Fisheries Technician

Fisheries Technician, Riverhead, NY

Serve as a member of the Marine Program responsible for assisting in the planning and implementing various ongoing fisheries projects.The Educator will be responsible for delivering marine educational programs that address local, regional, and statewide programming priorities, emphasizing fisheries demonstration research programming initiatives and the fishing industry and community members' education on the importance of fisheries research.Promoting program objectives and plans, emphasizing field applied research projects, processing and reporting commercial and recreational fisheries data, educating the fishing industry and community members on fisheries research's importance, and delivering fisheries programs in Suffolk County.This individual represents Cornell Cooperative Extension's Marine Program to the public, community leaders, government officials, and Cornell University as part of program delivery.Several state and federal grants fund this position.The Technician will work as a team member with existing Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) staff, including fisheries specialists, educators, and technicians.Will receive direction and guidance on daily work activities from Supervisor and Association Subject Educator, as needed.

Required Qualifications:

  • Associate's Degree or equivalents of two years of transferable program/functional experience.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. unassisted.
  • Must be able to meet travel demands associated with this position.
  • Must be able to report to various locations to start the workday.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including nights, evenings, and weekends.
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions.
  • Ability to go to sea for various periods.
  • Ability to communicate daily activities, program progress, and production to Supervisor.
  • Ability to communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual channels using traditional tools and methods and electronic technology (e.g., video, audio, computers, etc.).
  • Detail-oriented.
  • Ability to follow procedures and written instructions.
  • Must demonstrate high integrity, sound professional judgment, and the ability to handle confidential and sensitive information.
  • Proficient with windows-based software, including the internet and Microsoft Office Suite, including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, and Excel.
  • Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
  • Ability and willingness to work with diverse audiences and maintain cultural sensitivity.
  • Ability to plan and organize personal work responsibilities according to priorities developed with the immediate Supervisor.
  • Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community, and professional leaders.
  • Ability to identify and utilize program resources from the organization and the community.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in marine science, natural science, environmental science, and a basic understanding of marine science.
  • Experience with Cooperative Extension or other similar educational organizations.
  • Experience in fisheries and fisheries management.
  • Experience in marine education and community outreach.
  • Experience with and knowledge of commercial fishing gear.
  • Ability to accurately identify local fish species and be familiar with local fisheries.
  • Ability to work alone with little supervision.
  • Ability to organize reference materials for retrieval by others and be willing to learn new subject matter.
  • Experience conducting dockside and at-sea research education demonstration program delivery on commercial fishing vessels.

Equal Opportunity Employment

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


Salary: $17.00 per hour

Schedule: non-exempt 40 hours per week

Benefits: Full Benefits include 21 days of vacation days per year, 3 personal days, accrued sick days, 15 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.


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

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No relocation or VISA Sponsorship is available.

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

Cornell Cooperative Extension collaborates with 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 March 1, 2023