Estuary Educator

Estuary Educator – Riverhead, NY

Position Summary:

The primary effort of the Estuary Educator is to assist in the planning, development, implementation and evaluation of environmental educational programming and outreach opportunities to citizens on the east-end of Long Island. The educator will deliver and promote educational program objectives and plans that are developed by the Supervisor for the Peconic Estuary Program (PEP). The educator will assist in the development of educational strategies and programming and also draw upon existing program resources and recommendations, and coordinate activities with the supervisor and team to address the PEP educational programming needs and programming materials. The educator will also deliver and contribute to various field related projects to help fulfill the Marine Program objectives to enhance natural resources and water quality as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree with experience relevant to the position Bachelor’s Degree plus 4 years transferrable relevant evidence-based research experience may substitute.
  • Minimum of 1 year related work or volunteer experience required in teaching or extension type work.

Strong communication skills and ability to present educational materials to general audiences.

  • Must be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to typically lift 30 or more pounds without assistance.
  • Must be able to meet the travel demands of the position.
  • Must be able to meet flexibility to work other than normal work hours (early morning, evening, weekends) as required.
  • Ability to handle and manage complex schedules and changing priorities.
  • Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers and public.
  • Must have computer literacy and able to work with MS Word and Excel.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to present educational materials to general audiences.
  • Ability to work with people, maintain a positive and professional attitude, display commitment and enthusiasm for CCE mission.
  • Ability to pay close attention to details and coordinate various activities simultaneously, as well as handle multiple tasks.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and provide input to superiors for planning and decision-making.
  • Ability to work physically in marine and outdoor environments.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors and the public.
  • Ability to meet acceptable background check standards, if required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Coursework and experience in environmental education highly preferred.
  • Familiarity with Peconic Estuary Program Goals and Objectives for watershed protection.
  • Experience with environmental education on best management practices for non-point source pollution prevention.
  • Experience with digital communication media such as: web content, social networks, etc.
  • Experience with social media.
  • Ability to assist in monitoring program budgets.
  • Ability to prepare materials for grants/contract proposal submission.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO,

Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.


This is a Full-time non-exempt position 40 hours per week.

Pay Rate Type: Hourly


Review of applications will begin immediately. Position will remain open until qualified pool of candidates is obtained.

Applicants need to attach/upload a resume to the online application in either Microsoft Word or PDF format. In the “Experience” section of your application, use the Paperclip icon to search for file(s) or use the “Drop Files Here” box to manually drag document(s) into your application. Once the application is submitted you will not be able to change your submission or add attachments.

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

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

Contact Valerie at with questions.

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 that you may participate in the selection process you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at (607) 255-2117, or via email at:

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.


Valerie J. Smith
LI-SBN Human Resource Lead
631-727-7850 x 344

Last updated February 5, 2018