Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays


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Suffolk County Water Quality Protection and Restoration Program (WQPRP) funding
Nov 30 2017 @ 8:00 am – Feb 9 2018 @ 4:00 am

The Suffolk County Department of Economic Development and Planning is pleased to issue a Call for Applications for the ¼% sales tax Suffolk County Water Quality Protection and Restoration Program (WQPRP) funding.  The Call for Applications document for further details and submission instructions and files containing the application, the instructions to complete the application, and Suffolk County Labor Forms can be found on the Water Quality Improvement Division’s website at:

Applications are open to all Suffolk County departments, non-profit organizations, and to all local municipalities.  All non-County projects will require a match of at least 50% of the total project cost.

Any potential applicants for this round of Suffolk County Water Quality Protection and Restoration Program funding MUST attend the Proposer’s Conference on Tuesday, December 19th @ 2 PM . Please bring any and all questions/comments on the application with you at that time. Applications are due on February 2nd, 2018 at 4 pm.

Proposer’s Conference

Tuesday, December 19, 2017 @ 2 PM

  1. Lee Dennison Building, 2nd Floor Planning Conference Room

100 Veteran’s Memorial Highway, Hauppauge NY 11788


Call In: 1-631-775-2050

Participant Code: 679447


If you have any questions about attending the proposer’s conference please contact:


Job Opening – Long Island Invasive Species Management Area Program Manager
Jan 11 – Jan 31 all-day

The Long Island Native Plant Initiative Inc. (LINPI) is seeking a new Program Manager to coordinate and lead the Long Island Invasive Species Management Area (LIISMA) .

Long Island Native Plant Initiative is a not-for-profit organization with a mission to conserve the genetic diversity of native long Island plants with a particular emphasis on the production and use of ecotypes.  The organization’s activities include collection of native plant seed, propagation and sale of native plant materials, and education of horticulture professionals and the general public of the importance for conserving native plant species.  The Long Island Invasive Species Management Area (LIISMA) is coordinated by LINPI in an effort to further protect Long Island’s native plant populations through the prevention and management of invasive species.  The mission of LIISMA is help conserve Long Island’s and Staten Island’s biodiversity, wildlife habitat, recreation resources, scenic quality, and crop production, while protecting human health and safety, by facilitating cooperation and coordination among land owners and managers to reduce the threat of human-introduced invasive species. We also believe we can reduce the costs of invasive species management by preventing and eradicating new invasive species infestations before they become established.

The LIISMA Program Manager is the primary individual within the organization responsible for fulfilling LIISMA’s mission and providing the support and leadership in invasive species programming and management for Long Island and Staten Island.  The position requires related duties of business administration, outreach, education, management, and volunteer coordination, as well as building and maintaining relationships in the professional invasive species community.

Please click here for a full job description and details on how to apply. Position is open until filled.


Job Opening: Bioextraction Coordinator Long Island Sound Study
Jan 11 – Jan 26 all-day

The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) is seeking an Environmental Analyst to provide overall program coordination, administration, and short and long-term planning for the bioextraction program of the Long Island Sound Study (LISS) including: assess potential challenges to, identify solutions for, and support the development and expansion of nitrogen bioextraction and related aquaculture activities in the Long Island Sound (LIS). Specific duties include ecological and cultivation research and reporting; development of siting tool and collection of site identification data; permitting for new and expanding aquaculture operations; environmental assessments of bioextraction and bioharvesting projects; and messaging and outreach. The position is based in Stony Brook, NY.

Please click here for a full job description and details on how to apply. The deadline to apply is January 26, 2018.

Job Opening – Program Director, Peconic Estuary Program
Jan 12 – Feb 14 all-day

The New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) is seeking dynamic candidates for Program Director of the Peconic Estuary Program (PEP) with a personality characterized by integrity, creativity, and flexibility. The Peconic Estuary Program is one of 28 national estuary programs established pursuant to Section 320 of the federal Clean Water Act. The Program Director will administer a federal program designed to protect and preserve Peconic Estuary and its watershed through partnerships that conserve and restore natural resources, promote the use of sound science to support Peconic Estuary management, enhance water quality, and promote community involvement and stewardship. The Program Director will serve as a principal spokesperson and advocate for the estuary and work in concert with other stakeholders and promote effective cooperation with all constituencies on the development of both policies and programs focused on protection and restoration of the estuary.

