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Watershed Educator – Resource Educator

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Ulster County is seeking a science education and communications professional to fill the role of Watershed Educator in Ulster County.

The primary focus of the Watershed Educator’s work will be to develop and deliver stream and floodplain education programs to adult audiences, including members of the general watershed public, landowners, and local municipal officials.

The Watershed Educator’s primary work location will be the Ashokan Watershed Stream Management Program ( AWSMP) office in Shokan, NY. Half of the position's time will be spent working to deliver the AWSMP in the NYC Water Supply Watershed in the Catskills region of northwest Ulster County. The remainder of time will be worked on projects outside the NYC Watershed from CCEUC’s primary office in Kingston, NY.

The Watershed Educator will attend trainings and occasionally assist a summer field crew conducting stream assessments within the Ashokan Reservoir watershed to develop in-depth knowledge of stream management issues in the Catskills region. The AWSMP applies fluvial geomorphology concepts to stream management to restore self-stabilizing channels using a rigorous design and engineering process. A range of approaches are applied, with a preference for natural channel designs where conditions are suitable. The Watershed Educator must be comfortable and able to both learn and educate others in these concepts.

The successful candidate should be a skilled knowledge worker and communicator familiar with word processing software, online communication platforms, use of email and listservs, and database and file management in shared digital spaces. Ability to use common data management software (such as Excel) and ArcGIS is required.

The Watershed Educator must be able to develop and deliver presentations that visually illustrate information and provide clear verbal explanations of subject matter content. The successful candidate will be able to use logic and judgement to efficiently manage their tasks and meet project deadlines, as well as collegially participate on inter-disciplinary project teams. The Watershed Educator will need to accurately communicate and interpret science-based information for audiences at differing education levels.

The AWSMP is a small program that requires all staff to pitch in and contribute to event preparation, including assembling and transporting materials, setting up and taking down field operations, and cleaning work. The position works primarily in an office environment with intermittent work in outdoor settings year-round. Weekend and evening work is required. A partial work from home arrangement is possible, but applicants should be able to easily and frequently travel within Ulster County. A program vehicle will be available to perform work-related travel or personal mileage may be available.

The Watershed Educator will report to the Sr. Team Leader for Stream Education with the AWSMP. The position is 40 hours per week. A full benefits package is available. Salary starts at $60,000 per year.

Click here to learn more and apply by August 22:

   Energy Advisor

  • Would you like to be the change you want to see in the world? Do you want to be a part of the solution to climate change? Are you motivated to help households and small businesses within your community lower their energy burden while also making their homes cleaner, greener, and healthier? If you believe in education and empowering individuals to make informed decisions, you might be a great Community Energy Advisor!

    As a member of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County (CCEDC) Environment & Energy Program team, this position will serve as a County Community Energy Advisor and will be part of the team managing environmental and energy projects through the CCE Climate Resilience Partnership, the Dutchess County Greenway Connections Project, and similar programs. The County Community Energy Advisor will lead County level programing efforts focused on NYS energy efficiency and clean energy education programs in the Mid-Hudson Region, specifically in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland and Ulster Counties. This position is also responsible for working as a team member and provide input to his/her/their supervisor and fellow regional team members on implementation and evaluation of these energy programs throughout the Mid-Hudson region. This position, alongside other Energy Team members, will provide direction, organization, coordination, and management of programs that work to inform residents, multifamily building owners, and small businesses, with an emphasis in low-to-moderate income and priority communities, of the options for adopting clean energy strategies in their homes and businesses.

