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Cornell Cooperative Extension CCE of Saratoga County Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator – Ballston Spa, NY in Ballston Spa, New York

CCE of Saratoga County is seeking an Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator to work as part of the Capital/Mohawk Regional Invasive Species Management Partnership team. The Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Coordinator is responsible for coordinating, managing, planning, and delivering of aquatic invasive species prevention, management and restoration programs designed to protect the environment from the negative impacts from invasive species. With oversight from the supervisor, the AIS Coordinator is responsible for administering the Aquatic Invasive Species Spread Prevention Program contract through the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Based on established parameters, the Coordinator conducts and assists with early identification, rapid response, suppression, containment and restoration measures in the Capital Region. Additionally, the position provides technical leadership and support to partner organizations; collects and summarizes field data into reports; and maintains program tools and equipment. The Coordinator is responsible for public education and outreach regarding slowing the spread and prevention of aquatic invasive species throughout the Capital/Mohawk Region. The AIS coordinator also conducts education and outreach activities with related government and partner agencies.

The AIS Coordinator is also responsible for supervising seasonal AIS Watercraft Launch Stewards and Lead Stewarts who are responsible for public education, outreach, and data collection regarding slowing the spread and prevention of AIS. Stewards provide education and outreach at various public boat launch sites, public events and programs throughout the Capital/ Mohawk Region. The AIS Coordinator also trains volunteers from partner organizations including on the AIS data collection process.

*Application Instructions*

Be sure to *enter your full name and contact information (address, email, and phone) in your online application. Include a cover letter, resume and indicate at least three people who may be contacted as professional references* (at least one who is a current or former supervisor or teacher). Click Select Files or use the Drop Files Here box to manually move documents into your application. Please note, once your application is submitted you will not be able to change your submission or add attachments. If you would like to add documents to your online application after submission, please contact Jim McNaughton, Association Lead Human Resources Manager, via e-mail

*External Applicants*: (Including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations) please refer to Applying for a Job (External Candidate) for additional guidance.

*Internal Applicants:* Current employees of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association indicated in this job posting are internal applicants; please refer to Applying for a Job (Internal Candidate) for additional guidance.

*Apply By*

All applications must be received on-line by *February 21, 2020*. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.

*Required Qualifications*
  • Bachelor’s Degree in natural resources, conservation management, environmental science, resource management, aquatic and fisheries science, fisheries & wildlife technology environmental biology, water and wetland resources, freshwater science, aquatic biology, limnology, environmental education and interpretation, or related fields. Associates Degree in related field and two years’ transferrable program experience may substitute for a Bachelor’s degree.
  • Experience relevant to the role of the position.
  • 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 agency insurance coverage are required. Frequent use of personal vehicle for driving between work sites is required.
  • Ability to work flexible hours which frequently includes evenings, weekends and holidays, as appropriate.
  • Program Skills – Ability to effectively manage, coordinate, deliver, and evaluate related programs. Serve as an effective subject matter resource for program volunteers, participants, outside organizations and others. Ability to recruit, engage and motivate staff, volunteers and program participants. Ability to work independently and meet deadlines. Ability to collect, process, and analyze program data. Ability to utilize program resources within the community. Ability to effectively participate in PRISM conservation teams and other professional team efforts.
  • Communication & Marketing Skills - Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with the public, governmental offices, program participants, volunteers, employees and others. Ability to generate a credible media presence in the community. Ability to effectively market program through social, print and other media, resulting in robust program participation. Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders.
  • Computer Skills - Proficiency or ability to learn and effectively use software including use of the internet, program related software, and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel. Ability to educate and/or train constituents on WISPA (Watercraft Inspection Stewardship Program Application).
  • 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 in a typical office environment. The position frequently lifts, moves, or transports program related materials, and equipment. The position frequently works in natural environment and outdoor weather conditions including extreme heat, precipitation and cold, identifying and performing and/or demonstrating removal techniques for aquatic invasive species by positioning self (for example, pulling, bending, reaching, touching, kneeling, using hands to feel/reach) along with utilizing aquatic tools for harvesting plants like aquatic rakes, fish nets, and other related devises. Operates and navigates small watercraft.
*Preferred Qualifications*

Preferred experience in the following areas:

  • 2-3 years’ experience natural resource management, or freshwater/lake management principles.
  • aquatic invasive species identification and management experience
  • experience with aquatic fields sampling techniques
  • experience with project coordination, supervision of staff
  • processing and analysis of data, and geographic information systems and global positioning systems
  • working with municipal planning boards and/or environmental management agencies
  • training technical concepts in formal settings
  • writing, desktop publishing, public speaking/education proficiency
  • knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, lake management and natural resource conservation measures
  • Experience operating and navigating small watercraft


*Position Responsibilities & Essential Functions*

Program Responsibilities:

*Program Delivery - 10%*

  • Serve as a subject matter resource by providing technical leadership and support to the community at large on invasive species identification, best management practices, and demonstrating removal strategies and techniques as part of the program delivery process and based on established parameters.
  • Deliver or assist in delivering programs and trainings to the public and volunteers for the Capital Mohawk PRISM and in collaboration with partner organizations. Topics include but are not limited to aquatic invasive species identification, tracking and removal; annual Aquatic Invasive Species Training Program for Capital Region, etc. Deliver AIS education and collect related data at program sites when AIS Stewards are unavailable.
  • Conduct early detection searches (surveys) for emerging and high threat species within priority conservation areas.
  • Represent CCE Saratoga/Capital Mohawk PRISM at the PRISM Advisory Group and/or other groups.

