Position Summary:

The Field Assistant works with the Senior Resource Educator on a variety of citizen science based educational projects. They will serve as site coordinators for the volunteer horseshoe crab spawning surveys, assist with acoustic telemetry field projects and with shellfish aquaculture, as well as other field restoration and education activities. Site Coordinators are responsible to assist with the collection of scientific data on annual horseshoe crab spawning surveys that occur 12-15 evenings in May and June (typically < 2 hours per evening). Coordinators work in pairs as a team at their site to count, measure and tag spawning horseshoe crabs on the beach and to educate volunteer participants. Site Coordinators may also coordinate and lead other casual participants that are interested in a one-time educational experience about horseshoe crab and this program.The Field Assistant will also assist with horseshoe crab telemetry field work that uses both SCUBA diving and boats for data retrieval/maintenance. They will also assist shellfish aquaculture program that requires working with the Cornell Shellfish Biologist in the hatchery and also at the grow-out facility in Huntington (Goldstar Battalion). When at Goldstar Battalion, they will assist with the collection of data for shellfish and water quality and provide assistance with the maintenance of display tanks, FLUPSY grow-out of shellfish, and public education and outreach as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • H.S. Degree or higher.
  • Ability to follow instructions carefully.
  • Ability to work with others or alone with some supervision.
  • Knowledge of natural science, plant science or marine science.
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs. and handle heavy gear.
  • Must be SCUBA certified and adhere to CCE diving policy requirements.
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
  • Ability to meet acceptable background check standards, and motor vehicle check is required.
  • Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with collecting biological data is preferred. Ability to follow established monitoring protocols and record data accurately is also preferred. Ability to work with the general public, and interest in environmental stewardship and learning is beneficial. Boat handling skills.


This is a Temporary- Part-Time non-exempt position.

Pay Rate Type: Hourly


Visit the CCE website at and select Horseshoe Crab Field Assistant. Download application and return filled out to Tyrand Booker via email at: or mail them to Cornell Cooperative Extension, 423 Griffing Ave. Suite 100, Riverhead, NY 11901 no later than May 31, 2018. Applications received after this date may not receive full consideration.

Last updated May 9, 2018