Instructional Support Assistant (Environmental Science)

The State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill is an accredited polytechnic college that is primarily baccalaureate and residential. SUNY Cobleskill is one of few institutions in the United States where an undergraduate student may also choose to earn an associate degree. The College has an enrollment of approximately 2,500 students in 52 programs divided into two schools, Agriculture and Natural Resources; Business and Liberal Arts & Sciences. An economic engine for rural New York, SUNY Cobleskill is home to a wide array of extended learning and professional development opportunities.

Modeling experiential education, SUNY Cobleskill is committed to providing small classes, excellent facilities, and a hands-on learning environment. Whether students plan to further their education or begin their professional careers, they graduate with the foundation to pursue their goals and to succeed.

Job Description

The Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Environmental Science (FWES) at SUNY Cobleskill invites applications for a 12-month position as an Instructional Support Assistant with an expertise in applied Environmental Sciences to start in August 2018.  The successful applicant must have a strong interest in higher education and be enthusiastic about creating educational teaching environments that are innovative and inspiring to students in the classroom and in the field.

This is a technical position.  The successful applicant should demonstrate technical capabilities with using and repairing environmental field gear, and performing tests associated with soil health and water quality assessment.  In addition, the applicant should be skilled with identification of common New York State plants and animals including insects.  The applicant should also demonstrate skills in student leadership through involvement in student clubs associated with Environmental Sciences and regional/national societies. 

The successful applicant will be the primary technical assistant for: Forest Ecology, Entomology, Introduction to Natural Resource Conservation, Applied Hydrology, Conservation Biology, Terrestrial Invertebrate Ecology, Aquatic Ecology, and Ecological Restoration.  Preference will be given to applicants dedicated to undergraduate students and their success.  Other technical responsibility may be necessary at the direction of the Chair of FWES.

A typical workload for an Instructional Support Assistant in this Department is assisting a faculty member for 3-4 courses per semester.  A fleet of campus vans is available to transport students to field sites.  

About the Department

The Department of Fisheries, Wildlife, and Environmental Science is a small, collaborative department of seven full-time faculty, one Fish Hatchery Manager, and three support staff who are committed to high quality, applied, undergraduate education.  Department members share the teaching philosophy that students learn best by doing; therefore laboratories and field trips are "hands-on". 

FWES currently enrolls approximately 280 undergraduates in the following four majors: (1) Bachelor of Technology (BT) in Wildlife Management, (2) BT in Fisheries and Aquaculture, (3) Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Fisheries and Wildlife Technology, (4) AAS in Environmental Studies and (5) B.T. Program in Environmental Management that will be primarily supported by this position.  FWES moved into a new Agriculture and Natural Resources Center in 2014 with state of the art facilities including standalone laboratories in entomology, mammalogy, ornithology, herpetology, aquatic science, a taxidermy studio, two environmentally controlled research rooms and a 50,000 gallon cold water fish hatchery. FWES maintains an impressive teaching specimen collection of insects, fishes, herpetofauna (including one of the largest collections of live North American turtles at any college or university in the world), birds, mammals, a diversity of invertebrates, and higher plants.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A Bachelor's Degree in Environmental Science, Ecology, Conservation Biology, Wildlife, Fisheries, or other closely aligned discipline is required. 
  • A valid New York State Driver's license is required. 

Preferred Qualifications

In addition to the aforementioned minimum qualifications, it is preferred the candidate also have: 

  • College experience as a teaching or lab assistant is preferred. 
  • Work experience in the field of applied environmental management, such as field sampling techniques, ecological research, and/or conservation or ecological restoration project management. 

How To Apply

No emailed or hard copy application materials will be accepted. For official consideration, please go to and click on "Current Openings" to begin your application. Thank you. 

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