Job Announcement: Great Lakes Fisheries and Ecosystem Health Specialist
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Extension Associate - New York Sea Grant / Cornell Cooperative Extension

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. Established in 1971, Sea Grant implements educational problem-solving programs for coastal resource users, businesses and agencies. This program supports research and provides extension education to coastal resource agencies, users, businesses, and residents, and is patterned after the land-grand concept. Programs include coastal zone management, tourism and small business development, coastal environmental quality, and seafood processing.

The Great Lakes Fisheries and Ecosystem Health Specialist will conduct extension and outreach programming as well as applied research in Great Lakes fisheries and ecosystem health science, management and policy. 

This position is full-time and will be located in Oswego, New York. 

This is a one-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.

The individual in this position will design extension programs to enhance audience awareness and understanding of Great Lakes fisheries and ecosystem science such as emerging contaminants, harmful algal blooms, invasive species, diseases, and food-web productivity. 

They will also facilitate informed decision making by audience members. The target audience includes lay stakeholders from the basin, angling groups, environmental interest groups, Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), resource management agencies, researchers, and elected officials. 

The individual should be self-motivated, have strong customer service skills with a focus on excellence, and excel at building relationships with multiple stakeholders such as resource management agencies, researchers, and elected officials. 


  • Master’s level degree in fisheries, ecosystem science/health, natural resource management or a related field.

  • 2+ years of experience in education, extension or other professional activities requiring the communication of technical information to audiences.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

University and Extension Program Ties

  • Plan and conduct extension education programs in Great Lakes fisheries and ecosystem health science, management and policy, and may develop significant new subject matter materials such as curricula and extension education publications.

  • Actively pursue outside grants and contracts to support this program area.

  • Have subject matter leadership responsibility for integrating Sea Grant Extension and University Great Lakes fisheries and ecosystem health science programming initiatives in a statewide, regional, and/or national context.

  • Act as a leader within area of expertise within New York Sea Grant, Cornell Cooperative Extension, and, when appropriate, within the Great Lakes or National Sea Grant Network.

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 position and posting descriptions, see the file in the "Related Links" box at the left-hand side of this page or contact Pat Hoyt via email at or phone at 607-255-2832.

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