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The Agriculture and Horticulture Educator serves as the association’s program contact for government representatives, Cornell University representatives, and farmers and producers in the areas of agriculture, horticulture, and agribusiness, enhancing the growth, development, and sustainability of agricultural and horticultural, agritourism, and value-added enterprises, and providing timely information to the general public.
The educator is responsible for assessing, planning, developing, organizing, delivering, and evaluating the association’s program efforts in areas of conventional and alternative agriculture and horticulture methods, agricultural economic development, consumer horticulture, and the master gardener volunteer program. The Senior Resource Educator will guide and supervise assigned program staff and oversee master gardener volunteers.
The educator ensures producers’ access to program specialists with the Eastern New York Commercial Horticulture Program (ENYCHP) and Central New York Dairy, Livestock, and Field Crop Program (CNYDLFCP) Teams. The educator works with external organizations, including the county agriculture and farmland protection board, and with volunteers, including master gardeners. The individual embraces the Skills for Success behaviors as outlined on page six, including health and safety, job skills, inclusiveness, adaptability, self-development, communication, teamwork, service-mindedness, stewardship, and innovation.
- Master’s degree in agriculture, horticulture, animal science, agronomy, farm business management, agricultural education or related disciplines and two years related experience.
- Ability to plan, manage, and implement projects and educational programs.
- Demonstrated ability to provide leadership, supervision, and guidance to a variety of groups and individuals including staff and volunteers; to lead and delegate staff members; to participate effectively in professional teams; and to work assisting internal and external customers.
- Ability to secure and administer grants and contracts.
- Ability to meet frequent travel requirements associated with this position. A valid NYS driver's license with an acceptable DMV driver’s record is required.
- Ability to meet background check requirements.
- Ability to multi-task, prioritize, and work as an effective team member.
- Ability to work flexible hours including nights and/or weekends.
- Ability to read and write in English.
- Skilled in computer word processing, spreadsheets, and database management programs.
- Ability to work in outdoor/agricultural environments under varying conditions including hot and cold weather.
- Ability to carry supplies and equipment, including by stairs and in outdoor/agricultural settings with or without reasonable accommodation.
- Ability to identify and utilize program resources within the community.
- Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual means, using traditional and innovative technologies (e.g., digital, computers, audio, video, etc.).
- Ability to complete short- and long-term goals while managing day-to-day deadlines.
- Ability to organize and manage tasks under changing priorities.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with proven ability to work with diverse audiences in individual and group settings and ability to work effectively with advisory boards, committees, community, and funding partners.
- Balance work efforts appropriately between program, outreach, and professional services
- Specify preferred specialized education, field and/or certifications.
- Experience in diverse agricultural and horticultural enterprises
- Knowledge of Schoharie and Otsego Counties’ people, land, climate, and farm enterprises.
Cornell Cooperative Extension provides equal program and employment opportunities.
Last updated March 10, 2021