The Cornell Department of Natural Resources seeks a Conservation and Land Use Specialist for its Hudson River Estuary Biodiversity Outreach Project. Since 2001, this project has provided technical assistance to communities in New York’s Hudson Valley to incorporate biodiversity conservation into local land use planning. The Hudson River Estuary Conservation and Land Use Specialist will work closely with the Department of Natural Resources at Cornell University and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to help local government decision-makers, land trusts, watershed groups, local and regional non-profit conservation organizations, and state agencies to conserve biodiversity of the Hudson River estuary watershed, with a focus on Albany, Columbia, Greene, and Rensselaer counties. The estuary watershed area covers the counties bordering the 150-mile long Hudson River Estuary from the City of Troy to New York City. This position is located in Albany, NY. Travel throughout Albany, Greene, Columbia, and Rensselaer Counties and to New Paltz and Ithaca is required.
- Develop and deliver a comprehensive outreach program to achieve local and regional planning for biodiversity conservation.
- Provide interpreted biological data and technical assistance to local land use decision-makers.
- Collaborate with NYS DEC and other partners to synthesize information on critical biodiversity resources and interpret that information for land-use decision makers through reports, meetings and workshops.
- Give presentations on biodiversity conservation and land use planning to various audiences, particularly local governments.
- Support local conservation initiatives focused on sub-regions of the Hudson Valley with high biodiversity.
- Develop land use and conservation planning guidelines so regional biodiversity priorities are relevant to municipalities.
- Conduct workshops and trainings on use of biological data and conservation tools.
- Coordinate outreach and training activities with other agency and non-profit biodiversity outreach partners.
- Develop written, oral and electronic educational materials for distribution in partnership with NYSDEC.
- Conduct periodic evaluations to report on performance and improve program effectiveness.
- Collaborate with other Biodiversity Outreach Project staff on technical assistance, outreach, and other extension projects with region-wide relevance and application.
- Collaborate with the Hudson River Estuary Biodiversity Program Coordinator to implement and monitor progress of the 2010 Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda.
Driver’s background check will be required.
Position is funded through December 31, 2013; an extension will be based on funding availability.
- Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, natural resources, environmental planning, or related field; 3-5 years of professional experience in the conservation or planning field or equivalent combination.
- Ability to describe biodiversity concepts to diverse lay and professional audiences.
- Familiarity with municipal land use planning and conservation planning.
- Ability and desire to learn and adapt to new technology.
- Possess strong computer skills, including ArcGIS.
- Excellent oral and written English communication skills including ability to convey technical information to diverse lay and professional audiences.
- Ability to speak confidently and concisely particularly in group situations.
- Strong leadership skills.
- Skills in problem solving, critical thinking, and proper judgment in accomplishing tasks whether acting independently or participating effectively on a team.
- Sound and ethical judgment when acting on behalf of the University.
- Must have excellent customer service skills.
- Ability to work well with a diverse group in a professional and respectful work environment.
- Must be comfortable with multitasking and adapt to competing priorities.
- Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and ability to travel statewide.
No relocation assistance is provided for this position. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
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