Conservation and Land Use Specialist with the Hudson River Estuary Program
The Cornell Department of Natural Resources seeks a Conservation and Land Use Specialist for its Hudson River Estuary Conservation and Land Use Program in New Paltz, NY.
The Conservation and Land Use Program is a joint initiative of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program and Cornell University’s Department of Natural Resources. Since 2001, our team has delivered outreach and technical assistance to increase regional understanding and capacity for conservation of priority habitat and natural areas in the Hudson River estuary watershed. We take an outcome-based and collaborative approach to implementing commitments and targets in the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda related to building community resilience and sustaining a vital estuary ecosystem.
The Conservation and Land Use Specialist will work closely with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) at Cornell University and the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) to help partners conserve important habitat and natural areas of the Hudson River estuary watershed through conservation and land-use planning. Key partners include local government decision-makers, land trusts, watershed groups, local and regional non-profit conservation organizations, and state agencies. The program area covers the counties bordering the 150-mile long Hudson River estuary, and this position focuses on Dutchess, Ulster, Putnam, Orange, Westchester, and Rockland counties and is based in New Paltz, NY. Travel throughout the Hudson Valley and occasionally to Albany and Ithaca is required. Periodic attendance at evening and weekend meetings and workshops is also required.
The Conservation and Land Use Specialist will develop and deliver a comprehensive outreach and technical assistance program to achieve local and regional planning for conservation of habitats, natural areas, and significant biodiversity of the estuary watershed.
- provide interpreted biological data and technical assistance to local land use decision-makers and partners through reports, meetings, and workshops;
- assist local communities with natural resources inventories, open space plans, and other conservation initiatives;
- develop land-use and conservation planning guidelines and identify successful models to inform local and regional decision-making;
- provide oversight and management for grant and technical assistance projects;
- develop and give presentations on biodiversity conservation and land-use planning to various audiences, particularly local governments;
- develop and conduct workshops and trainings on use of biological data, conservation principles, and planning tools;
- coordinate outreach and training activities with other agency and non-profit partners;
- develop written, oral, and electronic educational materials for distribution in partnership with NYSDEC;
- conduct evaluations to report on performance and improve program effectiveness;
- collaborate with the other Conservation and Land Use Specialist and Estuary Program staff on technical assistance, outreach, and other extension projects with region-wide relevance and application;
- collaborate with the Conservation and Land Use Program Coordinator to implement and monitor progress of the Hudson River Estuary Action Agenda.
Driver’s background check will be required.
Initial appointment will be through March 31, 2019. Annual reappointments are expected and will be conditional upon satisfactory performance and available funding.
- Bachelor’s degree in biology, ecology, geography, natural resources, environmental planning, or related field.
- 3-5 years of professional experience in the conservation or planning field.
- Ability to describe biodiversity concepts to diverse lay and professional audiences.
- Familiarity with municipal land use planning and conservation planning.
- Strong computer skills, including proficiency in use of ArcGIS. Ability and desire to learn and adapt to new technology.
- Excellent oral and written English communication skills including public speaking; 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.
- Excellent customer service skills.
- Ability to work well with a diverse group in a professional and respectful work environment.
- Demonstrated ability to coordinate projects with numerous collaborators.
- Must be comfortable with multitasking and adapt to competing priorities.
- Must have and maintain a valid driver’s license and ability to travel statewide.
- Master’s degree in biology, ecology, geography, natural resources, environmental planning, or related field.
- Knowledge of Hudson Valley biodiversity and ecology.
- Project and grant management experience.
HOW TO APPLY
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