Job Announcement: New York Aquaculture Specialist
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Extension Associate - New York Sea Grant / Cornell Cooperative Extension

The New York Aquaculture Specialist will serve as a primary resource on Aquaculture science, technology, business, and economics. 

Specifically, the position will: 

• Provide extension programming related to all forms of aquaculture from shellfish to finfish to seaweed, from land-based to open water systems. 

• Develop extension, outreach, and educational materials and training programs to support a vibrant and sustainable aquaculture industry and related research agenda for New York State. 

• Develop, implement, and evaluate a stakeholder engagement process for identifying the status, constraints, and opportunities for aquaculture in New York. 

Reporting Relationships: 

The Extension Associate reports to the New York Sea Grant Associate Director. 

Direction is established through Program Advisory Networks, university faculty, and organizational leadership of the Sea Grant Extension Program.

This position is full-time and will primarily reside in either Stony Brook or Westchester County, New York.

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


We are looking for an individual that excels at building relationships with multiple stakeholders such as environmental groups, fishers, and existing aquaculture 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 level degree in Aquaculture, Agricultural Economics, Business, or other related fields.
• 2+ years of experience working with outreach or similar public education program. 

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

• 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 K-12 and adult education programs. 

• Define, conduct, and interpret original applied research and demonstration projects.
• Lead and effectively participate in professional team efforts.

• Relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, a variety of ocean stakeholders (e.g., fishers, shipping interests, non-consumptive recreation users, etc.) community and professional leaders, and targeted audiences. 

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

• Ability to work effectively independently or within groups.

• 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience engaging with diverse communities etc.
• Experience using long-distance education technologies in extension or outreach.

Who We Are: 

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (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 (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.

To Apply:

Please apply by June 14, 2020 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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