Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCEUC) is seeking a temporary Stream Barrier Assessment Technician to assist in implementing a watershed scale road-stream crossing (RSX) assessment. This is a temporary, full-time (40hrs/week), partially benefits eligible position. The preferred candidate will work for approximately 25 weeks from April to September, 2020. Exact employment dates can be negotiated based on availability (e.g., college students), however, preference will go to candidates who can commit to a full 25-week timeframe. The position is predominantly fieldwork and candidates are expected to be comfortable spending long periods of time outdoors (8-10 hours/day).
The Stream Barrier Assessment Technician will assist CCEUC and the Ulster County Department of the Environment (UCDOE) in implementing a multi-objective assessment of public RSXs in the lower Esopus Creek watershed. S/he will work as part of a two-person team to assess the geomorphic compatibility, structural condition, and hydraulic capacity of the RSX, as well as aquatic organism passage through the crossing. The successful candidate will be trained in observing geomorphic indicators of stream processes, performing basic structural condition assessments, and recognizing signs of aquatic/riparian habitat fragmentation. All survey equipment and necessary gear (waders, boots, etc.) will be provided. A computer and temporary desk space in the CCEUC and UCDOE offices will be provided for the few work days not spent in the field.
The position will be supervised by CCEUC's Resource Educator for stream management. A minor component of the position includes assisting program educators with delivery of outreach events offered by the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program. The successful candidate will also be expected to accomplish all other duties assigned by the supervisor, including but not limited to cleaning program equipment and vehicles, clerical office work, and administrative tasks.
CCEUC's stream management programs include RSX assessment, coordination of engineered stream projects, technical education and public outreach, research and monitoring, community grants, flood hazard mitigation planning, and more.
The CCEUC and UCDOE offices are open normal business hours, M-F. However, the successful candidate may be expected to work a non-traditional schedule (e.g., 8-10 hour days), if agreed upon by all project staff.
Bachelor's Degree or current enrollment in an appropriate field of study (Environmental Science/Engineering, Hydrology/Water Resources, Fluvial Geomorphology, Fisheries, Conservation Biology, etc.)
Comfortable spending extended periods of time outdoors, occasionally in remote locations with no cell phone service.
Must be willing to work outdoors in all types of weather.
Familiarity using handheld GPS units and field data collection.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
Ability to work independently, troubleshoot problems, and make decisions under minimal supervision.
Ability to carry 50 lbs. over uneven terrain, in inclement weather, and at remote backcountry work sites.
Basic Microsoft Office and other common software skills.
Must meet motor vehicle record requirements and have a valid driver's license.
Experience using technology to collect field data (iPad, Trimble GPS, etc.)
Proficient in paper map-based navigation.
Responsibilities / Essential Functions
Program - 90%
Work effectively and efficiently as part of a field crew, potentially for long hours and in isolated settings.
Maintain a safe working environment on and around roads and bridges, near steep slopes, as well as in and around swift moving water.
Take responsibility for personal safety when it comes to common roadside/stream hazards such as poison ivy, ticks, brambles, mud, etc.
Implement time efficient and accurate stream-crossing assessments following a rigorous data collection protocol (training provided).
Collect all necessary field data; complete data entry and photo management using Trimble GPS, iPad, digital camera, and/or PDF/paper field sheets.
Perform on-site quality control as well as checks of data entry and management.
Act as a professional field ambassador for CCEUC when approached by watershed citizens.
Perform physically demanding duties with minimal supervision, potentially in remote areas, in hazardous conditions, and during inclement weather.
Manage care, calibration, and maintenance of field survey equipment.
Assist in the development and maintenance of an organized method for tracking and visualizing field progress throughout the sampling season.
Help plan the complex logistics (travel, equipment, data management) required to efficiently deploy assessment crews with a diverse set of objectives.
Work under infrequent supervision, make day to day decisions as delegated by supervisor, maintain adequate communication regarding progress, issues, concerns, and equipment.
Participate in all required trainings.
Attend office-wide staff meetings as required, provide progress updates to AWSMP and CCE staff.
Perform basic data analysis and statistics on collected data.
Deliver presentation to CCE and partner staff at the conclusion of the field season highlighting the experience and discuss any issues that were encountered and any interesting data trends.
Provide education at school and community events, distribute literature, communicate information about the AWSMP to members of the public, and provide education on stream management topics.
Administrative - 5%
Perform basic office administration tasks as necessary, including filing appropriate documentation of authorized purchases, copying, accurately receiving and logging phone calls, and setting up and taking down audio-visual equipment for meetings and events.
Conscientiously use the program office, supplies, and equipment for work-related tasks only.
Perform office work during office hours of 8:30-4:30; evening and weekend work as directed by and with approval of supervisor, if needed.
Maintain awareness of and adhere to workplace safety procedures.
Professional Improvement and other duties as assigned - 5%
Attend content area trainings as necessary to maintain or enhance knowledge and skills.
Participate in required orientation programs and attend in-services as necessary to stay current and involved in relation to program responsibilities.
Actively participate in Association and program staff meetings.
EEO/EPO, Health & Safety, Policy - Applies 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 and embracing diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers and the public. Find ways to involve audiences traditionally under-represented in the design and development stages of new program initiatives with the goal of increasing involvement from traditionally under-represented audiences.
Represent Cornell Cooperative Extension to the public, community leaders, colleagues, volunteers, members of Cornell University faculty and staff, government officials and the general public in a professional manner.
Be aware of, and adhere to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension policies and procedures and Skills for Success.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely, and accurate manner.
Support the association to maintain a safe working environment.
Be familiar 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.
This is a full time, 40 hours per week, up to 25 weeks, partially benefits eligible, temporary appointment.
Compensation ranges from $17-$20/hr ($17,000-$20,000 total compensation) depending on qualifications, experience, and availability for the full 25-week project timeframe.
How To Apply: Applicants (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations) must apply online through the APPLY button in this job posting. Current employees of Cornell Cooperative Extension Ulster County are considered internal applicants and must apply online through their Workday account which may be accessed here: http://workday.cornell.edu/
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All applications must be received on-line by: Thursday, February 27, 2020. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional questions please contact Leah Cadwallader, Regional Human Resources Manager, e-mail LC267@cornell.edu or (845) 340-3990x314.
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