Cornell University, New York Sea Grant

Position ID:Cornell-NYSSeaGrant-ESTUARINERESILIENCE [#13816, WDR-00019191]
Position Title: Estuarine Resilience Planning and Policy Specialist (New York Sea Grant); Kingston, New York
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Kingston, New York 12401, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Marine Sciences
Coastal Management
Natural Resources
Environmental Policy / Environmental Policy
Appl Deadline:2019/07/07* finished (2019/05/29, finished 2019/10/01, listed until 2019/07/07)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Estuarine Resilience Planning and Policy Specialist
Extension Associate
New York Sea Grant
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Cornell University
Kingston, New York

 The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University’s second largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education, and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy and environmental resources; and social, physical and economic well-being.

New York Sea Grant (NYSG), one of the largest of the state Sea Grant programs, is a cooperative program of the State University of New York (SUNY) and Cornell University, with administrative offices at Stony Brook University, extension administration at Cornell University. Residents of New York State depend on our coasts for ports and marinas, trade and recreation, and their contribution to economic and environmental sustainability. NYSG is currently “making a difference” by supporting about 45 important research and outreach projects on issues such as shoreline protection, fisheries, aquatic invasive species, water quality, and harmful algal blooms.

Focus of the position:

Plan, develop, implement and evaluate a regional extension education program pertaining to estuarine resilience with a focus on watershed and land use planning and policy in the face of climate change and extreme weather. Issues to be addressed may include climate change, extreme weather and sea level rise impacts on the wetlands, shorelines, communities, public lands as well as adaptive river and shoreline planning. Groups served may include coastal communities, coastal businesses, public and/or private landowners as well as teachers. Work closely with university faculty, government agencies and non-governmental organizations to develop programming relevant to New York's Hudson River Valley that may be replicated in other regional coastal estuarine and riverine systems.

The job duties include:

  • Providing leadership within New York Sea Grant and Cornell Cooperative Extension regarding extension program management concerning estuarine resilience with a focus on watershed and land use planning and policy in the face of climate change and extreme weather.
  • Identifying research and education needs related to estuarine science and communicating those needs to the New York Sea Grant Institute.
  • Establishing and maintaining a regional Program Advisory Committee made up of citizens, public officials, researchers, educators, user groups and environmental leaders to guide program direction, content, progress, and evaluation.
  • Developing specific grant proposals from outside funding sources and fulfilling all required grant reporting responsibilities.
  • Being responsible for administrative reporting duties including monthly narrative and annual reporting as required.
  • Collaborating with regional and national Sea Grant Extension networks, Cornell faculty and Cornell Cooperative Extension on interdisciplinary programs relating to estuarine resource use and conservation. 

This position is full-time and will be located in the CCE Ulster County Office, Kingston, New York. This is a one-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in coastal/natural resource management, land use planning, marine/environmental policy or closely related field.
  • 2+ years of progressively responsible experience in Sea Grant Extension, Cooperative Extension, adult education or the equivalent is required.
  • Experience in successfully conducting applied research and extending this to potential users through organized education.
  • Substantial knowledge of principles, theory, and research in subject matter field and knowledge of adult education related to area of specialization.
  • Advanced computer skills and the ability to use computer and long distance education technologies in their area of programming expertise.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop extension programs and teach adults.
  • Experience with initiating, conducting and evaluating extension programs.
  • Ability to define and interpret original research projects.
  • Ability to lead and effectively participate in professional team efforts.
  • Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders and targeted audiences.
  • Experience in communicating effectively through multiple media.
  • Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position, and have reliable transportation as well as have and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State driver’s license.

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of relevant codes and ordinances.
  • Experience using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and other mapping programs to visualize data and experience working with complex issues with diverse stakeholders.
To Apply:

Please apply via Academic Jobs On-line (

Qualified candidates should submit a short cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion via the website. 

For full consideration, applications must be submitted by July 7, 2019. However, the position will remain open until filled.

For a full position description, go to or contact Pat Hoyt via email or phone at 607-255-2832.

 College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
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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.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
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New York Sea Grant
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Ithaca, NY 14853

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