Job Announcement: Sustainable and Resilient Community Extension Educators
Long Island Sound Study - News

Sustainable and Resilient Community Extension Educator (multiple positions available) 
Extension Associate — New York Sea Grant
Cornell University — College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Locations: Stony Brook, New York (Stony Brook University); East Meadow, New York (Nassau County, Cornell Cooperative Extension); Elmsford, New York (Westchester County, Cornell Cooperative Extension)

NOTE: Applications must be submitted by August 20, 2021.

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 (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. Residents of New York State depend on our coasts for ports and marinas, trade and recreation, and their contribution to economic and environmental sustainability. NYSG is currently “making a difference” by supporting about 45 important research and outreach projects on issues such as shoreline protection, fisheries, aquatic invasive species, water quality, and harmful algal blooms.

What You Will Do

You will provide leadership in the extension and outreach programming and tools that are developed, implemented and evaluated based on the needs of stakeholders. Provide guidance and training to communities related to planning and permitting processes to achieve sustainability and resilience goals and help access funding/grants for implementation (e.g., required Hazard Mitigation Plans, Emergency Operations/Management Plans, related coastal management plans as appropriate). Coordinate with the other extension professionals in both Connecticut and New York to efficiently and effectively achieve the goals of the Long Island Sound Study (LISS). Other responsibilities include:

• Providing leadership for the design, execution, and analysis of program evaluations.

• Promoting and encouraging partnerships and collaborations both within and between states of Connecticut and New York in the Long Island Sound watershed

• Assisting communities with implementing/understanding existing sustainability and resilience programs such as the FEMA Community Rating System and hazard mitigation grants, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Climate Smart Communities, Sustainable CT, and other programs that could benefit from broader implementation.

• Working with researchers to translate their research results regarding climate change impacts into a format/tool useable by communities.

• Informing and educating communities about the availability of best practices for obtaining grants assistance.

• Actively incorporating Environmental Justice and Equity best practices. 

• Providing educational resources and technical support to professionals tasked with providing guidance and increasing capacity for municipalities to achieve sustainability and resilience goals under the LISS Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP), and at times, customizing them as appropriate for the region.

These positions are full-time and will be located one position in each of the following:

• Stony Brook, New York (Suffolk County, Stony Brook University)
• East Meadow, New York (Nassau County, Cornell Cooperative Extension)
• Elmsford, New York (Westchester County, Cornell Cooperative Extension)

The position located in each office will serve local communities in that county: Suffolk, Nassau and Westchester.

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

What We Need

We are looking for individuals who excel at building relationships with multiple stakeholders to identify and address stakeholder needs and translates science-based research. In this role, you will engage with and provide education and outreach for local governments and LISS coastal communities to increase awareness of sustainability and resilience. Additionally, we need applicants who have:

• Master’s degree in environmental/ marine policy, coastal management, resilience, coastal oceanography/engineering, planning, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), natural/marine resources, or other relevant fields.

• 2+ years of experience working in local governments, non-profits/NGOs, or other professional organizations and communities in the field of sustainability/resilience, planning and/or adult education.

• Demonstrated superior communications (both public speaking and writing) and interpersonal skills.

• Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a team setting.

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

• 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.

• Ability to work evenings and weekends as essential job functions require.

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:

• 5+ years of experience working with municipalities/local communities. 

• Experience in writing and managing grants. 

• Familiarity with Cooperative Extension/Sea Grant Extension non-advocacy, research-based, and/or educational programming. 

• Knowledge of Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

• American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) certification.

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.

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

• Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 12 holidays: e.g., an end-of-year winter break, from December 25 through January 1.

• Cornell's impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Part-time 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.

How To Apply 

Please apply via Academic Jobs On-line — see separate links below in this section for the three positions.

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.

Applications must be submitted by August 20, 2021.

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

Three positions are available for New York Sea Grant. You must apply for each position that interests you.

East Meadow, New York (Nassau County)

Elmsford, New York (Westchester County)

Stony Brook, New York (Suffolk County)

Again, please be advised that you need to apply individually for each position if you are interested in more than one of them.

Additionally, there are two similar positions for Connecticut Sea Grant.
For more information, please go to: or apply via Academic Jobs Online.

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