgroups to identify priorities and guide the development of research and extension programs.

What We Need

We are looking for a talented individual who excels at building relationships with multiple stakeholders to identify and address the needs of urban and community gardeners. We need someone who has an appreciation for urban agriculture wants to increase the presence of community gardens. In this role, you will work within Rochester, New York and contribute to multiple teams while developing your unique program. Additionally, we need someone who has:

  • Bachelor’s degree in agricultural or horticultural sciences, human nutrition, agriculture and natural resource economics, agriculture production and technologies, business and marketing, entrepreneurship, or related field of studies and 3+ years of experience in horticulture or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Evidence of adult/youth teaching or educational programming.

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to engage and develop programming for diverse audiences.

  • Possess knowledge of sustainable urban growing practices that include crop production in soils integrated pest management (IPM); irrigation; soil fertility, including urban soil heavy metal testing, analysis and remediation strategies.

  • Experience working with audiences and volunteers from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.

  • Flexible work schedule required for delivering evening and weekend educational programs and activities as determined by clientele availability and needs.

  • Experience that demonstrates sound judgment, creativity, and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to work well with a diverse group in a professional and respectful work environment.

  • Ability to plan and anticipated potential issues as well as identify solutions.

  • Must have the ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced environment.

  • Fundamental competence utilizing current technology as a management and program delivery tool (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Internet, Social Media, and Web development).

  • 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.

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:

  • Master’s degree agricultural or horticultural sciences, human nutrition, agriculture and natural resource economics, agriculture production and technologies, business and marketing, entrepreneurship, or related field of studies.

  • Gardening or composting certificate from a non-profit gardening organization or botanical garden (ex. BUGS, Master Gardener, Master Composter, etc.).

This position is full-time and will be located at the CCE office in Monroe County and will potentially work in Western New York. Moderate travel (approximately 25%) will be required.

Two positions are available:

  • Brooklyn, New York: http://tiny.cc/Brooklyn_WDR_00024968

  • Rochester, New York: http://tiny.cc/Rochester_WDR_00024969

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.

  • Our benefits program includes comprehensive health care options, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, and generous retirement contributions.

  • Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 12 holidays: e.g., an end-of-year winter break, from December 25 through January 1.

  • Cornell's impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Part-time Study and Employee Degree Program, Tuition Aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance program.

  • We invite you to follow this link to get more information: https://hr.cornell.edu/summaries-benefits .

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Life. Changing.

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 cover letter.  ​

When applying through our system, please attach your application materials (resume/CV and cover letter). You can upload documents either by “dragging and dropping” them into the dropbox or by using the “upload” icon on the application page. For more detailed instructions on how to apply to a job at Cornell, visit How We Hire on the HR website. If you are an internal employee, please log in to Workday .

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.

  

University Job Title:

Extension Supp Spec II

Level:

F

Pay Rate Type:

Salary

Company:

Contract College

Contact Name:

Janet Camilli

Number of Openings:

1

Current Employees:

If you currently work at Cornell University, please exit this website and log in to Workday using your Net ID and password. Select the Career icon on your Home dashboard to view jobs at Cornell.

Online Submission Guidelines:

Most positions at Cornell will require you to apply online and submit both a resume/CV and cover letter.  You can upload documents either by “dragging and dropping” them into the dropbox or by using the “upload” icon on the application page. For more detailed instructions on how to apply to a job at Cornell, visit How We Hire on the HR website.

Employment Assistance:

If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University's Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at voice (607) 255-3976, fax (607) 255-7481, or email at owdi@cornell.edu .

For general questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Recruiter listed in the job posting.

Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application.

Notice to Applicants:

Please read the required Notice to Applicants statement by clicking here . This notice contains important information about applying for a position at Cornell as well as some of your rights and responsibilities as an applicant.

EEO Statement:

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.

2021-02-23-08:00

   

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.

   

Urban Garden Educator

Extension Support Specialist II
(Band F -
Exempt)
Cornell Cooperative Extension
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)

Rochester, New York

Who We Are

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (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.

Harvest New York is an innovative Cornell Cooperative Extension team that focuses on workforce development and business expansion projects that increase profitability and investment in key sectors of New York’s agriculture industry. The six project areas covered by Harvest New York are: Dairy Food Processing and Marketing, Local Food Distribution and Marketing, Urban Agriculture, Farm-Based Beverages, Emerging Crops, and Farm Strategic Planning. More information on the team can be found - https://harvestny.cce.cornell.edu/ .

The Urban Agriculture program provides emphasis on growing for market. The team serves urban farmers through educational programming, technical assistance, and research. The program areas include production, marketing, regulations, food safety, and urban agriculture's social and environmental impacts.

