Job Announcement: New York Aquaculture Specialist
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Extension Associate - New York Sea Grant / College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS), Cornell University 

Deadline: Applications must be submitted by September 25, 2022

The New York Aquaculture Specialist will serve as a primary resource on Aquaculture science, technology, business, and economics. 

You will be responsible for integrating Sea Grant Extension and University aquaculture programming initiatives in a statewide, regional, and/or national context.

Specifically, the position will: 

• Provide extension programming related to all forms of aquaculture, from shellfish to finfish to seaweed, from land-based to open water systems. 

• Develop extension, outreach, and educational materials and training programs to support a vibrant and sustainable aquaculture industry and related research agenda for New York State. 

• Develop, implement, and evaluate a stakeholder engagement process for identifying the status, constraints, and opportunities for aquaculture in New York.

The job duties include:

• Developing, disseminating, and applying sound scientific, technical, and related research knowledge to support sustainable aquaculture.

• Planning and conducting extension education programs related to aquaculture and developing significant new subject matter materials such as curricula and extension education publications. 

• Developing networks of volunteers and/or public/private professionals (experts) to assist in educational program development. 

• Providing leadership for the design, execution, and analysis of extension/outreach program evaluations. 
• Actively pursuing outside grants and contracts.

Reporting Relationships: 

The Extension Associate reports to the New York Sea Grant, Marine District Extension Lead to the Associate Director. 

Direction is established through Program Advisory Networks, university faculty, and organizational leadership of the Sea Grant Extension Program. 

This position is full-time and will be located in Stony Brook, New York. 

There is the opportunity to work remotely within New York State two days a week; an on-site presence in Stony Brook is required three days a week.

This is a two-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.


We are looking for an individual who excels at building relationships with multiple stakeholders, such as environmental groups, fishers, and aquaculture businesses. 

We need someone who is self-motivated and has strong customer service skills with a focus on excellence. 

Additionally, we need someone who has:

• Master’s degree in Aquaculture, Agricultural Economics, Business, or other related fields.

• 2+ years of experience working with outreach or similar public education program.

• Knowledge of principles, theory, research, extension methods, and educational materials in the subject matter field related to aquaculture.

• Advanced computer skills and the ability to use computer and long-distance education technologies in this area of extension programming expertise.

• Demonstrated ability to develop K-12 and/or adult education programs.

• Define, conduct, and interpret original applied research and/or demonstration projects.

• Lead and effectively participate in professional team efforts.

• Relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, various stakeholders (e.g., fishers, shipping interests, non-consumptive recreation users, etc.), community and professional leaders, and targeted audiences.

• Communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual channels.

• Ability to work effectively independently or within groups.

• 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Experience engaging with diverse communities etc.

• Experience using long-distance education technologies in extension or outreach.

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.
• Our benefits program includes comprehensive health care options, generous retirement contributions, employee discounts with local and national retail brands, and more.

• Our leave provisions include three weeks of vacation and 13 holidays: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and the day after, and an end of the year winter break from December 25 - January 1.

• Cornell's impressive educational benefits include tuition-free Extramural Study and Employee Degree Program, tuition aid for external education, and Cornell Children's Tuition Assistance program.

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Who We Are:

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.

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.

New York Sea Grant is a cooperative program between the State University of New York and Cornell University. Established in 1971, Sea Grant 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; programs include coastal zone management, tourism and small business development, coastal environmental quality, and seafood processing.

To Apply: 

Please apply by September 25, 2022 via Academic Jobs Online
Qualified candidates should submit a short cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and a statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion via the website. 

For a full position description, see the file in the "Related Links" box at the left-hand side of this page or contact Pat Hoyt via email at or phone at 607-255-2832.

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