Back to the Bays Educator

Back to the Bays Educator, Suffolk County, NY

The primary effort of the Back to the Bays educator is to implement and provide input on the education outreach programming as it relates to the Back to the Bays Initiative. The position will be responsible for carrying out classroom as well as field and CCE facility-based learning opportunities integrating elements of community aquaculture and habitat restoration. The Back to the Bays educator will work to expand school and community partners on the East End and provide unique science-based experiences to an early education audience, K-12 students all the way up to college aged and adult participants. By leading Back to the Bays Stewardship Sessions, Healthy Bodies Healthy Bays programming, and school and scout programs the position will advance the outreach goals of Back to the Bays. Although the position will primary be responsible for delivering education programs and workshops on their own, they will be part of the overall East End Education and Outreach team operating out of the Suffolk County Marine Environmental Learning Center in Southold and Tiana Bayside Facility in Hampton Bays. The position will also be required to take part in fundraising and awareness efforts and events designed to benefit the Back to the Bays Initiative. They will also deliver and contribute to various field related projects to help fulfill the Marine Program objectives to enhance natural resources and water quality as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts or Science Degree appropriate to the responsibilities of the position or associate degree and 2 years of transferable program/functional experience may substitute for bachelor’s degree.
  • Minimum of 1-year related work experience in community education and outreach.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to present educational materials to general audiences.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively orally and in writing.
  • Ability to typically lift 40 or more pounds.
  • Must be able to meet the travel demands of the position.
  • Must be able to meet flexibility to work other than normal work hours (early morning, evening, weekends) as required.
  • Ability to handle and manage complex schedules and changing priorities.
  • Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers and public.
  • Must have computer literacy and be able to work with MS Word and Excel.
  • Strong communication skills and ability to present educational materials to general audiences.
  • Ability to work with people, maintain a positive and professional attitude, display commitment and enthusiasm for CCE mission.
  • Ability to pay close attention to details and coordinate various activities simultaneously, as well as 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 establish effective working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, and the public.
  • Ability to meet acceptable background check standards, if required.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Coursework and experience in marine science, aquaculture, and botany highly preferred.
  • Open water lifeguard certification.
  • Yoga or fitness instruction certification.
  • Knowledge of basic plumbing skills preferred.
  • Ability to perform equipment repair, maintenance of culturing equipment and pumps, work with power tools.
  • Experience with environmental education and outreach.
  • Experience with digital communication media such as: web content, social media, etc.

Position Details:

Salary: $22.00 per hour

Schedule: Non-exempt (20-34 hours per week)

Date Position Available: Position open until filled – Immediate vacancy.

Benefits: Full Benefits include 21 days of vacation days per year, 3 personal days, accrued sick days, 16 holidays, health and dental insurance Program (NYSHIP), Employees' Retirement System (New York State Retirement System -NYSLRS), Cornell University Tax-Deferred Annuity Plan (CUTDAP), Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA), Long-Term Disability, Auto/Home/Pet Insurance, Legal Insurance, Group Universal Life Insurance (GUL), Personal Accident Insurance (PAI), Long Term Care Insurance, and NY's 529 College Savings Program.

Relocation: No relocation or VISA Sponsorship is available.


A review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until a qualified pool of candidates is obtained.

Applicants need to:

  • Attach/upload a cover letter to the online application in Microsoft Word or PDF format.
  • Attach/upload a resume to the online application in Microsoft Word or PDF format.
  • Attach/upload contacts info for three references to the online application in Microsoft Word or PDF format.

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The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform their essential functions. If you require an accommodation to participate in the selection process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County Human Resources at (631) 727-7850 ext 326 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 supportive of diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.

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Last updated August 25, 2023