CCE of Saratoga County is seeking a full time qualified and experienced incumbent to work under the supervision of the Association Team Leader (Capital/Mohawk PRISM Coordinator), the Terrestrial Invasive Species (‘TIS’) Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating, managing, planning, and delivering of terrestrial invasive species prevention and management programs. Additionally, the position provides technical leadership and support to partner organizations; collects and summarizes field data into reports; and maintains the organizations tools and equipment. The coordinator will be responsible for public education and outreach regarding slowing the spread and prevention of terrestrial invasive species throughout the Capital/Mohawk Region.
The TIS Coordinator also trains volunteers from partner organizations on the TIS data collection process. Additionally, the TIS Coordinator is also responsible for supervising the seasonal Capital/Mohawk PRISM seasonal terrestrial stewards. The stewards will provide on the ground inventory, data collection, and mapping of invasive species throughout the PRISM and they also will provide education/outreach when the opportunity arises.
Please include a cover letter, resume and three references(at least one who is a current or former supervisor or teacher).
Once your application is submitted you will not be able to change your submission or add attachments.
Internal Applicants:Current employees of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Association indicated in this job posting are internal applicants; please refer to Applying for a Job (Internal Candidate) for additional guidance.
All applications must be received on-line by February 23, 2018. Position closing dates may change based on Association needs.
Bachelor's Degree in natural resources, environmental studies, environmental science, recreation, wildlife or related fields related field. Associate Degree in related field and two years' transferrable program experience may substitute for a Bachelor's degree.
Ability to deliver, plan, manage and coordinate informal educational programs.
Ability to meet frequent travel requirements associated with this position. A valid NYS driver's license with the ability to drive and driving record acceptable for agency insurance coverage are required. Frequent use of personal vehicle for driving between work sites is required.
Ability to meet acceptable background check requirements.
Ability to work flexible hours which frequently includes evenings, weekends and holidays, as appropriate.
Computer Skills: Experienced with or ability to learn Microsoft Office suite, especially Word, Excel and Outlook. Prior experience using a tablet or the ability to learn how to use a tablet for data entry purposes, and to use this data to create a year-end report.
Communication Skills: Strong verbal communication, writing and environmental interpretation skills. Ability to communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual channels and educational tools. Ability to communicate with program participants effectively through oral, written, and visual channels using traditional tools and methods, as well as electronic technology (e.g., video, audio, computers, etc.). Ability to frequently and effectively communicate verbally and in writing with program participants' employees and others.
Ability to effectively participate in professional team efforts.
Ability to utilize program resources within the community.
Ability to read English and interpret documents such instructions, safety and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.
Ability to plan and organize personal work responsibilities according to priorities developed with team members and immediate supervisor.
Demonstrated ability to successfully market program though social, print and other media, resulting in robust program participation.
Demonstrated experience in running meetings and planning events for the public.
High level of organizational skills.
Ability to perform the following functions with or without reasonable accommodation: frequently work in outdoor weather conditions including extreme heat, precipitation and cold; frequently lift, move or transport program materials; and constantly perform and demonstrate proper TIS techniques by frequently positioning self (for example, pulling, bending, reaching, touching, kneeling, using hands to feel/reach) at program areas.
Experience in terrestrial invasive species identification and management, project coordination, supervising staff, data collection, processing and analysis, geographic information systems, global positioning systems, and public speaking.
Writing, desktop publishing, public speaking/education proficiency.
Licensing and/or experience as a pesticide applicator.
Knowledge of current trends and practices in conservation, land management and natural resource conservation measures.
Supervisory experience preferred.
Position Responsibilities & Essential Functions
Program Delivery - 10%
Teach the existing educational program designed to reduce the spread of terrestrial invasive species throughout the region. Conduct existing public education and outreach programs regarding the significance NY's terrestrial ecosystems and the impact of the spread of TIS in these ecosystems throughout the Capital/Mohawk PRISM region via community events, presentations, outreach material.
Disseminate educational information, press releases, and website updates as requested as part of the program delivery process.
Foster acceptance of TIS program, methods and policies to address community and individual needs and consider diverse audiences.
Train TIS partner organization volunteers on program delivery and the data collection method via tablets.
Utilizing established materials, serve as subject matter resource in discipline; provide standard responses. May assist in providing moderately complex nonstandard responses.
Interact with program participants.
Represent CCE before the public, community leaders, government officials, Cornell or other land grant universities as part of program delivery.
Provide informal TIS education and collect related data at program sites when TIS Stewards are unavailable.
Utilize a variety of proven educational methodologies.
Provide educational program efforts via mass media. May assist in multidisciplinary team efforts to deliver program.
May assist in teaching innovative educational programs.
May assist in multi-association team efforts to deliver program.
May assist in ensuring that program delivery is within scope of the statewide Plan of Work.
Direction - 5%
Program Direction: May provide limited-complexity administrative tasks to plan the TIS educational program. Provide input to the Team Leader to assist in planning the structure and delivery of established educational program goals.
