Agriculture Program Educator - Dairy and Livestock

Cornell University

Watertown , New York

This position is a full-time non-exempt position - 100% FTE, 40 hours per week. The hourly rate ranges from $18.27 to $20.67 based on experience and qualifications. This position, based on eligibility, offers a comprehensive benefit package, to include: health and dental insurance, retirement, vacation, sick and personal leave.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent education (Associate’s Degree and 2 years transferrable program/functional experience).
  • Experience relevant to the role of the position.
  • Valid New York State Driver’s License and the ability to meet the travel requirements associated with this position.
  • Ability to meet acceptable background check standards (DMV and criminal background checks).
  • Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three (3+) years of relevant work experience in agriculture
  • Knowledge of subject matter appropriate to area of programming.
  • Experience in dairy and/or livestock production, agriculture production, management and marketing.
  • Demonstrated ability to relate to diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, plan, organize, implement, teach and evaluate informal education programs through a variety of program delivery methods to reach individuals and groups.
  • Demonstrated ability to function as a team member working with volunteers and staff.
  • Demonstrated willingness to learn new subject materials.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual means.
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize computer technologies for educational and communication purposes.

Program Responsibilities:

Delivery - 70%

  • Utilize established program resources and materials in program work.
  • Provide direct teaching and instruction in Dairy and Livestock Management, including, but not limited to the following topics: nutrition, herd health, reproduction, production records, milking management, replacements, and housing, utilizing established program resources and materials, and utilizing a variety of proven educational methodologies in program work.
  • Provide direct teaching and instruction in alternative animal agriculture, including, but not limited to the following topics: sheep, goats, beef, bison, pork and poultry etc., including production and marketing.
  • Implement and facilitate Dairy and Livestock Management educational programming for a menu of existing Agriculture programs in accordance with established program parameters, including, but not limited to: Animal facilities, quality assurance, animal comfort and welfare, health and animal production best practices.
  • Under the direction and oversight of the Agriculture Issue Leader, occasionally apply established subject matter knowledge to create lesson plans as identified.
  • Work to foster acceptance of the Dairy & Livestock Program, methods and practices while addressing needs in the agriculture community and considering diverse audiences.
  • Participate in the delivery of innovative, multi-disciplinary programs and pilot efforts as trends and priorities shift.
  • Actively teach and participate in state-wide programs, such as, PRO-DAIRY.
  • Provide Agriculture educational programs via mass media.
  • Serve as subject matter resource in the area of Dairy and Livestock Management.
  • Directly teach and participate in non-agriculture, cross-programming efforts as appropriate.
  • Represent Cornell Cooperative Extension of Jefferson County in a professional manner and communicate and cooperate with the public, agribusinesses, veterinarians, DHI
  • Associations, Quality Management Production Service, feed dealers, agricultural
  • Coordinator, government officials, community leaders, Cornell and/or other land grant universities as a part of program delivery.
  • Serve as a team member and cooperate with the entire Association and the Agriculture & Natural Resources Program staff to achieve Association program delivery goals.

Evaluation- 10%

  • Implement program evaluation as designed.
  • Interact with program participants to obtain evaluation data, and assist in evaluating effectiveness of classes within program areas for all Nutrition and Health programs.
  • Assist Supervisor in the process of analyzing program data, and based on that analysis, assist in making recommendations for improvements in program offerings.
  • Communicate evaluation findings to constituents as appropriate.

Administrative Responsibilities:

Direction - 5%

  • Assist in the planning of educational programs to include, but not limited to planning the delivery of established educational program goals as well as the structure of delivering educational programs via various methods.
  • Assist the Agriculture Issue Leader to anticipate and project program expenses.
  • Assist the Agriculture Issue Leader by providing program related information to the budget development process and allocate budget amounts, reporting out to the Agriculture Issue
  • Leader per established protocol.
  • Provide low complexity administrative assistance to include, but not limited to, planning for mass media efforts related to the Agriculture Program; work together with Agriculture team to plan effective strategic marketing efforts; and major public affairs events and functions.
  • Provide Agriculture Program related information to the staffing plan development process.
  • Assist the Agriculture Issue Leader and grant writing team in the writing and development of grant applications to secure funding for ongoing/expanded programming efforts.

Management - 5%

  • Solve problems and resolve conflicts that arise in the Agriculture program utilizing appropriate policies and procedures, as needed.
  • Assist the Agriculture Issue Leader to ensure program activities, workshops and events conform to the Association’s Plan of Work.
  • Support the allocation of program resources to accomplish Association program objectives within the Agriculture Program.
  • Provide support to the Advisory Committee consisting of, educators, community members and other stakeholders to facilitate overall program management/coordination/implementation.
  • Assist Agriculture Issue Leader in identifying and recommending program needs (i.e. program supplies and materials).

Coordination/Operation - 5%

  • Organize and coordinate program activities relating to the Agriculture Program (i.e. special meeting, events and projects)
  • Coordinate, compile and organize existing program resources and program materials.
  • Coordinate the Advisory Committee meetings per established procedures.
  • Obtain evaluation data and program needs assessments from program participants based on existing evaluation framework and guidelines.
  • Provide low complexity administrative support to prepare materials for report submission to meet funding and Association requirements.
  • Provide low complexity administrative support to accomplish financial goals within assigned program to include, but not limited to: preparing materials for grant/contact proposal submission and providing required information needed in the financial documentation to meet grant or budget requirements.
  • Coordinate and assist with projects and outreach efforts as needed.
  • Coordinate with the Regional Ag Team, Agronomy, and Farm Business Management Teams when appropriate to meet the needs of participants.
  • Assist in utilizing effective marketing strategies in the promotion of programming efforts to include, but not limited to: print media, news media, social media, and multi-media efforts.
  • Effectively maintain existing professional relationships with other agencies, organizations and businesses that promote effective communication and facilitate continued programming efforts.
  • This position may require the transport of program participants and/or program materials and resources in performing position responsibilities.

Professional Improvement and Other Duties as Assigned - 5%

  • In cooperation with Supervisor and/or Executive Director, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes and Association priorities.
  • Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform other duties as assigned.

Health and Safety - Applied to all duties and functions.

  • Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
  • Be familiar with and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations,
  • Association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard.
  • Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.