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New York Agriculture in the Classroom


Open Positions

New York Agricultural Education, FFA, and Agriculture in the Classroom has a long history of creating lasting impacts in our youth and workforce development for New York’s leading industry – agriculture. I am excited to share that the Agricultural Education Program at CALS is growing, and we are welcoming applications for two new Urban Specialist Positions. These new positions will aid in the creation of strong new professional development in food and agriculture curriculum for grades Pre-K through 12, and growing agriculture programs and FFA Chapters in underserved NYC boroughs.

Urban Agriculture in the Classroom Educator

The School of Integrated Plant Science seeks an Agriculture in the Classroom Educator to join the Agricultural Outreach and Education Team at Cornell University. They will assist with statewide programs to expand the reach of New York Agriculture in the Classroom through facilitation of educator workshops, program implementation, and workshop planning. The position will require program and workshop development, clerical work, communication with teachers and program partners, processing training registrations, and regular evaluation and reporting. The Agriculture in the Classroom Educator will also work to build community and networks in their region for the hope of educator collaboration and access to resources.

Please reach out to Katie Carpenter with questions about this position.

Urban Agricultural Education/FFA Specialist

The Urban Agricultural Education and FFA Specialist is responsible for identifying, marketing, and establishing comprehensive school based agricultural education programs and FFA Chapters to ensure that we have students from diverse backgrounds pursuing careers or postsecondary education in agriculture. Specifically, this position will provide support services to school administrators and educators with immediate emphasis on the greater NYC Metro Area. This Agricultural Education/FFA specialist will work closely with the current Agricultural Outreach and Education Staff and New York State Education Department (NYSED) to develop and disseminate statewide programs to expand the reach of New York Agricultural Education and FFA through workshops, educator and administrator trainings, and onsite school visits. This position will be responsible for supporting schools and providing them with agricultural education curricula resources, classroom and laboratory instruction techniques, Agriculture Food, and Natural Resources (AFNR) work based learning information, grants, and assistance with starting FFA student leadership chapters. This Urban Agricultural Education/FFA Specialist will work with racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse communities promoting agricultural education, FFA, and supervised agricultural experiences.

Please reach out to Shari Lighthall with questions about this position.