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Stream Educator - Shokan, NY (click here for the full job description)
The Stream Educator will work as a team member with existing Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County (CCEUC) staff to develop and deliver stream management education and outreach projects at the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program (AWSMP). The AWSMP is a cooperative program of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County, the Ulster County Soil and Water Conservation District, and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. The position is supervised by the CCEUC Project Manager for Environment and Natural Resources and stationed at the AWSMP office in Shokan, NY.
The Stream Educator will develop in-depth knowledge of stream processes and deliver education on stream process and management to primarily adult audiences of watershed residents. Target audiences include streamside landowners, highway department personnel, contractors, municipal officials, volunteers, and other watershed residents.
To develop in-depth knowledge of stream management issues in the Catskills region, the Stream Educator will attend trainings and serve on a summer field crew conducting stream assessments within the Ashokan watershed. The Stream Educator will then deliver stream management recommendations developed by the Ulster County Soil and Water Conservation District for the surveyed streams to target audiences.
The Stream Educator will develop and deliver trainings on aspects of stream geomorphology and management relevant to the watershed. The Educator will also incorporate input from area experts or hired consulting firms to develop educational programs on a broad range of stream management topics. Topics may include management of streamside areas, native and invasive vegetation, large wood, post-flood stream intervention, and stream crossings. Typical program formats include half- or full-day workshops/trainings, stream walks, slide presentations, and field tours.
The AWSMP publishes a number of publications and the Stream Educator will draft written material for final editing and inclusion in publications. This includes contributions to newsletter articles, fact sheets and guidance documents, press releases, blog posts, video transcripts, and annual reports.
The AWSMP’s efforts are guided by a volunteer Stakeholder Council and multiple stakeholder working groups. The Stream Educator will assist with the education of AWSMP stakeholders by developing and delivering programs at working group meetings or events held specifically for stakeholders.
The AWSMP provides education on stream management specific to the Catskills region. This is a rural, mountainous region with low impervious surface cover. The Ashokan Watershed is 98% forested overall, with stream corridors ranging from 35-100% forested. Population centers and transportation infrastructure are primarily limited to valleys where high bed load transport and flash flooding occur. The Stream Educator must have a strong interest in delivering education programs focused on how streams naturally transport and sort sediment. The AWSMP applies fluvial geomorphic concepts to stream management in order to restore self-stabilizing channels using a rigorous design and engineering process. A range of approaches are applied, with a preference for natural channel design where conditions are suitable. The Stream Educator must be comfortable and able to both learn and educate others in these concepts.
The overall objective of the AWSMP education program is to promote the understanding and use of stream management techniques that meet multiple objectives for stream resources, including natural channel stability, prevention and reduction of excessive stream erosion, mitigation of flood damages, infrastructure protection, maintenance of instream habitat, and delivery of clean drinking water.
How To Apply: Applicants (including current employees of other Cornell Cooperative Extension Associations) must apply online at:
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All applications must be received on-line by November 20, 2017. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
The Association may make reasonable accommodations to enable applicants to participate in the hiring process and employees to perform the essential functions of their job. If you require an accommodation so you may participate in the selection process you are encouraged to contact Cornell Cooperative Extension Administrative Systems at (607) 255-2117, or via email at: email@example.com.
For additional questions please contact Leah Cadwallader, Regional Human Resources Manager, e-mail LC267@cornell.edu or (845) 340-3990x314.
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 governmental agencies. This employment opportunity is with the entities listed and not with Cornell University.
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Last updated November 9, 2017