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Agriculture Educator

Since 1913, Cornell Cooperative Extension of Rensselaer County has responded to the needs of local residents with unbiased, research-based information, tools and education that people have come to depend on and trust. Our programs are developed in direct response to community input, and are based on the most current information available from Cornell and other Land Grant Universities from across the nation.

The Agriculture Educator works as part of a collaborative team, providing oversight and expertise for agriculture-based 4-H youth development topics and also serves as the local agriculture expert.Responsibilities can vary quite a bit including advising 4-H youth and club leaders, connecting consumers to locally produced and nutritious agricultural products, overseeing initiatives (e.g. agricultural literacy, day on the farm, etc.), and everything in between.The Educator also fields questions, delivers programs, and helps connect people, producers, and growers to other regional or state-wide experts as needed. This position reports to the 4-H Team Leader and also works closely with the Executive Director on local (Rensselaer County) agriculture programs and initiatives.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree.
  • Experience relevant to the role of the position.
  • Ability to meet the regular travel requirements associated with this position. A valid NYS driver’s license with the ability to drive and driving record acceptable for agency insurance coverage are required.
  • Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, and occasional overnight travel.
  • Commitment to help ensure diverse, equitable, and inclusive programs and reach diverse audiences.
  • Program Skills –Ability to effectively develop and deliver related programs and training. Serve as an effective subject matter expert for program participants, volunteers, outside organizations, and others. Maintain program participant data confidentiality. Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts. Ability to plan and organize work responsibilities according to priorities developed with the supervisor.
  • Technology Skills - Ability to adapt quickly to new technologies, including for virtual programming. Proficiency or ability to learn and effectively use software including use of the internet, program related software, and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel.
  • Communication & Marketing Skills - Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with program participants, employees and others through a variety of media.Ability to effectively market program through social, print and other media, resulting in robust program participation. Ability to recruit, manage, engage, and motivate program participants. Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders.
  • Work Environment – In addition to the Working Conditions; the work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions. This position works in a typical office environment. In addition, the position regularly lifts, moves, or transports program related materials, and equipment.The position regularly works in agricultural and outdoor weather conditions including extreme heat, precipitation and cold – especially during growing and fair seasons.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Degree or coursework in agriculture, animal or plant science, or related fields.
  • Experience in Cooperative Extension, information management, information technology, adult education, communications, or related fields.
  • Experience in public relations and production of digital media (e.g. media/video editing and distance virtual teaching platforms, etc.).
  • Ability to speak, read and write proficiently in the Spanish language or other non-English language as is spoken in the target community.

Position Details

This is a full time, exempt position. Compensation commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:

  • Paid Vacation, Sick, and Personal leave
  • Paid Holidays
  • NYS Health Insurance Program (including free Dental Insurance)
  • NYS Retirement (NYSERS)
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Total Care Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • Tax Deferred Annuity Plan
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Group Universal Life Insurance
  • Personal Accidental Insurance
  • Legal Plan Insurance
  • Long Term Care Insurance
  • Auto and Homeowner’s Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • New York’s College Savings Program
  • ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions

All applications must be received on-line by 11:59 pm on February 22, 2022.Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.

To Apply & For Further Details:

Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate governmental agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

Last updated January 14, 2022