Marine Program Educator, Northport, NY

Marine Program Educator, Northport, NY

Position Summary:

Under general supervision, the Marine Program Educator provides support and technical assistance for marine-related educational and research activities. The primary purpose of the Marine Educator position is to assist in conducting outreach through programming and public participation related to storm-water management, water quality, and a variety of environmental and marine-related topics for children and adults. The Educator will assist with a marine science summer camp for children ages 6-14 when needed. Including leading children through various indoor and outdoor activities, including the classroom/building, salt marsh, beach activities, and arts and crafts. The Marine Educator may also lead tours at Asharoken Beach, Northport, to visiting groups, lead courses and labs individually, and prepare and break down daily activities and assigned programs. The Marine Educator will be responsible for preparation before and after programs, including cleaning and care of the facility, animals, and aquaria. All associated camp-related tasks, including supervision of children, paperwork, and creating and teaching environmental and marine-related lessons, are possible. The Educator will assist in public outreach efforts, including rain garden programming, and may assist in other water quality-related activities such as routine laboratory work, data processing, and entry. The Water Quality Educator will work as a team member with existing Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) staff, including storm-water and water quality specialists, educators, and technicians. This position will have a flexible schedule and may include weekend or early evening hours.

Required Qualifications:

  • Attendance in or Graduation from a recognized college/university or equivalent.
  • 21 years or older.
  • Experience working with children.
  • Ability to work with children; supervise a group of up to 30 children.
  • Ability to handle health and safety issues and emergencies.
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs.
  • Ability to perform physical requirements of the job, such as light hiking expeditions to the beach, seining, and 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; understanding and implementing 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, including evenings and weekends, as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in biology, chemistry, environmental sciences, hydrology, natural resource management, engineering, or other related fields.
  • Desire to work with children.
  • Basic marine biology, environmental or education background/aquarium, and 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 First Aid certification or higher, or equivalent.
  • Lifeguard Certifications.

Equal Opportunity Employment

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.

Position Details:

Salary: Non-exempt $21.00 - $23.00 per hour (based on experience)

Hour: 35-40 hours per week

Start Date: April 1, 2023

Full Benefits:

 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.


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

Applicants need to:

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

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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 essential functions.If you require an accommodation to participate in the selection process, you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Of Suffolk County HR Department at (631) 727-7850 ext 252 or 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 January 4, 2023