Review Vacancy

Date Posted: 02/08/19
Applications Due: 04/15/19
Vacancy ID: 64085

Position Information

AgencyParks, Recreation & Historic Preservation, Office of

TitleCrew Member, Invasive Species Strike Team Specialist – 9 positions available statewide

Occupational CategoryNo Preference

Salary GradeHourly

Bargaining UnitOSU - Operational Services Unit (CSEA)

Salary RangeFrom $13.30 to $13.30 Hourly

Employment Type Full-Time

Appointment Type Temporary

Jurisdictional Class Labor Class

Travel Percentage 0%


Workweek Mon-Fri

Hours Per Week 40


From 8 AM

To 5 PM

Flextime allowed? No

Mandatory overtime? No

Compressed workweek allowed? No

Telecommuting allowed? No


County To Be Determined

Street Address See Job Specifics

City See Job Specifics


Zip Code00000

Job Specifics

Minimum Qualifications Coursework related to forestry, environmental studies, ecology, natural resources management, or a relevant discipline, such as aquatic ecology, conservation biology, etc.
Experience with GPS/GIS and ecological monitoring methods.
Ability to work, and maintain a good attitude, while performing physical work in spring, summer, and fall conditions.
Some knowledge of invasive New York flora and fauna.
Strong interest in and commitment to environmental stewardship and team-oriented approach to solving environmental challenges.
Backcountry orienteering and Leave No Trace experience a plus.
Eastern/Western Terrestrial and Aquatic Strike Teams only: Must have some personal camping equipment and be comfortable camping weekly for some or most of the field season. Tents and cook sets will be provided for use throughout the season.

Duties Description Position Type: Seasonal appointment (late May – late October). Full time (40 hours/week). Mandatory multi-day training will be held in late May.

Program Description: The NYS OPRHP Strike Teams are broken into four distinct field teams that are positioned statewide, all working independently towards the Agency’s Invasive Species Management strategy. Strike teams primarily perform manual invasive plant removals, as well as surveys, education and other activities as assigned on State Park lands. Strike Teams will travel extensively using agency vehicles across assigned OPRHP Regions (see for OPRHP regional delineations). A total of 9 positions are available; 3 crew members with each Strike Team. Work conditions include uneven terrain, heat, cold, and exposure to poison ivy, thorns, ticks, and biting insects. Appropriate protective equipment will be provided.

The Eastern Terrestrial Invasive Species Strike Team will cover the following regions: Long Island, Taconic, Palisades, Saratoga-Capital, New York City and the eastern portion of Thousand Islands. This team will report to Minnewaska State Park Preserve, located in Gardiner in Palisades region, for weekly briefing and debriefing. Requires frequent overnight travel and camping.

The Western Terrestrial Invasive Species Strike Team will cover the following regions: Central, Finger Lakes, Genesee, Niagara, Allegany, and the western portion of Thousand Islands. This team will report to Clark Reservation State Park, located outside Syracuse in Central region, for weekly briefing and debriefing. Requires frequent overnight travel and camping.

The Aquatic Invasive Species Strike Team will cover the following regions within the Great Lakes Basin: Allegany, Niagara, Genesee, Finger Lakes, Central, and Thousand Islands. This team will report to DeVeaux Woods State Park, located in Niagara Falls in Niagara Region, for weekly briefing and debriefing. Requires frequent overnight travel and camping.

Team Home Base Locations:
Eastern Terrestrial Invasive Species Strike Team
Minnewaska State Park Preserve, Gardiner, NY, 12525

Western Terrestrial Invasive Species Strike Team
Clark Reservation State Park, Jamesville, NY, 13078

Aquatic Invasive Species Strike Team
DeVeaux Woods State Park, Niagara Falls, NY, 14305

Duties & Responsibilities:

Manual and mechanical removal of invasive species.
Invasive species survey and detection.
Field data collection and entry.
Post-removal monitoring.
Park patron education.

Additional Comments Pay rate is $13.30/hour, plus meal per-diem when traveling (averages $200-250 per week when traveling).

Positions do not include health care benefits or paid leave.

*Other invasive species positions may be available. Please visit to view job announcements for:
• Long Island Strike Team Crew Member (April-September)
• Long Island Strike Team Summer Crew Member (June-August)
• Forest Health Specialists (May-October)
• Eastern/Western Strike Team Supervisor (May-October)
• Stewardship Corps Member (Finger Lakes – Summer)
• Stewardship Corps Lead (Finger Lakes – Summer)

Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.

Contact Information

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Email Address


Street See notes on applying

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State NY

Zip Code 00000


Notes on ApplyingPositions will be open until filled. E-mail a completed Part 1 Pre-employment Application, resume, cover letter, and three references to Applicants should also indicate their preferred work location(s) in their cover letter. Applicants should title their email LastName_[Team Name] Strike Team Specialist Application (i.e., Smith_Eastern Strike Team Specialist Application). Part 1 Pre-employment Application can be found at
Contacts: Please contact the following for more information:

Eastern/Western Strike Teams
Sarah Travalio
(845) 625-4650

Aquatic Strike Team
Logan West
(716) 299-0808