Financial Direction: May provide low complexity administrative tasks in anticipating or planning for TIS program expenses. Assist in proposing unit budget based on established financial guidelines or procedures. Assist in allocating unit budget amounts.
Communications/ Marketing Direction: May provide limited complexity administrative tasks in planning for mass media efforts related to TIS programs. Assist in developing communication strategies
Staffing Direction: Perform tasks related to supervisory (typically for seasonal employees) responsibility as applicable.
Management - 10%
General management: Provide moderately complex administrative management support to the TIS program. Assist in solving problems and resolving conflicts that arise in the operation of TIS program, utilizing appropriate policies and procedures.
Program Management: Provide low-complexity administrative management of established educational program goals. Under the guidance of the Association Team Leader and in collaboration with then TIS Committee, assist in developing TIS Management Plan for the Capital/Mohawk Region. Manage TIS tablets and program data collected by Stewards and volunteers from partner organizations. Support volunteer involvement.
Staffing Management: Perform tasks related to supervisory responsibility as applicable. Recruit seasonal TIS Stewards. Schedule seasonal TIS Stewards, ensuring coverage at all program locations as needed. Provide supervision to the seasonal TIS Stewards. Addresses Steward and volunteer adherence to TIS program delivery standards, attendance, personal appearance, etc. Escalates issues as needed to the Association Team Leader. Provide frequent check ins and on-call assistance to TIS stewards during their shifts via phone and on-site assistance. Carries out supervisory responsibilities under the guidance of the Team Leader and in accordance with the Association's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include assisting with interviewing, and hiring seasonal staff; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems. Assist in assuring positive, team-based employee relations. Ensure the seasonal TIS stewards enter their field data correctly and in a timely manner.
Communications/Marketing Management: May provide low-complexity administrative tasks in guiding the implementation of communication strategies on the TIS program.
Coordination/Operation - 70%
General Coordination: Provide a substantial amount of moderately complex tasks related to TIS program needs. Effectively maintain existing professional relationships with other agencies, organizations and businesses that promote effective communication and facilitate continued programming efforts. Orient and train seasonal TIS Stewards on program delivery and the data collection methods via tablets. Meets or exceeds targeted TIS program goals assigned by the Team Leader.
Program Coordination: Provide moderately complex administrative tasks to support the delivery of established educational program goals. Implement the established TIS program schedule. Schedule TIS events, meetings and trainings to foster contact and relationship building with constituent audiences. Maintain teaching materials and program supplies necessary for TIS program applying existing subject matter knowledge. Coordinate, compile and organize existing program resources and program materials. Collect TIS data via tablets based on existing framework. Tabulate, compile and manipulate collected TIS data for program reporting purposes and for recommended treatment and control areas. Collect program needs assessment information through interactions with program participants, based on existing framework. Coordinate the program implementation efforts, planning and activities. On a frequent basis transports self, also frequently lifting, moving and/or transporting program materials and resources to community-based settings. Provide information as requested to assist with preparation of reports, impact statements, and success stories on program progress and accomplishments for funders, advisory committees, Board and others as necessary.
Financial Coordination/ Operation: Provide moderately complex administrative tasks in assisting the Team Leader with the implementation of the TIS program budget. Assist in allocating unit budget amounts. Prepare and submit expense report. Provide input to supervisor for budget preparation.
Communications/Marketing Coordination: Provide routine low-complexity administrative support to conducting mass media efforts related to the TIS program. Assist in implementing a shared Association vision, building understanding around the mission and the advancement of the mission. Draft standard and nonstandard reports and communications, requiring only occasional guidance from supervisor. Assist with coordination of marketing and promotion of the TIS programming through public relation initiatives and networking/collaborating with government, economic, educational and other organizations.
Professional Improvement - 5%
In cooperation with Supervisor and/or Executive Director, jointly develop and pursue a professional development plan as a means to increase competencies relative to position accountabilities and to address changes and Association priorities.
Collaborate in activities that are in general support of Cornell Cooperative Extension and perform other duties as assigned.
Health and Safety - Applied to all duties and functions.
Support the Association to maintain a safe working environment.
Be familiar with and strive to follow any applicable federal, state, local regulations, Association health and safety policy/procedure/requirement and standard.
Act proactively to prevent accidents/injuries and communicate hazards to supervisors when identified.
EEO/EPO and Policy - Applied to all duties and functions.
Appreciate and embrace diversity in all interactions with clientele, staff, volunteers and the public.
Assist the Cornell Cooperative Extension system in reaching out to diverse audiences.
Aware of, and adheres to, established Cornell Cooperative Extension Association of Saratoga County policies, procedures and Cornell Cooperative Extension Skills for Success.
Contribute to the overall success of the organization by performing all assigned duties in a professional, timely and accurate manner.
This is a full time position. Compensation paid at the rate of $15/per hour, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits, based on eligibility, including:
Vacation, Sick and Personal time
NYS Health Insurance Program (including Dental Insurance)
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
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 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.
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