Fisheries Specialist

Fisheries Specialist, Riverhead, NY

Position Summary:

Serve as a Marine Program member responsible for assisting in planning, developing, implementing, and evaluating various ongoing fisheries programs. Educator will be responsible for promoting program objectives and plans, emphasizing field applied research projects, processing and reporting commercial and recreational fisheries data, education of the fishing industry and community members on the importance of fisheries research, and delivery of fisheries programs in Suffolk County. Educators will spend time on research and fishing vessels, requiring the individual to be at sea for extended periods. The Educator is responsible for assisting in the development, preparation, and submission of grant proposals. This individual represents Cornell Cooperative Extension's Marine Program to the public, community leaders, government officials, and Cornell University as part of program delivery.Several state and federal grants fund this position.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree in the field of Marine Science, Natural Science, Environmental Science, or related field.
  • Experience in fisheries and fisheries management.
  • Experience in marine education and community outreach.
  • Experience working with commercial fishermen and the commercial fishing industry on cooperative research projects.
  • Experience working on at-sea scientific surveys.
  • Ability to lift 80 lbs. unassisted.
  • Must be able to report to various locations to start the workday.
  • The ability to work flexible hours may include nights, evenings, and weekends.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to go to sea for various periods.
  • Ability to communicate daily activities, program progress, and production to Supervisor.
  • Ability to communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual channels using traditional tools and methods and electronic technology (e.g., video, audio, computers, etc.).
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Ability to follow procedures and written instructions.
  • Must demonstrate a high degree of integrity, sound professional judgment, and the ability to handle confidential and sensitive information.
  • Proficiency with windows-based software, including use of the internet and Microsoft Office Suite including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel.
  • Ability and willingness to work with diverse audiences and maintain cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to plan and organize personal work responsibilities according to priorities developed with the immediate Supervisor.
  • Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community, and professional leaders.
  • Ability to identify and utilize program resources from the organization and the community.
  • Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Cooperative Extension or other similar educational organizations.
  • Experience with and knowledge of commercial fishing gear.
  • Ability to accurately identify local species of fish and be familiar with local fisheries.
  • Ability to work alone with little supervision.
  • Ability to organize reference materials for retrieval by others and be willing to learn the new subject matter.
  • Experience conducting dockside and at-sea research education demonstration program delivery on commercial fishing vessels.
  • Demonstrated practical skills in grant writing and budgeting.
  • Experience using R, or other statistical software.

Equal Opportunity Employment

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.


Salary: Exempt $60,000.00 (annually)

Hour: Full-time 40+ hours per week

Benefits: Full Benefits

Date Position Available: Approximately May 16, 2021


Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until a qualified pool of candidates is obtained.

Applicants need to:

  1. Attach/upload a resume to the online application in either Microsoft Word or PDF format.
  2. Attach/upload a cover letter to the online application in either Microsoft Word or PDF format.
  3. Attach/upload contacts info for three references to the online application in either Microsoft Word or PDF format.

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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 their essential functions. If you require an accommodation to participate in the selection process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at (607) 255-6120 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 New York State residents. 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
Human Resource Director
631-727-7850 x 326

Last updated April 28, 2021