The Program Director will be the lead for developing and implementing initiatives and partnerships that support the implementation and renewal of the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan (CCMP). Key issues to be addressed include water quality impairment, habitat protection and restoration, local capacity building, and coastal resilience.

The Program Director will promote a holistic approach to the protection of the Peconic Estuary watershed, recognizing its environmental, economic, and social/cultural significance and bringing together various constituencies to work together effectively towards a shared vision and mission; will communicate regularly with all PEP stakeholders about activities and issues to ensure consensus and that all views are fairly represented in work products; will coordinate activities that enhance collaboration and coordination among Federal, state, county, and local agencies as well as the public sector to develop policies and programs that meet regional and program objectives; and will ensure the PEP program structure and activities reflect the nature of the watershed.

The successful candidate is expected to have a master’s degree in public administration, environmental science, engineering, or in a field related to natural resources. Candidates with knowledge of and experience in the following areas are preferred: aquatic, estuarine, or marine science or policy, or coastal zone management; non-point source pollution, estuarine monitoring, habitat assessment, and other factors affecting water quality in estuaries; planning principles and implementation techniques related to water quality protection; the principles and practices of public administration and relations; biological, chemical, and physical water quality indicators; habitat restoration activities; land use and water quality relationships; and natural resources management. The right candidate will welcome collaboration; will have demonstrated sound judgment and resourcefulness; will be action oriented; have proven experience in managing and building a team and in bringing work of the team to completion on time and within budget.

Please click here for the full job description and details on how to apply. The deadline to apply is February 14, 2018.

Job Opening: Ocean and Marine Outreach Coordinator
Jan 12 – Feb 23 all-day

Ocean and Marine Outreach Coordinator

Extension Associate
New York Sea Grant
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)

Cornell University

Stony Brook, New York

New York Sea Grant (NYSG) is searching for a new Extension Specialist to work on Ocean Outreach.  NYSG, a cooperative program of the State University of New York (SUNY) and Cornell University, is part of a national network of 33 university-based state sea grant programs that are administered by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NYSG integrates research, education and extension to promote economic vitality and environmental sustainability to coastal residents and communities of the State’s marine and Great Lakes areas.

The position will enhance the capacity of New York Sea Grant (NYSG) and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Marine Resources (DEC) by informing community understanding of ocean and coastal resources and ecosystems and by making ocean /coastal research, data products, information and other science-based decision tools accessible. The position will serve as a primary resource on stakeholder engagement processes, as well as ocean health, ocean life, the impact of human activities on the ocean ecosystem and the use of social media and other communication techniques to disseminate scientific and technical information to lay audiences. This position will develop extension, outreach, education and training programs to support community engagement and action related to marine mammals, marine debris, and other activities that occur in the ocean and the coastal areas of Long Island. In addition, the position will develop, implement and evaluate a formal stakeholder engagement process for the New York Ocean Action Plan, create K-12 educational materials, and engage public and ocean stakeholders in ocean literacy. Primary geographic area responsibility includes Long Island and New York State’s Marine and Coastal District.

The job duties include:

  • Plans and conducts extension education programs related to ocean ecosystems, and may develop significant new subject matter materials such as curricula and extension education publications.
  • Develop, disseminate and apply sound scientific, technical and related research knowledge in order to support ocean and coastal resources and their ecosystem.
  • Provide leadership for the design, execution and analysis of extension/outreach program evaluations.
  • Provide ocean ecosystem and marine mammal technical expertise and educational program support to ocean stakeholders.
  • Develop and implement an extension and outreach program, as well as facilitate organizational partnerships, science, and monitoring and information management actions to provide science-based information to inform and support implementation of management, conservation, restoration and sustainable development activities as described in the New York State Ocean Action Plan.
  • Engage the community in the identification of priority research needs and preferred policies and management strategies for supporting ocean health.
  • Develop networks of volunteers and/or public/private professionals (experts) to assist in educational program development and initiates volunteer training efforts, when applicable, to enable volunteers to be effective in their role.
  • Disseminate and translate science based research generated about the Atlantic Ocean and its Long Island embayments to community members, the public and ocean stakeholders in a range of applicable formats.
  • Actively pursues outside grants and contracts to support this program area.
  • Occasionally collaborate with university departments and other state Sea Grant programs in planning and conducting extension staff development activities.

