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Job Detail: Community Agriculture and Local Foods Awareness Educator

Position Summary:

This individual is responsible for assisting with development, providing delivery of educational programming in the field of community agriculture and local foods awareness as part of the CCE Tompkins Agriculture program.  This individual assists the Agriculture Issue Leader to coordinate with county and town government, and with local agricultural and environmental groups and agencies to identify issues of concern to agriculture producers and local communities and help develop action plans to address key needs.  This person participates in applied research by gathering relevant information and data to prepare agriculture status reports to share with key stakeholders and interested parties involved in program development.  This person is responsible for supporting the work of the Tompkins County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board in implementing the goals of the Tompkins County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan. In addition, this person works with all towns on matters related to farming and land use, supports the work of town agriculture committees where they are operating.  assists Issue Leader in securing grants to help implement county and town agriculture goals, and works closely with local agriculture organizations such as Farm Bureau, Tompkins County Soil & Water District, USDA NRCS and others serving the agriculture community. 

This individual collaborates with Agriculture and Food Business Development staff and Nutrition staff and key stakeholder groups in the county to support local food systems in the county, identifying issues of concern for both producers and consumers and working with all parties to address key needs.

A key function of this position is to increase public understanding and appreciation of agricultures’ contributions to the local economy, local foods, and the environment by coordinating local farm and food tours, ag awareness events and educational programs, panels and forums, media outreach and publications.    

This individual is a member of the Agriculture and Horticulture team of CCE Tompkins and will work closely with nutrition and 4-H ag educators.  In addition, this individual works closely with the regional dairy and field crops team serving Tompkins County, and with relevant Cornell faculty and staff.  The position may supervise students, staff and volunteers.

 

Position Responsibilities:

This individual is responsible for assisting with development, providing delivery of educational programming in the field of community agriculture and local foods awareness as part of the CCE Tompkins Agriculture program.  This individual assists the Agriculture Issue Leader to coordinate with county and town government, and with local agricultural and environmental groups and agencies to identify issues of concern to agriculture producers and local communities and help develop action plans to address key needs.  This person participates in applied research by gathering relevant information and data to prepare agriculture status reports to share with key stakeholders and interested parties involved in program development.  This person is responsible for supporting the work of the Tompkins County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Board in implementing the goals of the Tompkins County Agriculture and Farmland Protection Plan. In addition, this person works with all towns on matters related to farming and land use, supports the work of town agriculture committees where they are operating.  assists Issue Leader in securing grants to help implement county and town agriculture goals, and works closely with local agriculture organizations such as Farm Bureau, Tompkins County Soil & Water District, USDA NRCS and others serving the agriculture community. 

This individual collaborates with Agriculture and Food Business Development staff and Nutrition staff and key stakeholder groups in the county to support local food systems in the county, identifying issues of concern for both producers and consumers and working with all parties to address key needs.

A key function of this position is to increase public understanding and appreciation of agricultures’ contributions to the local economy, local foods, and the environment by coordinating local farm and food tours, ag awareness events and educational programs, panels and forums, media outreach and publications.    

This individual is a member of the Agriculture and Horticulture team of CCE Tompkins and will work closely with nutrition and 4-H ag educators.  In addition, this individual works closely with the regional dairy and field crops team serving Tompkins County, and with relevant Cornell faculty and staff.  The position may supervise students, staff and volunteers.

 

Position Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree plus 4 years’ transferrable relevant evidence based research experience. (Masters Degree preferred)
  • Coursework in agriculture, land use policy, environmental studies, natural resources and local food systems, adult education.
  • Knowledge of key issues impacting agriculture and local food systems.
  • Experience working with formal and informal committees and groups providing guidance on setting goals and developing action plans to achieve results.
  • Experience working with local government.
  • Ability to plan, organize, deliver, and evaluate meetings, workshops, conferences, and other such education and outreach programs.
  • Experience with data collection and analysis and with preparing reports.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and skills in oral and written communication.
  • Experience preparing outreach materials using a variety of social media.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with audiences with diverse educational and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to delegate and supervise tasks to staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to participate effectively in professional team efforts.
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
  • Ability to meet acceptable background check standards.
  • Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Understanding of land use regulations and agriculture district law.
  • Demonstrated competency using computers for data management and analysis.
  • Experience leading/chairing and supporting groups to carry out their specific tasks.
  • Experience organizing community events.
  • Experience writing grants.
  • Experience operating a farm.
  • Teaching experience.

 

Benefits:

Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:

  • Vacation, Sick and Personal time
  • Paid Holidays
  • NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance)
  • NYS Retirement
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity
  • Voluntary Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Voluntary Group Universal Life Insurance
  • Voluntary Personal Accidental Insurance
  • Voluntary Legal Plan Insurance
  • Voluntary Long Term Care Insurance
  • Voluntary Auto and Homeowner’s Insurance
  • Voluntary Pet Insurance
  • Voluntary New York’s College Savings Program
  • Vision Access Program
  • Employee Assistance Program

 

To Apply:

Applicants (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations other than Tompkins) must apply online through the APPLY button in this job posting. Current employees of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association indicated in this job posting are considered internal applicants and must apply online through their Workday account which may be accessed here: http://workday.cornell.edu/

Important! All applicants must submit a cover letter (please reference the position you are applying for), a resume and indicate in your cover letter, resume or other document three individuals who may be contacted as references. 

Please consider indicating in your application all information you feel would be helpful for selection committee members to know. Once the application is submitted you will NOT be able to change your submission or add attachments. Be sure that you have followed all directions and requirements listed in the job posting. 

The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform the essential functions of their job. If you require an accommodation so you may participate in the selection process you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at (607) 255-6120, or via email at: cce.recruitment@cornell.edu.  

About the job

Location Ithaca, New York
Field Agriculture
Time Full-time
Date 27 April 2019

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