    This position will work under the direction and supervision of the Association Environment & Energy Issue Leader, with additional support and leadership from senior members of the regional Energy team. Work includes establishing and maintaining relationships and working with community partners and local stakeholders to lend energy efficiency and clean energy programs addressing energy insecurity. This position will implement programs that deliver information and provide education in a wide variety of settings, including, but not limited to: outreach at community events; presenting before large audiences; connecting with audiences and stakeholders via one-on-one phone calls; following up with leads/clients to provide additional information; assisting leads/clients with navigating every step of applying for relevant energy efficiency and clean energy programs available to them; helping troubleshoot obstacles to adopting clean energy strategies; coordinating with local energy contractors in providing accurate information on the programs, etc. This position will work with community groups, energy contractors, supervisor and other team members to coordinate, manage and implement engaging educational programs, including assisting with training, engaging or coordinating the work of volunteers and interns in program delivery. This position will also serve as a subject matter resource and carry out administrative tasks that support the educational program and fulfill funding requirements. 

        Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with course work in natural resources, environmental science/studies, sustainable planning and development, community programming, marketing, communications, business, engineering, or other relevant area of study and/or related fields.
  • Minimum one year of experience relevant to the role of the position, including but not limited to, any of the following:
    • teaching non-formal educational programs, with a preference for experience in energy efficiency and renewable energy, or related topics
    • social work with an emphasis on housing/energy assistance
    • assisting low-income households receive subsidized housing services
    • customer service in an energy, housing, or construction-oriented industry
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, plan, organize, implement, teach, and evaluate informal adult education programs to address diverse audiences.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to work with diverse audiences in group and one-on-one settings.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new information and communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual channels using traditional educational tools as well as electronic technology (e.g., video, audio, computers, etc.).
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to build relationships with diverse audiences and work to cultivate an inclusive and supportive environment for program participants and colleagues
  • Demonstrated effective use of a variety of program delivery methods to reach individuals and groups.
  • Ability to manage long-term projects and deadlines within the context of day-to-day projects and deadlines. Ability to organize work and set priorities, handle multiple tasks, and work under deadlines.
  • Proven ability to be diplomatic and utilize active listening skills while avoiding advocacy stances on issues pertaining to the environment, energy, agriculture, and other program areas of CCEDC.
  • Capable of independently delivering programming.
  • Ability to meet travel requirements associated with this position; must be willing and able to transport education materials to various off-site locations.
  • Ability to meet acceptable motor vehicle/driving record requirements.
  • Ability to work flexible hours which will include evenings and/or weekends, as appropriate.
  • Ability to analyze issues and to initiate, plan, organize, implement & evaluate informal educational programs addressing diverse audiences in assigned areas.
  • Ability to utilize computer technology to deliver programming, author reports and proposals, communicate internally and externally, prepare visuals, access information and learn and teach.
  • Experience with youth programming/education.
  • Ability to relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, community and professional leaders, and clientele groups.
  • Ability to utilize resources effectively and identify resources within the community.

        Preferred Qualifications:

  • Fluency in Spanish and/or other languages is highly desirable
  • Experience establishing and working with community stakeholders, especially those with limited income.
  • Experience working with, and assisting in developing institutional relationships in Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland or Ulster Counties
  • Experience working as a volunteer or supervising volunteers.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, teach and evaluate informal educational programs through a variety of delivery methods to reach individuals and groups.
  • Aptitude for digital technologies and strategies for educational and communication applications. Empathy, sincerity, and an ability to find a silver lining when faced with challenges.

         The position is a full time, exempt, benefits eligible position. Compensation paid at the rate of                     $51,480.00 per year. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:

  • Vacation, Sick and Personal time
  • Paid Holidays
  • NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance)
  • NYS Retirement
  • Long-term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Tax Deferred Annuity
  • Voluntary Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Voluntary Group Universal Life Insurance
  • Voluntary Personal Accidental Insurance
  • Voluntary Legal Plan Insurance
  • Voluntary Long Term Care Insurance
  • Voluntary Auto and Homeowner’s Insurance
  • Voluntary Pet Insurance
  • Voluntary New York’s College Savings Program

Click here to learn more and apply by July 27th: Energy Advisors - Millbrook, NY (

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.

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.


Leah Cadwallader
Human Resources, Regional
845-340-3990 ext. 314

Last updated July 27, 2022