This position is full-time (40 hours/week) and will be located in Stony Brook, New York with frequent interaction and some days spent at DEC offices. This is a three-year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s level degree in ocean and coastal management, environmental education/literacy, marine biology, marine science, natural resource management, or other related fields.
  • 2+ years of experience working with an outreach or similar public education program.
  • Knowledge of principles, theory, research, and educational materials in the subject matter field and knowledge of extension methods related to the area of specialization.
  • Advanced computer skills and the ability to use computer and long distance education technologies in this area of extension programming expertise.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop K-12 and adult educational programs.
  • Initiate, plan, conduct and evaluate informal and/or formal adult education programs.
  • Define, conduct, and interpret original applied research and/or demonstration projects.
  • Lead and effectively participate in professional team efforts; relate effectively to co-workers, advisors, a variety of ocean stakeholders (e.g., fishers, shipping interests, non-consumptive recreation users, etc.) community and professional leaders, and targeted audiences. Communicate effectively through oral, written, and visual channels.
  • Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position, and have reliable transportation as well as have and maintain a valid and unrestricted New York State driver’s license.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience/training in the use of social media, video and web-based communication tools are preferred.

To apply:

Please apply via Academic Jobs On-line ( The position will remain open until filled.  Review of applications will begin on February 23rd.

Qualified applicants should submit a letter of application addressing position qualifications, Curriculum Vitae and official academic transcripts.

For a full position description, go to or contact Pat Hoyt via email or phone at 607-255-2832.

Montauk Seal Hike @ Montauk Point State Park
Jan 28 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Join PEP and Montauk Point State Park on a guided hike to catch sight of seals lounging on the rocks! This 2 mile round trip hike is partially through the woods and partially on the beach with small hills. The hike is appropriate for people of all hiking levels and kid friendly however may be best suited for children over 5. Please dress warm as we will be hiking along the shore, gloves and hats are strongly recommended. There is a $4 fee for this nature hike, all proceeds go to the Montauk Point State Park.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: 631-668-5000 Ext 200

Healthy Body Healthy Bay
Jan 30 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

The health of the estuary is related to human health. Learn simple ways you can help protect estuaries with the Peconic Estuary Program!

The second part of our workshop will focus on using affordable, local seafood as part of a healthy diet. Learn to prepare healthy fish meals and get a FREE tasting of the recipe of the day with Cornell Cooperative Extension!

RVSP is required:

Shelter Island S.T.O.P. Collection Day @ Shelter Island Recycling Center
Feb 3 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The town of Shelter Island will be holding S.T.O.P. (Stop Throwing Out Pollutants) collection days on the first Saturday of every month from 9am– 1pm at the Shelter Island Recycling Center on North Menantic Road. Drop off your household pollutants, electronic waste, prescribed and over-the-counter medication for proper disposal instead of throwing them away. A list of acceptable items for drop-off may be found here:

Montauk Seal Hike @ Montauk Point State Park
Feb 11 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Celebrate #IHeartEstuariesWeek with PEP and Montauk Point State Park on a guided hike to catch sight of seals lounging on the rocks! This 2 mile round trip hike is partially through the woods and partially on the beach with small hills. The hike is appropriate for people of all hiking levels and kid friendly however may be best suited for children over 5. Please dress warm as we will be hiking along the shore, gloves and hats are strongly recommended. There is a $4 fee for this nature hike, all proceeds go to the Montauk Point State Park.

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: 631-668-5000 Ext 200

PEP Technical Advisory Committee Meeting @ Suffolk County Community College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Center
Feb 13 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

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