Cornell announces two viticulture extension educator positions

Viticulture experience is a plus but not a limiting factor, especially for the Lake Erie position (my personal favorite) as we have a nationally recognized research viticulturist in Dr. Terry Bates who does a great job of working with our extension staff to get everyone up to speed.

Two Viticulture Extension Specialist positions are open for application at Cornell University.

Position descriptions and online application are available at the ‘academic jobs online’ site – links below.

  1. Lake Erie Regional Grape Program – Viticulture Extension Associate

This viticulture extension associate position is part of the 4 member Lake Erie Regional Grape Program team based at the newly-built Cornell Lake Erie Research and Extension Laboratory (CLEREL) in Portland, NY.  The Lake Erie region encompasses approximately 30,000 acres of grapes in NY and Erie County, Pennsylvania, and is a joint program of Cornell and Penn State.  CLEREL houses state-of-the-art extension facilities, a 50 acre research vineyard, and access to an extensive research staff with expertise and a nation-wide USDA-funded precision viticulture research project (Efficient Vineyard Project).

Search leader:  Tim Weigle, Team leader and Statewide Grape IPM Specialist


Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program– Viticulture Extension Associate


The Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program covers 17 counties in Eastern NY and programs support fruit and vegetable producers in the Region.  In response to a rapidly growing wine and grape production industry (see Eastern NY Grape Industry Growth Prompts Marketing Initiatives, Specialist Hiring), the program is for the first time recruiting a full-time viticulture specialist to develop a program serving both established vineyards and wineries in the Hudson Valley and also newer growers with cold-hardy hybrid cultivars in the Albany to Lake Champlain region.   Resources for research include plantings at the Hudson Valley Laboratory in Highland, NY and an experimental vineyard at the Willsboro research farm on Lake Champlain.

Search leader:  Laura McDermott, , ENYCHP Team leader

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