This position works on a part-time (24 hours/week), seasonal (temporary) basis, typically from mid-May through mid-September.
CCE of Saratoga County is seeking a qualified and experienced educator to work under the supervision of the Association Team Leader, responsible for implementing invasive species education and outreach activities. The incumbent will provide program delivery and coordination support for invasive species programming for the Capital Mohawk PRISM region.
The Educator provides programmatic oversight to Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Watercraft Stewards and Lead Stewards. The Watercraft Steward program runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, with several days of required programmatic training in mid-late May.
This position requires frequent travel throughout the CapMoPRISM region (including Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Green, Herkimer, Montgomery, Orange, Saratoga, Schenectady, Ulster, Washington, and Westchester counties)
Be sure to enter your full name and contact information (address, email, and phone) in your online application. Include a cover letter, resume and three references(at least one who is a current or former supervisor or teacher). Please note, once your application is submitted you will not be able to change your submission or add attachments.
Internal Applicants: Current employees of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association indicated in this job posting are internal applicants; please refer to Applying for a Job (Internal Candidate) for additional guidance.
All applications must be received on-line by April 19, 2019. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
BS in Ecology, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science/Studies, Biology, Botany, Geology, Horticulture, Education, Natural Resource Management, Water resources, Forestry, Limnology or related field and 1 year related experience in custodial and ecological land management or equivalent combination of education and experience. Associate Degree in related field and two years' transferrable program experience may substitute for a Bachelor's degree.
Work flexible hours which frequently includes evenings, weekends and holidays, as appropriate.
Ability to meet acceptable background check requirements.
Travel Requirements - 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 Association insurance coverage are required. Frequently uses personal and/or Association vehicles. Travel frequently between various boat launch locations throughout the CapMoPRISM region (including Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Green, Herkimer, Montgomery, Orange, Saratoga, Schenectady, Ulster, Washington, and Westchester counties)
Subject Matter Expertise - Have working knowledge of aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Practical experience in invasive species ecology and management. Ability to convey best management practices to technical and non-technical audiences. Knowledge of current trends and practices related to conservation, agriculture, invasive species, restoration and natural resource management.
Communication Skills - Strong verbal, writing and environmental interpretation skills. Ability to deliver informal talks and lectures to diverse audiences. Capable of writing simple field reports
Technology Skills - Social media. Microsoft Office: including outlook, excel, word, PowerPoint and Publisher. Reporting Data Points in Imap Invasive App, Collector GIS App, and Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Application (WISPA).
Management Skills – Ability to provide oversight to Watercraft Stewards and Lead Stewards, providing programmatic guidance and serving as an effective role model and coach.
Coordination Skills – Ability to effectively coordinate program efforts including data management and reporting, scheduling and coordinating programs and events, compiling and maintaining materials and resources, following financial reporting requirements.
Work Environment – In addition to the Working Conditions, the work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions. This position works constantly in outdoor weather conditions including exposure to the sun, extreme heat, wind, water, precipitation and cold; frequently lifts, moves or transports program materials; performs and demonstrates 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. This position requires the ability to safely operate small manually operated watercraft (i.e., kayak, canoe, etc.) and to perform routine aquatic survey techniques (i.e., rake toss).
Supervisory experience preferred.
Position Responsibilities & Essential Functions
Program Delivery - 50%
Deliver invasive species education and outreach activities.
Deliver existing education and outreach to the general public regarding standardized Clean, Drain, Dry practices and Aquatic Invasive Species.
Participate in tabling events at community events.
Create and/or revise factsheets, resource guides, and posters.
Support volunteer, intern, and PRISM partner programs
Revise, compile, and disseminate educational materials related to invasive species.
Aid in the education of common/basic invasive species identifications.
Demonstrate proper AIS preventative boat cleaning and launching techniques.
Visually inspect boats for aquatic invasive species.
Provide handouts and educational materials to the public provided by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.
Serve as subject matter resource for invasive species programs. Provide standard responses.
Interact with program participants as part of program delivery.
Foster acceptance of the invasive species programs, methods and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
Represent CapMoPRISM and CCE before the public, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land grant universities as part of program delivery.
Applied Research - 5%
Assist in oversight, collection and processing of AIS samples.
Management - 15%
Under the guidance of the supervisor, provide oversight to invasive species educational events and outreach efforts.
Under the guidance of the Association supervisors, assist in solving problems and reporting conflicts that arise in the invasive species program sites.
Provide day-to-day guidance and support to AIS Watercraft Stewards, including those performing similar work.
Coordination/Operation - 25%
Coordinate invasive specifies outreach events and activities.
Assist invasive species staff (Terrestrial and Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinators) with field surveys and/or rapid response projects.
Effectively maintain existing relationships with volunteers, program participants, outside organizations, and others to help ensure robust and sustained program participation.
Prepare and submit timecards, expense reports.
On a frequent basis transports self and program materials to program sites, including to effectively provide program guidance to AIS Watercraft Stewards.
On a frequent basis lifts, moves and/or transports program materials, AIS rakes, aquatic plant and animal materials, small watercraft, etc.
Provide information for preparation of reports, impact statements, and success stories on program progress and accomplishments for funders, advisory committees, and others as necessary.
Serve as staff liaison to park staff, NYS staff and others.
As needed, perform the tasks of AIS stewards including: collect data daily from interactions with the public using the Survey123 Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Application. Use rake to remove aquatic plant material from boat ramp at launch sites. Use tablet to upload survey data to WISPA. Use small watercraft (kayak, canoe, etc.) to assist in aquatic sampling on a limited basis with direct supervision or conduct removals in community outreach events.
Professional Improvement - 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 Saratoga 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.
This is a temporary, part-time (24 hours/week), nonexemptposition. Compensation paid at the rate of $18 per hour.
No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.
The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform the essential functions of their job. If you require an accommodation so you may participate in the selection process you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at 607-255-6120 or via email at: email@example.com.
For additional questions please contact Jim McNaughton, Association Lead Human Resources Manager, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (518) 765-3503.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate government agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.
Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are support of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.
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