Administrative Responsibilities:

*Direction - 5%*

  • Assist the supervisor with planning the Capital Mohawk PRISM AIS program including but not limited to events, programs, public outreach and marketing, staffing needs, partnerships, meetings, etc.

*Management - 10%*

  • Manages the PRISM AIS programs, events, programs, public outreach and marketing, staffing needs, and partnerships in collaboration with the Team Leader.
  • Solves problems and resolves conflicts that arise in the operation of AIS program, utilizing appropriate policies and procedures.
  • Perform recruitment and oversight of volunteers.

*Coordination/Operation - 70%*

  • Coordinates and/or directly performs all aspects of the Capital Mohawk PRISM AIS program.
  • Maintain regular communication with Team Leader including bi-weekly meetings.
  • Provide quarterly program updates and reports to Team Leader.
  • Recruits, schedules, and directly supervises seasonal AIS staff and interns, in collaboration with the Team Leader. Responsibilities include interviewing, and hiring; planning, assigning, and directing work; reviewing and approving timecards; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.
  • Orient and train seasonal AIS Stewards and Lead Stewards on invasive species identification, best management practices, and removal strategies and techniques and the data collection methods via tablets.
  • Coordinate early detection searches (surveys) for emerging and high threat species within priority conservation areas.
  • Provide regional support for use of WISPA (Watercraft Inspection Stewardship Program Application). Tabulate, compile and manipulate collected AIS data for program reporting purposes and for recommended treatment and control areas.
  • Collect applied research data (invasive species discovered during survey process) providing information to NYS DEC, Cornell University, or others.
  • Schedule field activities and invasive species control work.
  • Obtain property access and permitting for invasive species management.
  • Assist staff, affiliated invasive species crews, interns, and partners with invasive species removal efforts.
  • Coordinate and perform high impact, ecologically sound removal and restoration efforts that result in site climate adaptation and/or resiliency.
  • Coordinates and delivers with partners and/or PRISM led programing for state wide Invasive Species Awareness Week. Duties include procuring locations for events, registrations, speakers, and releasing event announcements etc. Events include but are not limited to iMap Invasive Trainings, aquatic invasive species identification lake paddles, AIS removal demonstrations and/or events, lectures, tabling events, etc.
  • Write, edit, update, compile, and organize AIS program and educational materials based on existing resources.
  • Draft standard and non­standard communications, requiring only occasional guidance from supervisor including but not limited to emails, Spring and Fall e-Newsletters, website, social media posts, etc.
  • Effectively maintain existing professional relationships with other agencies, organizations and businesses that promote effective communication and facilitate continued programming efforts.
  • Assist with PRISM grant and contract reporting requirements.
  • Provide information as requested to assist with preparation of reports, impact statements, and success stories on program progress and accomplishments for funders, advisory committees, Board and others as necessary.
  • Assist with the marketing and promotion of the AIS programs through public relation initiatives and networking/collaborating with government, economic, educational and other organizations.
  • On a frequent basis transports self to program sites.
  • Perform removal techniques for aquatic invasive species along with utilizing aquatic tools for harvesting plants like aquatic rakes, fish nets, and other related devises.
  • Operate and navigate small watercraft.
  • Frequently lift, move and/or transport program materials and resources to community-based settings.
  • Maintain program tools and equipment.
  • Prepare and submit expense reports.

*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.
*Position Details*

This is a *full time* position. Compensation in the range of $20 per hour. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:

  • Paid Vacation, Sick & Personal leave
  • Paid Holidays
  • NYS Health Insurance Program (including *FREE* Dental Insurance)
  • NYS Retirement (NYSERS)
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • 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.

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 607-255-6120 or via email at:

For additional questions please contact Jim McNaughton, Association Lead Human Resources Manager, e-mail or phone (518) 765-3503.

Job Title:

Association Program Coordinator II



Pay Rate Type:



Contract College

Contact Name:

Jim McNaughton

Number of Openings:


Cornell Cooperative Extension is a collaboration among Cornell University, the United States Department of Agriculture, the State of New York, and the residents of New York State. Per NYS Law, county and regional extension service associations are subordinate government agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are support of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

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