LI Shellfish Restoration Field Technician

LI Shellfish Restoration Field Technician, Southold & Huntington, NY

Position Summary:

The primary purpose of this field technician position is to support the Long Island Shellfish Restoration Program. This position will consist of fieldwork focusing on shellfish husbandry, including the maintenance, deployment, operation, and removal of floating upweller systems (FLUPSYs) as well as deployment of spat on shell oysters at multiple sites throughout Long Island.Other work will include the use of motor vehicles and boats, the use of manual and electric hand tools, and maintenance and repair of equipment, all in support of the growing, handling, monitoring, measuring, counting, and planting of shellfish in Long Island waters. This position will be accountable to the Senior Issue Educator Educator (Long Island Shellfish Restoration Project Manager). The general nature of this position will be to act under direct supervision as a program team member.The position will initially be based out of the Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center, Southold, NY. Later in the season, the position will be based out of western CCE locations depending on programmatic needs (e.g., Yaphank, Huntington, or Babylon).

Required Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma and 2 years of volunteer or work experience in a related field.
  • Ability to work in a team setting.
  • Ability to embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers, and the public.
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to lift more than 75 lbs.
  • Ability to work outdoors and on boats in all weather conditions.
  • Must be reliable and able to work independently as well as with others.
  • Good communication and record-keeping skills.
  • Ability to understand and implement written and oral instructions.
  • Experience with data entry and analysis.
  • Ability or willingness to learn timecard software.
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
  • Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, and early morning start as appropriate.
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Associate’s Degree or Equivalent Education in environmental sciences, hydrology, natural resource management, engineering, or other related field.
  • Experience working with handheld water quality monitoring devices.
  • Experience handling shellfish.
  • Experience using (GIS) Geographic Information Systems.

Equal Opportunity Employment

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


Temp-Casual: 3 non-exempt – 6 month positions

Salary Range: $18.25 per hour

Work dates: May 1, 2020 – October 31, 2020

Schedule: 40 hours per week. Monday-Friday

Benefits: Health insurance elligible


Review of applications will begin immediately. The position will remain open until a 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.

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) 255-6120, 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 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
Human Resource Director
631-727-7850 x 344

Last updated March 16, 2020