Water Quality Assistant Educator

Water Quality Program Assistant Educator, Huntington, NY

Position Summary:

Under general supervision, the Water Quality Program Assistant Educator is responsible for providing support and technical assistance for water quality related educational and research activities. The primary purpose of the Water Quality Assistant Educator position is to assist in conducting outreach through public participation and field work related to stormwater management, water quality sampling and monitoring on a variety of funded projects. This position will additionally participate as a marine educator for children and adults. The educator will assist with a marine science summer camp for children ages 6-14, when needed. This will include leading children through various activities both indoors and outdoors, including the classroom/building, salt marsh, beach activities, and arts and crafts. The Assistant Educator may also lead tours at Asharoken Beach, Northport to visiting groups as well as lead courses and labs individually, and prepare and breakdown daily activities and assigned programs. Assistant Educators will be responsible for preparation before programs and clean-up after programs including cleaning and care of the facility, animals, and/or aquaria. All associated tasks related to camp are possible including supervision of children, paperwork and creating and teaching a marine lesson. The Educator will assist in public outreach efforts and in other water quality related activities such as routine laboratory work, goose management, and data processing and entry. The Water Quality Educator will work as a team member with existing Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) staff including stormwater and water quality specialists, educators, and technicians. This position will have a flexible schedule and may include weekend or early evening hours.


  • Associate Degree in biological or related sciences and at least 1 year experience relevant to the role of the position or High School Diploma and 2 years volunteer or work experience;
  • Experience with working with children;
  • Ability to work with children; Ability to supervise a group of up to 30 children;
  • Ability to handle health and safety issues and/or emergency situations;
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs;
  • Ability to perform physical requirements of job, such as light hiking expeditions to the beach; seining; boat trips;
  • Ability to work outdoors, sometimes in inclement weather;
  • Ability to work outdoors performing various types of educational and physical activities;
  • Ability to learn marine science and natural science subject matter;
  • Ability to learn and lead educational experiences and activities;
  • Ability to understand and carry out educational program tasks and objectives;
  • Ability to work with and touch live animals (marine organisms, fish, reptiles, etc.);
  • Ability to understand and implement written and oral instructions;
  • 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 Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel;
  • Experience with data entry and analysis;
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position;
  • 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;


  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, environmental sciences, hydrology, natural resource management, engineering, or other related field;
  • Desire to work with children.
  • Basic marine biology, environmental or education background/aquarium and/or animal care experience.
  • Experience working with GPS devices
  • Experience using (GIS) Geographic Information Systems
  • One year experience in stormwater or water quality related projects preferred
  • Current CPR/AED and/or First Aid certification or higher, or equivalent.
  • Lifeguard Certifications


Part-Time: Non-exempt – 21 hours a week
Salary Range: $17.00 per hour


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 apply at this link: https://cornell.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/CCECareerPage/job/New-York-State-Other/Water-Quality-Program-Assistant-Educator--Huntington--NY_WDR-00020278

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.

Questions please contact: Valerie Smith, HR Director – vs324@cornell.edu

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: cce.recruitment@cornell.edu.

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.

Last updated August 14, 2019