Extension Aide -AHDC QMPS (Located in Canton)

Cornell University
Ithaca, New York, US
Closing date
May 30, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Climate Change
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply. As part of the university's comprehensive vaccination program, all Cornell employees are required to have and provide proof of an FDA-or WHO-authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine and booster or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption, regardless of their role and work location. New hires are required to provide documentation showing full vaccination status (that is, completion of two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one shot of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) before their first day of work. If a new hire's vaccination is not complete or information is not received by their start date, the first day of work will be delayed. It is possible in some cases that an offer of employment may be withdrawn. New hires are also required to have and provide proof of their vaccine booster within 30 days of the start of their employment or within 30 days of eligibility for the vaccine booster. For additional information on Cornell's Vaccination/Booster Compliance Program click here. Cornell University, located in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of New York State, is a center for discovery, academic leadership, and service. The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is recognized internationally as a leader in animal health, public health, biomedical research, and veterinary medical education. Ranked as one of the top veterinary colleges in the nation by US News & World Report, the College excels in providing education and advanced training that prepare veterinarians and scientists to serve society in critical roles in clinical and diagnostic veterinary medicine, public health, scientific inquiry, and public policy. Ours is a value-based organization where all employees are accountable for supporting the organization's values of truth, respect, excellence, teamwork, and integrity. The Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC) is a high visibility and high volume veterinary diagnostic laboratory that promotes the health, productivity, and welfare of food-and fiber-producing animals, companion animals, and zoo and wildlife populations. Through its comprehensive veterinary diagnostic services, the AHDC detects animal diseases and supports animal and public health, promotes environmental stewardship, and fosters economic growth. Quality Milk Production Services (QMPS) Program serves the dairy industry of New York State by promoting the production of high-quality milk through the control and prevention of mastitis, prudent use of antimicrobials, and implementation of good farming practices. QMPS meets the needs of the dairy industry through an integrated program of Field Services, Laboratory Services, Educational Programs and Research. The Extension Aide supports the services provided by QMPS by serving to facilitate the needs of both dairy farms and the mastitis-testing laboratory through daily interactions. Highly collaborative, this individual performs a variety of essential specimen collection, courier, and processing responsibilities that have a direct impact on herd health. Extremely reliable and flexible in dealing with unpredictable workloads, they enjoy identifying and troubleshooting problems to complete routine and detailed tasks. What you will do: * Perform specimen courier duties using a university assigned vehicle; retrieve, reconcile and transport specimens from participating farms to the lab; provide backup support for other routes when needed * Perform sample collection according to established procedures * Perform detailed specimen processing to prepare submissions for testing * Provide backup support for lab administrative tasks as needed; perform data entry, answer to customer communications * Provide backup support for diagnostic testing processes as needed * Assist with training of staff or students as requested * Perform other duties as assigned Employees of the AHDC must adhere to the Quality Assurance system, confidentiality statement, standard operating procedures, and organizational policies. Employees are expected to meet all of the Cornell University Staff Skills for Success, which are essential for individual and organizational success. Employees working in the lab and field must receive the pre-exposure rabies prophylaxis vaccination series prior to or immediately after hire, which will be paid for by the department. This position is 39 hours per week; however, the specific schedule may change to meet the needs of the business. Employees are regularly required to work outside of normal business hours, including early mornings, evenings, and during University holidays and scheduled breaks. Weekend work may be requested, as well as occasional overnight travel. This is a Three-year term position; reappointment will be contingent upon funding and performance. Required Qualifications: * Associate's degree in a science related field, with up to one year of experience in dairy farm operations, involving herd health, and milking equipment function, or an equivalent combination of education and experience To be successful, you will need: * Fluency with standard commercial software (Microsoft Office), with the aptitude to learn advanced functions and new software. * Ability to observe cattle facilities, safely obtain milk samples from dairy cattle, and identify abnormal milk in a barn setting * Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills * Ability to maintain strong working relationships while meeting individual and unit goals in accordance with the broader mission * Works well both proactively and within a team environment * Good judgment and problem solving skills * Strong attention to accuracy and detailed record keeping; ability to correctly complete paperwork, seeking information as needed * Excellent self-management practices to successfully organize competing priorities to meet deadlines * Ability to handle delicate, confidential information with tact and discretion * Ability to push, pull, lift, or carry up to 50 pounds * Must maintain a valid driver's license and be able to travel, occasionally overnight, to other locations, including regional laboratories (Canton, Ithaca, and Warsaw) and neighboring states, for work-related activities, including meetings, trainings, and/or to provide customer service If you have all those things, great! Here are some preferred qualifications: * On-farm and field applied research experience with adherence to quality assurance programs involving academic and laboratory settings * Experience navigating on-farm dairy management software * Up to two years of experience in dairy farm operations, involving herd health, aseptic milk sample collection and milking equipment function * Ability to communicate in Basic Spanish Language. * Bachelor's degree in a science related field What's in it for you: We hope you appreciate great benefits. Cornell receives national recognition as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. * Cornell's benefits program includes comprehensive health care options, access to wellness programs, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, and generous retirement contributions. * Cornell's leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 12 holidays: e.g., an end-of-year winter break, from December 25 through January 1. * Cornell's impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Extramural Study and Employee Degree Program, Tuition Aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance program. * Cornell has been nationally recognized as an award-winning workplace for our health, wellbeing, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. For more information, follow the link: Benefits at Cornell. Working at the College of Veterinary Medicine also comes with an active Staff Council dedicated to improving the work environment, and an overall welcoming community interested in helping its members be successful. Cover Letters are required for all position considerations. Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position. University Job Title: Program/Extension Aide II Job Family: Academic Support Level: B Pay Rate Type: Hourly Company: Contract College Contact Name: Soubhagya Chattopadhyay Number of Openings: 1 Job Titles and Pay Ranges: To learn more about Cornell's non-union staff job titles and pay ranges, see Career Navigator. The final rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria: * Prior relevant work or industry experience. * Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position. * Unique applicable skills. Current Employees: If you currently work at Cornell University, please exit this website and log in to Workday using your Net ID and password. Select the Career icon on your Home dashboard to view jobs at Cornell. Online Submission Guidelines: Most positions at Cornell will require you to apply online and submit both a resume/CV and cover letter. You can upload documents either by "dragging and dropping" them into the dropbox or by using the "upload" icon on the application page. For more detailed instructions on how to apply to a job at Cornell, visit How We Hire on the HR website. Employment Assistance: If you require an accommodation for a disability in order to complete an employment application or to participate in the recruiting process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell University's Office of Institutional Equity and Title IX at voice (607) 255-2242, or email at equity@cornell.edu. For general questions about the position or the application process, please contact the Recruiter listed in the job posting. Applicants that do not have internet access are encouraged to visit your local library, or local Department of Labor. You may also visit the office of Workforce Recruitment and Retention Monday - Friday between the hours of 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. to use a dedicated workstation to complete an online application. Notice to Applicants: Please read the required Notice to Applicants statement by clicking here. This notice contains important information about applying for a position at Cornell as well as some of your rights and responsibilities as an applicant. EEO Statement: Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose, and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement. 2022-04-07-07:00


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