This position will serve as the Water Quality specialist for Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Onondaga County and will implement Water Quality programming for a menu of existing Water Quality educational programs and activities. This position will be responsible for the delivery of established Water Quality programming and activities, both on-site and off-site to residents, visitors, municipal leaders and community organizations in the Skaneatles Lake Watershed in accordance with the Program Area's Plan of Work. This position is responsible for carrying out the delivery of established Skaneteles Lake Watershed resident and municipal education and outreach program for the City of Syracuse, and providing general water quality education and outreach throughout Onondaga County with an emphasis on invasive species, land use and water pollution source and control. This position will also coordinate all administrative aspects of the Water Quality Program and will assist the Team Leader with marketing and fundraising efforts as needed. Additionally, this positon will also be responsible for facilitating and leading community deer management groups by remaining substantively neutral in assisting these groups to improve the process it identifies to solve deer management problems. This position will work to provide leadership for community deer management groups by effectively fostering partnerships and information networks, creating a decision-making process that is regarded as fair and credible among stakeholders, and to facilitate discussion that leads to a common community purpose.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS: PLEASE READ BEFORE APPLYING All applicants must apply by close of day on November 6, 2017 to be considered for this position. All applicants must complete an application packet, which includes: cover letter, resume and three (3) references .
All External Applicants (including applicants currently employed by Cornell Cooperative Extension in Associations other than the Association advertising this career opportunity) must submit his/her application materials via the "APPLY" button located within this job posting.
All Internal Applicants (current employees working for the Association advertising this career opportunity) must apply online via his/her Workday account, which may be accessed here: http://workday.cornell.edu/ .
Please contact Hillary Chartron-Bartholomew, Association Operations Coordinator at 315-424-9485 with questions.
This position is a full-time non-exempt position - 100% FTE, 37.5 hours per week. This position, based on eligibility, offers a comprehensive benefit package, to include: health and dental insurance, retirement, vacation, sick and personal leave.
Bachelor's Degree or equivalent education (Associate's Degree and 2 years of transferrable program/functional experience).
Experience relevant to the role of the position.
Valid NYS Driver's License and the ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
Ability to meet acceptable background check standards (DMV and criminal background checks).
Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
Able to work outdoors under adverse conditions, including, but not limited to exposure to weather, wildlife and insects.
Familiarity with natural resource management and environmental issues in the Finger Lakers region.
Experience in public outreach and education for adult and youth audiences.
Experience in volunteer coordination.
Experience working with public stakeholders, municipal agencies and rural land management.
Demonstrated ability to plan, teach and evaluate informal educational programs through a variety of delivery methods to reach individuals and groups.
Demonstrated ability to manage time and attention to detail.
Demonstrated ability to function as a team member working with volunteers and staff.
Demonstrated ability to organize reference materials for programming purposes.
Demonstrated ability to relate to diverse audiences.
Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively through oral, written and visual means.
Demonstrated ability to utilize computer technologies for educational and communication purposes to include but not limited to: proficiency in ArcGIS and Adobe software programs.
Demonstrated ability to advance conversation in emotional settings.
Delivery - 70%
Utilize established program resources and materials in program work.
Implement, existing water quality programming, to include, but not limited to:
Implement already-established water quality educational programing and activities in support of other programming efforts as identified/needed to support the established Plan of Work.
Implement already-established water quality education programming and activities in a variety of delivery methods.
Under the direction and oversight of the Team Leader, obtain specialized assistance in delivering programs and materials such as technical information, software assistance, administrative requirements, identifying target audience and appropriate means of outreach.
Occasionally apply established subject matter knowledge to create lesson plans as identified.
Provide water quality educational programs via mass media.
Work to foster acceptance of the Natural Resources program, methods and policies while addressing community and individual needs and considering diverse audiences.
Serve as a team member and cooperate with the entire Association and Natural Resources Program staff to achieve Association program delivery goals.
Evaluation - 10%
Implement program evaluation as designed.
Interact with program participants to obtain evaluation data, to include: evaluating effectiveness of classes within program areas for all water quality programs.
Assist Team Leader in the process of analyzing program data, and based on that analysis, assist in making recommendations for improvements in program offerings.
Communicate evaluation findings to constituents as appropriate.
Direction - 5%
Assist in the planning and promotion of major public events and programs including, but not limited to: assisting with mass media efforts related to upcoming events and programs.
Assist in the planning for volunteer opportunities to expand program offerings and outreach efforts.
Assist in identifying opportunities for water quality fund development activities.
Management - 5%
Under the direction of the Team Leader, provide program guidance to program staff in accordance with established practices and procedures.
Assist Team Leader in identifying and recommending program needs (i.e. program supplies and materials).
Provide management of volunteers to include: recruitment of volunteers, volunteer orientation and training, and serving as a resource to guide volunteer activity and involvement.
Provide program guidance and information to volunteers as needed.
Coordination/Operation - 5%
Organize and coordinate activities related to Water Quality Programming.
Provide administrative support for fund development activities as identified.
Coordinate, compile and organize existing program resources and program materials.
Coordinate topical Water Quality workshops, symposiums and events.
Coordinate and compile outreach brochures and newsletters.
Provide coordination for water quality monitoring and invasive species control and monitoring.
Maintain the Skaneateles Lake Watershed website and social media outreach.\
Facilitate community deer management groups by remaining substantively neural in assisting these groups to improve the process it identifies to solve deer management problems.
Effectively maintain professional relationships with other agencies, organizations and businesses that promote effective communication and facilitate continued programming efforts.
Assist in utilizing effective marketing strategies in the promotion of programming efforts to include, but not limited to: print media, news media, social media, and multi-media efforts.
This position may require the transport of program participants and/or program materials and resources in performing position responsibilities.
Professional Improvement and Other Duties as Assigned - 5%
In cooperation with Supervisor and/or Executive Director, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes and Association priorities.
Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety - Applied to all duties and functions.
Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
Be familiar with and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, Association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard.
Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.
EEO/EPO and Policy - Applied to all duties and functions.
Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers and the public.
Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences.
Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Onondaga County policies, procedures and Cornell Cooperative Extension Skills for Success.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely and accurate manner.
Equal Opportunity Employment
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