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Extension Associate
Great Lakes Coastal Processes and Hazards Specialist
New York Sea Grant
Cornell University - College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)

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.

New York Sea Grant is soliciting applications for a Great Lakes Coastal Processes Extension Associate position. This position is full-time (40 hours/week) and will be located in Oswego, New York. This is a one-year appointment and is renewable for an additional two years contingent upon satisfactory performance and sufficient funding.

Job Duties


This Extension Associate position serves as the primary technical resource on coastal erosion processes and hazards, shoreline erosion management, and coastal flooding and mitigation on the Great Lakes for New York Sea Grant and Cornell Cooperative Extension.

The person in this position will ...

• Develop extension education and training programs and fulfill administrative duties in these areas.

• Be responsible for integrating Sea Grant Extension and University coastal resources programming initiatives in a statewide, regional, and/or national context.

• Plan and conduct extension education programs in coastal resources, and may develop significant new subject matter materials such as curricula and extension education publications.

• Secure grants and contracts to support the implementation of outreach and educational programs. 

• Keep current in area of professional expertise.

Primary geographic area responsibility includes Sea Grant's Great Lakes district—Lake Erie and Lake Ontario as well as the great rivers—the Niagara and the St. Lawrence. 


The person in this position will ...

• Serve as a recognized subject matter specialist in the area of coastal erosion processes and hazards (including impacts of climate change on Great Lakes coastal systems), shoreline erosion management, coastal flooding and mitigation planning, including related public policy issues.

• Coordinate educational program initiatives with university resources, County Cooperative Extension Associations, the New York Sea Grant Institute, and other Sea Grant and Cooperative Extension Programs regionally and, where appropriate, nationally.

• Develop and implement an outreach and education program, as well as facilitate organizational partnerships, science, and monitoring and information management actions to provide science-based information to inform and support implementation of management, conservation, restoration and sustainable development activities within New York’s Great Lakes Basin.
• Provide coastal processes and coastal erosion control technical expertise and educational program support to shoreline property owners; local, state, and national elected and appointed officials; resource managers; extension educators; and the media.

• Develop, disseminate and apply sound scientific, technical and related research knowledge in order to improve restoration and resilience in coastal communities and natural resources.

• Provide leadership for the design, execution and analysis of educational program evaluations.

• Occasionally collaborate with university departments and other state Sea Grant programs in planning and conducting extension staff development activities.

Required Qualifications


• Master’s degree in coastal geology, geology, coastal engineering or related environmental science.

• 2+ years of relevant experience in coastal processes and erosion management, shoreline management and/or water-dependent facilities design and operation.

• Knowledge of principles, theory, research, and educational materials in the subject matter field and knowledge of adult education methods related to the area of specialization is required.

• Advanced computer skills and the ability to use computer and long distance education technologies in this area of extension programming expertise.

• Training/certification in the use of GIS software.

• Demonstrated ability to develop educational programs and teach adults.

• Initiate, plan, conduct and evaluate informal and/or formal adult education programs.

• Define, conduct, and interpret original applied research and/or demonstration projects.

• Lead and effectively participate in professional team efforts.

• Relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders, and targeted audiences.

• Communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual channels.


Please apply via Academic Jobs On-line.

The position will remain open until filled. 

Review of applications will begin on June 12, 2017.

Qualified applicants should submit a letter of application addressing position qualifications, Curriculum Vitae and official academic transcripts.

For additional information, see this job's "position description" (pdf) or contact Pat Hoyt via email prh22@cornell.edu or phone at 607-255-2832.

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