Area Fruit Specialist-Integrated Pest Management

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Provide commercial fruit growers, producers, consultants and industry representatives with the knowledge and educational resources necessary to assess and adopt integrated pest management practices that will enhance their profitability and sustain the growth of the fruit industry in Western New York.

Partial list of responsibilities include:

  • Provide leadership for planning, implementing and evaluating educational programs that address producer identified needs and opportunities. Emphasis is on the demonstration and adoption of Integrated Pest Management principles and practices leading to economical and environmentally sound use of pesticides to maximize fruit quality, profitability, and sustainability.
  • Initiate and conduct field demonstrations and applied research projects using integrated approaches to manage insect pests, diseases, weeds, and others as appropriate to the needs of commercial fruit production in Western New York.
  • Individually and collaboratively explore and pursue new and additional funding sources to enhance and extend program opportunities.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities, conferences and workshops appropriate to program and personal skill enhancement.
  • Support Cornell University and Cooperative Extension system-wide initiatives through participation in program development work teams, ad-hoc committees and advisory groups

Masters Degree in Agriculture from an accredited institution with a major in Pest Management or closely associated field (entomology, plant pathology, etc.) and two or more years of relevant work experience in Agribusiness, Crop Production, Cooperative Extension, or closely related fields required.

To apply:

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Qualified candidates should submit a short cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion via the website.

Applications will be reviewed as received, continuing until a suitable applicant is identified. For more information, please contact Craig Kahlke at Additional information about the Lake Ontario Fruit Program can be found at

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