Staff Openings

Lake Monitoring and Community Outreach Coordinator

The University of Vermont is hiring a Lake Monitoring and Community Outreach Coordinator. This is a partnered position between Lake Champlain Sea Grant and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). This position is responsible for leading community-driven monitoring of water resources across lakes and ponds in Vermont, in support of the Vermont DEC Lakes and Ponds Program and Lake Champlain Sea Grant, to use this information to assess aquatic ecosystem health and to develop and provide training and assistance to local communities to take the necessary restorative and protective actions. In addition, this position is responsible to provide outreach to stakeholders and local decision-makers to aid the public in addressing lake management challenges and to help communities become more hazard resilient by understanding and preparing for changing climatic conditions.

Qualifications: The position requires a self-motivated, creative, well-organized person with strong quantitative, organizational, and both written and oral communication skills. Applicants should demonstrate ability to work with diverse constituencies. Applicants should also have the following qualifications (or equivalent):

  • Bachelor’s degree in water resources, natural resources or related field;
  • 2 to 4 years of experience in water resources monitoring, data analyses, and report preparation;
  • Strong knowledge of lake ecosystems and field monitoring and laboratory analysis protocols;
  • Experience working with local community groups and decision-makers to address local environmental challenges and to provide training to volunteers;
  • Knowledge of web-based database applications;
  • Program development and evaluation experience;
  • Familiarity and experience using various Internet, video editing, and social media tools (e.g., MS Teams, iMovie/QuickTime, ANR Atlas);
  • Knowledge and experience using the Microsoft program suite;
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
  • Ability to work independently and be innovative in solving problems; and
  • Valid driver’s license and access to dependable vehicle.

To apply: 
Application review will begin on March 15, 2021.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution. Applicants are required to include in their cover letter information about how they will further this goal.


Outreach/Extension Specialist in Water Resources - Now Closed

The Lake Champlain Research Institute at SUNY Plattsburgh is seeking to fill an outreach/extension specialist position with the Lake Champlain Sea Grant program. This is a position with the Research Foundation for the State University of New York, a private, nonprofit corporation, independent from the State of New York. The extension specialist will develop, implement, and evaluate an extension education program pertaining to water resources and human use of Lake Champlain and its shoreline.

Duties will include conducting outreach, educational activities, and applied research that: (1) enhance local governmental, business, media, special interest/user groups, and general public awareness and understanding of water resource issues, such as invasive species, water quality, fisheries habitat, and lake recreation; (2) develop and implement or support activities that contribute to such audiences engaging in wise use of aquatic resources and increasing their ability to prepare for and respond to coastal hazardous events; and (3) aid existing outreach and education programs within Lake Champlain Sea Grant.

This position will be located in the Lake Champlain Research Institute at SUNY Plattsburgh and work closely with the Lake Champlain Sea Grant staff network at the University of Vermont. These efforts will enhance the Lake Champlain Sea Grant program and enhance workforce development programming of Lake Champlain Sea Grant, UVM Extension program, and SUNY Plattsburgh.

Salary: $40,000 to 45,000. This position is a full-time (12 month) position.

Qualifications: Applicants must have a Master’s degree in natural resources or related science field and demonstrated professional experience in positions dealing with water resource issues. Experience (preferred) in science-based community outreach and experience with Lake Champlain issues including invasive species, fisheries, and lake resources.

Application Deadline: March 1, 2021

To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and names/addresses of three references. Copies of academic transcripts will be required at a later date.

Research Foundation for SUNY
Box RF-500 – Lake Champlain Sea Grant Search 101 Broad Street
260 BMT Hall
Plattsburgh, NY 12901

Phone: (518) 564-2132
Fax: (518) 564-2157
Email: RFHRApply [at]


As an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, the Research Foundation for SUNY will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, transgender status, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, physical and mental disability, criminal record, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, status with respect to receiving public assistance, domestic violence victim status, a disabled, special, recently separated, active duty wartime, campaign badge, Armed Forces service medal veteran, or any other characteristics protected under applicable law.