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Title of Position:                    CROP AND SOIL SPECIALIST
Details of Position:                 F/T, 40 hrs/wk, $65,000.00 - $75,000.00
Locations of Position:            CCE Jefferson County, 203 N. Hamilton St., Watertown, NY
About the Position:
This position will function as part of the Tri-Country Regional Ag Team, providing technical assistance to farms and food businesses in St. Lawrence, Jefferson, and Lewis Counties. The position will serve as the Crop and Soil Specialist and will provide leadership in the planning, development, management and implementation of the crop and soil programs, technical assistance, and research across the region. Program topics include, but are not limited to: soil health, pest management, crop yields, agronomy, and pesticide applications. This position will deliver and develop crop and soil programming and program activities, both on-site and off-site, in the community, in accordance with the Regional Ag Team’s plan of work. This position will provide commercial field crop producers, consultants and industry representatives with the knowledge and educational resources necessary to assess production and management practices that will enhance their profitability and sustain the growth of the field crops industry in Northern New York. The Regional Field Crops Specialist will lead and facilitate the extension of research findings from Cornell University, other land grant universities and agribusinesses, and work with local stakeholders to test alternative field crop management practices at the farm level. This position will also coordinate all administrative aspects of the crop/soil program to include marketing efforts.
Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree.
  • Must possess or have the ability to acquire a Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) certification and New York State Certified Pesticide Applicators License.
  • Two (2) years volunteer or related work experience.
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License and the ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
  • Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Excellent benefits package upon employment and based on eligibility, to include, but not limited to: New York State Health Insurance Program; dental insurance; New York State Employee Retirement System; vacation, personal and sick leave; etc.  Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.
Attention Applicants:  Please be aware of the following – If you are employed by a government or not-for-profit organization, you may be able to receive loan forgiveness under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.  PSLF forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer.
All Applicants must apply online to be considered for this position by June 21, 2024. and click on “jobs.”
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