Coastal Climate Specialist Extension Associate

New York Sea Grant

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 plan and conduct extension education programs on the Blue Economy, developing programming related to offshore renewable energy development (primary), climate solutions, and climate change impacts for local communities and coastal businesses for New York State’s Marine and Coastal District. However, some programming support may also be needed for the Great Lakes region. In addition, you will collaborative with ocean stakeholders, community partners, and agencies to develop enduring and empowering relationships for the proliferation of ocean literacy in relevant communities. Other responsibilities include:

  • Developing networks of volunteers to assist in educational program development and initiate volunteer training efforts.
  • Developing and implementing an extension and outreach program to inform and support management, conservation, restoration, and sustainable development activities.
  • Providing leadership for the design, execution, and analysis of extension/outreach program evaluations.
  • Implementing programs using various extension tools such as publications, electronic technology, group experiences, mass media, individual advisement, websites, visualizations, and other related techniques.
  • Integrating Sea Grant Extension and University coastal resources programming initiatives in a statewide, regional, and/or national context.
  • Actively pursues outside grants and contracts to support this program area.
  • This position is full-time and will be located in Stony Brook, New York. This is a two-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.

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