Job Announcement: Water Quality Extension Professional
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Program / Extension Aide III, Band C - Nonexempt - New York Sea Grant  / College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), Cornell University

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by June 15, 2023.

Location: Rochester, NY — NOTE: This position is full-time (39 hours/week) with the opportunity to work remotely within New York State two days a week; an on-site presence in Rochester is required three days a week.

The Water Quality Extension Professional will work with Sea Grant team members well as community groups, local governments, state and federal agencies, watershed groups to adapt and maintain innovative programs, materials, and social media posts. You will support the team in adapting and delivering extension programming related to water quality with an emphasis on preventing the entry of marine debris, emerging contaminants, nutrients, and sediments into the tributaries and coastal embayment's of the lakes. 

Other duties include:

• Assisting in adapting and creating existing extension/outreach materials related to water quality.

• Drafting draft social media posts and webpages on water quality and extension/outreach events on water quality.

• Assisting in the planning of outreach/extension events.

• Collaborating with stakeholders to identify high-priority water quality topics that require attention and education initiatives.

• Assisting in the preparation and presentation of topically relevant content.

• Identifying and cataloging existing outreach programs and materials on water quality and collaborating with other extension team members to update them for use.

What We Need:

We are looking for a talented individual that excels at building and maintaining effective relationships with diverse stakeholders. We need someone who appreciates environmental justice.

Additionally, we need someone who has the following:

• Associate's degree in the sciences or environmental education and 2+ years of experience working in outreach or extension programming or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Strong computer and technical skills in Microsoft programs (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Access) and videoconferencing programs (e.g., Zoom).

• Working knowledge of computer program for the production of educational materials and newsletters, such as Adobe, Canva, and others.

• Demonstrated skills with social media outreach.

• Experience with basic website editing.

• Effective written and verbal communication skills.

• Demonstrated record of successfully providing exceptional customer service.

• Excellent organizational experience.

• Experience that demonstrates creativity, reasoning, and solution-finding techniques.

• Knowledge of how to balance conflicting priorities, make informed choices, and use sound judgment in completing urgent tasks.

• 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.

• Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University.

• Experience in and/or demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and wellbeing.

• Ability to serve as an advocate for individuals of all ethnicities, genders, ages, and backgrounds.

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:

• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university with coursework in Water Quality, Watershed Management, Great Lakes Ecology, Environmental Education, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science or other related fields.
• Experience working on Great Lakes issues.

This position is full-time (39 hours/week) and will be located in Rochester, New York. There is the opportunity to work remotely within New York State two days a week; an on-site presence in Rochester is required three days a week.

This is a two-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 is based upon experience/qualifications and is within the range of $21.40/hour to $22.50/hour.

• You can also view additional information regarding job competencies and staff skills for success.

• Cornell has a comprehensive total rewards program that offers several benefits options to meet your needs. More information on our wonderful programs can be found at

To apply: 

Please apply by June 15 2023 via Workday (if you are an internal Cornell employee); Click here if you are an external Cornell employee.

You must submit both a resume/CV and a cover letter.
When applying through our system, please attach your application materials (resume/CV and cover letter). You can upload documents either by “dragging and dropping” them into the Dropbox or by using the “upload” icon on the application page. For more detailed instructions on how to apply to a job at Cornell, visit How We Hire on the HR website. 

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

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 that 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.

Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.

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