The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University's second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.
The Section of Plant Breeding and Genetics is dedicated to the genetic improvement of crop plants for the benefit of society through the development of novel breeding methodologies, the discover and deployment of economically important genes as genetic stocks, germplasm and varieties, and the training of a new governance of plant breeders. As plant breeders for Cornell University, our vision is to be world leaders in innovative plant breeding research, teaching and extension. Our mission is accomplished through diverse research, teaching and extension activities ranging from the molecular study of crop plant genomes to development of superior crop varieties. Our scientists collaborate with others to integrate the knowledge, information and expertise from a range of disciplines to produce new knowledge and unique germplasm.
Provide high level technical support in all aspects of the Potato Breeding Project. Responsibilities include: operation of agricultural equipment (includes tractors, planters, diggers/harvesters, mowers, rock pickers and cultivators), development and maintenance of seed plots, raised beds, and trials at Cornell and other locations, occasionally spray pesticides with a truck mounted spray rig, maintain and repair equipment, assist with the fabrication of new pieces of equipment, set up and run irrigations systems, maintain inventories of supplies in workroom and barns, keep accurate repair records of equipment, collect data on and take samples from harvested tubers, establish and maintain greenhouse populations, train and supervise temporary help and undergraduates, assist in identifying problem areas and act to resolve them, provide/receive data and other information to/from research collaborators within and outside of the university.
Must be able to work as part of a team, manage time and resources efficiently, and work in a safety conscious manner. Attention to detail is important, as well as being organized.
This is a full-time (39 hours/week) one-year appointment with possible extension depending upon funding and performance. This position is located in Ithaca, New York. No Visa sponsorship or relocation assistance are provided for this position.
Associate's degree and 2+ years of experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience with equipment operation, maintenance and repair.
Experience with field sampling and methods.
Knowledge of safety training protocols to ensure a safe working environment is maintained.
Basic computer knowledge including Word, Excel, and email is expected.
Strong written and oral communication skills.
Must be well-organized and detailed oriented.
Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
Close concentration, attention to detail and eye-hand coordination are required.
Ability to keep a comprehensive, up-to-date and accurate records.
Possess strong analytical skills.
Ability to develop effective working relationships with faculty, staff and students.
Ability to create an inclusive and respectful work environment, to work as a team and independently to achieve departmental and university goals.
Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University.
Must have or be able to obtain a NYS Pesticide Applicators license
Must pass Federal Drug Enforcement Agency background check
Valid Driver's License
Must be able to obtain forklift license
Bachelor's degree and 4+ years of experience or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience with potatoes and potato equipment
Plant biology and/or genetics education desirable
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