Research Support Specialist I Horticulture Section School of Integrative Plant Science Ithaca, NY
Dr. David Wolfe is Professor of Plant and Soil Ecology in the School of Integrative Plant Science (Horticulture Section) at Cornell University. Primary research interests and expertise include: soil and water conservation and management; plant stress physiology; and new tools for climate change adaptation and mitigation for managed and natural ecosystems.
Dr.Wolfe currently leads a USDA project focused on new tools for carbon, nitrogen, and greenhouse gas accounting and management in agroecosystems, and a New York State-funded Soil Health Initiative. Other activities include soil conservation and food security projects in East Africa.
The individual will have a research and outreach role in a multi-disciplinary NYS-funded Soil Health Initiative, focused on crop and soil management for sustained productivity, building resilience to climate change, and sequestering soil carbon. With guidance from the supervisor and in collaboration with other project team members, Cooperative Extension staff, staff of state and federal government agencies, and farmer and other stakeholders, the individual will provide support for meeting project objectives. Specific responsibilities will include gathering and organizing relevant background information on constraints, costs, and benefits of adopting practices for improving soil health. Sources of information will include the published peer-reviewed scientific literature, technical reports, and surveys and in-depth interviews with farmers. Responsibilities will also include working with project leadership in establishing a NY Soil Health Network of key stakeholders for exchange of information and to facilitate farmer adoption of beneficial practices. This will involve participating in meeting organization, farm field days, and soil sampling on collaborating farms for soil carbon and soil health assessment. The individual will be expected to play a key role in preparing early drafts of material for website content, multi-author papers for research and Extension publications, and reports for submission to the funding agency. Other communications and outreach activities will include participating with project team and Soil Health Network members in developing a "Soil Health Roadmap" white paper and participating in organizing a public "Soil Health Summit" conference.
This is an 8 month term appointment (August 1, 2017-March 31, 2018), with possibility of extension dependent on performance and funding.
Bachelor's degree and 2-3 years' work experience or equivalent in agriculture, ecology, agricultural economics, or related discipline, or equivalent combination of education and experience.Documented excellence in communication skills, particularly writing skills, and experience in literature search methods and producing publishable work.Quantitative and computer skills relevant to the project, including Excel, statistical software, and Word. Documented experience and skills related to developing effective working relationships in a team project.Must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted NYS driver's license and be able to meet the travel requirements of the position, which is approximately 10 day trips, and 5 trips requiring an overnight stay.All travel within New York State.
Master's degree or higher in a related discipline.Knowledge and experience in soil science and/or applied agricultural economics. Familiarity with NY agriculture, and comfortable communicating with farmers as well as agriculture researchers and service providers.
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