Great Lakes Fisheries and Ecosystem Health Specialist (Extension Associate - New York Sea Grant)

  • Cornell University
  • Oswego, New York, United States
  • Oct 07, 2016
Full time Biology/Ecology Environmental Education/Communication Sustainability Water Quality Watershed/Stormwater

Job Description

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), a cooperative program of the State University of New York (SUNY) and Cornell University, is part of a national network of 33 university-based state sea grant programs that are administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NYSG integrates research, education and extension to promote economic vitality and environmental sustainability to coastal residents and communities of the State's marine and Great Lakes areas.
Conduct extension and outreach programming as well as applied research in Great Lakes fisheries and ecosystem health science, management and policy. Design extension programs to enhance audience awareness and understanding of Great Lakes fisheries and ecosystem science such as emerging contaminants, harmful algal blooms, invasive species, diseases and food-web productivity. Facilitate informed decision making by audience members; the target audience includes: lay stakeholders from the basin, angling groups, environmental interest groups, NGOs, resource management agencies, researchers, and elected officials.

The job duties include:
Plan and conduct extension education programs in Great Lakes fisheries and ecosystem health science, management and policy, and may develop significant new subject matter materials such as curricula and extension education publications.
Have subject matter leadership responsibility for integrating Sea Grant Extension and University Great Lakes fisheries and ecosystem health science programming initiatives in a statewide, regional, and/or national context.
Act as a leader within area of expertise within New York Sea Grant, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and, when appropriate, within the Great Lakes or National Sea Grant Network.
Collect, utilize and generate extension/outreach materials pertaining to Great Lakes fisheries, ecosystem ecology, ecosystem health  as well as sustainable management, resource utilization, biological processes, and stressors for program development. 
Develop organizational documents such as proposals, annual reports, monthly narratives, and the like as required by NY Sea Grant Extension leader to satisfy requirements of external funding entities.
Establish and maintain affiliations for development and implementation of applied research and extension programs with major academic linkages Cornell University, resource management agencies, National Sea Grant Program Office, Regional and National Sea Grant networks, Great Lakes Fisheries Commission, and elected officials (state and federal).
Utilize evaluation planning approaches when designing extension activities; conduct evaluations of their extension/outreach programming on order to grow, adapt and amend them as appropriate.

This position is full-time (40 hours/week) and will be located in Oswego, New York. This is a three year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.

Required Qualifications:
Master’s level degree in in fisheries, ecosystem science/health, natural resource management or a related field.
3+ years of experience in education, extension or other professional activities requiring the communication of technical information to audiences.  

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience and knowledge specific to the Great Lakes. 
Experience and knowledge related to social sciences

Application review will commence on October 17, 2016.

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