Water Resource Geochemical Specialist

Position Summary:

The primary effort of the Water Resource Geochemical Specialist is to serve as the lead team member in developing, planning, implementing, and evaluating existing and innovative and complex educational programs in groundwater/surface water resource protection and enhancement for the general public, members of marine and agricultural industries, and resource managers on a county, and at times, regional basis. The Water Resource Geochemical Specialist will promote water resource geochemical program objectives and plans, draw upon local program resources and recommendations, and coordinate activities with the supervisor and team to address the programming needs and priorities. Represents Cornell Cooperative Extension association(s) before the public, community leaders, government officials, and Cornell University.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master's degree in marine biogeochemistry, hydrogeology, or chemistry and appropriate to the position's responsibilities.
  • Ability to present educational materials to general and diverse audiences.
  • Demonstrated experience in managing field operations for groundwater and surface water investigations, geophysical operations, and laboratory instrumentation operations.
  • Professional experience must include conducting and evaluating applied research/demonstration projects or significant contributions to developing or applying a specialized body of knowledge in the selected subject-matter area.
  • Proficiency with computers, including Microsoft Excel, Word, Access, ArcGIS, and the internet.
  • Ability to work with people, maintain a positive and professional attitude, display commitment and enthusiasm for CCE mission.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to handle and manage complex schedules and changing priorities.
  • Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers, and the public.
  • Ability to pay close attention to details and coordinate various activities simultaneously and handle multiple tasks.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and provide input to superiors for planning and decision-making.
  • Ability to work physically in marine and outdoor environments.
  • Ability to typically lift 20-50 pounds.
  • Must be able to meet the travel demands of the position.
  • Must possess the flexibility to work other than regular work hours (early morning, evening, weekends) as required.
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Cornell Cooperative Extension or other similar organizations.
  • Advanced knowledge of subject-matter principles, theory, and research in water resources, science policy emphasizing groundwater and surface water interactions and the associated geochemistry.
  • Demonstrate the ability to conduct applied research demonstration projects related to groundwater remediation, nitrogen, and other contaminants.
  • Knowledge of permeable reactive barriers (PRBs) and experience in conducting applied research demonstration projects related to PRB's geochemical mechanisms for reducing contaminants.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to understand, interpret, and apply complex research information.
  • Experience with water quality and groundwater geochemistry as applied to water conservation and management and education.
  • Familiarity with groundwater measurements, groundwater seepage, and submarine groundwater discharge methodologies.
  • Experience with data management and basic statistical analyses (e.g., R-statistics).
  • Strong interpersonal skills with proven ability to work effectively with advisory boards, environmental organizations, community, and funding partners.
  • Ability to identify and utilize program resources from the organization and the community.
  • Familiarity with Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and organizing and managing spatial data.
  • Ability to deploy and operate powerboats.
  • Ability to work with power tools.

Equal Opportunity Employment

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


Position: Exempt

Salary Range: $60,000 - $65,000 (based on experience)

Schedule: 40 hours per week

Benefits: Full eligibility


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 their job's essential functions. 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 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.

Last updated January 6, 2021