Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCEUC) is seeking a seasonal Geomorphic Assessment Technician to work with the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program (AWSMP). This temporary 15-week position (July-October) will be based out of the AWSMP office in Shokan, NY, however the majority of working hours will be spent outdoors.
The Geomorphic Assessment Technician will assist the AWSMP and Ulster County Department of Environment (UC-DOE) in implementing a watershed-wide, multi-faceted road stream crossing (RSX) assessment. S/he will work in a two-person team surveying and assessing geomorphic compatibility, aquatic organism passage, and structural condition at all public RSXs in the watershed. The successful candidate will serve as the team's primary geomorphic assessor, but will be thoroughly trained in all assessment methods. All survey equipment and necessary gear (waders, boots, etc.) will be provided, as will a vehicle for travel from the AWSMP office to project sites. No personal mileage reimbursement is available. Temporary desk space in the AWSMP office will be provided for work days not spent in the field.
The Ashokan Reservoir watershed is located in the Catskills region of Ulster County and is part of the NYC Water Supply System for 9 million New Yorkers. The AWSMP works in partnership with communities to protect and restore stream corridor stability and ecosystem integrity in the watershed. The overall program engages in stream assessment, engineered stream restoration projects, technical education and public outreach, research and monitoring, community grants, flood hazard mitigation planning, and more.
The AWSMP office is open to the public from 8:00-4:30 M-F. The field office is shared by staff and interns from several government agencies participating in the AWSMP, including CCEUC, UC-DOE, Ulster County Soil and Water Conservation District, and NYC Department of Environmental Protection.
This is a full-time, 40 hours per week, 15-week temporary appointment with total compensation of $9,600 or $16/hr. This position is partially benefits eligible.
Bachelor's Degree in an appropriate field (e.g., Environmental Science/Engineering, Environmental Studies/Policy/Education, Hydrology/Water Resources, Fluvial Geomorphology) and one-year experience relevant to the role of the position
Basic Microsoft Office software skills
Familiarity with handheld GPS units and field data collection
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Ability to work independently, troubleshoot problems, and make decisions under minimal supervision
Ability to carry 50 lbs over uneven terrain, in inclement weather, and at remote backcountry work sites
Must meet motor vehicle record requirements and have a valid driver's license as extensive travel is required
Experience using technology to collect and manage field data (iPad, Trimble GPS, ArcGIS, etc.)
Proficient in map-based navigation
Responsibilities / Essential Functions
Program duties - 90%
Work effectively and efficiently in a two-person field crew, potentially for long hours and in isolated settings
Maintain a safe working environment on and around roads and bridges, near steeps slopes, as well as in and around swift moving water
Take responsibility for personal safety when it comes to common roadside/stream hazards such as poison ivy, ticks, brambles, mud, etc.
Implement time efficient and accurate stream-crossing assessments following a rigorous data collection protocol
Collect all necessary field data; complete data entry and photo management using Trimble GPS, iPad, digital camera, and/or PDF/paper field sheets
Perform on-site quality control as well as checks of data entry and management
Act as a professional field ambassador for the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program when approached by watershed citizens
Perform physically demanding duties with minimal supervision, in remote areas of the Catskill Mountains, in hazardous conditions, and during inclement weather
Manage care, calibration, and maintenance of field survey equipment
Assist in the development and maintenance of an organized method for tracking and visualizing field progress throughout the sampling season
Help plan the complex logistics (travel, equipment, data management) required to efficiently deploy 2 person crews with a diverse set of objectives
Work under infrequent supervision, make day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor, maintain adequate communication regarding progress, issues, concerns, and equipment
Participate in all required trainings
Attend office-wide staff meetings as required, provide progress updates to AWSMP and CCE staff
Perform basic data analysis and statistics on collected data
Deliver presentation to CCE and partner staff at the conclusion of the field season highlighting the experience and discuss any issues that were encountered and any interesting data trends
Administration - 5%
Perform basic office administration tasks as necessary, including filing appropriate documentation of authorized purchases, copying, accurately receiving and logging phone calls, and setting up and taking down audio-visual equipment for meetings and events
Conscientiously use the program office, supplies, and equipment for work-related tasks only
Perform office work during office hours of 8:30-4:30; evening and weekend work as directed by and with approval of supervisor, if needed
Maintain awareness of and adhere to workplace safety procedures
Professional Improvement and other duties as assigned - 5%
Attend content area trainings as necessary to maintain or enhance knowledge and skills.
Participate in required orientation programs and attend in-services as necessary to stay current and involved in relation to program responsibilities
Actively participate in Association and program staff meetings
EEO/EPO, Health & Safety, Policy - Applies to all duties and functions
Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers and the public
Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences and embracing diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers and the public. Find ways to involve audiences traditionally under-represented in the design and development stages of new program initiatives with the goal of increasing involvement from traditionally under-represented audiences
Represent Cornell Cooperative Extension to the public, community leaders, colleagues, volunteers, members of Cornell University faculty and staff, government officials and the general public in a professional manner
Be aware of, and adhere to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension policies and procedures and Skills for Success
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely, and accurate manner
Support the association to maintain a safe working environment
Be familiar and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard
Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified
This is a full time, 40 hours per week, temporary for 15 weeks, non-exempt position. Compensation paid at the rate of $16.00 per hour. This position is partially benefits-eligible:
Sick and Personal time
NYS Health Insurance Program (not including Dental Insurance)
Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity
Voluntary Flexible Spending Accounts
Voluntary Group Universal Life Insurance
Voluntary Personal Accidental Insurance
Voluntary Legal Plan Insurance
Voluntary Long Term Care Insurance
Voluntary Auto and Homeowner's Insurance
Voluntary Pet Insurance
Voluntary New York's College Savings Program
How To Apply: Applicants (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations) must apply online through the APPLY button in this job posting. Current employees of Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County are considered internal applicants and must apply online through their Workday account which may be accessed here: http://workday.cornell.edu/
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All applications must be received on-line by May 7, 2018.Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.
The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform the essential functions of their job. If you require an accommodation so you may participate in the selection process you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at (607) 255-2117, or via email at: email@example.com.
For additional questions please contact Leah Cadwallader, Regional Human Resources Manager, e-mail LC267@cornell.edu or (845) 340-3990x314.
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