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Program/ Extension Aide III- Biological-Environmental Eng./NYS Water Resources Institute

Cornell University
Job Location:
Ithaca, New York
Extension and Outreach
Cornell University 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 and/or marginalized identities to apply.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (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. International Programs meets the fundamental challenges of development and food security through teaching, research, and outreach programs that involve undergraduates, graduate students, faculty, and mid-career professionals.

The Biological and Environmental Engineering Department (BEE) is one of the largest of its kind in the country with a very diverse faculty, staff and student population. The department serves three integrated functions: teaching of undergraduate and graduate students; research on problems in biology and the environment; and public outreach to help society implement new knowledge.

Within CALS and BEE resides The New York State Water Resources Institute (NYSWRI). NYSWRI has as its mission to improve the management of water resources in New York State and the nation. NYSWRI collaborates with regional, state, and national partners to increase awareness of emerging water resources issues and to develop and assess new water resource management approaches, technologies, and policies. NYSWRI connects water research and water management communities.

This position will assist in administration of NYSWRI programs, and in extension of applied research to stakeholders throughout the state and region. Duties will include, but not be limited to, assisting in:

  • Administration of grants and contracts
  • Reporting to sponsors, including tracking and collating metrics and activities of NYSWRI staff
  • Communication to various stakeholders, including academics, water resource managers, policy makers, media outlets, and the public
  • Maintenance of NYSWRI administrative architecture, including our website and organizational databases
  • Student intern program management and other student training opportunities
  • Creation of extension materials that translate state of the art science into applicable advice/tools for NY's water resource management and policy development communities

This position is full-time (39 hours/week) and will be located in Ithaca, New York This is a one-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.

Visa Sponsorship is not available for this position.

Relocation assistance will not be provided for this position.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University 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 and/or marginalized identities to apply.

Required Qualifications:

  • Associate's Degree with 1+ year of experience in a natural resource or related field or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Proven ability to work in a multicultural environment is critical.
  • Meticulous record keeping.
  • Must be comfortable with multitasking and adapt to competing priorities.
  • Must be able to work both independently and collaboratively to support the efforts of the overall projects to accomplish required tasks and achieve departmental objectives while creating a high quality and respectful work environment.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, organizational skills with the ability to prioritize multiple projects, demonstrate flexibility, adapt to changes and provide consistent and accurate information.
  • Demonstrated computer skills (word processing, spreadsheets, and databases) and experience with report preparation and analysis.
  • Experience demonstrating sound judgment, creativity, research and problem solving skills
  • Proactive in identifying and following up on organizational needs, determining tasks necessary to meet requirements and deadlines, and identifying and engaging support staff and resources as needed.
  • Ability to communicate with tact and diplomacy with a wide range of internal and external constituencies is a must.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree with multiple years of experience in a natural resource or related field or the equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Experience in one or more of the following involving aquatic invasive species: field work in waterbodies and wetlands involving surveys, general data collection and analysis, and control and management.
  • Ability to synthesize and manage data, identify trends and communicate these to various stakeholders.
  • Ability to publish manuscripts in trade and peer reviewed journals.
  • Experience with traditional university-based extension programming.

University Job Title:
Program/Extension Aide III


Pay Rate Type:

Contract College

Contact Name:
Alisa Gardner

Number of Openings:

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