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Water Resource Specialist

New Paltz NY

The New York State Water Resources in the Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering at Cornell University works to improve the understanding and management of water resources in NYS. This is accomplished through research and partnerships with agencies and regional partners, such as the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) Hudson River Estuary Program’s (Estuary Program). The Estuary Program’s watershed initiative takes a watershed approach to improve and protect water resources and resilience in the Hudson River and it’s watershed by working with, and raising capacity of, local and regional partners, land use decision makers, watershed groups, agencies, municipalities, and landowners.

The position will be part of a multi-disciplinary team charged with managing and protecting the Hudson Estuary and its watershed through science, outreach, and partnerships targeting both the main-stem Hudson River and specific tributaries of concern. A focus of this work will be to understand water quality in the Hudson River Estuary and tributaries, communicate results to communities and watershed stakeholders, and develop support for watershed restoration and protection projects and programs. Priority will be to implement the NYSDEC Estuary Program 2020-2030 Action Agenda and develop a collective approach to identify threats to the full use of the Hudson River Estuary and watershed, developing and implementing corrective actions to address impacts and concerns. The position requires assisting in the coordination and implementation of NYSDEC’s Division of Water core water programs in the Hudson River Estuary, such as monitoring and watershed management and planning. A holistic interest and understanding of various watershed and water resource management strategies is highly desirable, including barrier (culverts and dams) mitigation for aquatic passage, flood risk planning, drinking water protection, and stream restoration. In addition to technical skills, this position requires experience in partner building, communication, and outreach.

This position is primarily located in New Paltz, NY, but the candidate will also be expected to occupy an office in Albany once a week. Frequent travel throughout Hudson Valley will be required. This position is a one -year appointment with possible extension depending on performance and secured funding.

Candidates can apply through November 30, 2019. To learn more about the position and apply, go to Cornell Careers website at the following link:

Posted November 1, 2019

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