Marine Program Assistant, Riverhead, NY

Marine Program Assistant, Riverhead, NY

Position Summary:

The Field Assistant works with the Senior Resource Educator on various citizen science-based educational projects and assists with various field and laboratory research projects.This includes serving as site coordinator for the volunteer horseshoe crab spawning surveys and assisting with shellfish aquaculture and other field restoration and education activities.Site Coordinators are responsible for collecting scientific data on annual horseshoe crab spawning surveys that occur 12-15 evenings in May and June (typically 2 hours per evening). Coordinators work in pairs as a team at their site to count, measure and tag spawning horseshoe crabs on the beach and to educate volunteer participants.Site Coordinators may also coordinate and lead other casual participants interested in a one-time educational experience about horseshoe crab and this program.This position will also assist with horseshoe crab telemetry-based fieldwork that is boat based and with data deployment/retrieval/maintenance, as well as with the shellfish aquaculture and groundwater programs (some Scuba diving or snorkeling may be needed for this work). The shellfish aquaculture program requires working with the Cornell Shellfish Biologist in the hatchery and the grow-out facility in Huntington (Goldstar Battalion). At Goldstar Battalion, they will assist with collecting data for shellfish and water quality and provide assistance with the maintenance of display tanks, FLUPSY grow-out of shellfish, and public education and outreach as needed.They will also assist with laboratory and field experiments for shellfish and groundwater projects.

Required Qualifications:

  • H.S. Degree or higher.
  • Ability to follow instructions carefully.
  • Ability to work with others or alone with some supervision.
  • Knowledge of natural science, plant science, or marine science.
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs. and handle heavy gear.
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position.
  • Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends, as appropriate.

Equal Opportunity Employment

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Protected Veterans and Individuals with Disabilities.


Salary: $16.03 -$35.00 per hour (depending on experience)

Schedule: Part-time/non-exempt (20 hours per week)

Date Position Available: 8 positions 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 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 (631) 727-7850 ext 242 or via email 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 13, 2023