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Technician I/Marine Technician

Cornell University

Cornell University

New York, NY, USA
Posted on Saturday, February 3, 2024

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Department Background

Cornell University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences tackles the challenges of our times through purpose-driven science that advances understanding and improves life. Unique among peer institutions in the United States, the breadth of disciplinary expertise in the Department of Natural Resources and the Environment – from ethics and social sciences to conservation genetics and applied ecology – creates a stimulating multidisciplinary atmosphere for our students, staff, faculty and visiting scholars. We have strong collaborative ties across Cornell University, other universities, governmental agencies, and leading environmental and conservation organizations. The Hudson River Estuary Program helps people enjoy, protect, and revitalize the Hudson River and its valley. The program focuses on the tidal Hudson and adjacent watershed from the federal dam at Troy to the Verrazano Narrows in New York City, including upper New York-New Jersey Harbor. The program works with many groups to develop knowledgeable and effective stewards of the estuary, using an understanding of the river's ecology as a foundation for its work.

Rewards And Benefits

Competitive compensation, generous time-off, and great benefits …More on Cornell Benefits

Position Summary

While position responsibilities vary, every member of our community is expected to foster a culture of belonging and a psychologically healthy work environment by communicating across differences; being cooperative, collaborative, open, and welcoming; showing respect, compassion, and empathy; engaging and supporting others regardless of background or perspective; speaking up when others are being excluded or treated inappropriately; and supporting work/life integration of oneself and others.

This position will be split into two main components. The selected candidate will help with field work for approximately 3 months in the Hudson River in cooperation with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Fisheries Unit located in New Paltz, NY and help develop and implement outreach and extension programs in the Division of Marine Resources in Kings Park, NY for approximately 3 months.

Field component:

Fisheries technician will provide technical assistance with the research and monitoring of adult Atlantic sturgeon on the Hudson River.

Core job duties will include but are not limited to:

  • The use of fisheries gears (gill nets) to collect adult Atlantic sturgeon.
  • Operation of outboard boats for deploying and retrieving gear
  • Fish identification and enumeration
  • Collection of biological data and water quality data
  • Data entry and quality assurance
  • Assist with other long-term fisheries independent surveys to monitor striped bass, Atlantic sturgeon, American shad, river herring, American eel, and blue crab.

Successful applicants must be willing to work challenging hours (e.g., early mornings/late evenings) in inclement weather, able to lift fifty pounds, able to maneuver in and out of boats, and able to hand operate all gears (strenuous pulling and lifting).

Outreach & Communications Component:

The technician will review and synthesize literature to develop and refine outreach materials to educate the public about the New York Ocean Action Plan and issues related to Ocean Acidification in New York. Technicians will use knowledge gained from the experience with the Hudson River Fisheries Unit to coordinate with the NYSDEC’s Ocean Program Unit, located in Kings Park, NY. This position is still located in New Paltz, NY and most coordination will occur remotely.

Core job duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Regular remote check-ins with Ocean Program Staff to clarify priorities and review progress.
  • Performing literature searches and review to compile and synthesize information.
  • Developing communication outreach products with coordination and collaboration of the Ocean Program and other DEC staff.
  • Reviewing and providing input on other program or partner resources.
  • Travel to the Marine Resources office in Kings Park, NY may be required for the position. Preference will be given to applicants with prior fisheries and outreach experience. Additional evaluation may be based on the applicant’s knowledge and experience with computer use, databases, data analyses, and report preparation. Applicants must demonstrate that they are able to work independently and must also be able to focus and perform computer work on in-office days.

This is a term 6-month position. Contingent on funding, positions will start on April 15, 2024, and will extend through September 17, 2024

Available positions: One.

Required Qualifications

  • Work various hours (e.g., early mornings/late evenings) in inclement weather, able to lift fifty pounds, able to maneuver in and out of boats, and able to hand operate all gears (strenuous pulling and lifting)
  • Experience in and/or demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and wellbeing.
  • Ability to cultivate and develop inclusive and equitable working relationships with students, faculty, staff, and community members.
  • High school Diploma and up to 1-year relevant experience or equivalent combination
  • Demonstrated attention to detail.
  • Able to work in a team environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Prior fisheries experience
  • Experience using databases, data analyses, and reporting

Application Procedure:

Interested parties should submit a resume and cover letter describing qualifications online at https://hr.cornell.edu/jobs. When applying through our system, please remember to attach your resume and cover letter in either Microsoft Word or PDF format. In the experience section of your application, use the "Drop Files Here" box to manually drag document(s) into your application. For a more detailed description and instructions on how to apply online, please click here.

Relocation assistance is not available for this position.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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University Job Title:

Technician I

Job Family:




Pay Rate Type:


Pay Range:

$18.58 - $20.55

Remote Option Availability:

Fully Onsite


Contract College

Contact Name:

Bert Whalen

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