LI Shellfish Restoration Field Technician - Huntington, NY

LI Shellfish Restoration Field Technician - Huntington, NY

Position Summary:

The primary purpose of this position is assistance for the LI Shellfish Restoration Program. This position will assist with conducting field work focusing on shellfish husbandry including the maintenance and operation of floating upweller systems (FLUPSY’s) as well as one or more bottom planted beds and deployment of spat on shell at multiple sites throughout Long Island.Other work will include the use of motor vehicles and boats (as necessary), use of manual and electric hand tools and maintenance and repair of equipment all in support of the growing, handling, monitoring and planting of shellfish in Long Island waters. This position will be accountable to the Resource Educator (LI Shellfish Restoration Project Manager). The general nature of this position will be to act under direct supervision and not with a great deal of independence. Program assistance as a team member is the primary effort in this position.

Required Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma and 2 years volunteer or work experience.
  • 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 50 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 meet acceptable background check standards, if required.
  • Ability to work flexible hours which may include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
  • Valid NYS Driver’s License.
  • Ability to pass Motor Vehicle Screen process.

Preferred Qualifications:

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


Program Responsibilities:

Administrative Responsibilities:

Coordination/Operation – 95%

  • Maintain shellfish nursery sites (FLUPSY, in-bottom and others) throughout Long Island in support of the overall shellfish restoration program.
  • Help deliver and deploy various shellfish nursery equipment and materials to field sites throughout Long Island to prepare and maintain shellfish nursery systems (FLUPSY, in-bottom and others).
  • Use an association vehicle and/or an association vessel to gain access to the nursery sites.
  • Interact with project volunteers to conduct FLUPSY maintenance and data collection. Represent the Association before the public, community leaders and Cornell or other land grant universities as part of program delivery..
  • Collect, organize and format research data using established databases.
  • Assist supervisor in tracking the growth and development of shellfish grown throughout Long Island using standard methods involving size, volume and other appropriate parameters.
  • Assist with routine collection of field data relative to water quality (WQ) tests (e.g. salinity, nutrients, temp., etc.) and assisting with the processing of samples in the laboratory (e.g., sediments) as necessary.
  • Perform basic data analysis, under the guidance and supervision of Supervisor.

Professional Improvement – 5%

  • In cooperation with Supervisor and/or Executive Director, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes and Association priorities.
  • Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform other duties as assigned.

Health and Safety - Applied to all duties and functions

  • Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
  • Be familiar with and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, Association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard.

Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.

EEO/EPO and Policy - Applied to all duties and functions

  • Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers and the public.
  • Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences.
  • Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Suffolk County policies, procedures and Cornell Cooperative Extension Skills for Success.
  • Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely and accurate manner.

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 non-exempt, full-time position, 40 hours per week. Two positions available

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.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Individuals who bring a diverse perspective and are support of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

Last updated April 11, 2018