Fisheries Technician

Fisheries Technician, Riverhead, NY

Position Summary:

Serve as a member of the Marine Program responsible for assisting in the planning and implementing various ongoing fisheries. Educator will be responsible for delivery of marine educational programs that address local, regional, and statewide programming priorities, emphasizing fisheries demonstration research programming initiatives and the fishing industry and community members' education on the importance of fisheries research.Promoting program objectives and plans, emphasizing field applied research projects, processing and reporting commercial and recreational fisheries data, education of fishing industry and community members on the importance of fisheries research, and delivery of fisheries programs in Suffolk County. 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. The Technician will work as a team member with existing Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) staff, including fisheries specialists, educators, and technicians. Will receive direction and guidance on daily work activities from Supervisor and Association Subject Educator IIs, as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree appropriate to the position or Associates Degree's responsibilities and two years of transferrable program/functional experience may substitute for bachelor’s degree.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. unassisted.
  • Must be able to meet travel demands associated with this position.
  • Must be able to report to various locations to start the workday.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including nights, evenings, and weekends, as appropriate.
  • 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 to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in marine science, natural science, environmental science, and a basic understanding of marine science.
  • Experience with Cooperative Extension or other similar educational organizations.
  • Experience in fisheries and fisheries management.
  • Experience in marine education and community outreach.
  • 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.

Equal Opportunity Employment

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


Salary: Non-exempt $16.82 (per hour)

Hour: Full-time 40 hours per week

Benefits: Full Benefits

Date Position Available: Approximately April 1, 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 22, 2021