Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator

  • Cornell University
  • Ballston Spa, NY, USA
  • Feb 14, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Communication - Public Outreach Conservation/ Natural Resources Environmental Science - Engineering Fisheries - Marine Science - Aquatic Biology Water Quality Watershed - Stormwater - Wastewater

Job Description

Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Saratoga County is seeking a full time qualified and experienced incumbent to work under the supervision of the Association Team Leader (Capital/Mohawk PRISM Coordinator), the Aquatic Invasive Species (“AIS”) Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating, managing, planning, and delivering of aquatic invasive species prevention and management programs. Additionally, the position provides technical leadership and support to partner organizations; collects and summarizes field data into reports; and maintains the organizations tools and equipment. The coordinator will be responsible for public education and outreach regarding slowing the spread and prevention of aquatic invasive species throughout the Capital/Mohawk Region.

The AIS Coordinator is also responsible for supervising the seasonal Capital/Mohawk PRISM AIS Watercraft Launch Stewards. The Stewards are responsible for public education, outreach, and data collection regarding slowing the spread and prevention of AIS. The Coordinator and Stewards provide education and outreach at various public boat launch sites, public events and programs throughout the Capital/ Mohawk Region. The AIS Coordinator also trains volunteers from partner organizations on the AIS data collection process.

All applications must be received on-line by February 23, 2018. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in natural resources, environmental studies, environmental science, recreation, wildlife or related fields related field. Associate Degree in related field and two years’ transferrable program experience may substitute for a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Ability to deliver, plan, manage and coordinate informal educational programs. 
  • Ability to meet frequent travel requirements associated with this position.  A valid NYS driver's license with the ability to drive and driving record acceptable for agency insurance coverage are required. Frequent use of personal vehicle for driving between work sites is required.
  • Ability to meet acceptable background check requirements.
  • Ability to work flexible hours which frequently includes evenings, weekends and holidays, as appropriate.
  • Computer Skills: Experienced with or ability to learn Microsoft Office suite, especially Word, Excel and Outlook. Prior experience using a tablet or the ability to learn how to use a tablet for data entry purposes, and to use this data to create a year-end report.
  • Communication Skills: Strong verbal communication, writing and environmental interpretation skills. Ability to communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual channels and educational tools. Ability to communicate with program participants effectively through oral, written, and visual channels using traditional tools and methods, as well as electronic technology (e.g., video, audio, computers, etc.).   Ability to frequently and effectively communicate verbally and in writing with program participants’ employees and others. 
  • Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
  • Ability to utilize program resources within the community.
  • Ability to read English and interpret documents such instructions, safety and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. 
  • Ability to plan and organize personal work responsibilities according to priorities developed with team members and immediate supervisor.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully market program though social, print and other media, resulting in robust program participation.
  • Demonstrated experience in running meetings and planning events for the public.
  • High level of organizational skills.
  • Ability to perform the following functions with or without reasonable accommodation: frequently work in outdoor weather conditions including extreme heat, precipitation and cold; frequently lift, move or transport program materials; and constantly perform and demonstrate proper AIS preventative boat cleaning and launching techniques by frequently positioning self (for example, pulling, bending, reaching, touching, kneeling, using hands to feel/reach) at launch sites and other program areas.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with AIS plant and other aquatic plant identification and management, project coordination, supervising staff, data collection, processing and analysis, geographic information systems, global positioning systems.
  • Writing, desktop publishing, public speaking/education proficiency.
  • Experience operating and navigating small watercraft.
  • Supervisory experience preferred.

All applications must be received on-line by February 23, 2018. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.

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