Job Announcement: Ocean and Marine Outreach Coordinator
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Extension Associate
Ocean and Marine Outreach Coordinator
New York Sea Grant
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) - Cornell University
Stony Brook, New York

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.

This position is full-time (40 hours/week) and will be located in Stony Brook, New York with frequent interaction and some days spent at DEC offices. This is a three-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.

Position Summary

The person in this position will ...

• Enhance the capacity of New York Sea Grant (NYSG) and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Marine Resources (DEC) by informing community understanding of ocean and coastal resources and ecosystems and by making ocean /coastal research, data products, information and other science-based decision tools accessible.

• Serve as a primary resource on stakeholder engagement processes, as well as ocean health, ocean life, the impact of human activities on the ocean ecosystem and the use of social media and other communication techniques to disseminate scientific and technical information to lay audiences.

• Develop extension, outreach, education and training programs to support community engagement and action related to marine mammals, marine debris, and other activities that occur in the ocean and the coastal areas of Long Island.

• Develop, implement and evaluate a formal stakeholder engagement process for the New York Ocean Action Plan, create K-12 educational materials, and engage public and ocean stakeholders in ocean literacy. Primary geographic area responsibility includes Long Island and New York State’s Marine and Coastal District. 

Job Duties


• Plans and conducts extension education programs related to ocean ecosystems, and may develop significant new subject matter materials such as curricula and extension education publications.

• Develop, disseminate and apply sound scientific, technical and related research knowledge in order to support ocean and coastal resources and their ecosystem.

• Provide leadership for the design, execution and analysis of extension/outreach program evaluations.

• Provide ocean ecosystem and marine mammal technical expertise and educational program support to ocean stakeholders.

• Develop and implement an extension and outreach 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 as described in the New York State Ocean Action Plan.

• Engage the community in the identification of priority research needs and preferred policies and management strategies for supporting ocean health.

• Develop networks of volunteers and/or public/private professionals (experts) to assist in educational program development and initiates volunteer training efforts, when applicable, to enable volunteers to be effective in their role.

• Disseminate and translate science based research generated about the Atlantic Ocean and its Long Island embayments to community members, the public and ocean stakeholders in a range of applicable formats.

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

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



• Master’s level degree in ocean and coastal management, environmental education/literacy, marine biology, marine science, natural resource management, or other related fields.

• 2+ years of experience working with an 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 the area of specialization.

• 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 educational programs.

• 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, 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.

• 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.


• Experience/training in the use of social media, video and web-based communication tools are preferred.


Please apply via Academic Jobs On-line. The position will remain open until filled.  Review of applications will begin on February 23rd.

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

For a full position description, see this job's "position description" (pdf) or contact Pat Hoyt via email or phone at 607-255-2832.

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