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. The position will be located in Oswego, New York or Newark, New York (in Wayne County).
This Extension Associate position serves as the primary technical resource on coastal erosion processes and hazards (including impacts of climate change), shoreline erosion management and engineering, 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.
The position requires a self-motivated individual with excellent technical and communication skills who can work independently and with groups and who can successfully seek, obtain, manage and administer external funding for extension activities related to subject matter areas.
The position represents the Sea Grant Extension Program in the above areas of subject matter specialization to the public, industry and community leaders, government officials, and university leaders.
The extension associate brings technical resources of the National Sea Grant Program, Cornell University, the State University of New York, and NOAA to New York and regional audiences including industry; coastal residents; federal, state, and local governmental representatives, nongovernmental organizations and university faculty and staff.
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 Extension Associate secures grants and contracts to support the implementation of outreach and educational programs.
• 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, and coastal engineering, including related public policy issues.
• Provide leadership for the design, execution and analysis of educational program evaluations.
• Coordinate educational program initiatives with university resources, County Cooperative Extension Associations, the New York Sea Grant Institute, other Sea Grant as well as Cooperative Extension Programs regionally and, where appropriate, nationally.
• Design and teach regional in-service education programs to support the efforts of regional and county extension educators, Sea Grant specialists, volunteers, agency personnel, and industry leaders in the area of coastal resource management.
• 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 coastal processes and coastal erosion control technical expertise and educational program support to shoreline property owners, local, state, and national officials, resource managers, extension educators as well as the media.
• Occasionally collaborate with university departments and other state Sea Grant programs in planning and conducting extension staff development activities.
This position is full-time (40 hours/week) and will be located in Oswego, New York or Newark, New York (Wayne County). This is a three-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.
Minimum requirements include a Master’s degree in coastal geology, coastal engineering or related marine science, with one-three years of relevant experience in coastal processes and erosion management, shoreline engineering and structures and/or water-dependent facilities design and operation, related permitting, advanced computer skills and 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; and communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual channels.
• Master’s degree in coastal geology, coastal engineering or related marine science field
• 2+ years of relevant experience in coastal processes and erosion management, shoreline engineering and structures 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.
University & Extension Program Ties
The Extension Associate/Specialist:
• Plans and conducts extension education programs in coastal resources, and may develop significant new subject matter materials such as curricula and extension education publications.
• Actively pursues outside grants and contracts to support this program area. It is expected that a significant portion of the Extension Educator's salary and program budget will be supported by grants and contracts and other outside funding sources.
• Has subject matter leadership responsibility for integrating Sea Grant Extension and University coastal resources programming initiatives in a statewide, regional, and/or national context.
• Acts as a leader within their area of expertise within their area of program expertise within New York Sea Grant and Cornell Cooperative Extension, and, when appropriate, within the Great Lakes or National Sea Grant Network.
The Extension Associate reports to the Associate Director of New York
Sea Grant for supervision and program support. Educational program
direction is established through Program Advisory Committees, university
faculty, and organizational leadership of the Sea Grant Extension
Please apply via Academic Jobs On-line. Application review will commence on February 13, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 607-255-2832.
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