What You Will Do

As part of the Urban Agriculture team, you will provide leadership and delivery of educational programming related to community gardening, including production, harvesting, food safety, sustainability, nutrition, food access and other social and environmental justice issues as identified.  You will create innovative or alternative (to existing delivery models) educational programs that meet programmatic and community needs as well as changing regional and statewide issues. Specific duties include:

  • Providing expertise and support for the application of sustainable gardening practices and other emerging urban growing strategies.

  • Implementing targeted research and education programs on garden-based learning practices, procedures, techniques and skills that will result in positive behavioral and/or practice change over time, including human nutrition.

  • Utilizing industry-based research to develop educational materials and programs.

  • Implementing program evaluation, analyzing collected data, and making recommendations for improvements.

  • Collaborating with CCE NYC nutrition educators to develop educational strategies in support of gardener nutrition programming.

  • Develop community garden advisory and workgroups to identify priorities and guide the development of research and extension programs.

What We Need

We are looking for a talented individual who excels at building relationships with multiple stakeholders to identify and address the needs of urban and community gardeners. We need someone who has an appreciation for urban agriculture wants to increase the presence of community gardens. In this role, you will work within Rochester, New York and contribute to multiple teams while developing your unique program. Additionally, we need someone who has:

  • Bachelor’s degree in agricultural or horticultural sciences, human nutrition, agriculture and natural resource economics, agriculture production and technologies, business and marketing, entrepreneurship, or related field of studies and 3+ years of experience in horticulture or a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Evidence of adult/youth teaching or educational programming.

  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.

  • Demonstrated ability to engage and develop programming for diverse audiences.

  • Possess knowledge of sustainable urban growing practices that include crop production in soils integrated pest management (IPM); irrigation; soil fertility, including urban soil heavy metal testing, analysis and remediation strategies.

  • Experience working with audiences and volunteers from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.

  • Flexible work schedule required for delivering evening and weekend educational programs and activities as determined by clientele availability and needs.

  • Experience that demonstrates sound judgment, creativity, and problem-solving skills.

  • Ability to work well with a diverse group in a professional and respectful work environment.

  • Ability to plan and anticipated potential issues as well as identify solutions.

  • Must have the ability to multi-task and prioritize in a fast-paced environment.

  • Fundamental competence utilizing current technology as a management and program delivery tool (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access, Internet, Social Media, and Web development).

  • 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.

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:

  • Master’s degree agricultural or horticultural sciences, human nutrition, agriculture and natural resource economics, agriculture production and technologies, business and marketing, entrepreneurship, or related field of studies.

  • Gardening or composting certificate from a non-profit gardening organization or botanical garden (ex. BUGS, Master Gardener, Master Composter, etc.).

This position is full-time and will be located at the CCE office in Monroe County and will potentially work in Western New York. Moderate travel (approximately 25%) will be required.

Two positions are available:

  • Brooklyn, New York: http://tiny.cc/Brooklyn_WDR_00024968

  • Rochester, New York: http://tiny.cc/Rochester_WDR_00024969

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.

  • Our benefits program includes comprehensive health care options, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, and generous retirement contributions.

  • Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 12 holidays: e.g., an end-of-year winter break, from December 25 through January 1.

  • Cornell's impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Part-time Study and Employee Degree Program, Tuition Aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance program.

  • We invite you to follow this link to get more information: https://hr.cornell.edu/summaries-benefits .

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Life. Changing.

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 cover letter.  ​

When applying through our system, please attach your application materials (resume/CV and cover letter). You can upload documents either by “dragging and dropping” them into the dropbox or by using the “upload” icon on the application page. For more detailed instructions on how to apply to a job at Cornell, visit How We Hire on the HR website. If you are an internal employee, please log in to Workday .

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.

  

University Job Title:

Extension Supp Spec II

Level:

F

Pay Rate Type:

Salary

Company:

Contract College

Contact Name:

Janet Camilli

Number of Openings:

1

Current Employees:

If you currently work at Cornell University, please exit this website and log in to Workday using your Net ID and password. Select the Career icon on your Home dashboard to view jobs at Cornell.

Online Submission Guidelines:

Most positions at Cornell will require you to apply online and submit both a resume/CV and cover letter.  You can upload documents either by “dragging and dropping” them into the dropbox or by using the “upload” icon on the application page. For more detailed instructions on how to apply to a job at Cornell, visit How We Hire on the HR website.

Employment Assistance:

If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University's Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity at voice (607) 255-3976, fax (607) 255-7481, or email at owdi@cornell.edu .

For general questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Recruiter listed in the job posting.

Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application.

Notice to Applicants:

Please read the required Notice to Applicants statement by clicking here . This notice contains important information about applying for a position at Cornell as well as some of your rights and responsibilities as an applicant.

EEO Statement:

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.

2021-02-23-08:00

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