Agricultural Stewardship Specialist

Classification Title: Association Resource Educator

Job Title: Agricultural Stewardship Specialist

Location: 423 Griffing Avenue, Riverhead

Benefits: Full Benefits package

Other: 40 hours per week

Position Summary:

The Educator will be responsible for the planning, development, delivery, evaluation, coordination, and management of the Agricultural Stewardship Program in Suffolk County. This person will be responsible for administrative and programmatic supervision of staff and will effectively manage resources available to the program. Target communities are the commercial agriculture and ornamental horticulture enterprises. Program’s focus is on the development, implementation and education of environmentally sound agriculture practices to minimize the impact of agricultural inputs on surface water and groundwater. The Educator will identify Agricultural Stewardship Program needs and set goals and priorities with program advisory committees, program participants, Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) staff, Cornell faculty, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Suffolk County Soil and Water Conservation District personnel, and other partner organizations and associations. In cooperation with CCE Resource Educators, this individual will coordinate applied research and on-farm demonstration projects as well as provide assistance to on-going projects.This individual will also develop and assist with educational and outreach materials and programs specifically oriented to Long Island agriculture. The Educator will maintain direct linkage with Cornell and county extension staff to develop and enhance relationships with appropriate agencies, organizations, and other groups on a local, regional and statewide basis in the area of agricultural environmental stewardship.

Required Qualifications:

Specify required minimum equivalency for education, experience, skills, information systems knowledge, etc.

  • Master’s Degree in agriculture, horticulture, environmental science or a related science with emphasis in pest and / or nutrient management.
  • Relevant experience in Cooperative Extension, similar educational fields, or agricultural environmental stewardship.
  • Ability to communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual channels.
  • Ability to work independently and prioritize tasks with minimum supervision.
  • Ability to work as a team member and to work with staff, cooperating agencies and organizations.
  • Willingness to learn new tasks and ability to work independently.
  • Proficient computer skills such as the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Ability to practice sound, ethical judgment when representing CCE Suffolk to ensure that all protocols and procedures adhere to legal and safety requirements.
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
  • Ability to meet acceptable background check standards, if required.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications:

Specify preferred specialized education, field and/or certifications.

  • Course work in soil science, agronomy, plant pathology, entomology, weed science, pest and / or nutrient management.
  • Experience working with environmental stewardship as it relates to the commercial agriculture / horticulture industry.
  • Two or more years’ experience in Cooperative Extension or similar educational fields preferred.
  • Experience working with other researchers, educators and other extension staff in developing and delivering community and environmental horticulture educational programs.
  • Knowledge of local county needs and the services provided by other agencies related to agricultural environmental stewardship.
  • Experience in grant writing and overseeing budgets.
  • Experience with planning, teaching, and evaluating adult educational programs.


Review of applications will begin immediately. Position will remain open until qualified pool of candidates is obtained.

Applicants need to attach/upload a cover letter, resume and three (3) references to the online application in either Microsoft Word or PDF format. In the “Experience” section of your application, use the Paperclip icon to search for file(s) or use the “Drop Files Here” box to manually drag document(s) into your application.

Please be sure to include all information that you feel would be helpful for selection committee members to know before you click SUBMIT.

Once the application is submitted, you will not be able to change your submission or add attachments.

External Applicants: (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations). Please refer to the Applying for a Job (External Candidate) document for additional guidance.

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Internal Applicants: Current employees of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association interested in this job posting are considered internal applicants; please refer to the Applying for a Job (Internal Candidate) document for additional guidance.

Contact Donna at with questions. No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.

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 that you may participate in the selection process you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at (607) 255-2117, or via email at:

For additional questions, please contact;


Donna Giancontieri
Sr. Administrative Assistant to Executive Director & Office Manager
631-727-7850 x 343

Last updated July 20, 2017