Job Announcement: Great Lakes Tourism Economics Specialist
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Extension Associate - New York Sea Grant  / College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), Cornell University

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by October 31, 2022

Location: Oswego or Newark, NY

The Great Lakes Tourism Economics Specialist will serve as a primary resource for Great Lakes coastal recreation and tourism organizations, businesses, and local, county and state agencies on tourism and economics. Provide extension programming related to the economic and social impacts, business development, and environmental management/policy issues associated with Great Lakes coastal recreation and tourism. 

Other responsibilities include:

Developing, disseminating, and applying sound scientific, technical, and related research knowledge to support sustainable tourism.

• Facilitating information exchange and collaboration among stakeholder groups to promote, diversify and/or strengthen nature-based/ecosystem, cultural, and heritage tourism efforts.

• Developing networks of volunteers and/or public/private professionals (experts) to assist in extension outreach program development.

• Planning and conducting extension education programs and developing significant new subject matter materials such as curricula and extension education publications.

• Collaborating on the design, execution, and analysis of extension/outreach program evaluations.

• Disseminating and translating economics and science-based research generated research about Great Lakes tourism and recreation to businesses, agencies, community members, recreationalists, and the public in various formats.

• Actively pursuing outside grants and contracts.

What We Need:

We are looking for an individual who excels at building relationships with multiple stakeholders, such as the marine trades industry, tourism advisory councils, and water-dependent businesses. We need someone who is self-motivated and has strong customer service skills with a focus on excellence. 

Additionally, we need someone who has:

• Master’s degree in natural resource economics, environmental economics, ecological economics, socioeconomics, natural resource management, business management, or other related fields.

• 2+ years of experience working with outreach or similar public education program.

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

• Coursework in environmental or natural resource economics.

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

• Demonstrated ability to develop adult education programs.

• Effectively participate in professional team efforts.

• Relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, stakeholders (e.g., water-dependent businesses, recreational users, tourism advisory councils, etc.), community and professional leaders, and targeted audiences.

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

• Ability to work effectively independently or within groups.

• Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment

• 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.

If you possess these experiences and skills, this may be the role for you! 

There are a few other qualifications that we would view as incredibly helpful in this role, including:

• Experience using long-distance education technologies in extension or outreach.

• Experience in applying for external resources to support applied research and outreach programming.

• Experience bringing successful educational programs to underserved or marginalized communities. 

• Experience in human dimension research.

• Experience conducting economic research.

This position is full-time and will be located in Oswego or Newark, New York. There is the opportunity to work remotely within New York State two days a week; an on-site presence in Oswego or Newark is required three days a week.

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

Rewards and Benefits:

We hope you appreciate great benefits. Cornell receives national recognition as an award-winning workplace for our health, well-being, sustainability, and diversity initiatives.
• Salary will be commensurate with experience.

• Our benefits program includes comprehensive health care options, generous retirement contributions, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, and more.

• Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 13 holidays: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, and an end of the year winter break from December 25 - January 1.

• Cornell's impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Extramural Study and Employee Degree Program, tuition aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance program.

• We invite you to follow this link to get more information:

Who We Are: 

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented identities to apply. 
CALS is a pioneer of purpose-driven science and Cornell University’s second-largest college. We work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through world-renowned research, education, and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy, and environmental resources; and social, physical, and economic well-being.

New York Sea Grant is a cooperative program between the State University of New York and Cornell University. Established in 1971, Sea Grant implements educational problem-solving programs for coastal resource users, businesses, and agencies. Sea Grant 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.

To apply: 

Please apply by October 31, 2022 via Academic Jobs Online

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. 

Questions? Contact Pat Hoyt via email at or phone at 607-255-2832.

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