Extension Supp Spec II- Hudson River Estuary Program's (Estuary Program) New Paltz New York
November 3, 2019
Extension Support Specialist II Band F Exempt
Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering
Hudson River Estuary Program's (Estuary Program)
New Paltz New York
The New York State Water Resources in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University works to improve the management of water resources in NYS. This is accomplished through research and partnerships with agencies and regional partners, such as the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Hudson River Estuary Program's (Estuary Program). Beginning in 2000, the Estuary Program's watershed initiative has taken a watershed approach to improve and protect water resources and resilience in the Hudson River watershed by working with, and raising capacity of, local and regional partners, land use decision makers, watershed groups, agencies, municipalities, and landowners.
The position will collaborate with NYSDEC staff and external partners to build consensus on the water resource issues and concerns facing Hudson River Estuary and watershed communities, recreational users and ecology, including stormwater, wastewater, drinking water, and habitat restoration. The position will be part of a multi-disciplinary team charged with managing and protecting the Hudson Estuary and its watershed through science, outreach, and partnerships targeting both the main-stem Hudson River and specific tributaries of concern. A focus of this work will be to understand water quality in the Hudson River Estuary and tributaries, as well as the possible interactions of the Mohawk and upper Hudson River watersheds. Priority will be to implement the NYSDEC Estuary Program 2020-2030 Action Agenda and develop a collective approach to identify threats to the full use of the Hudson River Estuary and watershed, developing and implementing corrective actions to address impacts and concerns. The position requires assisting in the coordination and implementation of NYSDEC's Division of Water core water programs in the Hudson River Estuary, such as monitoring and watershed management and planning. A holistic interest and understanding of various watershed and water resource management strategies is highly desirable, including barrier (culverts and dams) mitigation for aquatic passage, flood risk planning, drinking water protection, and stream restoration. In addition to technical skills, this position requires experience in partner building, communication, and outreach skills.
This position is located in New Paltz, NY, but will also be expected to occupy an office in Albany once a week.This position is a one -year appointment with possible extension depending on performance and secured funding.
Bachelor's degree; 3-5 years' experience.
BS in hydrology, environmental science, earth science, environmental engineering, watershed science or management, or related field required.
Ability to lead a regional water monitoring and assessment initiative, and develop effective working relationships with NYSDEC water staff, outside constituents, and a diversity of stakeholders from water quality managers, agency staff and scientists to local elected officials, and community members.
Understanding of water quality monitoring equipment and techniques, and overall watershed planning and management strategies.
Ability to use geographic information systems (GIS).Excellent writing and oral communication skills, including confidence in public speaking.
Ability to work as part of a professional team, promoting cooperation, as well as being self-driven to deliver own tasks.
Working knowledge of software programs such as PowerPoint, Excel, and MS Word.
Must have, and maintain, valid driver's license to support required regional travel to perform job duties, including travel to Albany at least once a week to integrate with water staff.
Must undergo a successful drivers background check.
Must exercise sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University.
Must be comfortable with multitasking and adapt to competing priorities.
Master's degree in hydrology, water resource management, or related environmental or engineering field.
Professional experience and knowledge in Hudson River water quality concerns, uses, and issues a plus.
Experience building capacity of partnerships to deliver conservation outcomes.
Facilitation skills to create opportunities to move forward complicated water resource challenges with diverse stakeholders.
Understanding of pollutant trackdown, wastewater treatment, land use principles, and financing of water quality improvements.
Strong leadership skills, and creative critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Experience programming with R or Python.Proficiency in watershed modeling tools.
Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position. Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.
Essential Physical Requirements: Typically lifts 10 to 20 lbs
Visual: Normal concentration
Hazards: Limited exposure
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