The Invasive Species Outreach Educator performs education and outreach for the Capital Region Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) across eleven counties in upstate NY. The Educator also collects field data and report surveys; writes educational content for social media posts, newsletters, and other communications; promotes events; recruits volunteers; trains volunteers and staff; and assists with statewide programs including invasive species awareness week.
The Educator also may provide programmatic oversight to seasonal Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Watercraft Stewards, Lead Stewards, and interns.
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All applications must be received on-line by June 25, 2021. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
Bachelor's degree. Associate's degree and two years transferrable program/functional experience may substitute for a Bachelor's degree.
Work flexible hours, which may include evenings, weekends and holidays, as appropriate.
Travel Requirements - Ability to meet frequent travel requirements associated with this position. A valid NYS driver's license with the ability to drive and driving record acceptable for Association insurance coverage are required. Frequently uses personal and/or Association vehicles. Travel frequently between various boat launch locations throughout the Capital Region Partnership for Regional Invasive Species Management (PRISM) (including Albany, Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Herkimer, Montgomery, Orange, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Ulster, Washington, and Westchester counties)
Subject Matter Expertise - Have working knowledge of aquatic and terrestrial habitats. Practical experience in invasive species ecology and management. Ability to convey best management practices to technical and non-technical audiences. Knowledge of current trends and practices related to conservation, agriculture, invasive species, restoration and natural resource management.
Communication Skills - Strong verbal, writing and environmental interpretation skills. Ability to deliver informal talks and lectures to diverse audiences. Capable of writing simple field reports.
Technology Skills - Social media. Microsoft Office: including Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Publisher. Reporting Data Points in Imap Invasive App, Collector GIS App, and Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Application (WISPA).
Management Skills - Ability to provide oversight to Watercraft Stewards, Lead Stewards, and interns, providing programmatic guidance and serving as an effective role model and coach.
Coordination Skills - Ability to effectively coordinate program efforts including data management and reporting, scheduling and coordinating programs and events, compiling and maintaining materials and resources, following financial reporting requirements.
Work Environment - In addition to the Working Conditions, the work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions. This position works constantly in outdoor weather conditions including exposure to the sun, extreme heat, wind, water, precipitation and cold; frequently lifts, moves or transports program materials; performs and demonstrates proper AIS preventative boat cleaning and launching techniques by frequently positioning self (for example, pulling, bending, reaching, touching, kneeling, using hands to feel/reach) at launch sites and other program areas. This position requires the ability to safely operate small manually operated watercraft (i.e., kayak, canoe, etc.) and to perform routine aquatic survey techniques (i.e., rake toss). The employee will also demonstrate practical removal techniques for terrestrial species like grubbing, spading, operating a weed wrench, and other best management practices relating to invasive species removals through integrated pest management approaches. When not in the field, this position works in a typical office environment.
Degrees in Ecology, Natural Resource Management, Environmental Science/Studies, Biology, Botany, Geology, Horticulture, Education, Natural Resource Management, Water resources, Forestry, Limnology or related fields preferred.
Supervisory experience preferred.
Position Responsibilities & Essential Functions
Program Delivery - 70%
Deliver the existing educational programs as defined including but not limited to invasive species education, outreach activities, Clean, Drain, Dry practices, and Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS).
Aid in the education of common/basic invasive species identifications.
Demonstrate proper AIS preventative boat cleaning and launching techniques.
Participate in tabling events at community events.
Create and/or revise social media posts, newsletters, website pages, factsheets, educational materials, resource guides, and posters based on established parameters.
May occasionally apply established subject matter knowledge to create lesson plans to deliver educational program.
Support volunteer, intern, and PRISM partner programs by providing programs and training including on invasive species awareness, identification, and management techniques. Co-teach and deliver programs with partners in informal and formal settings such as woods walks, workshops, tabling events, and other related invasive species training events. Assist in delivering NYS Invasive Species Awareness Week Activities.
Visually inspect boats for aquatic invasive species as part of program delivery.
Provide handouts and educational materials to the public provided by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation.
Serve as subject matter resource for invasive species programs. Provide standard responses. May assist providing moderately complex nonstandard responses.
Interact with program participants as part of program delivery.
Foster acceptance of the invasive species programs, methods and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
Represent Capital Region PRISM and CCE before the public, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land grant universities as part of program delivery.
Applied Research - 10%
Assist in oversight, collection and processing of AIS samples.
Management - 5%
Assist in managing invasive species educational events and outreach efforts.
Solve problems and report conflicts that arise in the invasive species program sites as needed.
Serve as a backup for programmatic oversight, guidance, and support to AIS Watercraft Stewards, Lead Stewarts, and interns.
Coordination/Operation - 10%
Coordinate invasive specifies outreach events and activities.
Assist invasive species staff (Terrestrial and Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinators) with field surveys and/or rapid response projects.
Effectively maintain existing relationships with volunteers, program participants, outside organizations, and others to help ensure robust and sustained program participation.
Prepare and submit timecards, expense reports.
On a frequent basis transports self and program materials to program sites, including to effectively provide program guidance to AIS Watercraft Stewards.
On a frequent basis lifts, moves and/or transports program materials, AIS rakes, aquatic and terrestrial plant and animal materials, small watercraft, etc.
Compile and report field data and surveys. Summarize findings in quarterly and annual reports.
Provide information for preparation of reports, impact statements, and success stories on program progress and accomplishments for funders, advisory committees, and others as necessary.
Serve as staff liaison to park staff, NYS staff, and others.
On an as needed basis collect data from interactions with the public using the Survey123 Watercraft Inspection Steward Program Application. Use rake to remove aquatic plant material from boat ramp at launch sites. Use tablet to upload survey data to WISPA. Use small watercraft (kayak, canoe, etc.) to assist in aquatic sampling on a limited basis with direct supervision or conduct removals in community outreach events.
On an as needed basis conduct terrestrial surveys using Survey 1, 2, 3, and iMap Invasives for data collection and reporting.
Professional Improvement - 5%
In cooperation with Supervisor and/or Executive Director, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes and Association priorities.
Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety - Applied to all duties and functions.
Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
Be familiar with 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.
EEO/EPO and Policy - Applied 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.
Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Saratoga County policies, procedures and Cornell Cooperative Extension Skills for Success.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely and accurate manner.
This is a part-time, nonexempt position, 24 hours/week. Compensation paid at the rate of $18 per hour. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:
Paid Vacation, Sick & Personal leave
NYS Health Insurance Program (including FREE Dental Insurance)
NYS Retirement (NYSERS)
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Total Care Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity Plan
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
ClearPoint Credit Counseling Solutions
No relocation or VISA Sponsorship available.
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